After years as a stand-up comedian and actress, Rosie O'Donnell came out two months before her talk show went off-air in 2002.The announcement came during a comedy routine at the Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Carolines Comedy Club in New York.It was also the first public acknowledgment of her partner, Amber Laign.

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"It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions," the actor said.

Ellen De Generes came out shortly after her character Ellen, on an ABC sitcom, came out on-air amid controversy in 1997.

"Anyone who's a friend of mine, anyone who knows and cares about me, knows," the actress explained to Matt Lauer on the "Today" show.

"It's no secret that I'm gay, but it has been to the greater world." Baxter is in a long-term relationship with a building contractor, Nancy Locke.

"There's nothing wrong with going to bed with somebody of your own sex," he said. Stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes announced her sexual orientation -- and her marriage -- in 2008 at a rally for gay marriage. Nixon discussed her relationship with New York Magazine in 2006, saying, "I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me around that woke up or that came out of the closet; there wasn't a struggle; there wasn't an attempt to suppress.

"You know, I don't really talk about my sexual orientation," Sykes said. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life. I met this woman, I fell in love with her, and I'm a public figure."Once known best as the TV character he played during childhood, Doogie Howser, Neil Patrick Harris has continued his successful acting career as an adult.

"House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey came out via a statement on Twitter after he was accused of alleged sexual misconduct in 1986 by actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.

Spacey apologized to Rapp in the statement and also said "I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man."Aaron Carter shared a note with fans on Twitter in August saying that when he was around 13 years old he "started to find boys and girls attractive." The singer went on to say that at the age of 17 he had his first experience "with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with." Actress Kristen Stewart referred to herself as "so gay" during her monologue when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" in February.

Raven-Symone was in a relationship with a woman at the time, but the actress told Oprah Winfrey in 2014 that she doesn't want to be labeled as gay.