Decades ago, many people considered being gay a taboo, with homosexual men facing ridicule at work and discrimination in schools and public places. However, with the increased awareness over the years and plot of television shows such as Transparent and Beginners, people have accepted various gender identities and sexual orientations, motivating gay to accept their situation and become comfortable under their skins. Here are some of the top 10 famous holiday gay actors who have come out of their closets to declare love for other men, married other men, and even enjoyed the joy of parenthood through surrogacy:
10. Joel Grey
Joel Grey is a famous American singer, actor, photographer, and dancer. Now 82 years old, he has featured in many Broadway shows, produced famous songs, and performed well as the Master of Ceremony for the Oscar-winning Kender and Ebb musical Cabaret. Even though Joel was married to Jo Wielders from 1958 to 1982 and had two children, Jennifer Grey and James Katz, he struggled with his sexuality for several years, with his fear of homophobia helping to keep his secret safe. During an interview with the People for the Oscar-winning Cabaret, John decided to break the ice by coming out in the open to declare that he is gay. His family, who knew his gay status for many years, hailed his bravery and fully supported his decision.
9. Lance Bass
James Lance Bass, commonly known as Lance Bass is an American dancer, film producer, television producer, author, and actor from Laurel Mississippi, Southern United States. Now 35 years old, Bass rose to fame as a bass singer in the renowned American pop band NSYNC. Since then, he has directed and featured in films, and won prestigious awards for his humanitarian work and contribution in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. People have questioned Lance’s sexual orientation for many years. However, in July 2006 on a cover story for the People magazine, James Lance revealed that he was gay. On August 31, 2013, he was engaged to Michael Turchin and eventually married him in 2014.
8. David Michael Burtka
David Michael Burtka is an American born actor and chef. He was born on May 29, 1975, and popularly known for his stellar performance in The Play about the Baby television show. He also featured in 24 Nights and How I Met Your Mother. A Native of Dearborn, Michigan, United States, David Michael Burtka is gay. His sexual orientation came to the limelight after he started dating Neil Patrick Harris, a star actor in How I Met Your Mother. Harris publicly acknowledged their relationship in the People magazine and eventually married Burtka in 2014. They have two kids, Grace Burtka-Harris and Scott Burtka-Harris via surrogacy.
7. Sean Patrick Hayes
A popular figure in the American entertainment industry, Sean Patrick Hayes is one of the top 10 famous Hollywood gay actors in 2017. He is a popular comedian, actor, and producer, with his role as Jack McFarland in NBC’s Will and Grace Sitcom winning him four SAG Awards, six Golden Globe nominations, one American Comedy Award, and one Emmy Award. Hayes is a 44-year-old from Chicago, Illinois. Although he declined to discuss his sexual orientation for many years, he confirmed that he is gay in 2010 during an interview with the Advocate. In November 2014, Sean Hayes announced that he was in a relationship with his long-term partner, Scott Icenogle, who he has since married.
6. John Barrowman
Born John Scot Barrowman on March 11, 1967, in Mount Vernon, Glasgow, United, John Barrowman is a renowned Scottish-American actor who doubles as a singer, writer, presenter, and dancer. He studied performance arts at the United States International University (USIU) in San Diego and landed lead roles in highly grossing films such as The Phantom of the Opera, Cole Porter’s, and Anything Goes after that. John Barrowman is openly gay. His sexual orientation came to the limelight in 1993 when he started dating an English architect, Scot Gill. Following the American Supreme Court’s decision to deny an overhaul of the State of California’s Preposition 8 in the Hollingsworth versus Perry case, Barrowman and Gill legally married in California in July 2013.
5. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Best known for his role as Mitchell Pritchett on ABC’s Modern Family sitcom, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a famous Hollywood actor from Missoula, Montana, United States. He has also featured in “What Do You Think You Are?” television series, which brought him success and the fame he enjoys to date. Jesse Tyler Ferguson is openly gay. He met lawyer Justin Mikita in 2010 in a local gym, announced their engagement in September 2012, and married him in July 2013 in New York City.
4. Enrique Martín Morales
Commonly known as Ricky Martin, Enrique Martín Morales is a 41-year-old Puerto Rican author, actor, and singer. Since his debut as a singer in the all-boy band group Menudo aged 12 years, he has made a significant contribution to the global entertainment industry including Hollywood. He has released several Spanish albums. He has also featured on television and stage shows in Mexico and America, one of the most popular ones being General Hospital in 1994. Morales sexual life has been a subject interest for many years. Even though he has had a straight relationship with a Mexican television host for over 14 years, he acknowledged to being a homosexual on March 29, 2010. He has two twin boys, Valentino and Matteo, through a surrogate mother. His relationship with his boyfriend, Carlos González Abella ended in 2014.
3. Chad Allen
Chad Allen is an American celebrity who started acting at a very young age. He is a GLAAD Media Award honoree, a three-time winner of the Young Artists Award, and is currently one of the most established gay actors in Hollywood. Since his debut in the entertainment industry, Chad Allen’s sexual life was a matter of speculation. This changed in October of 2008 when he revealed in an interview with Out.com that he has been in a three-year gay relationship. On October 2008, during a meeting with AfterElton.com, Chad Allen admitted Jeremy Glazer as his boyfriend.
2. Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is an entertainment powerhouse, best known for his role in the American television comedy How I Met Your Mother. He is also a magician, singer, producer, director, and one of the most influential Hollywood gay actors in 2017. Now 41, Neil Patrick Harris is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was married to David Burtka in 2014 and has two surrogate children, Grace and Gideon Burtka-Harris.
1. Wentworth Miller
Best known for his exemplary performance as Michael Scofield in Prison Break, Wentworth Miller is a famous 42-year-old Hollywood actor from Chipping Norton, United Kingdom. Before coming out as gay in August of 2013 when he declined to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival because of Russia’s anti-LGBT legislation, Wentworth Miller struggled with his sexual orientation, contemplating suicide several times.