What It’s Meant to Be a Gay Star Over the Decades

The evolution of the gay celebrity.

As acceptance of diverse lifestyles in today’s culture continues to evolve, it’s important to remember those who lived in fear of career-destroying revelations of their sexual orientations. It’s still difficult for some stars to come out for fear of losing certain roles or being typecasted, but as time goes on we hope these barriers continue to crumble. Here’s a glimpse at what it was like to be labeled gay in show business over the last 80 years.