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The 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood

LGBTQ representation in Hollywood is at an all-time high. Thanks to the showrunners driving authentic stories, filmmakers bucking decades-old heteronormative paradigms, actors emboldened to live more honestly and platforms bankrolling so much of it, being gay, queer, transgender or any other other has never been more widely embraced in the entertainment industry.

For its inaugural Pride issue, The Hollywood Reporter homed in on the talent and makers helping boost visibility and creating opportunities for members of the extended LGBTQ community. These 50-plus power players, from Laverne Cox to the cast of Queer Eye, each make a unique contribution — and share here where they first felt seen by Hollywood and what work still needs to be done to achieve equitable representation.

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Robin Roberts, "Good Morning America" anchor

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Jane Lynch, former "Glee" actress and "Hollywood Game Night" host

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Jim Parsons, Emmy-winning actor in  "The Big Bang Theory"

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Raven-Symoné, former "That's So Raven" star

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Matt Bomer, actor ("White Collar," "American Horror Story")

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Kristen Stewart, actress ("Twilight" series)

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Holland Taylor, former "Two and a Half Men" actress

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Adam Lambert, singer and "American Idol" alum

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Colton Haynes, actor ("Teen Wolf," "Arrow")

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Elliot Page, actor ("X-Men," "Juno")

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Ricky Martin, singer

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Lily Tomlin, comedian and actress ("Grace & Frankie")

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Sam Smith, Oscar-winning singer and songwriter

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Laverne Cox, "Orange Is the New Black" star

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Barry Manilow, singer

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Amandla Stenberg, actress ("Everything Everything")

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Daniela Vega, actress ("A Fantastic Woman")

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George Takei, former "Star Trek" actor

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Ezra Miller, "Justice League" actor

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Nikki Blonsky, actress in "Hairspray"

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Matt Bomer

Actor | In Time

Matthew Staton Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri, to Elizabeth Macy (Staton) and John O'Neill Bomer IV, a Dallas Cowboys draft pick. Matt was raised in Spring, Texas, and educated at Klein High School, near Houston. After school, he attended Carnegie Mellon University in...

Neil Patrick Harris

Actor | How I Met Your Mother

Neil Patrick Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 15, 1973. His parents, Sheila Gail (Scott) and Ronald Gene Harris, were lawyers and ran a restaurant. He grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, a small town 120 miles south of Albuquerque, where he first took up acting in the fourth grade. ...

Zachary Quinto

Actor | Star Trek

Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Award ...

Ricky Martin

Soundtrack | August: Osage County

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ricky initiated his singing career in the Latin all boy-band group Menudo. After leaving the group, he moved to New York to study acting. After finishing his studies, he relocated to Mexico where he performed as actor in "Mama ama el Rock", "Alcanzar una Estrella II"...

Lance Bass

Actor | On the Line

Lance Bass is the quintessential illustration of a highly successful and driven jack-of-all-trades: singer, host, actor, producer, writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cosmonaut.

Beyond his fame as a member of the phenomenally successful group *NSYNC, where the group sold an impressive 60 ...

T.R. Knight

Actor | Genius

T.R. Knight was a member of the acting company of Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater. Roles there included Richard Miller in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" and Amadeus in Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus".

On the New York stage, he portrayed Tim Allgood in "Noises Off", Damis in "Tartuffe", Joe in "This Lime ...

Chris Colfer

Actor | Struck by Lightning

Chris Colfer is a very talented actor and vocalist who was born on May 27, 1990 in Fresno, California, USA as Christopher Paul Colfer. He is an actor, known for Glee (2009-2015), Struck by Lightning (2012), and The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. His break out role was as Kurt Hummel in Glee, ...

Rupert Everett

Actor | My Best Friend's Wedding

Stylish Rupert James Hector Everett was born on May 29, 1959, in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, to Sara (Maclean) and Anthony Michael Everett, a Major in the British Army, who later worked in business. Of royal stock, he is of primarily English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry with a dash of German and ...

Robert Gant

Actor | 13 Reasons Why

With several decades of wide-ranging credits to his name, Robert Gant has become a well known actor and participant both in Hollywood and abroad. From television to film, dramatic to comedic, his portrayals have spanned all genres. In one of his most well known roles, Robert starred as Professor ...

Sean Hayes

Actor | Will & Grace

Sean Patrick Hayes was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. His father, Ronald, a lithographer, left the family when Sean was a young child. His mother, Mary, works at a food bank, and raised Sean and his four siblings on her own. Sean supported himself as a classical ...

