Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is most well known for his role as womanizer Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother,” but the real-deal actor came out in 2006.
"I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love," he said at the time. Harris is married and has twins, one boy and one girl.
Openly gay actress Jane Lynch has taken the big screen from roles for “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Wreck-It Ralph” to the small screen for her character in “Glee.”
“I’m glad that this show and the fact that I’m out and open about it will perhaps ease the hearts and minds of some kids where it’s not so easy,” she told HuffPost Live in an interview.
“The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper may be straight, but actor Jim Parsons has been married to his partner Todd Spiewak for over a decade.
"I've never considered myself an activist," Parsons said in a speech after receiving the Inspiration Award by GLESN in 2013. "I've never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it's an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.”
Coming back in season after season of “American Horror Story,” Sarah Paulson has played a variety of roles while on the job. In “AHS: Asylum,” Paulson took on the role as a lesbian reporter. In real life, she is in a happy relationship with actress Holland Taylor.
“You should be able to love whomever you fucking well please,” Paulson told NOTOFU Magazine in an interview, referring to both her same-sex partner and their age difference.
Wentworth Miller came out with a bang in 2013 when he declined a Russian film festival because of the country’s anti-gay laws.
"I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," he wrote. "The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."
He is known recently for his role as Captain Cold in “Flash” and Michael Scofield on “Prison Break.”