Homosexuality is still considered as a taboo in various parts of the world. However, with some reforms in our society, some people have openly accepted homosexual people and have asked for equal rights for these people. Also some famous faces have openly declared themselves as homosexual.
Various famous gay people include names like Ricky Martin and Neil Patrick Harris and they have openly accepted that this fact. These celebrities have also been openly fighting for equal rights for gay people. In this article we have discussed about some popular people who have openly supported gay pride.
1. Leslie Jordan:
Born on April 29, 1955 Leslie is an American playwright and actor. He has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a comedy series. He has also done various guest appearances in a number of TV shows and films like Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Caroline in the City, Reba, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Nash Bridges and Hearts Afire. Once in an interview Leslie quoted “I do not need a stylist, I’m gay”.
2. Alexander McQueen:
Born on 17 March 1969 Alexander was a British fashion designer. He was a well-known name in British fashion industry. He won for British Designer of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003 respectively. He also won one CFDA’s International Designer of the Year award in 2003. Alexander was gay and openly admitted it. Once he quoted “I was sure of myself and my sexuality and I’ve got nothing to hide. I went straight from my mother’s womb onto the gay parade”.On 11 February, 2010, he hung himself at his home.
3. Ricky Martin:
Born on December 24, 1971 Ricky is the famous Puerto Rican pop singer. He began his career at the age of twelve and by 1990 he had released many Spanish solo albums. His first English album sold twenty-two million copies and is one of the bestselling albums of all time. He has won two American Music Awards, six Grammy Awards, eight World Music Awards, ten Billboard Music Awards and eight MTV Music Video Awards. In March 2009 he publicly declared that he is gay and quoted “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
4. Elton John:
Born on 25 March 1947 Elton is one of the most famous English singers. He is one of the bestselling music artists in the world selling over three hundred million records. He has won five Brit Awards and six Grammy Awards. He also has won one Golden Globe Award, one Academy Award and one Tony Award. In 1998, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services”. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 1976, John accepted that he was bisexual.
5. Lance Bass:
Born on May 4, 1979 Lance is an American pop singer, actor and dancer. He was bass singer for the pop boy band N Sync. In July 2006, he was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. He also contested in the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars. In 2006 cover for People Magazine, Bass revealed that he is gay. He quoted “The thing is, I’m not ashamed – that’s the one thing I want to say. I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not devastated going through this. I’m more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I’m just happy”.
6. Giorgio Armani:
Born 11 July 1934 Giorgio is the famous Italian fashion designer. In 1975, he formed his own company Armani which is the most successful designer wear company of the world today. He is the president of the Olimpia Milano basketball team. It is said that Giorgio Armani is also gay but hides his homosexuality from the world.
7. Alan Cumming:
Born on 27 January 1965 Alan is a Scottish-American actor. He also has written a novel, Tommy’s Tale. Alan is also gay who has openly supported for same-sex marriages. His husband Grant Shaffer is a graphic artist. He has won one Atlantic Film Festival Award, one Oliver Award and won British comedy Award. Apart from these he also has received a number of awards for his theatre performances and Broadway.
8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson:
Born on October 22, 1975 Jesse is an American actor. He has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He has also worked in several movies like Untraceable, Wonderful World and Griffin and Phoenix. In September, 2012, Jesse announced that he was engaged to his boyfriend Justin Mikita. The gay couple got married in July, 2013.
9. Sean Hayes:
Born on June 26, 1970 Sean is an American actor, Comedian and producer. He is famous for the American sitcom Will and Grace for which he won four SAG Awards, an Emmy Award, one American Comedy Award and six Golden Globe nominations. In an interview with The Advocate magazine he said that he was gay. He also quoted “‘Really? You’re gonna shoot the gay guy down? I never have had a problem saying who I am,’ he states….’I am who I am. I was never in, as they say”.
10. George Michael:
Born on 25 June 1963 George is an English singer, musician, song writer and record producer. He is also counted amongst one of the bestselling artists of the world selling more than a hundred million records worldwide. George has won several music awards including four Ivor Novello Awards, three Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards.In an interview with The Advocate George quoted “falling in love with a man who ended his conflict over bisexuality.” He also said “I never had a moral problem with being gay”.