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30 celebrities you might not know are LGBTQ

Stacker Logo By Jacob Osborn of Stacker | Slide 1 of 31: The LGBTQ+ community has been integral to the performing arts since the dawn of entertainment itself. That said, celebrities who identify as being LGBTQ+ haven’t always been able to speak freely about their status. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that the entertainment industry took every conceivable measure to keep the sexual orientation of its foremost stars under wraps. Look no further than Old Hollywood actor Rock Hudson, whose homosexuality remained a tightly guarded secret during the height of his fame.

Many of today’s LGBTQ+ celebrities are overall less pressured into keeping their status a secret. Likewise, both the entertainment industry and society have made strides since the heyday of Rock Hudson, at least in terms of how both those entities approach and accept one’s sexual identity.

Although there is still quite a way for civilization to go when it comes to inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals, it’s becoming more and more apparent that a celebrity’s sexual orientation is not necessarily the career detriment it may have been in the past. Proving as much are a number of celebrities who have come out as LGBTQ+ in recent years. Stacker is highlighting 30 celebrities—in no particular order—whose LGBTQ+ status may not be as widely known.

You may also like: Harvey Milk, Mayor Pete, and 30 other LGBTQ politicians who broke barriers

30 celebrities you didn't know were LGBTQ

The LGBTQ+ community has been integral to the performing arts since the dawn of entertainment itself. That said, celebrities who identify as being LGBTQ+ haven’t always been able to speak freely about their status. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that the entertainment industry took every conceivable measure to keep the sexual orientation of its foremost stars under wraps. Look no further than Old Hollywood actor Rock Hudson, whose homosexuality remained a tightly guarded secret during the height of his fame.

Many of today’s LGBTQ+ celebrities are overall less pressured into keeping their status a secret. Likewise, both the entertainment industry and society have made strides since the heyday of Rock Hudson, at least in terms of how both those entities approach and accept one’s sexual identity.

Although there is still quite a way for civilization to go when it comes to inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals, it’s becoming more and more apparent that a celebrity’s sexual orientation is not necessarily the career detriment it may have been in the past. Proving as much are a number of celebrities who have come out as LGBTQ+ in recent years. Stacker is highlighting 30 celebrities—in no particular order—whose LGBTQ+ status may not be as widely known.

You may also like: Harvey Milk, Mayor Pete, and 30 other LGBTQ politicians who broke barriers

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