Anna Paquin, Ricky Martin: More Stars Coming Out Than Ever Before

Today's closet doors must be a bit easier to open.

With the recent flood of stars coming out and embracing their true sexuality -- Anna Paquin, Ricky Martin -- Hollywood seems to be welcoming them.

Paquin, who's engaged to her "True Blood" co-star Stephen Moyer, revealed that she's bisexual in a PSA video for the the Give a Damn campaign released Thursday, which features stars speaking out for equality.

"I'm Anna Paquin. I'm bisexual and I give a damn," Paquin says to the camera. Paquin's publicist declined to comment on the PSA or the actress' sexuality.

Video: Anna Paquin comes out as a bisexual.

Martin came out in a similarly direct fashion.

"I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man," Martin wrote on his Web site Monday. "I am very blessed to be who I am."

In his online announcement, Martin wrote that the major catalysts for his coming out were the personal memoirs he is writing and his two boys, whom he had through surrogacy.

"From the moment I wrote the first phrase, I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time," Martin wrote.

VIDEO: Barbara Walters asks Ricky Martin about his sexuality
2000: Ricky Martin Dodges Gay Rumors

Then, addressing his boys, he wrote, "This is just what I need, especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who, with their outlook, teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with."

Is Coming Out Easier Today?

Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, was the first Latino and first openly gay man elected to the Massachusetts state Senate.

Barrios said that coming out in Hollywood "is not as hard as it used to be."

"Over the last couple of years, celebrities both at the top of their careers and at the beginning of their careers have been coming out," Barrios told "All the celebrities coming out now are coming out at a time when a generation ago it meant the end of their careers, but now it can enhance their appeal and expand their fan base."

VIDEO: Rickey Martin writes on his Web site that hes a fortunate homosexual man.
Ricky Martin Comes Out

Howard Bragman, the founder of Fifteen Minutes, a Hollywood public relations company, is a well-known publicist who says he has "brought more people out of the closet than anyone else." He agreed with Barrios that coming out in Hollywood is getting easier.

"Every person that comes out makes it better for others," Bragman told "But it is still definitely not easy."

Bragman said that it would be hard to prove that coming out prevents actors from getting cast in certain roles, but that he is "sure there is still homophobia in Hollywood."

"In the end, it is called acting for a reason," Bragman said. "You need only look to people like Neil Patrick Harris and T.R. Knight to see that gay people are playing straight and doing it well."

"The single biggest thing anybody can do to help gay rights is to come out of the closet," Bragman said. "And I think every new star that comes out is helping to show that the sky doesn't fall in when someone comes out of the closet. In fact, most of the time that star lives a happier life and is still respected in their field."

Ricky Martin's announcement this week got us thinking about the pressures and the odds that stars have faced in coming out. Here is's list:

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