Although he plays a womanizer on “How I Met Your Mother,” Neil Patrick Harris has been in a committed relationship with boyfriend David Burtka since 2004.
Ellen DeGeneres announced her engagement to Portia de Rossi shortly after the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage in May. The comedian, who recently won the Emmy for best talk show host, joked that she would put her statuette on top of their wedding cake.
Sir Ian McKellan (“Lord of the Rings,” “X-Men”) is one of the most celebrated actors on stage and screen.
Rosie O’Donnell says she won’t remarry partner Kelli Carpenter until gay marriages are recognized nationwide. The couple wed in 2004, but their marriage was later ruled invalid by the California Supreme Court. The Court reversed its decision in May 2008, once again recognizing gay marriage.
Since coming out in 2006, former boy bander Lance Bass has been a vocal advocate for gay rights.
Singer Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels have stayed together through the good times (the birth of a son, Miller, in 2006) and bad (Melissa’s breast cancer battle).
“Grey’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight doesn’t care about the 16-year age difference between him and his beau, 19-year-old Mark Cornelson.
“Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano has made a name for himself with his innovative design, indescribable hairstyle, and overuse of the word “fierce!”
American designer and “Runway” judge Michael Kors is known for his sharp eye and even sharper tongue.
Tim Gunn has mentored aspiring fashionistas on “Runway” since the very beginning. Make it work!
With her larger-than-life style and personality, Gossip singer Beth Ditto has become a muse for designers Alexander McQueen and Charles Anastase.
Rex Lee has been stealing scenes in HBO’s hit “Entourage” for years. The fifth season returns in September 2008.
“Survivor” contestant-turned-model JP Calderon’s decision to come out was a poignant and powerful moment in Janice Dickinson’s usually over-the-top reality show, “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.”
Luke MacFarlane’s portrayal of a gay man on “Brothers and Sisters” helped facilitate his coming out in April 2008.
Sir Elton John (pictured here with partner David Furnish) has been out for twenty years. His tireless support of AIDS charities has garnered him as much respect as his singing/songwritng talent.
Like Elton John, George Michael is a dynamic English-born performer who continues to draw crowds.