8 Gay Celebrities Who Came Out in the 1990s

, , , and transexual individuals started to gain more support in the 1990s. Although actors, writers, and musicians were winning popularity, many celebrities kept their sexuality hidden. However, there were a several famous people who came out as in the nineties. This list of celebrities who came out in the 1990s has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person who came out in the 1990s? tops our list. She famously came out on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in 1997.  was outed by the media after he was arrested for lewd conduct in 1998. He has since become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and AIDS research and frequently performs benefit concerts to support these causes. He showed humor and humility after his arrest by mocking the incident with his music video for “Outside” and satirizing himself on the comedy special for the finale of “Extras.”

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres famously came out as gay on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in 1997.

George Michael

George Michael was outed by the media after he was arrested for lewd conduct in 1998. He has since become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and AIDS research and frequently performs benefit concerts to support these causes. He showed humor and humility after his arrest by mocking the incident with his music video for “Outside” and satirizing himself on the comedy special for the finale of “Extras.”

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge first came out in 1993 at the Triangle Ball, a gay celebration of President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. She is an outspoken advocate for gay rights and she has never let society’s judgements stop her from living her life the way that she intended.

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane had been out to his family and friends since he was in his 20s, but he didn’t come out as gay to the public until the late 90s. Lane has said that he assumed everyone already knew, but he was inspired to publicly state that he was gay to show his support for young men who are struggling to find the confidence to live an open life.

k.d. lang

k.d. lang came out as gay in a 1992 interview with The Advocate. She has since been an outspoken supporter of gay rights.

Danny Pintauro

“Who’s the Boss” actor Danny Pintauro came out as gay in 1997. In 2014, he married his boyfriend, Wil Tabares.

Michael Jeter

The Green Mile actor Michael Jeter came out as gay in 1997. He also revealed that he was diagnosed with HIV. Jeter died due to complications with AIDS in 2003.

Stephen Gately

Musician Stephen Gately came out as gay in 1999. He died as the result of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2009.