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A look at celebrities who have come out - and how they've done it.

Shaun Harrison
1 of 17 Kevin Parry/

Chely Wright

Country singer Chely Wright told People magazine in May 2010: "Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out."
2 of 17 Lester Cohen/

Ricky Martin

The Latin pop star and father of two openly discussed his sexuality for the first time on his website in March 2010, saying he was proud to be "a fortunate gay man."
3 of 17 Barry King/

Sean Hayes

The Will & Grace star discussed his sexuality with The Advocate in March 2010, saying: "I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never."
4 of 17 Jordan Strauss/

Anna Paquin

In April 2010, True Blood's Paquin made the declaration that she is bisexual in a public service announcement for the True Colors Fund, a nonprofit co-founded by Cyndi Lauper that promotes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.
5 of 17 Mathew Imaging/

Meredith Baxter

After three failed marriages, the Family Ties matriarch told the Today show's Matt Lauer in December 2009 that her realization that she was gay was "a later-in-life recognition."
6 of 17 Dimitrios Kambouris/

Clay Aiken

The former American Idol finalist appeared on the cover of People in September 2008 holding his infant son with the words "Yes, I'm Gay" across the photo.
7 of 17 George Pimentel/

Neil Patrick Harris

Following reports about NPH's homosexuality, the How I Met Your Mother star confirmed to People magazine in November 2006 that he is a "very content gay man."
8 of 17 Jason Merritt/

Ellen DeGeneres

The daytime talk-show host and American Idol judge came out on Time's cover in April 1997 with the headline that read, "Yep, I'm Gay." Her sitcom character at the time, Ellen Morgan (Ellen), also came out about the same time to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. The episode marked the first gay or lesbian leading character on television.
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Cynthia Nixon

Nixon began dating education activist Christine Marinoni in January 2004, but was evasive with the press about her sexuality. Then in September 2006, the Sex and the City co-star told New York magazine: "I met this woman, I fell in love with her, and I’m a public figure."
10 of 17 Jordan Strauss/

Adam Lambert

After months of speculation about American Idol Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert's sexuality, the rocker told Rolling Stone in June 2009 he is gay and even had a crush on winner Kris Allen.
11 of 17 Jeff Kravitz/

Lance Bass

In July 2006, the 'N Sync alum came out on the cover of People and told the magazine he is "more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life."
12 of 17 Paul Morigi/

Wanda Sykes

Following the passage of Proposition 8 in November 2008, the comedian said at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas: "I'm proud to be gay."
13 of 17 Paul Morigi/

Melissa Etheridge

The singer-songwriter announced she is a lesbian at the 1993 Triangle Ball, a gay and lesbian inauguration party for President Bill Clinton.
14 of 17 Jordan Strauss/

Kelly McGillis

In April 2009, the Top Gun star was asked on the Internet show Girl Rock! what kind of partner she's looking for. Her response? "Definitely a woman … I'm done with the man thing."
15 of 17 Jason LaVeris/

T.R. Knight

After reports that Grey's Anatomy co-stars Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington were involved in an argument in which Washington allegedly said a gay slur, Knight released a statement through People in October 2006 that read, "While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me."
16 of 17 Jason LaVeris/

George Takei

In October 2005, Star Trek's original Sulu confirmed that he is gay to Frontiers, a Los Angeles magazine covering gay and lesbian issues. He also revealed he had been in a committed 18-year relationship with partner Brad Altman, whom he married in September 2008.
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David Hyde Pierce

While he declined to discuss his private life in the media, in May 2007 the Frasier star's publicist confirmed said Pierce is gay and in a long-term relationship with TV producer Brian Hargrove. The two married in October 2008 after being together for 25 years.