LGBT 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in the 1990s  

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Gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transexual individuals started to gain more support in the 1990s. Although gay actors, writers, and musicians were winning popularity, many celebrities kept their sexuality hidden. However, there were a several famous people who came out as gay in the nineties. This list of gay celebrities who came out in the 1990s has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person who came out in the 1990s? Ellen Degeneres tops our list. She famously came out on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in 1997. George Michael was outed by the media after he was arrested for lewd conduct in 1998. He has since become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and AIDS research and frequently performs benefit concerts to support these causes. He showed humor and humility after his arrest by mocking the incident with his music video for "Outside" and satirizing himself on the comedy special for the finale of "Extras."

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in the 1990s
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Ellen DeGeneres famously came out as gay on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in 1997.

Age: 59

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, The 79th Annual Academy Awards

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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in the 1990s
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George Michael was outed by the media after he was arrested for lewd conduct in 1998. He has since become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and AIDS research and frequently performs benefit concerts to support these causes. He showed humor and humility after his arrest by mocking the incident with his music video for "Outside" and satirizing himself on the comedy special for the finale of "Extras."

Age: 53

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Deadpool, Beverly Hills Cop II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Rules of Attraction

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#18 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in the 1990s
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Melissa Etheridge first came out in 1993 at the Triangle Ball, a gay celebration of President Bill Clinton's first inauguration. She is an outspoken advocate for gay rights and she has never let society's judgements stop her from living her life the way that she intended.

Age: 55

Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Social activist

Credits: An Inconvenient Truth, The Devil's Own, Money Train, The Concert for New York City

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Nathan Lane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in the 1990s
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Nathan Lane had been out to his family and friends since he was in his 20s, but he didn't come out as gay to the public until the late 90s. Lane has said that he assumed everyone already knew, but he was inspired to publicly state that he was gay to show his support for young men who are struggling to find the confidence to live an open life.

Age: 61

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

Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer, Writer

Credits: The Lion King, The Producers, The Birdcage, Mousehunt

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#45 on The Best Voiceover Performances in Film

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