Cheyenne Jackson

Actor | American Horror Story

Cheyenne Jackson was born on July 12, 1975 in Newport, Washington, USA as Cheyenne David Jackson. He is an actor and composer, known for American Horror Story (2011), 30 Rock (2006) and Glee (2009). He has been married to Jason Landau since September 13, 2014. They have two children. He was ...

Michael Urie

Actor | Ugly Betty

Michael Urie is a native Texan who was active in Speech and Drama all through high school at Plano Senior High School. He trained in theater studies at Collin County Community College in Plano before going to The Juilliard School where he was recipient of the John Houseman prize for excellence in ...

Chris Salvatore

Actor | Eating Out: The Open Weekend

Chris Salvatore grew up in Richboro, Pennsylvania, a small town outside Philadelphia. He started his career in entertainment as a singer/songwriter. In 2005 he studied vocal performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. His music has been featured on MTV and is available in online music stores...

Randy Harrison

Actor | Queer as Folk

Randy Harrison was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA and graduated high school in Atlanta, GA. Harrison began acting as a child eventually receiving a BFA from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is best known for his role as Justin Taylor in the Showtime series Queer as Folk (1999). ...

Tom Lenk

Actor | Room 104

Thomas (Tom) Loren Lenk was born in Westlake Village, California, USA on June 16th, 1976. Tom attended Moorpark College until his junior year, then transferred into UCLA's theater program. It wasn't long before others began to notice Tom's talent, and in 1997 Tom won the Carol Burnett Award and ...

Charlie David

Producer | Shadowlands

Charlie David has hundreds of hours of television to his credit predominantly exploring the LGBTQI2S experience. He has been selected as the Canadian Filmmaker in Focus by the Kashish Film Festival in Mumbai, India, an invited guest of the Canadian embassy in South Africa to share his documentary ...

Sean Maher

Actor | Serenity

Sean Maher is well known to television and film audiences for his role as 'Dr. Simon Tam' in Joss Whedon's feature "Serenity". The film was based on the critically acclaimed series "Firefly".

Maher was born and raised in New York where he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He moved to Los...

Jim Parsons

Actor | The Big Bang Theory

Having grown up in Houston, and its northern suburb of Spring, he made his first stage appearance in a school play at the age of 6. Parsons then went on to study theater at the University of Houston. From there he won a place on a two-year Masters course in classical theater at the University of ...

Matt Dallas

Actor | Kyle XY

Matthew Joseph "Matt" Dallas born October 21, 1982 is an American actor, best known for playing the title character on the ABC Family series Kyle XY. Dallas was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Arizona School for the Arts. He has two younger brothers and one younger sister. He became ...

Wentworth Miller

Actor | Prison Break

Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film.

Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller...

Jonathan Bennett

Self | Cake Wars

Jonathan David Bennett was born in Rossford, Ohio, to RuthAnne (Mason) and Dr. David Paul Bennett. He headed straight to New York to pursue acting after graduating from the theater program at Otterbein. He was actually discovered by an agent while sitting on a train. Six months later he signed on ...

Jonathan Groff

Actor | Frozen

Jonathan Groff was born on March 26, 1985 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA as Jonathan Drew Groff. He is an actor, known for Frozen (2013), Hamilton (2020) and Frozen II (2019).

Matthew Wilkas

Actor | The Mummy

Matthew Wilkas was born on April 20, 1978 in Camden, Maine, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Mummy (2017), Gayby (2012) and Top Five (2014).

Murray Bartlett

Actor | August

Murray Bartlett was born on March 20, 1971 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for August (2011), Noor (2012) and Farscape (1999).

Russell Tovey

Actor | Grabbers

Russell Tovey was born on November 14, 1981 in Billericay Essex, England as Russell George Tovey. He is an actor and producer, known for Grabbers (2012), Being Human (2008) and The Good Liar (2019).

Maulik Pancholy

Actor | 30 Rock

Maulik Pancholy was born on January 18, 1974 in the USA as Maulik Navin Pancholy. He is an actor and writer, known for 30 Rock (2006), Weeds (2005) and 27 Dresses (2008).

John Barrowman

Actor | Torchwood

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He returned to the UK, for a 6 month Shakespeare semester with the United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "...

Jai Rodriguez

Actor | The Producers

Emmy Award-winning television host/actor Jai Rodriguez began his career at age 18 when he was cast in the role of Angel in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical RENT. Jai continued his Broadway career, appearing in shows like The Producers and Spinning Into Butter, and he created and performed ...

Dan Bucatinsky

Actor | The Baker and the Beauty

Dan Bucatinsky was born in New York City, New York, USA to Argentinian parents, Julio and Myriam. He is of Latin and Jewish descent. He is an Emmy winning actor, known for The Baker and the Beauty (2020), Second Act (2018) and Scandal (2012) and a producer of Who Do You Think You Are? (2010) and ...

