10 Supremely Successful Gay People

In light of the historic Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage on June 26, 2015, now more than ever before, successful gay women and men are openly talking about their sexuality and no longer feel the need to lead separate public and private lives. Supremely successful gay athletes, celebrities, CEOs, designers, and other LGBT people from all walks of life are proudly discussing their sexuality with the media, employers, family, and friends. As a result, these courageous individuals have helped shape a growing culture of universal love and acceptance that encourages other gay teens, adults, and seniors to come out and know that they are not alone.


To celebrate the 6-26-15 victory and #LoveIsWon movement, we’ve put together a list inspiring gay individuals who are paving the way towards change in the U.S. and the world.

 

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  Sir Ian McKellen has appeared in over 50 films since his 1969 feature debut. Best known for roles like Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Iago and Macbeth in Shakespearean stage dramas such as Othello and Macbeth, Sir Ian came out to the public in 1988 and has been an active LGBT activist ever since. He is the recipient of a whopping six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, a BIF Award, and two Academy Award nominations. Sources: Awards Watch; Wikipedia, Sir Ian Mckellen      

 

Sir Ian McKellen has appeared in over 50 films since his 1969 feature debut. Best known for roles like Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Iago and Macbeth in Shakespearean stage dramas such as Othello and Macbeth, Sir Ian came out to the public in 1988 and has been an active LGBT activist ever since. He is the recipient of a whopping six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, a BIF Award, and two Academy Award nominations.

Sources: Awards Watch; Wikipedia, Sir Ian Mckellen

 

 

 

  Jon Stryker is a highly successful American architect, philanthropist, social, and environmental advocate with a net worth of about $2.1 billion. He is the founder and President of the Arcus Foundation, a private international organization supporting LGBT causes and Great Ape conservation issues. Source: Wikipedia, Jon Stryker  

 

Jon Stryker is a highly successful American architect, philanthropist, social, and environmental advocate with a net worth of about $2.1 billion. He is the founder and President of the Arcus Foundation, a private international organization supporting LGBT causes and Great Ape conservation issues.

Source: Wikipedia, Jon Stryker

 

  A child actor who began his start in national network commercials, Jussie would later co-star in Disney’s The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner’s North (1994). In 2015, Smollett portrayed musician Jamal Lyon on Fox’s critically acclaimed TV drama Empire. Smollett confirmed he is gay during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015. Source: Wikipedia, Jussie Smollett

 

A child actor who began his start in national network commercials, Jussie would later co-star in Disney’s The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner’s North (1994). In 2015, Smollett portrayed musician Jamal Lyon on Fox’s critically acclaimed TV drama Empire. Smollett confirmed he is gay during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015.

Source: Wikipedia, Jussie Smollett

  Peter Thiel is the co-founder of Paypal and has a net worth of $2.2 billion.  A visionary tech pioneer, he is also an outside investor in Facebook. Peter came out to friends in 2003, but now openly identifies as gay. According to some people, his openness about his sexuality has played an integral part in his general commitment to changing the norms of venture capital investment. Source: Wikipedia, Peter Thiel  

 

Peter Thiel is the co-founder of Paypal and has a net worth of $2.2 billion.  A visionary tech pioneer, he is also an outside investor in Facebook. Peter came out to friends in 2003, but now openly identifies as gay. According to some people, his openness about his sexuality has played an integral part in his general commitment to changing the norms of venture capital investment.

Source: Wikipedia, Peter Thiel

 

  Equal parts brains and beauty, model, and philanthropist Portia de Rossi is best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on smash 90’s hit TV series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Fünke on the sitcom Arrested Development. In 2011, Portia penned a New York Times bestselling memoir, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain that shares her battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia. Today, Portia is married to TV host Ellen DeGeneres and currently stars on the show Scandal. Sources: Wikipedia, Portia de Rossi; Amazon, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain Summary  

 

Equal parts brains and beauty, model, and philanthropist Portia de Rossi is best known for her roles as lawyer Nelle Porter on smash 90’s hit TV series Ally McBeal and Lindsay Fünke on the sitcom Arrested Development. In 2011, Portia penned a New York Times bestselling memoir, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain that shares her battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia. Today, Portia is married to TV host Ellen DeGeneres and currently stars on the show Scandal.

