There's a new breed of actors out there who aren't afraid to be out in Hollywood and beyond, despite the damage that coming out as gay can still have on a gay person's career, even in 2014.
Here are just some of the hot actors under the age of 40, who've come out. Listed A-Z by first name. We have tried our hardest to confirm all these actor's sexualities by various online sources. If we are wrong about someone, we are sorry, and will remove their listing here.
Born: 5th November 1983, Gateshead, England, UK.
Best Known For: Byker Grove, Doctor Who.
Came out in 2005 in an interview with a magazine.
Andrew is an actor best known for his role as Jake Simmonds in Doctor Who and is set to star in a new drama comissioned by Channel 4 called Cucumber from Queer As Folk writer, Russell T Davies.
Born: 5th August 1975, Bury, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
Best Known For: Queer As Folk and Coronation Street.
Came out in 2009 on Digital Spy.
Antony burst onto the scene in 1999 in the raunchy no bars held UK version of Queer As Folk as the campy Alexander Perry, he also had a brief cameo in Absolutely Fabulous as Eddie's assistant Damian. Now Antony works full time on the UK's longest running TV soap, Coronation Street, in which he first appeared in 2003.
Bobby Cole Norris
Best Known For: The Only Way Is Essex.
First appearing in series 4 of the reality TV giant TOWIE, Bobby Cole Norris was one of the first out stars of the series. In 2014 it was reported that he was dating co-star Harry Derbidge however the relationship ended when Harry was alledgedly caught cheating on Bobby.
Born: 10th August 1989, Cairns, Queensland, Austraila
Best Known For: In cast of Home And Away and playing the prince in Malecifient.
Came out (sort of) 2014 in MSN interview
Brewnton Thwaites made quite a splash in the news in 2014, when in an interview with MSN he made hints that he is bisexual. A fan asked the question which 'three things you look for in a partner,' Thwaite responded, 'male or female? They’re very different.'
Born: 27th May 1990, Clovis California, USA
Best Known For: Playing Kurt Hummel in smash hit television series Glee.
Actor, singer, author, model and producer, Chris Colfer can do just about anything. Best known for his role as the gay kid in Glee, Colfer lives with his boyfriend in Los Angeles.
Born:12th July 1975, Spolane, Washington, USA.
Best Known For: his role in United 93.
Came out in 2008 during an interview with The Advocate.
Cheyenne's rugged good looks have won him a legion of fans. His most notable film was the blockbuster United 93, which detailed the tragic events on September 11th 2001, when flight 93, along with 3 other jet liners were hijacked and used as weapons against the US homeland. Cheyenne is also an accomplished singer and Broadway star, having released two albums. He also stars in Love Is Strange in 2014.
Born: 9th August 1980, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Best Known For: His sexy role in gay horror series: Dante's Cove.
Since his role on the series Dante's Cove Charlie has become a film producer and director including titles such as I'm A Porn Star and I'm A Stripper. In 2012 TheGayUK interviewed Charlie along with Elvira The Mistress Of Darkness for their Halloween Special edition.
Born: 17th June 1982, Arborfield, Berkshire, England, UK
Best Known For: Appearing in X FACTOR 2009. He finished fourth.
Came out as bisexual in 2009 in UK's national press, fearing a kiss and tell expose.
Danyl was one of the most popular contestants on the 2009 series of X Factor UK. He managed to anger Whitney Houston though after he sang her previously unreleased track of I Didn't Know My Own Strength.
Born: 29th May 1975, Dearborn, Michigan, USA.
Best Known For: Appearing in West Wing, How I Met Your Mother and being husband to Neil Patrick Harris.
According to his husband, David gave up being an actor to become a professional chef. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena in summer 2009 and afterward began running a Los Angeles catering company, Gourmet M.D. David and NPH have two children tonight.
Best Known For: Reality TV
Harry appeared in series 1-3 of TOWIE and then from 12 onwards. He briefly dated Bobby Cole Norris.
Born: 8th February 1983, Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
Best Known For: American Idol and Eating Out
Came out in 2003 with The Advocate
Jim appeared in the first season of American Idol and has appeared in a number of gay movies including, Eating Out, Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild.
Born: 10th June 1981, Rossford, Ohio, USA
Best Known For: Mean Girls
Jonathan played Aaron Samuels in one of the ultimate gay cult films, Mean Girls. He appeared in the US version of Dancing With The Stars, three months before he lost his father to brain cancer. He told the Toledo Blade newspaper: "This was his favorite show on television, and when he was sick in hospice the only show he wanted to watch was Dancing with the Stars because he said this show made him feel good. So I’m doing this performance not just for myself but for my father because I know how badly he loved the show and how thrilled he would be that I'm on it. I’m also doing this dance for my mother because she passed away a year before that and they both were huge fans of the show."