Luke Evans

Actor | Dracula Untold

Luke George Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales, and grew up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. He is the son of Yvonne (Lewis) and David Evans. He moved to Cardiff at the age 17. He then won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre, and graduated in 2000.

He starred in many of London's West End...

Adamo Ruggiero

Actor | Degrassi: The Next Generation

Born June 9th/1986 in Toronto, Adamo Ruggiero is a television/film/theatre actor and television host. His credits include: Degrassi- The Next Generation (Series, 2002-2008), Make The Yuletide Gay (Feature, 2009), The Neverending Story (Play, 2011) and The Next Star (Series, 2008-2012). Adamo is ...

Peter Paige

Producer | The Fosters

Peter Paige is an accomplished actor, director, and playwright who has worked on countless theatrical productions in New York and at regional theaters around the country, not to mention numerous television and film projects. Paige lived in seven different states before graduating from high school. ...

Lee Pace

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

One of the most versatile actors working in Hollywood today, Lee Pace has established himself as a powerful leading man, consistently delivering compelling performances in film, television, and on stage.

Pace will next be seen in the highly anticipated Apple TV+ series FOUNDATION. Scheduled for a ...

Kyle Dean Massey

Actor | Sex and the City 2

Kyle Dean Massey is an American actor best know for his work on Broadway in Pippin, Next to Normal, Wicked, Xanadu & Altar Boyz. Kyle Dean was raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a town 60 miles northwest of Memphis, TN. He started taking dance classes at age 6 after seeing his older sister perform in a...

Ben Whishaw

Actor | The Lobster

Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, to Linda (Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology. He has a twin brother, James. He is of French, German, Russian (...

Andrew Scott

Actor | Spectre

Andrew Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland, the middle child with two sisters, Sarah and Hannah. His parents, Jim and Nora, sent him to a private Catholic school for boys. He did a little acting as a child when he was in a couple of commercials on Irish TV. At 17 he was chosen to star in his first ...

Conrad Ricamora

Actor | How to Get Away with Murder

Widely known for his ground breaking role of Oliver on How To Get Away With Murder, Conrad Ricamora is also an accomplished Broadway singer/actor, earning a Grammy Nomination for his work on the Original Cast Recording of The King and I at Lincoln Center. Other notable roles include Soft Power and ...

Michael J. Willett

Actor | G.B.F.

Michael was born and raised in Fresno, California. There he found a love for art, music and life- Performing in almost every local talent show, family gathering and theater, he learned how to sing, act, play piano and dance. Realizing a need for greater opportunities, Michael traveled to Los ...

Rory O'Malley

Actor | Dreamgirls

Rory O'Malley was born on December 23, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He is an actor, known for Dreamgirls (2006), Mother's Day (2016) and Nurse Jackie (2009). He has been married to Gerold Schroeder since September 28, 2014. They have one child.

Alan Cumming

Actor | The Anniversary Party

Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William,...

Billy Eichner

Actor | The Lion King

Billy Eichner was born on September 18, 1978 and raised in New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School (NY) in 1996. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he majored in Theater.

He is the star, executive producer and creator of Billy on the Street (2011), a comedy game show ...

Charlie Carver

Actor | Ratched

Charlie Carver was born in San Francisco, California.

At a young age, Charlie moved up to a small town in the Napa Valley. It was there in school that Charlie had his first exposure to acting. He went on to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy, ACT San Francisco, and the University of Southern ...

Colton Haynes

Actor | Rough Night

American actor and model Colton Lee Haynes was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Dana Denise (Mitchell) and William Clayton Haynes. He began modeling at age 15 and his first success came with an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign. He also modeled for J.C. Penney, Kira Plastinina, and Ralph Lauren. He is best ...

Noah Galvin

Actor | Booksmart

Noah can be seen playing 'Kenny' in ABC's comedy "The Real O'Neals" premiering in March 2016.

Noah is most proud of his critically acclaimed work off- Broadway at theaters such as the Signature, Playwrights Horizons, MCC, The Vineyard, The Public, The Culture Project, The Flea, The Wild Project, New...

Nico Tortorella

Actor | Scream 4

Nico Tortorella is a native of Chicago, Illinois. They started out in professional theater when they were in seventh grade. They were offered a contract with Ford Models when they stopped by an open call in 2007. In 2009 they played the character Razor in ABC Family's film "Twelve". They co-starred...

Ray Santiago

Actor | Meet the Fockers

Ray Santiago is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent. Originally from Nyc and a LaGuardia Highschool For The Performing Arts graduate, Ray was raised in the south Bronx where he began his career in early 2000's. In 2004 he acted in films like "Girlfight" and "Meet The Fockers", but fame came ...

