LOOKING FORWARD, 2014

12 Celebrities Who Should Come Out In 2014 (But Probably Won’t)

2013 was a banner year for celebrities declaring their same-sexiness. Tom Daley, Raven-Symoné, Matt Dallas, Jodie Foster, to name but a few. The list goes on and on.

More and more notables are coming forward about their sexual orientation and, in the process, paving the way for future generations to live more openly and freely. In a positive feedback loop, the process makes it easier for other public figures to come out. Younger people may never have to come out by the time they reach the public stage. They will already be there, having done so as early as high school or even earlier. We can only imagine what great things 2014 will have in store. Who will join the coveted list of openly gay celebrities?

Come on, guys, if the 19-year-old Daley, at the height of his career, can acknowledge that he “likes guys,” so can you. Go for gold!

Check out our coming out list for 2014.

Josh Hutcherson

For someone who identifies as straight, 21-year-old Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson can sure act — well — kinda gay. When he’s not taking naked selfies on his cellphone, he’s posing for the NOH8 campaign or appearing with Cher at the GLAAD Media Awards. Then, of course, there was that interview he did with OUT magazine back in October, in which he said:

Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person. I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, Damn, that’s a good-looking guy, you know? I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.

Indeed! We’ll check back with you in a year, Josh.

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Ellen Page

Speculation over 26-year-old tomboy Ellen Page’s sexual orientation began in 2008 when she hinted at being a lesbian on SNL. In 2011 she was photographed locking lips with another woman. Then earlier this year she avoided the question when she told the Guardian, “All of that gossip is silly – people caring about [celebrities’ personal lives] – I just don’t get it.” We’re inclined to think that if Page were a lesbian, she would have come out by now. But as we learned earlier this year, sometimes people surprise us.

Photo credit: IMDB Tyler Perry

Filmmaker Tyler Perry has always seemed to have issues, specifically around us gays. Whether he’s dressing in drag for a laugh (because men dressing as women is hilarious), cracking homophobic jokes, or stigmatizing HIV in his films, we can’t help but wonder if perhaps there’s something deeper going on. Then there’s the fact that speculation over Perry’s sexual orientation has been swirling for years. Some allege that Perry has kept his homosexuality secret in the beginning for fear of damaging his career. But today, as one of the highest paid men in entertainment (Forbes estimated he earned $130 million between May 2010 and 2011), surely that’s no longer a concern.

Photo credit: IMDB Ryan Seacrest

Though he’s denied it time and again, Ryan Seacrest never been quite able to shake those pesky rumors. Not to perpetuate stereotypes, but perhaps it’s the plucked eyebrows? Or his taste for designer clothes? Or the fact that he was once romantically linked to Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher? There’s a lot of evidence stacked up for the homosexuality of this TV personality. Say the words, Ryan, you will feel so much better.

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Oprah and Gayle

We know they’ve denied it. And, in all honesty, we believe them. But it’s still fun to think about Oprah and Gayle shocking the world by coming out as longtime lesbian lovers. If ever there was a year to do it, it would be 2014. Oprah’s up for a SAG Award for her performance in The Butler. Perhaps if she wins, she could pull a Jodie Foster and come out in her acceptance speech.

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Richard Simmons

Believe it or not, Richard Simmons has never publicly come out. Despite his flamboyant personality and extravagant sequined exercise get-ups, the Sweatin’ to the Oldies star tends to keep his private life just that. Maybe he figures he’s so gay why bother saying anything? In November 2013, he did open up a bit to the Huffington Post about being bullied in high school, but he has yet to actually come out and say the word. Come on, Richard, what are you waiting for?

Photo credit: Wikipedia Chace Crawford

Gay rumors have flattered actor Chace Crawford for years. In 2008, he has allegedly spotted getting cozy with another guy in the steam room at Equinox, and he was once romantically linked to N’SYNC’s J.C. Chasez. Then there was that time The New York Observer kinda, sorta outed him. Honestly, Chace, nobody’s fooled. Ever since Gossip Girl went off the air, Crawford has kept a relatively low profile. Nowadays coming out is a great way of mounting a comeback. We’re sure the gays would welcome him with open arms (and legs).

Photo credit: IMDB Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal isn’t gay — he’s an honorary gay, which is almost as good. Since this is a dream list, we thought we’d include him for a lark. Jake became a gay icon after starring in 2005’s Brokeback Mountain. Since then, the gays haven’t been able to get enough of the dashing boy next door. Earlier this year, Jake responded to gay men’s fascination with him, saying “It’s a huge compliment,” but that he still prefers “tits and ass.” Who can argue with that? Whomp, whomp.

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Seann William Scott

Actor Seann William Scott has always given off serious gay vibes. And it’s not just because he spells his first name with two N’s. In 2011, Scott was quoted as saying: “I really have no desire to date a super hot actress because they’re all nuts anyway. Anyway, I’m a pretty private guy so if I was going out with Britney Spears you wouldn’t find out about it from me.” If his lack of desire for dating “super hot” women wasn’t enough of a give away, then his mention of Britney Jean certainly was.

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Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith have both been subject to rumors since they married in 1997. It doesn’t help that the couple are members in good standing of the Church of Scientology, which once served as a closet for many celebrities but today only spurs the rumor mill. Tom Cruise, anyone? Jada has denied the allegations. In 2009, she told NPR: “I don’t have an open marriage and no, we’re not gay – and you don’t trust that? Well then there’s nothing that I really have to say to anybody about anything, because at the end of the day, I’m living my life, and I’m happy.” What do you think? Honest or defensive? We’re still not sure.

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John Travolta

While we’re on the subject of weird but attractive Scientologists, John Travolta comes to mind. Speculation over the 59-year-old movie star’s sexuality has been going on for longer than Tom Daley has been alive, though he insists he’s happily married to wife Kelly Preston. Musical movies like Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Hairspray have not helped Travolta’s cause. Last year, a G string of gay and straight male masseuses came forward to claim that the actor came onto them during sessions. At the time, Travolta called the allegations “false and malicious,” though it was later reported he paid two of the men $84,000 each to go away. Sorry, Johnny boy, but the jig is up. Just remember, we only wanna know because we love you.

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