Jim Parsons Joins Notable Actors, Actresses Recently Coming Out

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Jim Parsons has made a name for himself in the ratings hit "The Big Bang Theory." Now, Parsons is making headlines for coming out publicly as gay. Access Hollywood states the actor told a New York Times interview he is in a 10-year committed relationship. Parsons is just one of a handful of actors and actresses who have come out of the closet in 2011 and 2012.

 

Anne Burrell

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Just days after Parsons came out publicly, so did Anne Burrell, a James Beard award-winning chef, and Food Network personality, who hosts "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef," and has appeared on "Chopped," "Iron Chef America," and "Worst Cooks in America." Fellow Food Network star Ted Allen revealed the news on Romaine Patterson's Sirius XM show. Burrell's representative said, "Anne doesn’t feel she was outed. She has made no secret of her relationship. Her significant other is a very private woman. They have been together for a couple of years and spend a lot of time together. It is no secret in the culinary world.”


Sean Maher

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Sean Maher of "The Playboy Club" announced he was gay in September 2011. Maher said he moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and chose to keep his sexuality in the closet for fear it would ruin his acting career. His agent and manager first suggested Maher keep his sexual orientation to himself. The actor has since parted ways with both men. He is happily in a relationship of 10 years and has two children.





Kristy McNichol

Kristy McNichol gained fame as one of the stars in the series "Family" and "Empty Nest." She came out in early January 2012. ABC News reported McNichol has lived with her partner Martie Allen for two decades. She came out as an effort to help kids bullied for their sexual orientation. After a successful television career, McNichol retired from screen work in 1992 after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Zachary Quinto

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Zachary Quinto is best known for his role as the epically evil Sylar on the NBC sci-fi series "Heroes" and his role as a gay ghost on current "American Horror Story." In October 2011, he came out of the closet in an interview with New York Magazine. There was speculation he was gay based upon several roles Quinto has had, according to ABC News. The death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer inspired Quinto to admit his sexuality publicly to stand up for kids being bullied. The actor said "there's a lot of hopelessness that surrounds" being gay in New York where gay marriage is allowed, yet kids are still bullied.

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer used the backdrop of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards to announce he was gay in February. Bomer was honored for his work as an HIV/AIDS activist. The "White Collar" star thanked his family at the awards show after dodging questions about his rumored homosexuality in early 2010. It was reported that Bomer's partner is publicist Simon Halls who represents Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy. 

 

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell's memoir "I'm Walking As Straight As I Can" was published in April 2011. Three months earlier the actress admitted publicly for the first time she was gay. Jewell first gained fame in the 1980s sitcom "The Facts of Life" and later moved to "21 Jump Street" and "The Young and the Restless." I n her memoir, Jewell detailed the struggles of discrimination in Hollywood because of her sexual orientation.

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