Blake Ewing

Actor | The Little Rascals

Blake Ewing is an American composer for visual media.

He believes in music - and in its wonderful power to be cohesive, moving, influential, emotive, subdued, deferential, caustic, achingly beautiful, full of character, simplistic, complex and/or virtually any other adjective one can think of.

His ...

Thomas Dekker

Actor | Swimming with Sharks

Thomas Dekker is a 28 year veteran of the film and television industry. At the age of 5, he landed a national commercial and a brief stint on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless". This lead to a slew of guest starring and recurring roles on popular television series of the time such as "...

Dan Amboyer

Actor | Younger

Dan Amboyer born December 28, 1985 is an American actor, Amboyer was born in Detroit, to Claudia and Dr. Donald Amboyer. He attended The Roeper School and arts high school Interlochen Arts Academy. Amboyer subsequently continued his studies at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where he was ...

Brandon Flynn

Actor | 13 Reasons Why

Miami-born actor Brandon Flynn is known for his role as Justin Foley on Netlix's 13 Reasons Why (2017).

Brandon has appeared in commercials, and on stage, first as Mr. Smee in Peter Pan, at ten years old, and recently as Luke in the off-Broadway production of Kid Victory, at the Vineyard Theatre. ...

Anthony Rapp

Actor | Rent

Anthony Rapp started his career at the age of six, and received his first professional job at the age of nine. His breakout came when he originated the role of "Mark Cohen" in Jonathan Larson's production of the Broadway musical "Rent". He can be heard on the original cast recording.


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Top 10 Sexiest Gay Male Celebrities

Dear Straight People,

Sorry to break it to you but the following 10 smoking hot men all play for the other team!

From chart topping pop stars to award winning actors. here is our list of the top 10 sexiest openly gay male celebrities.

10. Marc Jacobs

Source: @themarcjacobs via Instagram

First up on our list is none other than one of the most powerful gay men in the world, the very influential Marc Jacobs! With his handsome mug and muscular tattooed physique, the 52-year old fashion designer is the sugar daddy every gay boy wishes he had.

9. Don Lemon


Number 9 on our list is the very handsome Don Lemon. An Emmy winning news anchor and journalist, this African-American dreamboat came out of the closet through his memoir ‘Transparent’, published in 2011. Although he is now almost 50 years old, Don Lemon still looks as sharp as ever!

8. Neil Patrick Harris


There are few things sexier than a good sense of humour and Neil Patrick Harris is certainly not lacking in that department.

Not only is Neil Patrick Harris hilarious, the man is chock full of talent. Throughout his illustrious showbiz career, Neil Patrick Harris has taken on the roles of actor, writer, comedian, producer, director, host and even singer! With so much talent and charisma, Neil Patrick Harris is our pick for the number 8 spot on this list.

7. Cheyenne Jackson

Luckily for us, this dreamy blue-eyed hunk plays for our team!

Unfortunately for us, the 39-year old American actor and singer-songwriter is already married to another lucky man. 

6. Adam Lambert


Number 6 on our list is none other than American Idol alumni Adam Lambert.

Adam Lambert came out of the closet shortly after his American Idol journey ended. Since then, the Grammy nominated singer has become one of the most successful American Idol contestants with several multi-platinum albums under his belt.

5. Anderson Cooper


Making our top 5 is our dream sugar daddy; Anderson Cooper!

The silver haired fox and CNN news anchor publicly came out of the closet in 2012. Although Anderson Cooper is already almost 50-years old, his awesome physique hidden underneath the suits he is always wearing puts most guys half his age to shame.

4. Matt Bomer


Sitting pretty on the number 4 spot is Hollywood heart-throb Matt Bomer!

This 37-year old pretty boy first stole our hearts as Neal Caffrey in White Collar and later made us all hyperventilate when he slayed the stage in the blockbuster flick ‘Magic Mike’ and its sequel. Like Cheyene Jackson, Matt Bomer is also unfortunately, married.

3. Wentworth Miller


The star of Prison Break broke countless female hearts when he finally came out of the closet in 2013. With his sharp features, toned physique and those piercing hynotic eyes, the Golden Globe nominated heart-throb is our pick for the number 3 on this list!

2. Ricky Martin

Source: @ricky_martin via Instagram

After years of heavy media speculation, chart-topping Latin pop star Ricky Martin publicly acknowledged his homosexuality through a blog post on his website in 2010.

Thankfully, coming out did not do too much damage to his career. The ageless pop star is one of the most successful Latin singers in music history; a 6-time Grammy winning legend with record sales of over 70 million. He is also the proud father of 4 children.

