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Many trailblazing celebrities have come out as gay over the years, but only a handful have been brave enough to do it in old age. Although people have grown more accepting of the LGBTQ community over the years, there was definitely a time when it was "taboo" to discuss one's sexuality in the media. Most gay celebrities used to keep their sexuality on the down low, for fear of getting snubbed for certain roles in Hollywood. Thankfully, those incredibly repressive times are behind us, and several famous actors, musicians and politicians have come out at the age of 50 and over. A few LGBT celebs even came out in their 80s.

Who is the most famous LGBT celebrity who came out late in life? George Takei tops our list. In 2005, at the age of 68, George Takei came out with a statement to the Associated Press. He has since become a champion for gay rights all over the world. At the age of 82, Jim Nabors came out and married his partner of 40-years, Stan Cadwallader, in 2013.

Barry Manilow still hasn't officially come out as gay, but in 2015 – at the age of 71 – he married his longtime partner Garry Kief. Other gay men who came out late in life include Richard Chamberlain, Pat Patterson and Clive Davis.

Are you surprised at the number of older LGBT celebrities? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

George Takei is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 LGBT Celebrities Who Came Out in Old Age
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In 2005, at the age of 68, George Takei came out with a statement to the Associated Press.

George Hosato Takei is an American actor, director, author, and activist, probably most widely known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and in an episode of Star Trek: ...more

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Age: 79

Profession: Author, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Mulan, General Hospital

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Jim Nabors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 LGBT Celebrities Who Came Out in Old Age
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At the age of 82, Jim Nabors came out and married his partner of 40-years, Stan Cadwallader, in 2013.

James Thurston "Jim" Nabors is an American actor and singer. Born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, Nabors moved to southern California because of his asthma. While working at a Santa Monica nightclub, The Horn, he was discovered by Andy Griffith and later joined The Andy Griffith Show, playing ...more

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Age: 86

Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Actor, Singer

Credits: Gomer Pyle: USMC, The Jim Nabors Hour, The Jim Nabors Show, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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Richard Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 LGBT Celebrities Who Came Out in Old Age
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Richard Chamberlain came out in his 2003 memoir Shattered Love. He was 64-years old at the time.

George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare. Since then, he has appeared in several mini-series such as Shōgun and The Thorn Birds, many successful films, performed classical stage roles and ...more

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Age: 83

Profession: Actor, Singer

Credits: Dr. Kildare, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, The Last Wave, The Towering Inferno

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 LGBT Celebrities Who Came Out in Old Age
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When astronaut Sally Ride passed away in 2012 at the age of 61, her obituary revealed that she was in a relationship with her partner Tam O'Shaughnessy for over 25 years.

Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left ...more

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Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)

Profession: Physicist, Astronaut

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