How Gay Stars Have Come Out

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By Tara Block for PopSugar

Yesterday was a huge day for gay rights as the Supreme Court struck down both the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. In just the last few years, there has been a cultural shift in how Americans view same-sex unions. A recent poll found that today more Americans support gay marriage than oppose it compared to 2008, when 58 percent of Americans opposed it — and one cause for this is how outspoken public figures have become about their own sexuality.

There are a growing number of stars who have paved the way for gay people everywhere by coming out, including Frank Ocean, Anderson Cooper, and Jodie Foster, who came out at the Golden Globes in January. Be inspired with these celebrities who’ve used magazines, talk shows, and their blogs to come out!

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Anderson Cooper

In 2012 Anderson Cooper emailed The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan thoughts on his sexual orientation and gave Sullivan permission to print the email in his column. In part, it read: “I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter . . . Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle . . . The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

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Jim Parsons

Last year The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons was confirmed gay in a New York Times profile. In the piece, his sexual orientation is mentioned in passing, along with the fact that he’s been with his partner for 10 years.

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Jillian Michaels

In an interview released in 2012 with People, Jillian Michaels dropped three major bombshells. For the first time, she came out that her partner is a woman, this woman — Heidi Rhoades — had a baby earlier in the month, and they also recently adopted another baby. Congrats are definitely in order to the Biggest Loser trainer!

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