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With his perfectly symmetrical face, soothing voice and killer booty, Ricky is in our opinion, the 2nd sexiest gay man alive today!

1. Duncan James

Source: @mrduncanjames via Instagram

Our pick for the sexiest gay male celebrity is none other than… British heart-throb Duncan James! Although he initially identified himself as bisexual in 2009, he clarified in 2013 that he was in fact, gay.


Arguably the hottest member of the highly successful British boy band ‘Blue’, Duncan James’ flawless physique and British charm makes him an easy shoo-in for the top spot on this list!

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Top 10 Hot Gay Male Celebrities


Our roundup of some of the hottest gay actors of all time who are proudly flying the flag for our awesome LGBTQ community.

Representation, whether plain as a bad eyebrow job or as subtle as a carefully-coordinated outfit, is slowly but surely growing for the LGBTQ+ community in Hollywood.

More and more actors are opening up about their gender and sexuality, emboldened by the lesser potential for backlash aimed in their direction. While some prefer to maintain their privacy – not out of fear but out of “God, the paparazzi are getting on my nerves about this!” – others proudly announce engagements, display breakups for all the world to see, and post their vacation snaps featuring their beloved partners – and sometimes kids too!

We still aren't where we need to be when it comes to equal treatment and opportunity for a lot of folks in Show Business but with the list of openly gay stars growing each year and the support for them following suit, it's only a matter of time before the score evens out.

1. Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander is a man of many talents as well as many troubles in his younger days. He appears in the British BBC TV series It's a Sin, which covers the times leading up to the devastating AIDS epidemic. By contrast, be sure to check him in the ghoulish homage to all things gothic, Penny Dreadful.

Along with his acting accolades, Olly is also widely known for his role as the lead singer of the pop-synth band Years & Years and his documentary Growing Up Gay. The film not only shares the stories of other LGBTQ youths struggling against outside prejudice and their own mental health but also reveals Alexander's own battles as someone who grew up knowing he was gay in a world that doesn't always accept that.

When he isn't performing, he visits schools and gives inspiring, inclusive talks as an LGBTQ role model. We could definitely use a few more role models in the world, not just for the younger generation in our community, but for just about everybody!

The moment when Olly stole our hearts was when he gave this rousing speech at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival promoting LGBTQ rights and calling for the elimination of racism, ableism, and sexism.

2. Luke Evans

Luke Evans is one of the biggest and most versatile actors to quietly come out in recent years. He has never been all that vocal about his preference in partners, mostly due to pressure from agents and publicists hoping to “preserve” his burgeoning career. But he certainly isn't willing to hide the facts either!

Although he's currently single, many posts on Luke's Instagram feature his former boyfriend, director Rafa Olarra. That same Insta feed feature some pretty smokin' hot thirst traps too we might add!

Originally from Wales, some of Evans' biggest roles include films such as Dracula Untold and the heroic Bard in The Hobbit trilogy. We also loved him in his role as the vile and vain Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, which was quite a novel film for Disney in that they featured their first gay character – LeFou, who is shown to have feelings for Gaston.

Perhaps in a different universe, there would have been an alternate ending where the antagonist survives, gets over his massive ego, and he and LeFou could find themselves a nice cottage to cover in antler-themed décor… A Disnerd can dream, can’t they?

Luke Evans is a well-known actor who is also gay (and gorgeous!)

3. Jeffery Bowyer-Chapman

Oh Mr Jeffery – you sure can charm the pants off us with that gorgeous Canadian smile of yours! And those beautiful eyes…

Jeffery Bowyer-Chapman got an interesting start in life; while his bio-dad is Jamaican and his mother is from the UK, he grew up with an adoptive family in the chilly climate of Alberta, Canada. He also grew up knowing that he was different from all the athletes and hunting enthusiasts, as he wanted nothing more than to be a performer.

With the support of his family, and in spite of the more conservative views of his hometown, he made that dream come true with his starring role as Jay on UnReal. While the character originally was written as straight, once the show got picked up beyond the pilot episode, one of the producers offered to revise him to be more attuned to the actor's truth. If only more shows and networks would take up this habit, we’d have quite a few more diverse shows to watch!

Jeffery has also served as a (questionable!) judge on the RuPaul Canada’s Drag Race spinoff and has done stints as a fashion model since he was sixteen.

Jeffrey Bower-Chapman is a gorgeous gay actor from Canda

4. Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris is probably one of the most widely recognized members of the gay community in Hollywood since he came out in an interview in 2006. We know he's gay. You know he's gay. People that don't know him from their neighbor's house cat know he's gay!

