53 Openly Gay Actors Who Are Out, Proud & Smokin' Hot

by Sarah Long
Jul 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Honestly, there are a ton of super-fine men in Hollywood, but Tinsel Town's gay elite are some of the hottest out there — because there's nothing sexier than owning and loving who you are. And it doesn't hurt that they are total eye candy, to boot.

These guys are out and proud — and smokin' hot.

Originally published April 2015. Updated July 2017.

1 /53: Anderson Cooper

1/53 :Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper is arguably the classiest man in Hollywood.

Whether he's chatting it up on his morning talk show or reporting live from overseas, he always reminds us how intelligent and down-to-earth he is. Not to mention that his personality is just so darn lovable.

2 /53: Matt Dallas

2/53 :Matt Dallas

It's no wonder this one is taken, because we could stare into those eyes all day. 

3 /53: Chris Colfer

3/53 :Chris Colfer

He's a best-selling author and Golden Globe winner and has starred in a movie he wrote himself. So many accomplishments for a guy well under 30!

We can't wait to see what else he will do with his Hollywood career.

4 /53: David Burtka

4/53 :David Burtka

Burtka's smile instantly wins everyone over.

He can also sing, dance, act and cook — all while looking absolutely sexy. We can also add him to a list of Hollywood's hottest dads.

5 /53: Jonathan Groff

5/53 :Jonathan Groff

He broke Rachel Berry's heart on Glee, but we just couldn't help our attraction to his bad-boy nature.

Aside from his Glee character, real-life Jonathan Groff is a sweetheart and is making his way through Hollywood.

6 /53: T.R. Knight

6/53 :T.R. Knight

We loved him as Dr. George O' Malley on Grey's Anatomy (ABC), and he played Jordan on The Good Wife (CBS).

7/53 :Scott Evans

Who knew Chris Evans had a hot brother?

This delicious man is on his way to becoming one of Hollywood's hottest actors. Thank you, Mama and Papa Evans. You two did good.

8 /53: Ricky Martin

8/53 :Ricky Martin

We can't remember a time when Ricky wasn't hot.

He has become a musical legend and has reached success on Broadway with his role in Evita.

9 /53: Cheyenne Jackson

9/53 :Cheyenne Jackson

This broadway star makes us melt with his golden voice.

Not only is he a hot singer/performer, but he also has great comedic timing as proven with his role as Danny in NBC's 30 Rock. And let's not forget, he was oh-so-debonair on AHS: Hotel.

10 /53: Zachary Quinto

10/53 :Zachary Quinto

Mr. Zachary Quinto creeped us out in American Horror Story, but his hotness still remains.

11 /53: Neil Patrick Harris

11/53 :Neil Patrick Harris

NPH is pretty much perfection. He's hosted the Emmys, the Tonys and the Oscars with style and charisma, and no one looks better when they suit up.

12 /53: Luke MacFarlane

12/53 :Luke MacFarlane

This Canadian actor first charmed his way into American hearts when he was Scotty on Brothers & Sisters.

13 /53: Wentworth Miller

13/53 :Wentworth Miller

He broke out of prison in Prison Break, and now we want him to break into our bedrooms. Let's be real.

14 /53: Andrew Rannells

14/53 :Andrew Rannells

Adorable and funny, Rannells broke out from Broadway stardom and into the Hollywood spotlight with his role Bryan in NBC's The New Normal, but he's unforgettable on Girls.

15 /53: Ross Matthews

15/53 :Ross Matthews

Hello! Ross Matthews was a gay on fire when he was a regular guest host of Chelsea Lately and his own show, Hollywood Today Live.

He makes us laugh with his honest yet endearing humor and is also quite the pun-master.

16 /53: Lance Bass

16/53 :Lance Bass

This ex *NSYNC-er has blue eyes you can get lost in.

17 /53: Adam Lambert

17/53 :Adam Lambert

Lambert says he's not here for our entertainment, but really, he is. With those pipes and a face like that, how could he not be?

18/53 :Andy Cohen

Cohen is openly gay but handles women better than most straight men when he hosts Real Housewives reunions.

19 /53: Jussie Smollett

19/53 :Jussie Smollett

Smollett brings it on Empire, and it's safe to say he's not too hard on the eyes, either.

20 /53: Sam Smith

20/53 :Sam Smith

Let's face it, this guy sings like a choir of angels.

21 /53: Billy Gilman

21/53 :Billy Gilman

We came to know and love Gilman as the 11-year-old country singing phenom, but he's officially grown into hottie status.

22 /53: Maulik Pancholy

22/53 :Maulik Pancholy

Pancholy has some serious comedic chops. He kept us rolling as Sanjay on Weeds and Jonathan on 30 Rock.

23 /53: Ty Herndon

23/53 :Ty Herndon

Herndon has been hot on the country scene for over two decades and inspired other musicians when he came out in 2014.

