Melissa Etheridge: The rock star came out in January 1993 during the Triangle ball, the first ever ball thrown for the LGBT community during a president’s inauguration, in this case Clinton’s. Etheridge recalls: “I didn’t even think, Oh, I’m going …

Ellen DeGeneres: DeGeneres came out in 1997, both in real life and on TV, on her sitcom “Ellen.” “The Puppy Episode,” which aired in April 1997, featured a who’s who of Hollywood, including Oprah Winfrey, Demi Moore, Billy Bob Thornton, …

Rosie O’Donnell: The comedian and talk show host came out by revealing “I’m a dyke!” during her stand up act at the Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Carolines Comedy Club in February 2002.

Heather Matarazzo: The actress, perhaps best known for her role as tormented teen Dawn Wiener in the film “Welcome To The Dollhouse,” came out in August 2004 by telling the NY Daily News about falling in love with Caroline Murphy: …

Portia de Rossi: The actress had been out to friends for quite some time, but she told the entire world in the fall of 2005 in interviews with Details magazine and The Advocate. “I’ve had my years of being not …

Suze Orman: Financial guru Suze Orman came out in a 2007 New York Times Magazine article. The 61-year-old Chicago native was asked if she was married in the interview, which prompted her to officially come out and set the record …

Amber Heard:”I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong. I don’t feel like I’m wrong,” said actress Amber Heard, 26, who came out while attending GLAAD’s 25th anniversary party. Heard …

Denise Ho: Hong Kong’s fourth annual LGBT Pride Parade in November saw beloved Cantonese pop star Denise Ho come out as a lesbian. This announcement made her the first mainstream female singer in Hong Kong to say she’s gay, according …

Chely Wright: Country singer Chely Wright came out in May 2010. She told People magazine, “There had never, ever been a country music artist who had acknowledged his or her homosexuality… I wasn’t going to be the first.” But she …

Kristy McNichol: People magazine reported In January 2012 that Kristy McNichol, who was beloved for playing Buddy Lawrence in the ’70s show “Family,” for which she won an Emmy, and later Barbara Weston on the “Golden Girls” spin-off “Empty Nest,” …

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