But Harris himself wasn't so sure until Burt Reynolds (yes, you read that name right!) jokingly kissed him on the set of the B.L. Stryker detective drama TV series back in the 1980s. And if you were a fan of his more recent role as the suave womanizer Barney on How I Met Your Mother, you were probably incredibly shocked when you found out the truth – we sure were! More recently, Harris starred in the 2021 BBC hit series It's A Sin (alongside Olly Alexander), putting on quite an impressive British accent!

Whilst Neil PH has dated women in the past, we think it's safe to say he prefers life with his husband, David Burtka, and their adorable twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.

Neil Patrick-Harris is one of the most famous gay actors, with a handsome husband and adorable twin children

5. Ben Whishaw

Ben is a cutie! You just can't help but fall for his boyish charm…

Ben has appeared in many blockbusters like the voice of Paddington Bear, the next generation of Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins Returns, Suffragette, The Danish Girl, and as the Millennial Q in the James Bond films – Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time To Die. He's also starred in major dramatic plays like “Hamlet” and “The Crucible”. In other words, when it comes to acting, this dude's far more than just a pretty face!

But the cherry on the cake? We remember being super excited when Ben famously came out in 2013. Whilst being in the spotlight outside of character roles was never his forte, he did open up enough to reveal that he and his partner, Mark Bradshaw (aren't rhyming last names a good sign?) – entered into a civil partnership in 2012. We're definitely super excited to see more of Ben W's upcoming movies!

Ben Whishaw is a successful gay actor you have probably seen as Q in the new James Bond movies

6. Matt Dallas

Oh Mr Matty, you just needs to show us a fraction of that sweet smile of yours and our hearts go crazy…

Matt Dallas of Kyle XY fame didn't come out to the wider world until years after his debut show was off the air, though it was no choice of his own. Producers and agents (a bossy bunch, aren’t they?!) urged him to keep mum about his sexuality given the uncertain climate of early 2000s Hollywood. However, in 2013, he decided that hiding himself was no longer suitable.

Other big screen roles we loved seeing Matt star in include the pastor John in supernatural horror film Along Came the Devil, Greg Carlyle in the Lifetime thriller film A Daughter's Plan to Kill, and as Bobby Browning in the romantic comedy Nearly Married.

On the relationship front, Matt married the drop-dead gorgeous musician, Blue Hamilton in July 2015. Later that year, the handsome pair announced on their Matt and Blue Youtube Channel that they had adopted a two-year-old boy called, Crow.

Matt Dallas is a gorgeous and openly gay actor whi has a YouTube channel about life with his husband and son

7. Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan is a Nigerian-Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He's also ridiculously captivating to watch on screen, especially when he melted our hearts in Love, Simon!

When it comes to his sexuality, he prefers not to use labels for himself but nonetheless proudly claims his identity in all the facets of his career. Not only is he an award-winning actor, but also a successful fashion model (he walked at the Paris fashion week no less!) and musician with a powerful and colorful single: Rainbow Dragon. And there was also that adorable moment in RuPaul's Drag Race: All-Stars 4 when he sat as a guest judge on the ‘Snatch Game of Love' task…swoon!

Though he may have been bashful in his younger years, outside of performing at least, he exudes confidence and hopes to inspire up-and-coming art lovers to follow their hearts. We know we’re definitely inspired to keep doing what we love together, both by celeb icons and our wonderful audience!

Keiynan Lonsdale is an Australian-Nigerian actor who absolutely melted hearts in the film

8. Luke Macfarlane

Does Luke Macfarlane look familiar to you? Does he give you unusually festive vibes, no matter the current season? Well, if you're a fan of Hallmark Channel's abundant plethora of Christmas movies (and who isn't?!) – you've probably seen him quite frequently.

In recent years, the world capital of cheesy rom-coms that put viewers in the holiday spirit has cast him in eight different films. Granted, one of them was actually a Valentine's flick, but that's still seven gingerbread cookie-cutter Christmas movies under his belt. Makes you wonder if he’s actually that holly-jolly in real life or he just looks good in ugly Christmas sweaters?

This super handsome Canadian has also had quite a few boyfriends peppered throughout his time on the small screen, including Wentworth Miller, but overall he's a pretty private guy that keeps his work and personal life as separate as possible.

Luke McFarlane is a gay actor who often stars in holiday rom-coms

9. Brian J. Smith

We've all swooned over the super likable cop, Will Gorski in the Netflix hit, Sense8 right? Especially after those pretty racy scenes with Lito…

Brian also starred in the main role in Treadstone – a serial spin-off of the “Bourne” movies. Upcoming blockbusters to look out for him include the long-anticipated, Matrix 4.

Brian famously came out in a 2019 interview with Attitude Magazine, in which he revealed that he couldn't always be open about who he was growing up. Being a native Texan that grew up during the much more conservative 1980s, it's no wonder that he felt like the odd man out until he set foot on stage. That was one place he could be anyone he wanted without having to worry about facing judgy neighbors and other assorted nay-sayers. He, fortunately, didn't have to worry at all about his family, who lowkey knew all along and encouraged him regardless of “popular” opinions at the time.

Non-LGBTQ+ friends and family members being supportive is often the difference between thriving and surviving for many of us, but nobody should ever have to beg or fight for it.

Brian J. Smith is an openly gay actor who got his big break in Sense8

10. Darryl Stephens

Darryl Stephens and his most notable role, the lead character in the TV dramedy of Noah's Arc, have quite a bit in common, which is a blessing with a tinge of a curse. While both he and the titular character seek more than casual hookups and vapid text message exchanges, their personalities are not wholly interchangeable, as he has limits that Noah did not.

This, however, seems to get lost in translation when it comes to hopeful fans reaching out for advice and potential partners reaching for a “relationship.” Some people just can’t take a hint, jeez. Nevertheless, he hopes to continue bringing his audience positive examples of a gay black man finding healthy love in a business that often pushes the opposite as the stereotype.

Other movies to check out the dashing Darryl in include From Zero To I Love You, Bolden, Boy Culture, and Another Gay Movie.

Darryl Stephens is a gay black actor who plays roles that challenge stereotypes

11. Blake Young-Fountain

Blake Young-Fountain has dedicated every minute he had available to honing his acting skills since he was teeny tiny, even if it meant staying out of the dating game and social scene for the time being. Sad as that is for potential beaus, his fans certainly appreciate his efforts.

Given his performances in The Skinny and Blueprints, it comes as no surprise that he's so devoted to perfecting a wide range of mannerisms and quirky habits that give each character unique personalities. He provides a shining example of what Hollywood, LGBTQ, or otherwise, should be: committed and passionate about his work without the ulterior motives underneath.

Other gems to see Blake in include Grownish, The Mindy Project, Pet Peeves, I Am Michael, Let Clay Be Clay, and The Houseboy. A quirky fact we love about Blake Y-F, his mother loved the soap opera Dynasty so much that she named him after her favorite character – Blake Carrington!

12. Lance Bass

Any NSYNC groupie worth their salt knows about Lance Bass – he was the bass singer in the insanely popular boy-band after all. But the world at large didn't know (only suspected!) that he was gay until he announced his relationship with a contestant on The Amazing Race after the 2006 season.

This wasn't his first foray into dating men, according to various sources, but it was the paparazzi catching up to the pair that led to him clearing the air himself later in an autobiography titled Out of Sync. His coming out and subsequent LGBTQ activism led to him being awarded the Human Rights Campaign's “Visibility Award” in October 2006, which we fully applaud him for!

Beyond his time in NSYNC, Lance had quite a colorful movie career, appearing in films like On The Line, Love Wrecked, and Such Good People, not to mention a whole heap of cameos in Zoolander and Cursed.

Lance Bass is famous from the band NSYNC but is also a well-known actor and LGBTQ activist now

13. Jonathan Bennett

Whether he's dishing out delicious baking challenges as the host of Food Network's Cake Wars or telling Lindsay Lohan that it's October 3rd in the classic Mean Girls, Jonathan Bennett is “so fetch!” any way you look at it.

And now we’re hungry just thinking about all that gorgeous dessert…

Jonathan Bennett scored the first LGBTQ romantic lead in a Hallmark Christmas movie by the name of The Christmas House, which aired during last year's holiday season. Not to mention he's also capitalizing on Aaron Samuel's never-waning fame by selling Mean Girls themed Pride shirts to benefit The Trevor Project (an excellent support hotline for LGBTQ youth).

Next time our wardrobes need sprucing up, we just may order a shirt or two!

Jonathan Bennet is a gay actor most well-known for being the teen love interest of Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls

14. Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto, most notable for portraying Spock in the latest installments of the Star Trek universe, elected to come out in the wake of Jamey Rodemeyer's tragic suicide in 2011, rather than continue hiding from his fans and followers. He wanted to provide his viewers with the knowledge that they are not alone in their feelings, and that no amount of societal rejection should steal your love and joy.

Although he also played the primary antagonist in the Heroes series, his off-screen actions show support to his community, which we found to be nothing short of heroic! We wish it didn’t take such drastic measures for us to come together and stand proud.

Other notable film roles for Zachary include starring in the Emmy nominated, American Horror Story: Asylum, Margin Call, What's Your Number? and Hotel Artemis.

Zachary Quinto is a well-known gay actor, having starred in Heroes and playing Spock in the newest Star Trek films

15. Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller hasn't always been the most forthcoming about his orientation when it comes to public curiosity. Like many other actors, he preferred to keep his love life mostly to himself unless given no other options.

