Sexuality is something of great social, governmental, and religious debates across the country, and much of the world. Personally among discussion, my close-knit group of friends and I have referred to being gay or bisexual as being a "superhero," due to a heavy resemblance between coming out and "revealing one's secret identity." Having revealed my own secret identity within the past few months (I'm Spider-Man), I present and applaud the following super-heroic actors and actresses for their strength in fighting for the ability to be one's self and their amazing work on screen as their respective superheroes and supervillains.
NOTE: Some talents included are not confirmed, but have been HEAVILY alluded to in the past. These questionable talents have been marked with question marks, but are backed with detailed and unbiased fact.
Cara Delevingne (Bisexual) - Enchantress
In case you aren't familiar with Delevingne, the model and actress was recently cast as the part of The Enchantress in DC Comics' film adaptation of Suicide Squad, which is currently getting quite the hype for its inclusion of Harley Quinn and the Joker as major characters. Cara has expressed an interest in both guys and girls, most notable in recent history being James Cameron's Avatar & Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez whose relationship was never official, but seemingly had a good time while it lasted.
Victor Garber (Gay) - Firestorm
If you've been keeping up with your episodes of CW's The Flash, Firestorm is a name that has appeared quite often, with the ongoing appearances of this multiple-personalitied superhero finally having come to a resolution for the time being. The actor behind Dr. Martin Stein, Victor Garber, who merges with Ronnie Raymond to form Firestorm, has been out since January 2013 when he was asked about his sexuality before responding, "I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows."
Firestorm is set to be a main character on Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of The Flash and Arrow.
Ian McKellen (Gay) - Magneto
The actor behind the iconic Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings & Hobbit trilogies, as well as Magneto in the X-Men films, is a rather unique story as he's one of few actors who got their start after coming out. McKellen's sexuality is a relatively well-known fact, as he has been out since before his career took off.
What you may not have known was the actor reportedly outed Hobbit actors Lee Pace (the elf king Thranduil and Guardians of the Galaxy villain Ronan the Accuser), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), and an unnamed dwarf actor who is heavily theorized to be Richard Armitage (Thorin) during an interview with a German site. The site translated the dialogue from English into German for its original publishing after the interview, and has since been re-translated back to English once people began to realize what it said. Luke Evans has since come out, while Pace and Armitage have not made any statements confirming or denying.
Colton Haynes (???) - Arsenal/Red Arrow
Arrow's sidekick is definitely someone to keep an eye on. While never having officially come out as gay or bisexual, Colton Haynes has had a previous relationship with Jarreth Ludwig II leak online to confirm he is at least interested to some degree in other guys. He's also publicly posted Instagram pics of himself at Marie's Crisis in NYC, a known gay piano bar, as well as pictures in support for the NOH8 campaign for gay rights and of his brother and his brother's husband with their beautiful daughter, Wren. While support for a cause is NEVER a tell-tale sign, for obvious reasons, it would make sense that someone who is gay would support gay rights.
Anna Paquin (Bisexual) - Rogue
Rogue was possibly the most essential character to the very first X-Men movie, kick-starting every X-Men movie since, both good and bad. Anna Paquin has stated that, while she is happily married to her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, she is indeed bisexual, while she obviously doesn't partake in anything with other women anymore.
In an interview where Paquin shared this information, she patiently explained to a rather confused interviewer that just because someone who is bi is in a relationship with a guy doesn't mean that if they ever got a divorce she would not consider women as a viable option. One person at a time, people are beginning to realize one's sexuality is like a fossil: you can uncover new parts of it, but you can't change what's underneath.
Wentworth Miller (Gay) - Captain Cold
While Miller's announcement about his sexuality was news that went a bit more widespread: his new-found status as a supervillain on CW's The Flash earns him a spot on the list. His personal story is rather powerful, as he talks about the struggle growing up and trying to fit into the cookie-cutter shape of what our societies have defined as socially acceptable.
Miller will star as a major character in Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off of The Flash and Arrow featuring many of the two series' heroes and villains.
