Here's How Different 24 LGBTQ+ Stars Look After Coming Out, And Spoiler Alert: They All Look Better

    It's inspiring to see the younger celebs coming out younger and younger. A positive trend.

    1. Ricky Martin publicly came out in 2010 at 39:

    Ricky Martin onstage

    What he said when he publicly came out: "This is just what I need, especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed."

    Ricky Martin waving

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Ricky Martin

    And this is him now at 50:

    Here he is with his super hot husband:

    And here are his teenage kids getting surfing lessons:

    2. Jim Parsons publicly came out in 2012 at 39:

    Closeup of Jim Parsons

    A 2012 New York Times profile mentioned that he had been in a relationship with a man for 10 years.

    Closeup of Jim Parsons

    He later said about this interview, "I was doing an interview (in 2012) the summer after I had been in The Normal Heart on Broadway. I was doing Harvey in New York, and I was interviewed by Patrick Healy of the New York Times. I can't remember the exact question, but he asked about something to the effect of, ‘Was it more meaningful to be a part of The Normal Heart being gay?’ I said yes. I remember leaving there going, well, I sort of just took the back door out, as it were. I remember thinking it was kind of poetically perfect."

    Closeup of Jim Parsons

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Jim Parsons

    And this is him now at 49:

    Closeup of Jim Parsons

    Here he is with his longtime partner Todd Spiewak:

    Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons on the red carpet

    They got married in 2017.

    Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons

    3. Sir Ian McKellen publicly came out in 1988 at 49:

    Closeup of Sir Ian McKellen

    Ian came out on a BBC program when he was asked about a controversial government bill against "promoting homosexuality."

    Ian McKellen at a protest

    He said this about this bill: "It’s offensive to anyone who is — like myself — homosexual, apart from the whole business of what can and cannot be taught to children.”

    Young Sir Ian McKellen at a gay pride rally.

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Ian McKellen

    And here he is now at 83:

    Closeup of Ian McKellen

    He just announced a UK tour of the pantomime Mother Goose.

    BTW, here's what he said about coming out in 2018:

    I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out – including myself. Life at last begins to make sense, when you are open and honest. Today is the 30th anniversary of the BBC radio discussion when I publically said I was gay. So I’m celebrating!

    Twitter: @IanMcKellen

    4. George Takei publicly came out in 2005 at 68:

    Closeup of George Takei

    What he said when he publicly came out: "The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay. The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young.”

    George Takei holding hands with his partner

    This was him then:

    And here he is now at 85:

    He's been with his husband Brad for over 35 years.

    5. Raven-Symoné publicly came out in 2013 at 28:

    Closeup of Raven-Symone

    What she said when she publicly came out: After marriage equality was legalized, Raven said: "I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however, am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to."

    Raven-Symoné throwing the peace sign

    This was her then:

    Closeup of Raven Symoné

    And here she is now at 36:

    She got married in 2020.

    Raven-Symone and her partner

    6. Kristen Stewart publicly came out in 2017 at 27:

    Closeup of Kristen Stewart

    She publicly came out in her opening monologue on SNL.

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    "I am, like, so gay."

    This was her then:

    Closeup of Kristen Stewart

    And here she is now at 32:

    In 2021, she told Howard Stern she was engaged to be married.

    Kristen Stewart and her partner

    7. Anderson Cooper publicly came out in 2012 at 45:

    Closeup of Anderson Cooper

    What he said when he publicly came out: "The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

    Anderson Cooper on the red carpet

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Anderson Cooper

    And here he is now at 55:

    He has two kids.

    8. Robin Roberts came out publicly in 2013 at 53:

    Closeup of Robin Roberts

    What she said when she publicly came out: Robin wrote on Facebook, "I am grateful for my entire family, my longtime girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together." It was the first time she publicly acknowledged she was gay.

    Closeup of Robin Roberts

    This was her then:

    Closeup of Robin Roberts

    And here she is now at 61:

    Here's a picture of her celebrating her partner's 48th birthday:

    They've been together for 17 years.

    9. Sarah Paulson publicly came out in 2005 at 31:

    Sarah Paulson and Cherry Jones

    Sarah "came out" when she kissed her then girlfriend Cherry Jones after she won a Tony award.

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    She told NOTOFU magazine, "I was just doing what one would do when a person they love has just won a big award."

    Sarah Paulson and Cherry Jones

    This was her then:

    Sarah Paulson and Cherry Jones

    And here she is now at 47:

    Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

    She's been with Holland Taylor since 2015.

    Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

    10. Lance Bass publicly came out in 2006 at 27:

    Reichen Lehmkuhl and Lance Bass

    What he said when he publicly came out: "I'm not ashamed. I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life."

    Lance Bass and his then partner.

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Lance Bass

    And here he is now at 43:

    He got married in 2014.