Can’t say we blame him; nosy know-it-alls can get tiresome, famous or not. But after denying an invitation to a Russian film festival in light of their anti-LGBTQ laws in 2014, it didn't take much to connect the dots. The Prison Break star didn't feel comfortable, and rightfully so, supporting an event in a country where his community was so vehemently ostracized and oppressed for who they love.

One day the world will be free to us all to travel and explore without having to tiptoe around, at least we hope so!

And just when Wentworth couldn't get any hotter, he also starred as the love interest in Mariah Carey's music video We Belong Together.

The Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller is known for being private but we think he's also gay

16. Matt Bomer

Any Magic Mike fans out there? Of course there are!

Channing Tatum is hard to resist no matter your orientation, as is his co-star Matt Bomer. I mean have you seen him? He's also available for soap opera fans, White Collar devotees, and those in the widespread and varying American Horror Story fanbases.

Dig guys that are into philanthropy? Same!

Bomer's your man for that too. In fact, he came out at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2012 when he was awarded for his work in the feature film The Normal Heart, a dramatic exposé on the government's pitiful treatment of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Bomer thanked his husband, Simon Halls, and their three sons for supporting his career.

And this guy's also super talented having won a Golden Globe Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award, and even Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Matt Bomer is a hunky gay actor who's married with three sons

17. Cheyenne Jackson

If you have or know kids in the Disney obsession stage (or if you never grew out of yours!), you've probably seen Cheyenne Jackson in the third instalment of Descendants where he plays the crabby cerulean ruler of the Underworld, Hades.

Fiery blue hair and long leather jackets is definitely a good look for our Cheyenne!

If the children of Disney villains aren't dark enough for you, Jackson has appeared in multiple seasons of American Horror Story, one of which featured him alongside Lady Gaga as her sidekick!

The man himself is far from being an inhabitant of the doom and gloom some of his characters live in – he is a loving father of fraternal twins, 2 gorgeous pups, and husband to Jason Landau. Cheyenne keeps us entertained with all his adorable family antics on his Instagram along with the occasional thirst trap thrown in for good measure…

Cheyenne Jackson is one droolworthy gay actor that you can see in Disney or American Horror Story!

18. Michael Urie

Michael Lorenzo Urie (no relation to the lead singer of “Panic! at the Disco”) has always been an actor, though before he was out, the character he played the most was a version of himself.

He is most recognizable as playing the role of Marc St. James in Ugly Betty – the assistant of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams). He's also appeared as a guest judge in the Snatch Game episode of RuPaul's Drag Race on Season 7 (see video below).

Living in Texas in his youth, he felt pressured to hide his true self out of self-preservation, even though his peers found his gay “imitations” amusing.  Even in his early acting career, he feared being typecast if he revealed himself. However, after landing a role in The Temperamentals, it became clear that Hollywood somewhat acknowledges the fact that all LGBTQ characters don't have to fit the same two-dimensional stereotypes…as they should!

19. Chris Salvatore

If you like raunchy comedy series then we've got the perfect actor for you!

Chris Salvatore has starred as Zach in all three of the gay All You Can Eat movies between 2009 to 2012. And as an added bonus, one of his songs made it onto the soundtrack for the first of those films he appeared in. Other accolades include starring in the movies, By The Way, Paternity Leave, BearCity 3, and in the TV shows Paradise Pictures, Girlfriends of Christmas Past, and cameos in Fire Island.

If singing and acting don't quite tickle your fancy, he also does charity work for the Gay American Heroes Foundation (an anti-bullying charity) and starts GoFundMes to help out his elderly neighbors in need.

He has a heart of gold, not to mention he is incredibly easy on the eyes too.

Chris Salvatore is a gay actor who's well-known for the raunchy All You Can Eat films

20. Chris Colfer

Glee fans, rejoice – we haven't forgotten about you!

Chris Colfer had to be on this list as the portrayer of one of the most famous openly gay characters in recent times. Although everyone knew about Kurt Hummel (and Colfer himself knew about it from a young age and was proud to never have to hide it!), he only publicly came out to his fans in 2009.

After being bullied as a child for his openness, some of the offenders came back once he gained fame and claimed to be his friends. How tacky! He doesn't let the fakers get him down though, not with a successful writing career on top of his amazing acting and a gorgeous boyfriend on his arm.

Amongst a heap of awards and nominations, Chris also went on to write, star in, and produce the movie Struck by Lightning as well as writing the “Land of Stories” books.

Chris Colfer is a gay actor most well-known for his portrayal of gay character Kurt on Glee

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