Born: 26th March 1985
Best Known For: Looking and Frozen.
Came out in 2009 during the National Equality March in Washington.
Jonathan Groff came out as gay in 2009. He was rumoured to have dated Zachary Quinto from September 2012, until July 2013. He now stars in Looking, along with Russell Tovey and he recently leant his voice for the part of Kristoff Bjorgman in the Disney hit Frozen. He also starred in The Normal Heart.
Born: 12th January 1986, Eccles, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Best Known For: Hollyoaks
Came out in 2010 September, during an interview with This Morning.
Kieron is best known for his role as Ste Hay in the Channel 4 television series Hollyoaks. In 2014 he will make history by playing the first gay character in a British soap to contract HIV, to highlight the growing issue of new HIV Infections in gay and bisexual men.
He also hosts a radio show on the World's largest gay radio station Gaydio.
Born: 4th May 1979, Laurel, Mississippi, USA
Best Known For: NSYNC
Came out in 2006 for an interview with People Magazine.
Since leaving NSYNC Lance has become a force to be reckoned with, he is now a television producer, author, songwriter, and presenter. He came out as gay in 2006 during an interview with People magazine. He has appeared in a number of films including: Robot Chicken, Tropic Thunder and Zoolander.
Born: 29th August 1993
Best Known For: YouTube Celebrity
Came out in 2013 on a video posted on YouTube.
Born: 19th January 1980, London, Ontario, Canada
Best Known For: Brothers and Sisters.
Came out in 2008 during an interview with The Globe And Mail
He currently plays the lead role of Jason Howell in the Canadian sitcom Satisfaction.
Born: 11th October 1977, Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Best Known For: Magic Mike
Came out in 2012 In a speech for his Steve Chase Humanitarian Award, thanking his husband and their children.
Emmy nominated actor, Matt made his television debut in Guilding Light in 2001. He starred alongside Jodie Foster in the 2005 thriller Flightplan. He is married to publicist Simon Halls and the pair have three children together.
Born: 21st October 1982, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Best Known For: Kyle XY
Came out in 2013, Via a tweet announcing his engagemnt to Blue Hamilton.
Matt Dallas is known for his no bellybutton character Kyle in Kyle XY.
Maulik Navin Pancholy
Born: 18th January 1974, Kissimmee, Florida, USA
Best Known For: Weeds, 30 Rock
Came out in 2013, in an interview with Out Magazine.
Born: 8th August 1980
Best Known For: Ugly Betty
Came out in 2010 during an interview with The Advocate.
Michael Urie came to the public's attention with his fabulously camp character Marc in Ugly Betty. He has since become a playwright and touring actor.
Born: 2nd November 1977
Best Known For: Queer As Folk (US)
Randy played the part of Justin Taylor, a gay teen, in the hit US Queer As Folk television series. We're not quite sure how he's done it, but despite being nearly 40, he still looks like a teenager.
Born: 1st February 1983, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Best Known For: Make Me A Supermodel
Came out at the age of 15 after his mum found him kissing a boyfriend.
Born: 14th November 1981, Billericay, Essex, England, UK
Best Known For: The History Boys, Looking, Pride
Born: 21st September 1983,
Best Known For: One Life To Love, Younger brother to Chris Evans.
Scott also starred in the campy comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic
Born: 16th April 1975, Pleasantville, New York, USA
Best Known For: Firefly and Serenity
Came out in 2011
Best Known For: Pride & Prejudice, Cranford and Rome.
According to Wikipedia In 2009, he was reported to be in a relationship with Burberry designer Christopher Bailey. On 31 August 2012 it was reported that Woods and Bailey had become engaged, and they are married by 2014.
Born: 16th June 1976, Camarillo, California, USA
Best Known For: Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel
Born: 5th June 1995, Johannesburg, South Africa
Best Known For: Internet Celebrity, XMEN
Came out in 2010 via YouTube Video.
In 2014 Troye released his debut single Happy Little Pill.
Born: 20th January 1979, Wokingham, Berkshire, England, UK
Best Known For: Pop Idol
Came out in 2002 after a tabloid newspaper was preparing to out him.
Probably one of the most successful artists to come away from a reality TV show, Pop Idol. He won against Gareth Gates. After his win, Will appeared in many films including the blockbuster Mrs. Hendersons Boys.
Born: 2nd June 1977, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Best Known For: Heroes and Star Trek
Came out in October 2010 in New York Magazine.
Zachary Quinto is probably one of the most famous gay actors under 40 in Hollywood having secured the role of Spock in the Star Trek franchise of films. Before that he play Sylar in the paranormal television series Heroes.