    And he and his husband have two kids.

    11. Don Lemon publicly came out in 2011 at 45:

    Closeup of Don Lemon

    What he said when he publicly came out: “I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to say it."

    Closeup of Don Lemon

    This was him then:

    Don Lemon holding up the peace sign

    And here he is now at 56:

    He's engaged to his partner, Tim.

    Tim Malone and Don Lemon

    12. Neil Patrick Harris publicly came out in 2006 at 33:

    Closeup of Neil Patrick Harris

    What he said when he publicly came out: “The public eye has always been kind to me, and until recently, I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now, it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships."

    Closeup of Neil Patrick Harris

    "So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”

    Closeup of Neil Patrick Harris

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Neil Patrick Harris

    And here he is now at 49:

    He's been married since 2014.

    And has two kids.

    13. Tom Daley when he publicly came out in 2013 at 19:

    Closeup of Tom Daley

    What he said when he publicly came out: Tom came out in a YouTube video and said, "In Spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy."

    Closeup of Tom Daley

    This was him then:

    Tom Daley holding a medal

    And here he is now at 28:

    He's been married to Dustin Lance Black since 2017.

    They have one son together.

    14. JoJo Siwa publicly came out in 2021 at 18.

    JoJo Siwa throwing the peace sign

    She did it through a series of social media posts.

    JoJo Siwa wearing a shirt that says, "Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever."

    This was her then:

    Closeup of JoJo Siwa

    And here she is now at 19:

    Here she is with her girlfriend Avery.

    15. Rosie O'Donnell publicly came out in 2002 at 40:

    Closeup of Rosie O'Donnell

    Rosie said this about her Tom Cruise obsession, "I said I wanted him to mow my lawn and bring me a lemonade. I never said I wanted (to have sex with him).”

    Closeup of Rosie O'Donnell

    This was her then:

    Rosie O'Donnell holding an Emmy

    And here she is now at 60:

    Here she is with her partner Aimee.

    She's also always posting about her five kids.

    16. Wanda Sykes publicly came out in 2008 at 44:

    Closeup of Wanda Sykes

    What she said when she publicly came out: Wanda came out when she attended a 2008 rally against Prop 8: "When I came out, it wasn't a planned thing at all. It was a national day of protest against the passage of Prop 8. I said, 'Okay, where's the rally, we are going to go to the rally.' And I did. And in my speech, I said that I got married and I'm pissed."

    Closeup of Wanda Sykes

    This was her then:

    Closeup of Wanda Sykes

    And here she is now at 58:

    She got married to her wife Alex in 2008.

    They have two kids together.

    17. Kevin McHale publicly came out in 2018 at 30.

    Kevin McHale holding a plate of food

    He came out on Twitter:

    #NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande.

    This was him then:

    And here he is now at 34:

    He's been with his boyfriend since 2016.

    And he was just on RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race.

    18. Sam Smith publicly came out as nonbinary at 27:

    Closeup of Sam Smith

    They came out in this series of tweets:

    Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out...

    Twitter: @samsmith

    I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.

    Twitter: @samsmith

    This was them then:

    Closeup of Sam Smith

    And this is them now at 30:

    They currently have the #2 song in the US.

    19. Zachary Quinto publicly came out in 2011 at 34:

    Closeup of Zachary Quinto

    What he said when he publicly came out: “In light of Jamey (Rodemeyer's death) — it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it — is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered citizen of this country.”

    Closeup of Zachary Quinto

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Zachary Quinto

    And here he now at 45:

    Closeup of Zachary Quinto

    He's always walking his two dogs around NYC.

    Zachary Quinto walking his dogs

    20. Gus Kenworthy publicly came out in 2015 at 24:

    What he said when he publicly came out: In an interview with ESPN magazine, he said: "I guess I should start by saying, 'I'm gay.'"

    Closeup of Gus Kenworthy

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Gus Kenworthy

    And here he is now at 31:

    He's also on that gay uncle grind.

    21. Eddie Izzard publicly came out in 2020 at 58:

    Closeup of Eddie Izzard

    Eddie has been talking about being trans for the past few years. She told the Hollywood Reporter she has boy mode and girl mode and is "essentially trans." At the end of 2020, Eddie announced that she is using "she/her" pronouns.

    Closeup of Eddie Izzard

    This was her then:

    Eddie Izzard on a talk show

    And here she is now at 60:

    She's currently touring with her show Wunderbar.

    22. Clay Aiken publicly came out in 2008 at 30:

    Side-by-side of Clay Aiken and a drawing of him

    What he said when he publicly came out: Clay came out when he had his son. He told People, "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that.”

    Clay Aiken next to a drawing of himself

    This was him then:

    Closeup of Clay Aiken

    And here he is now at 43: