1. Elton John
Sir Elton Hercules John is a proud gay man. He has been out for decades now. He is married to David Furnish and has managed to inspire others through his story and his boldness.
He is also a successful musician and song composer who has won numerous awards and gained a massive following. Elton John was gay for a long time.
He announced that he was bisexual and after marrying Renate Blauel in 1984, he realized that he was gay and not just bisexual.
The marriage lasted four years before they parted ways. He does not seem to have a problem with who he is. Elton John has at been the forefront when it comes to fighting for some issues.
He weighed in on his opinion when Australia was taking a poll on whether or not to legalize same sex marriage.
He used his life as an example explaining how life is worth living because he loves the husband.
2. Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin is a famous Puerto Rican singer who is immensely talented. For a long time people speculated that he was gay and this took center stage as he got twins through a surrogate a few years back.
After this, he came out as gay and has been an inspiration ever since. As he came out, Ricky Martin recognized that he is a fortunate gay man.
He has also continued to be at the front line in some important issues. One notable case was his reaction to the Orlando shooting which he addressed through an emotional letter online.
Ricky Martin recalled that he realized he was gay the first time he saw ‘Saturday Night Fever’. He vividly recalls what Travolta did that led him to watch the movie eight times.
He is also brave enough to admit that he bullied gay men when he could not accept himself as one.
3. Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres is an inspiration to many not only because of what she does but also because of how she came out.
She is a television host and a comedian but she is also gay and proud of it. Her story was one of the most striking since it came out in 1997 in Time magazine.
Ellen’s story is also inspiring because she then went on to appear on television on the Oprah Show with her then girlfriend.
She has continued to thrive as a comedian and transitioned into a television show host. Hers is one of the most popular shows in the world.
Ellen thrives and inspires through her career. She is married to Portia de Rossi and the two have been together for a while now.
They are commonly referred to as one of Hollywood’s power couple. She has worked her way up and that is quite impressive.
4. Neil Patrick Harris
People fell in love with Neil Patrick Harris back when he was one of the cast members in ‘How I Met Your Mother.’
This popular show saw Patrick as a womanizer who would chase anything in a skirt. In real life, he is quite the opposite.
Neil Patrick Harris got married to his longtime boyfriend, David Burkta in 2004. The two admitted that they had been engaged for five years but could not follow through with it because the law forbade it.
They were therefore excited when the law was changed. Neil and David are considered as one of the hottest couples in Hollywood.
Harris admits that he admitted he was gay after a kiss from Burt Reynolds. He is an inspiration because he always knows what he wants.
He shares that he actually told people that he was bisexual until he finally admitted to being gay. He says that it was a journey of self discovery and that he learnt to love himself as is.
5. Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch is known because of her character in Glee among other characters she’s taken as an actress. She is an inspiration to many who feel trapped or lost in their sexuality.
She has continued to encourage people to rise above challenges and find unique and extraordinary things within themselves that make them special.
Lynch’s story is one of resilience and courage. She says that she always knew something was different. Growing up she was interested in playing with the boys.
They eventually sidelined her when they were teens and she fought to play baseball. This was not easy. She then discovered the word gay and related to it.
She found that she was the female version of that. She then wrote in her journal that she was gay and that no one would ever find out.
It took a lot of work for her to work through that and eventually come to a point in life where she has accepted herself for who she is.
6. Russell Tovey
Russell Tovey is an English actor who has been fortunate enough to profit off his sexual orientation.
Unlike others who have faced numerous challenges to get to where they are, Tovey has had it relatively easy. In fact, he admitted in an interview that coming out as gay is one of the best decisions he ever made.
He became famous for his role in Being Human and then landed a role as a gay spy in Quantico.
Tovey has worked hard to get to where he is and inspires others that they can also make it even if the odds are not completely stacked against them.
Tovey admits that he did not get a chance to be an effimate man because of where he grew up and went to school.
He had to be tough and survive. Those who are in a position of privilege can learn a thing or two from him.
7. Raven Symone
Raven Symone is well known to people as little Olivia from the Cosby Show and from her own Disney show.
She has since been involved in different acting projects with the latest being a revamped spin off of ‘That’s So Raven.’
With her position as a child actor, Symone was not privy to some privileges. She says that she knew she as gay at 12 years of age but could never come out or say it out loud because it would ruin her brand.
She had seen how others who came out were treated and she was not ready to deal with that. Raven came out when she was in college and has since lived her life proud of who she is.
She does not let anything bring her down but strives to make the best out of the opportunities that she has been given.
She is an inspiration to other younger people who find themselves in the same or similar situations.
8. Wanda Sykes
Most people say they are gay but do not follow up on so many things in their lives. Wanda Sykes decided that she was going to be all in with her wife and her children.
She got married years ago and has been living happily for a long time. For those who are women or comedians, Wanda has been an encouragement for those who would like to do it but feel trapped by their sexual orientation.
Actually, she came out at a rally in Las Vegas in 2008. This goes to show that her inspiration is not only one-sided.
She fought against the passing of proposition 8. She has never been one to talk about her relationship or personal life in the public domain.
However, as a celebrity and a gay person, she helped inspire people to stand against injustices by rallying others to go to Las Vegas to fight against proposition 8.
9. Jussie Smollet
Jussie Smollet is one of the gay celebrities who have improved the whole industry and by default, ensured that others are also able to enjoy the same privileges.
He is a phenomenal actor and his most prominent character is in Empire, the television show. He has continued to play that role in a way that connects with people.
Smollet is an inspiration because of how well he acts. Those who would like to get into the industry know that it is possible to get in and thrive.
He also continues to represent the struggles of the LGBT group through his on-screen character. Justin does not like to live his life out in the limelight.
In an interview, he emphasized that his mother knew who he is and that he does not have to share every single detail about his life. Smollet has made others believe that it is possible, both on and off screen.
10. Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz is best known for his role as Huck in Scandal. This role has catapulted him to fame and endeared him to many people.
He has been openly gay for his entire acting career which he is grateful for. He credits his ability in acting to where he grew up. Diaz may not have had it easy.
He had to grow up in New York City in the Bronx where he had to be tough in order to survive. This, he says, helped him much later in his acting.
He likens the pretense of hiding who you are to acting. He says that this played a big role in how he learnt to act.
Guillermo Diaz, while a public figure and icon, does not like to talk about his personal life. It is therefore hard to know who he is dating a certain points within the year.
However, he has continued to encourage others to be comfortable in their own skin.