10 Celebs Who Opened Up About Coming Out Later In Life

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Being queer is not a choice. Coming out is a choice. No one is entitled to know about a person's identity, even if they are public figures. Coming out at any point in your life is valid. Here are 10 public figures who publicly came out later in life:

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1.Rebel Wilson

2.Wanda Sykes

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3.George Takei

George Takei smiling at the camera

4.Joel Grey

Joel Grey, star of stage and screen in discussion with Kevin Sessums at Curran: Under Construction at the Curran Theater

5.Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon attends "The Gilded Age" FYC screening at the Whitby Hotel

6.Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster looking at the camera

7.Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O' Donnell performing on stage

8.Anderson Cooper

Cooper in casuals with a coffee in his hand

9.Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain looking at the camera

Richard Chamberlain came out as gay at the age of 69 in 2003 through his autobiography, Shattered Love: A Memoir. In the book, he talks about having to hide his sexuality to protect his privacy and career.

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10.David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce looking away from the camera

David Hyde Pierce came out as gay at the age of 48 while accepting his Tony Award for Curtains by thanking his partner of 24 years.

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