These famous folks have gone public with their sexual orientation, often saying they want to send a positive message young people who may be struggling with their own identity.
Anderson Cooper attends "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on December 11, 2011. UPI/ Phil McCarten
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Ellen DeGeneres (R) and Portia de Rossi attend the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on August 30, 2009. UPI/ Phil McCarten
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Matt Bomer, a cast member in the motion picture sci-fi thriller "In Time", attends the premiere of the film at the Regency Village Theatre in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on October 20, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson arrives for the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on December 9, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Jonathan Groff arrives for the 2011 Theatre World Awards in New York
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American actor Zachary Quinto attends the premiere of "Star Trek" at Empire, Leicester Square in London on April 20, 2009. He is dating Jonathan Groff, right. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad, Laura Cavanaugh)
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Actress Cynthia Nixon attends a photo call before a press conference for the film "Sex and the city 2" in Tokyo, Japan, on May 31, 2010. UPI/STR
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Ricky Martin arrives for the 2012 Tony Awards at the Beacon Theater in New York on June 10, 2012. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh
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