Sources: Wikipedia, Portia de Rossi; Amazon, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain Summary

 

  Best known for playing Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series and six films that followed, George Takei is a social media mogul with over 5.5. million fans. He is an outspoken advocate LGBT activist and is also working on a musical called Allegiance that is drawn from his experience in Japanese internment camps during WWII. Takei has also recently published two books and is the subject of the 2014 documentary “To Be Takei”. Currently, he’s the host of “Takei’s Take”, a YouTube series produced by AARP that explores tech, trends, current events, and pop culture. Source: GeorgeTakei.com

 

Best known for playing Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series and six films that followed, George Takei is a social media mogul with over 5.5. million fans. He is an outspoken advocate LGBT activist and is also working on a musical called Allegiance that is drawn from his experience in Japanese internment camps during WWII. Takei has also recently published two books and is the subject of the 2014 documentary “To Be Takei”. Currently, he’s the host of “Takei’s Take”, a YouTube series produced by AARP that explores tech, trends, current events, and pop culture.

Source: GeorgeTakei.com

  Apple CEO, Tim Cook made headlines as the first and (so far only) Fortune 500 CEO who has publicly declared himself gay. Tim came out on October 30, 2014, and acknowledged his sexual orientation to help others who yet have to come to terms with their sexuality. Source: The New Republic magazine

 

Apple CEO, Tim Cook made headlines as the first and (so far only) Fortune 500 CEO who has publicly declared himself gay. Tim came out on October 30, 2014, and acknowledged his sexual orientation to help others who yet have to come to terms with their sexuality.

Source: The New Republic magazine

  Chris Hughes is one of the five co-founders of Facebook. Today, he is the editor-and-chief of The New Republic magazine. In 2012, he married his partner Sean Eldridge, the Political Director of Freedom to Marry. Source: Wikipedia, Chris Hughes  

 

Chris Hughes is one of the five co-founders of Facebook. Today, he is the editor-and-chief of The New Republic magazine. In 2012, he married his partner Sean Eldridge, the Political Director of Freedom to Marry.

Source: Wikipedia, Chris Hughes

 

  New York City native, Cynthia Nixon played Miranda on hit HBO series Sex and The City and won an Emmy for her portrayal in 2004. She found love with education activist, Christine Marinoni in the same year. Source: Wikipedia, Cynthia Nixon

 

New York City native, Cynthia Nixon played Miranda on hit HBO series Sex and The City and won an Emmy for her portrayal in 2004. She found love with education activist, Christine Marinoni in the same year.

Source: Wikipedia, Cynthia Nixon

  Jason Collins is a retired basketball players who played 13 seasons in the NBA. He played for the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, among others. When the 2012-13 NBA season came to a close, Collins publicly came out as gay. He wrote an article for Sports Illustrated, making him the first active male gay athlete to do so. He explained that he chose jersey number “98” in honor of Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder in 1998 to honor the teen’s memory. Source: Wikipedia, Jason Collins Share your LGBT, universal love, and acceptance photos and videos with us on social media. Give us a shout out:  #LoveIsWon. Don’t to forget to check out the 10 best celebrity quotes on marriage equality.  

 

Jason Collins is a retired basketball players who played 13 seasons in the NBA. He played for the New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, among others. When the 2012-13 NBA season came to a close, Collins publicly came out as gay. He wrote an article for Sports Illustrated, making him the first active male gay athlete to do so. He explained that he chose jersey number “98” in honor of Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder in 1998 to honor the teen’s memory.

Source: Wikipedia, Jason Collins

Share your LGBT, universal love, and acceptance photos and videos with us on social media. Give us a shout out:  #LoveIsWon. Don’t to forget to check out the 10 best celebrity quotes on marriage equality.