24 /53: Tyler Glenn

24/53 :Tyler Glenn

We dare you to listen to Glenn singing for the Neon Trees and not love him. Go ahead, try it.

25 /53: Wilson Cruz

25/53 :Wilson Cruz

We cried when they canceled Red Band Society because we couldn't get our Cruz fix anymore. My So-Called Life marathons it is!

26 /53: Billy Eichner

26/53 :Billy Eichner

Only Billy on the Street can make screaming so sexy... and hilarious.

27 /53: Daniel Franzese

27/53 :Daniel Franzese

"I want my pink shirt back!" is probably the bane of the Mean Girls star's existance at this point, but we still adore him for it.

28/53 :Bob Harper

We may never get to compete on The Biggest Loser, but Harper is welcome to try to whip our butts into shape any day of the week.

29 /53: Jim Parsons

29/53 :Jim Parsons

We seriously don't know what our lives would be like without Parsons and The Big Bang Theory

30 /53: Don Lemon

30/53 :Don Lemon

How many people do you think watch CNN Tonight just so they can stare at Lemon's face? More than a few, we gander.

31 /53: Jonathan Knight

31/53 :Jonathan Knight

Another former boy bander who broke a million hearts by confirming he's gay. 

32 /53: Jai Rodriguez

32/53 :Jai Rodriguez

We may know him from Queer Eye, but Rodriguez is also a seriously talented actor and performed in the Broadway musical Rent.

33 /53: Sean Hayes

33/53 :Sean Hayes

Will & Grace left us nearly 10 years ago, but "Just Jack" will live on in our hearts forever.

34 /53: Michael J. Willett

34/53 :Michael J. Willett

If Willett would be our G.B.F., life would be perfect.

35 /53: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

35/53 :Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Ferguson brings the laughs in Modern Family as the better half of Mitch and Cam.

36 /53: B.D. Wong

36/53 :B.D. Wong

Wong perfectly portrays forensic psychiatrist George Huang on Law & Order: SVU, but did you know he has performed on Broadway?

37 /53: Bryan Batt

37/53 :Bryan Batt

We're still upset about Batt's premature exit from Mad Men.

38/53 :Luke Evans

We swooned at the Hobbit star's portrayal of the muscley Gaston in the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

39 /53: Brad Goreski

39/53 :Brad Goreski

Goreski may have started out as Rachel Zoe's sidekick, but he's become a star in his own right — and he's so cute we die.

40 /53: Ezra Miller

40/53 :Ezra Miller

If you've seen We Need to Talk About Kevin, or anything else Miller's been in, you know he can act.

It should be noted that Miller does not identify as gay, but as queer.

41 /53: Rex Lee

41/53 :Rex Lee

Entourage just wouldn't be Entourage without Lee as Lloyd.

42 /53: Frank Ocean

42/53 :Frank Ocean

Ocean is super gifted. He's recognized for his own songs now, but he's also written for John Legend, Justin Bieber and Brandy.

Not to mention he's super cute.

43 /53: Nate Berkus

43/53 :Nate Berkus

This interior designer can come hang curtains in our house anytime he wants.

44 /53: Ryan Murphy

44/53 :Ryan Murphy

Without the genius that is Ryan Murphy, our lives would be empty. Can you honestly say you can live without American Horror Story, Glee and Nip/Tuck?

45 /53: Guillermo Diaz

45/53 :Guillermo Diaz

The Scandal star also a hilarious comedian. He cracked us up in Half Baked and Weeds

46 /53: Jeff Lewis

46/53 :Jeff Lewis

OK, so maybe he has a bit of a temper, as evidenced on Flipping Out. He's still pretty cute, though.

47 /53: Tom Ford

47/53 :Tom Ford

The designer can continue to make everyone in Hollywood as hot as they can be, but they'll never be as smokin' as he is.

48/53 :Reid Ewing

After making a revealing comment on Twitter, Haley’s adorable boyfriend on Modern Family said about coming out that he "was never in."

49 /53: Victor Garber

49/53 :Victor Garber

The former Alias star (and silver fox) said in 2013 that he didn't need to address his sexuality because "everybody knows."

50/53 :Nyle DiMarco

The deaf activist and winner of America's Next Top Model came out as sexually fluid in 2015.

51 /53: Rupert Everett

51/53 :Rupert Everett

We don't know if it's his dashing good looks or dreamy British accent, but Everett is just so darn sexy.

52 /53: Sir Ian McKellen

52/53 :Sir Ian McKellen

McKellen has been openly gay and an activist since the '80s, and he says coming out made him both a better person and a better actor.

"I regret and always shall that I didn't see the significance of coming out at a much earlier date because I think I would have been a different person and a happier one," McKellen said in 2015, according to the Daily Mail.

53 /53: Matt Bomer

53/53 :Matt Bomer

The be all, end all of hot guys in Hollywood right now. Enough said.