The evolution of the gay and lesbian community in the United States has been astounding, with organizations such as the Trevor Project and It Gets Better consistently inspiring and supporting people to be true to themselves and embrace their own sexualities.
Recently, the positive trend of the world’s more open mind may be a product of less politics and more, unbelievably enough, television. Most television shows, if modern and liberal enough depending on the channel, have at least one gay or lesbian central character. From ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars to Fox’s Glee, gay characters have made their way into America’s hearts, and more than likely their tissue boxes. However, not all of the actors that are graciously playing these groundbreaking roles share their characters’ sexualities. So while we sit back and watch the world drastically change, here are five actors embracing the fact that they are indeed straight, but not narrow, and are pushing envelopes on television today. (x)