Until July, Anderson Cooper had never publicly confirmed he was gay, but he'd never denied it, either. Cooper's sexual orientation has long been an open secret, but it took an Entertainment Weekly cover story about gay celebrities to prompt the newsman to finally come out. Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, another openly gay newsman, wrote to Cooper asking for his reaction to the story
Ian McKellan "I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying, ˜This is fiction.' I mean, walking on water?" The actor, an outspoken advocate for gay rights, refers to himself as an atheist.
32 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in the 2000s George Takei officially announced that he was gay in Frontiers magazine in 2002. He has since become a popular champion for gay rights. He married his longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008.