Smollett confirmed that he is gay during a chat with Ellen DeGeneres. Joel Grey told People magazine that he doesn't like labels, but "if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man.
Country singer Ty Herndon says he started revealing his sexuality to friends and family years ago, but he came out publicly in in an interview with People magazine. Another country singer, Billy Gilman, also came out after being inspired by Herndon, posting a message to YouTube. Raven-Symone was in a relationship with a woman at the time, but the actress told Oprah Winfrey in that she doesn't want to be labeled as gay.
In March she married one of the show's stars, Samira Wiley. In December , "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts came out as a lesbian in a Facebook post reflecting on the past year and thanking fans for their support after her bone marrow transplant. It was also the first public acknowledgment of her partner, Amber Laign. In a column in the New York Times , Maria Bello described the process of falling in love with her female best friend, Clare, and how that affected her relationship with her year-old son.
Bob Harper's confirmation that he's gay came about as a desire to comfort a "Biggest Loser" contestant.
Oscar Wilde spoke of relationships between younger and older gay men in the 12th century and those of us born today, quotes it this month. "Sugar daddies and young boys are no more common among gays than older straight There was one man, Norman Blachford, a something San Diego "The sad truth is that these young guys are estranged from their families, often at a.
On a November 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. And being gay doesn't mean that you are less than anybody else. 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 -- just in case someone out there wasn't clear.
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. Ellen DeGeneres came out shortly after her character Ellen, on an ABC sitcom, came out on-air amid controversy in I did it for my own truth. I do as I please," while discussing how many have assumed she is gay. Petersburg International Film Festival in protest of Russia's anti-gay policies.
Actor Zachary Quinto said he was inspired to acknowledge his homosexuality in October after a year-old, who was apparently being harassed over his sexuality, killed himself. Pop singer Ricky Martin declared publicly in March what he avoided discussing for years. 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 British singer Elton John discussed his bisexuality for the first time in a Rolling Stone interview.
I don't think it's just me. It's not a bad thing to be. Stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes announced her sexual orientation -- and her marriage -- in at a rally for gay marriage. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life. But I got pissed off. They pissed me off.
I said, 'You know what? Now I gotta get in your face. Reports of "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon's relationship with Christine Marinoni surfaced in , six years after the television show's premiere.
Nixon discussed her relationship with New York Magazine in , saying, "I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me around that woke up or that came out of the closet; there wasn't a struggle; there wasn't an attempt to suppress. I met this woman, I fell in love with her, and I'm a public figure. Once known best as the TV character he played during childhood, Doogie Howser, Neil Patrick Harris has continued his successful acting career as an adult.
He had an year run on "Frasier," but it wasn't until he returned to Broadway in that David Hyde Pierce confirmed his sexuality.
Pierce first talked about his partner in an Associated Press interview about his Tony-nominated performance in "Curtains. April 30, - DeGeneres' character, Ellen Morgan, on her self-titled TV series "Ellen," becomes the first leading character to come out on a prime-time network television show. April 1, - Martin Luther King Jr. October , - Matthew Shepard is tied to a fence and beaten near Laramie, Wyoming. He is eventually found by a cyclist, who initially mistakes him for a scarecrow.
He later dies due to his injuries sustained in the beating. October 9, - Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney from Laramie, Wyoming, make their first court appearance after being arrested for the attempted murder of Shepard. Eventually, they each receive two life sentences for killing Shepard.
June - The US Supreme Court strikes down the "homosexual conduct" law, which decriminalizes same-sex sexual conduct, with their opinion in Lawrence v. The decision also reverses Bowers v.
May 17, - The first legal same-sex marriage in the United States takes place in Massachusetts. September 6, - The California legislature becomes the first to pass a bill allowing marriage between same-sex couples. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes the bill.
October 25, - The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that state lawmakers must provide the rights and benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples.
May 15, - The California Supreme Court rules in re: Marriage Cases that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples is unconstitutional. November 4, - Voters approve Proposition 8 in California, which makes same-sex marriage illegal. The proposition is later found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. September 20, - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is repealed, ending a ban on gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. September 4, - The Democratic Party becomes the first major US political party in history to publicly support same-sex marriage on a national platform at the Democratic National Convention.
November 6, - Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay politician and the first Wisconsin woman to be elected to the US Senate.
June 26, - In United States v. Windsor , the US Supreme Court strikes down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that legally married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits. The high court also dismisses a case involving California's proposition 8. October 6, - The United States Supreme Court denies review in five different marriage cases, allowing lower court rulings to stand, and therefore allowing same-sex couples to marry in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin.
June 9, - Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announces that the Military Equal Opportunity policy has been adjusted to include gay and lesbian military members. On June 26 the Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. The ruling had Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority. Each of the four conservative justices writes their own dissent. July 27, - Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates announces, "the national executive board ratified a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees. May 17, - The Senate confirms Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army, making him the first openly gay secretary of a US military branch.
Fanning previously served as Defense Secretary Carter's chief of staff, and also served as undersecretary of the Air Force and deputy undersecretary of the Navy. June 24, - Obama announces the designation of the first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBTQ rights. The Stonewall National Monument will encompass Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn and the surrounding streets and sidewalks that were the sites of the Stonewall uprising.
June 30, - Secretary of Defense Carter announces that the Pentagon is lifting the ban on transgender people serving openly in the US military. August , - A record number of "out" athletes compete in the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Human Rights Campaign estimates that there are at least 41 openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Olympians -- up from 23 that participated in London November 9, - Kate Brown is sworn in as governor of Oregon, a day after she was officially elected to the office.
Brown took over the governorship in February without an election , after Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amidst a criminal investigation. June 27, - District of Columbia residents can now choose a gender-neutral option of their driver's license. DC residents become the first people in the United States to be able to choose X as their gender marker instead of male or female on driver's licenses and identification cards. June 30, - The US Department of Defense announces a six-month delay in allowing transgendered individuals to enlist in the United States military.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis writes that they "will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality. November 7, - Virginia voters elect the state's first openly transgender candidate to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Danica Roem unseats incumbent delegate Bob Marshall, who had been elected thirteen times over 26 years. Roem becomes the first openly transgender candidate elected to a state legislature in American history. February 26, - The Pentagon confirms that the first transgender person has signed a contract to join the US military.