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Chely Wright Joins Growing Group of Openly Gay Celebs

Chely Wright’s very public coming out this week has been accompanied by a book, an album, and several high-profile interviews. Lance Bass and Clay Aiken came out on the cover of People, Adam Lambert on the cover of Rolling Stone, Meredith Baxter dramatically came out on The Today Show while Sean Hayes took the old-fashioned route: the cover of The Advocate.

In contrast, others have been more low-key: Ricky Martin simply posted an update on his Twitter account sharing that he is a gay man, Neil Patrick Harris and T.R. Knight released short statements. Broadway star Jonathan Groff (Glee) casually mentioned being gay while taking part in the national equality march in Washington D.C. last year.

For stars considering coming out publicly, there are now so many templates to follow!

I gotta say, the growing number of people in the spotlight willing to live more open lives is so damned encouraging.

I launched my first gay-themed entertainment blog back in June of 2006 and I remember then thinking how many stars were openly gay. Seemed like a lot at the time: Elton John, Wilson Cruz, Chad Allen, Ellen DeGeneres, George Takei, Portia de Rossi, Mellissa Etheridge,  Rupert Everett, Martina Navratilova, Rosie O’Donnell, Ian McKellan, and, after many years in the closet: Richard Chamberlain.

Nearly four years later, that list has grown exponentially. I’ve created a gallery here that is by no means every famous gay person but some of those who have come out in recent years: Chely Wright, Ricky Martin, Sean Hayes, Michael Urie, Suze Orman, Meredith Baxter, Adam Lambert, Chris Colfer, Cheyenne Jackson, Gareth Thomas, Nicholas Rodriguez, Jonathan Groff, Matthew Mitcham, Wanda Sykes, Neil Patrick Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Clay Aiken, Lily Tomlin, Luke Macfarlane, Scott Evans, Jesse Tyler Fergusen, David Hyde Pierce, T.R. Knight, Kelly McGillis, and Jane Lynch.


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