Hollywood’s Loud-and-Proud Meter: From Ellen Page to Jim Parsons, the Art of Coming Out

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Jim Parsons

Page chooses a splashy speech, but others opt for subtlety as the rules of the big reveal have changed.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Ellen Page surprised the world on Valentine's Day by revealing she is gay at an LGBT youth conference in Las Vegas. The eight-minute speech was one of Hollywood's splashiest coming-out stories since the days of Ellen DeGeneres declaring, "Yep, I'm Gay," on the cover of Time in 1997.

PHOTOS: Loud-and-Proud Meter, Hollywood's Art of Coming Out

In 2014, as public attitudes have changed, gay celebrities have more options than ever for sharing their big news -- and how loudly they choose to do so. Click here to see how other stars, from Anderson Cooper to football player Michael Sam have handled coming out.