Frank Ocean Is Gay: A Ten-Point History of Coming Out in Music, From Bowie to Lance Bass
In the early '90s, Etheridge was a powerful icon for all women, finding fame with strong and personal songwriting. She got her start performing in lesbian bars and came out to the world while supporting then-President Clinton at the Triangle Ball in 1993. And since coming out, she's remained a prominent activist for gay and lesbian rights.
Back in the late '90s, everyone made fun of N*SYNC for being gay. But in 2006, it was a shock to many boy band fans when member Bass came out in People magazine. He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award later that year, and even published an autobiography. In a post-millennial world, being honest about yourself won't kill your career. It can even give it a boost.