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

"Because he was so well-known within an older generation of people," Barrios said, "He is helping to put a new face on gay people. The people that watch and are fans of older actors are less likely to be already supportive of gay and lesbian people, so it is almost more important that they come out."

Sean Hayes

The April cover of The Advocate said it was the interview we had waited 12 years for. Sean Hayes, known as Jack McFarland on "Will & Grace," was out.

Hayes had always been quiet about his sexuality, but told The Advocate that he was "never in, as they say. Never."

Discussing why it took so long for him to come out, Hayes said that "Nobody owes anything to anybody."

"You are your authentic self to whom and when you choose to be," Hayes said. "And if you don't know somebody, then why would you explain to them how you live your life?"

Hayes added, "I feel like I've contributed to the success of the gay movement in America and if anyone wants to argue that, I'm open to it."

Bragman said that Hayes made smart moves in his coming-out.

"I know Sean and I respect him for his courageous move," Bragman said. "I think he [came out] well and intelligently. He wanted to do it with less fanfare and he got the cover of a magazine that has been after him for a while. So far it doesn't seem to be affecting him; he opens in a new show on Broadway in a few weeks."

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