Pride Week is exciting for us, and we're happy that other people are just as excited as we are! In this new generation, people everywhere are becoming more comfortable with who they are and less judgmental of others.
Probably the most beloved talk-show host of all time, Ellen DeGeneres is one of the kindest souls we've ever known. Although she was criticized for supposedly "brainwashing" by pushing gay programming unto our youth, she still upheld her optimism and kind attitude.
"Ellen further poked fun at her supposed brainwashing abilities, by addressing the audience while holding a spinning vortex. "I'm not here to brainwash anyone, but, listen to the sound of my voice. Attention, youth of the world, I want you to live your lives being exactly who you are. Be true to yourself. The most important thing is to be true to yourself."" - Ellen DeGeneres, ET
Of course we had to mention the person who's breaking the internet right now by confusing women everywhere about their sexuality with her gorgeous features.
"Maybe 10 years ago, people would watch someone onscreen that they would be attracted to, but they wouldn't be able to make a funny meme and say, ‘Oh my God, I’m gay!’ because that would be so frowned upon." - Ruby Rose, Huffington Post
At the mere age of four, he did what a lot of people struggle with in their teens and even adulthood- coming out to their loved ones. Smith successfully timed his coming out to the public, making it a few days before the debut of his album, The Lonely Hour, so that once the album released, his music would overtake the controversy.
"My aim is to tell people how good it's been for me so that, hopefully, gay men or parents with gay children can look at my story and think, Wow, that's how it should be. That's what we can work towards. That's been my whole motive- to not make it a talking point. My music should be a talking point. My voice should be a talking point." - Sam Smith, Out100
The Big Bang Theory star, Jim Parsons, came out quietly during an interview with New York Times in 2012. Although the fact that he doesn't make an effort to hide his relationship is an inspiration to many, Parsons doesn't see it that way. He looks at his day-to-day routine with his beau as something quite normal; but he does understand where the public is coming from.
"I've never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it's an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]- a regular life, boring love." - Jim Parsons, E News
We must pay tribute to the first celebrity who ever came out of the closet. Haines' relationship with his lifelong partner, Jimmy Shields, was well known in the small community of Tinsel Town, but not to the public. It wasn't until a few years later when Haines was arrested for getting too close to a sailor's personal space that it made headlines.
When Louis B. Mayer, the head of MGM which he had a contract with, demanded that he marry a woman in order to rid the media of any news about his sexuality, "Haines... refused in order to stay with Shields, and because of his respectable pride, the actor’s contract was canceled. " - Hollywood.com
Did we miss any of your favorite celebrities who openly acknowledge their sexuality? Let us know who in the comments, and have a Happy Pride Week!