35 Gay Stars Who Came Out to the Media

Many queer celebrities choose to come out to the mainstream media. Some release official statements while others hold exclusive interviews with popular magazines. Some famous queer people come out in televised interviews and one celeb even came out on his reality competition show.

Who is the most famous gay star who came out to the media? Ellen Degeneres tops our list. The actress and talk show host is one of the most popular people in film and television. She famously came out as gay in Time magazine in 1997. A few weeks later, her character on her hit show Ellen came out. A League of Their Own star Rosie 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.

Two of the coaches from The Biggest Loser have come out publicly. Bob Harper came out during a 2013 episode of his popular reality show. He named his dog Karl after the gay icon fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Jillian Michaels first addressed her bisexuality in a 2010 interview with Ladies Home Journal when she stated, "If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love... It’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love." She and her partner Heidi Rhoades have two children together.