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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."

Other celebs who recently came out include Wentworth Miller, Neil Patrick Harris, and Colton Haynes. 

Do you think that the 2000s have been the easiest time to come out as gay? Share your thoughts on these modern gay celebrities in the comments section.


Charlie Carver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35 Gay Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000
Photo: Charlie Carver/Instagram
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

Age: 28

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

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

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

Age: 56

Profession: Businessperson

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