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    16 Actors Who Played Amazing LGBTQ Characters Before Publicly Coming Out Themselves

    "Playing a character who was so comfortable in who she was, it was inspiring [to me] in a way that I think a lot of other people watching the show have been inspired."

    1. Mae Whitman

    2. Adamo Ruggiero

    3. Kaylee Bryant

    4. Humberly González

    Humberly González as Sophie in Ginny & Georgia

    5. Sara Ramirez

    6. Jake Borelli

    Levi kisses Nico on Grey's Anatomy

    7. Keiynan Lonsdale

    8. Demi Lovato

    9. Sean Hayes

    10. Tyler Posey

    11. Joshua Rush

    12. Victor Garber

    13. Tyler Blackburn

    14. Zachary Quinto

    15. Maulik Pancholy

    16. And Finally, Janet Varney

    The US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. The Trevor Project, which provides help and suicide-prevention resources for LGBTQ youth, is 1-866-488-7386. You can also text TALK to 741741 for free, anonymous 24/7 crisis support in the US from the Crisis Text Line. Find other international suicide helplines at Befrienders Worldwide ( In addition, if you or someone you know has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence or harassment, you can contact the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs hotline at 1-212-714-1141.