Someday, the following list will not be necessary.
Someday, celebrities will not need to make any sort of official announcement regarding their sexuality because, quite simply, no one will care and society will be fully accepting of all orientations.
But that day hasn't arrived yet, for reasons explained so eloquently by Ellen Page when she came out as a lesbian on Friday:
Perhaps these stars can make a difference. Maybe they can positively influence others struggling with their sexual identity, using their public platform to push for tolerance.
So, with all that in mind, we join many in Hollywood in saluting Page and other famous folks who are very out and awfully proud:
2. Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris plays a womanizer on How I Met Your Mother. But he's married to a man in real life.
3. Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons is a multi-time Emmy winner. He came out in an interview with The New York Times.
4. Anderson Cooper
It's the silver fox! Anderson Cooper made his announcment in a moving personal statement.
5. Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto is best known for roles in Heroes, American Horror Story and on the stage. He also plays Spock in the new Star Trek franchise.
6. Adam Lambert
There was never any real doubt about Adam Lambert's sexuality. But he made it clear not long after his run on American Idol ended.
7. T.R. Knight
He'll always be George O'Malley to Grey's Anatomy fans. T.R. Knight was at the center of a gay slur scandal that led to a series cast shake-up.
9. Sean Hayes
Sean Hayes is a beloved sitcom star. He'll always be revered for his role on Will & Grace.
10. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is married to Portia de Rossi. She absolutely cracks us up on her talk show.
11. Lance Bass
Lance Bass sang his way into our hearts a long time ago. We may still have his poster on our bedroom wall.
12. Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi is married to Ellen DeGeneres and slays us on Arrested Development. She's never been shy about her sexuality.
13. Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts came out in late 2013. Reporters don't get more respected than this GMA anchor.
14. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
We adore Jesse Tyler Ferguson on Modern Family. The gay actor plays a gay character on the sitcom.
16. Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer is doubly gay! He's gay in real life and he plays a gay high school graduate on Glee.
17. Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon slept with a lot of men on Sex and the City. But she's partial to women off screen.
18. Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken is another gay American Idol alum. He's running for Congress in North Carolina.
21. Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge is a great singer. She wants to come to the window of women only.
23. Michael Sam
Michael Sam announced his sexuality prior to the 2014 NFL Draft. He was appropriately applauded for doing so.