In a recent article in "The New York Times," it was finally revealed that Jim Parsons, one of the stars of "The Big Bang Theory" is gay and has been in a relationship for 10 years. Although this coming out has been very low-key, it does bring to mind a number of other actors, actresses, and other TV stars who have also come out recently, including the men and women listed below, all of whom braved public scrutiny to be true to themselves.
This actor, one of the leading men of the hit series "White Collar," came out as gay during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, where he was given an award for his role in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. During his acceptance speech, he thanked his partner Simon and their three children, which he said were his "proudest accomplishment."
Zachary Quinto, who had an epic role in "Heroes" and currently stars in "American Horror Story" came out as gay in "New York Magazine," pointing to his experience starring in the Broadway play "Angels in America" as a significant factor in his decision to do so. Another deciding factor was the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, who took his own life, which convinced Quinto of the need to take a more active approach to creating a more tolerant society.
In a remarkable move, CNN anchor Don Lemon came out as gay to "The New York Times" and in his book "Transparent." It was, according to him, an enormous struggle to include those parts of the book that dealt with his sexuality, due in large part to fear about how members of the African-American community would respond. However, he also felt that it would not be possible to write an inspirational book without being honest about who he is.
Known for her role in the hit comedy series "Empty Nest," retired from acting after deciding that it took too much of a toll on her mental health. She came out as a gesture of support of the many young people who face bullying in the hopes that her coming out would help them in their struggles against the torments of their peers. She has been living with her partner, Martie Allen, for the last 20 years.
This phenomenal actress, most famous for her role in the series "The Facts of Life," has been making TV history from the beginning of her career, when she became the first person with a disability to have a major role in a television series. After struggling with a number of personal issues, she came out as gay in her memoir, which highlights her struggles in Hollywood and anxiety over her sexual identity.