Gay celebrities: Who is out?
Once it was considered a potentially career-ending acknowledgment, but a growing number of celebrities have come out with relatively little fanfare.
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Brandi Carlile, 2009( Timothy Haitt )
Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile opened up about being lesbian during a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times.
"I hope that somewhere in Small Town, USA, a 15-year-old kid looks to me as a role model the way I looked at the Indigo Girls and Elton John as role models," she told The Times.
"And I hope they also recognize that the reason why I don't have to have a lot of formality around it, the reason why I don't have to wear it on my sleeve and make a spectacle of it, is because there were people before me who paved the way so I wouldn't have to."