LGBTQ+ 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in High School  

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List of Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in High School, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many gay celebrities wait to publicly come out until they have established their place in Hollywood. A few famous folks actually came out as gay when they were still in high school. This list includes some actors, musicians, and even a fashion designer.

Who is the most famous person who came out while young? Chris Colfer tops our list. "Struck by Lightning" writer/actor Chris Colfer is openly gay. He said that his parents were always accepting of him, but he was bullied at school. He has been an inspiration to teens all over the world with his portrayal of Kurt on “Glee.”

Rupert Everett came out in high school, but he doesn't necessarily think that it is good for your career to be openly gay in Hollywood. He said, "The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business. It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point. You're going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they'll cut you right off... Honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out."

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Chris Colfer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in High School
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"Glee" actor Chris Colfer is openly gay. He said that his parents were always accepting of him, but he was bullied at school.

Age: 28

Birthplace: Clovis, California, United States of America

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Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in High School
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Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been openly gay since he was a teen. Wainwright spoke to the Huffington Post in 2013 regarding his feeling about being a gay artist: "I've always embraced it, only because there is such a fabulous history of really gay artists, especially in songwriting."

Age: 45

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, New York, Dutchess County, United States of America, United States, + more

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Alexander McQueen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in High School
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Openly gay designer Alexander McQueen was named head designer at Givenchy in 1996. He said that he knew he was gay at age 6, but he didn't come out to his family until he was 18. He married George Forsyth in 2000, but the couple split up one year later. He tragically took his own life in 2010.

Age: Dec. at 41 (1969-2010)

Birthplace: London Borough of Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in High School
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My Best Friend's Wedding actor Rupert Everett left school at 16 and worked as a prostitute for money as he was trying to make it as an actor.  He has said that he doesn't necessarily think that being openly gay in Hollywood is a good career choice.  He told The Observer: "The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business. It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point. You're going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they'll cut you right off... Honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out."

Age: 59

Birthplace: Burnham Deepdale

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