2000s 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000  

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Gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transexual individuals started to gain more support in the 2000s. Gay actors, writers, and musicians have all publicly come out as gay since 2000. Many famous gay people came out in the media, while others used tools like Facebook and Twitter to make their announcements. This list of gay celebrities who came out in the 2000s has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous gay celebrity who came out in the 2000s? Rosie O'Donnell tops our list. O'Donnell publicly came out in 2002 at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Caroline's Comedy Club. She has since been a fierce advocate for gay rights, same-sex marriage, and gay adoption rights.

Jodie Foster publicly came out in 2013 during her Golden Globes acceptance speech saying, "I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the stone age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."

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Charlie Carver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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In 2016, Teen Wolf and Leftovers actor Charlie Carver came out via his Instagram account. He wrote, “As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. It was around that age that I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade. Over time, this abstract ’knowing’ grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: ’I am gay.'”

Charlie Carver is an American actor known for his role as Porter Scavo in the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. He was also well known for his role on Teen Wolf as Ethan, along with his brother Max Carver who played Aiden. They both now currently star on the new HBO series The Leftovers. ...more

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Age: 27

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: The Leftovers, Fred 3: Camp Fred, Bad Asses, Underdogs I Am Michael

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Colton Haynes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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Arrow star Colton Haynes came out on Tumblr in the first few days of 2016. Rumors about the Teen Wolf actor had long swirled, but Haynes had yet to confirm them. Then, a user commented, "When I found out Colton Haynes had a secret gay past I got so excited even though I know it makes absolutely no different in my life." Haynes replied,  "Was it a secret? Let's all just enjoy life & have no regrets."

Colton Lee Haynes is an American actor and model. At the age of fifteen, Haynes began modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch while living in New York City, New York. After moving to Los Angeles, California, he began acting in television. He is best known for his roles as Jackson Whittemore in MTV's ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor

Credits: Arrow, San Andreas, Teen Wolf, Superhero Fight Club

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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Neil Patrick Harris is openly gay. He came out to People magazine in 2006, saying, "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love."

Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, magician, singer, and television host. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother, for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards, and for his teenage role as the title ...more

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: How I Met Your Mother, Starship Troopers, The Smurfs, The Muppets Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, + more

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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly confirmed he is gay in an opinion piece published by Businessweek on October 30, 2014. The personal essay advocates for human rights and equality.

"Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky."
 
Source: Businessweek

Timothy Donald "Tim" Cook is an American business executive, and is the CEO of Apple Inc. Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations—he also served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations—and was Chief Operating Officer until he was named ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Robertsdale, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Businessperson

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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Jodie Foster publicly came out in 2013 during her Golden Globes acceptance speech, saying, "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."

Alicia Christian Foster, known professionally as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of three, and her first significant role came in 1976 as a child prostitute in Taxi Driver, for which she received a nomination for the ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Film Director

Credits: The Silence of the Lambs, Elysium, Panic Room, Inside Man

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Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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In 2012, Anderson Cooper publicly came out in a statement that said, "I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It's become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed, or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true... 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." He has been dating Benjamin Maisani since 2009.

Anderson Hays Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. ...more

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Age: 49

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model Author, + more

Credits: Anderson Cooper 360°, 60 Minutes, Anderson Live, The Mole

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Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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'N Sync singer Lance Bass came out as gay in 2006 to People magazine. He said, "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."

James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNC's success led Bass to work in film and television. He starred in the 2001 film On the Line, ...more

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Age: 37

Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Tropic Thunder, The Meredith Vieira Show, 'N Sync: PopOdyssey Live, 'N Sync in Concert

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Zachary Quinto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
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Zachary Quinto publicly came out in 2011 in an interview with New York magazine. He supports several gay rights organizations.

Zachary John Quinto is an American actor and film producer. Quinto rose to prominence for his role as series antagonist Sylar in the science fiction drama Heroes from 2006 to 2010. He is also known for his portrayal of Spock in the 2009 reboot Star Trek and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. ...more

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Margin Call, Heroes

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