Out and Proud Celebs

Entertainment Jun. 16, 2011 AT 4:13PM
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In honor of Gay Pride Month, Us Weekly salutes stars like Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Colfer for their work in the LGBT community.

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Other notable stars who made headlines when they publicly came out of the closet include American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, financial guru Suze Orman and *NYSNC singer Lance Bass.

"I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," Lambert, 29, told Rolling Stone in 2009. "I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me."

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Orman cracked a few jokes in her 2008 New York Times Magazine coming out story, telling the interviewer, "I have never been with a man in my whole life. I'm still a 55-year-old virgin!"

As for Bass, 32? "I always think it's so crazy that you have to confirm that your straight or gay," he has said.

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