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

About a year ago, McGillis revealed to SheWired.com, one of the largest lesbian-oriented sites, that she was a lesbian. When the interviewer, Jennifer Corday, asked McGillis if she was looking for a man or a woman, McGillis answered, "Definitely a woman."

"I am done with the man thing," McGillis said. "I did that and need to move on in life."

McGillis said that her coming out was a hard process that started when she was about 12 and conflicted greatly with some of her spiritual beliefs.

"It was a long, arduous journey for me," McGillis said. "I had a lot of things happen that convinced me that God was punishing me because I was gay, so that was a hard process for me.

"Life is a freaking journey," McGillis continued. "And it's about growing and changing, and coming to terms with who and what you are, and loving who and what you are."

Before coming out as a lesbian, McGillis was married twice.

Unlike Baxter, McGillis came out on a small, LGBT-themed Web site, but Barrios said that didn't diminish the importance of what she was doing.

"The Internet means news can travel at the speed of light," Barrios said. "And the impact is the same in the heart and the soul of the reader no matter where it comes from."

Clay Aiken

Surely some claymates, Clay Aiken's adoring fans, have been in a deep depression since finding out what many of them suspected – Aiken is gay.

Aiken told People magazine that he decided to tell the world about his sexuality after becoming a father, which he did through in vitro fertilization with his best friend, Jaymes Foster.

"It was the first decision I made as a father," the former "American Idol" contestant told People. "I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn't raised that way, and I am not going to raise a child to do that."

Aiken also said that he never meant to lie to anyone, especially his fans.

"The fans, if they leave, they leave," Aiken said. "But if they leave, I don't want them to leave hating me. I don't want them to leave feeling that I lied to them, because I didn't."

Bragman supported the way that Aiken came out.

"He was on the cover of People magazine," Bragman said. "It was a bold move and he did it with class and dignity."

"Everybody likes to say they knew he was gay," Bragman added, "but honestly, there are a lot of people that we all 'know' are gay, but there are a relatively small number of people who are open about it."

David Hyde Pierce

While his character on "Frasier," Dr. Niles Crain, fell in love with Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce found love with Brian Hargrove, a television writer and producer.

The relationship began in the early 1990s, but until a recent interview about his Broadway success in both "Spamalot" and "Curtains," Pierce had refused to discuss his personal life. In that interview with The Associated Press, he said that he came to Los Angeles "when his partner, actor-writer-producer Brian Hargrove, wanted to write for television." Later his publicist confirmed that they were a couple.

While accepting his Tony award for his role in "Curtains," he thanked Hargrove: "To my partner, Brian, because it's 24 years of listening to your damn notes -- that's what I am up here tonight."

The pair got legally married in California just before the Proposition 8 ban went into effect.

Barrios said that Pierce is helping to negate the gay stereotype in every corner of America.

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