Bob Harper's confirmation that he's gay came about as a desire to comfort a "Biggest Loser" contestant. It's just who you are." Maulik Pancholy's sexuality wasn't a secret, but he did take the extra step of going on the record about it in November 2013 -- just in case someone out there wasn't clear.
On a November 2013 episode, personal trainer Harper, 48, talked about his sexuality for the first time on the reality weight loss competition in an effort to show the contestant that he doesn't have to be ashamed. The actor, who memorably portrayed the obsessive and loyal assistant Jonathan on "30 Rock," told Out magazine that he's been in a relationship for nine years.
"It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions," the actor said.
Ellen De Generes came out shortly after her character Ellen, on an ABC sitcom, came out on-air amid controversy in 1997.
"I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," Glenn said in the feature.
In a March 11 interview with a "Game of Thrones" fan site, actor Kristian Nairn confirmed that he's gay -- even though, as he says, he's never been in the closet.
"I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man.""Family Ties" actress Meredith Baxter confirmed in December 2009 rumors that she is a lesbian.
"Anyone who's a friend of mine, anyone who knows and cares about me, knows," the actress explained to Matt Lauer on the "Today" show."I am very blessed to be who I am."In April 1998, British pop star George Michael told CNN that he was gay. I have not been in a relationship with a woman for almost 10 years." After years as a stand-up comedian and actress, Rosie O'Donnell came out two months before her talk show went off-air in 2002.The announcement came during a comedy routine at the Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Carolines Comedy Club in New York.Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is." (People magazine identifies "Simon" as his partner, publicist Simon Halls.) Bomer's reveal wasn't overt, but some have congratulated the actor for acknowledging his sexuality, which has been the subject of gossip in the industry.Actor Zachary Quinto said he was inspired to acknowledge his homosexuality in October 2011 after a 14-year-old, who was apparently being harassed over his sexuality, killed himself.I, however am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to."`NSync singer Lance Bass appeared on the cover of People in August 2006 with the headline "I'm Gay." "I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything," Bass told the magazine in explaining why he didn't come out sooner.