Jared Leto (???) - The Joker
Jared Leto declared in an interview back in 2006 that he is "gay as a goose", but has not made any claims on his sexuality since. Alexis Arquette, however, has indeed made claims on Leto's sexuality since, saying that the two have had sex in the past. That is, back when Alexis was Robert Arquette (pre-dating her gender reassignment surgery). While Leto sounds as if he's publicly come out and clearly stated his sexuality, the Internet still holds high doubts, due to debates as to whether or not he meant the statement in jest, and (believe it or not) if a goose is actually gay.
Leto will be playing the Joker for the first time in a blockbuster film since Heath Ledger, whose acting skills have earned him a cult-like fan following, even more so since his death.
Andy Mientus (Bisexual) - the Pied Piper
Andy Mientus may be bisexual himself, but he recently premiered as one of DC Comics' first openly gay characters and the soundwave-manipulating villain known as the Pied Piper on hit TV show The Flash.
My life has been colorful and varied, though I'm now in a long term relationship with a man. There's no visibility for bisexual people. I hope to use my modicum of renown from the show to be one more voice for visibility.
Ezra Miller ('Queer') - The Flash
Ezra Miller, known for his astounding job in Perks of Being a Wallflower, was cast last year as the role of the Flash presumably in DC's upcoming Justice League film before conquering his own solo film as The Flash following his appearance in the League. Ezra refers to himself as "queer" because he does not think gender should define who we choose to love.
Ezra will be the first openly LGBT actor to portray the titular character of a superhero movie, who could almost have been beaten out by Jared Leto, except that Leto still needs to clear up terms on his sexuality some before we can call him open, as well as the fact that the Joker is not in the title of the Suicide Squad, even if he does turn out to be the main character of the movie.
John Barrowman (Gay) - Malcolm Merlyn
You may know John Barrowman as the villain Malcolm Merlyn from CW's Arrow, but you probably didn't know that one of the happiest moments of his life happened the day after California overturned the ban on gay marriage when he and his then long-time boyfriend Scott decided to tie the knot.
I started welling up when we said our vows. It was the same with our civil partnership. I think it was because I never thought we’d be able to do it. Scott and I felt completely different after our civil ceremony, like we’d made a big step. But after this I feel very proud, happy and chuffed. It feels right.
Ellen Paige (Gay) - Kitty Pryde
Ellen Paige, known for her role as Kitty Pryde in the X-Men films as well as the new-comer protege in Inception, came out with a bang last year. Unlike many, who come out subtly on social media by slyly talking about their significant other, Paige made her announcement in February two years ago on a podium at the Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ youth - making a difference with the voice that comes with being a prominent actress.
The more time went by, the more something just happened, an 'Oh my god -- I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand.'
Bryan Singer (Bisexual) - X-Men Director
Bryan Singer, director of five of the X-Men movies, writer for four, as well as producer for Jack the Giant Slayer, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, and the TV show House M.D., is openly bisexual. He had his first child within the past year and is known for having quite the partying lifestyle in Hollywood and New York.
Singer is currently working on the production of [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) as the conclusion of a three-part series in the X-Men franchise started with X-Men: First Class, and continued by X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Greg Berlanti (Gay) - Arrow, Green Lantern, The Flash & Supergirl Producer
Greg Berlanti has been integral in helping to ameliorate the hatred for the LGBT through film. With many of his shows personally displaying Berlanti's views of having to hide oneself to conform to society, it makes for some amazing stories. Greg has served as the executive producer for Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern, Arrow, The Flash, the upcoming Supergirl and [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021), and is credited with writing to some degree on Wrath of the Titans. When talking about including gay and bisexual characters, Berlanti made it clear that one's sexuality is only a supporting factor and not a focus:
For me, it's about the character and what is interesting about the character and then sexuality being secondary, and not making that the primary concern. But, also simultaneously when I do it, I want to do it in a way that the character is somewhat integral to the show, so they’re not someone who vanishes after an episode.
This idea should be applied to everyone. Nobody should ever be completely defined by their sexuality, but rather that sexuality is an important piece in the puzzle that makes up each and every person.
Robin Lord Taylor (Gay) - The Penguin
Robin Lord Taylor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot in Gotham, is happily married and open with his sexuality. However, Taylor has stated that he prefers not to discuss his sexuality because it leaves his acting personality more of a mystery: the less you typecast an actor to acting a certain way, the more opportunity they have to act in more varying roles.
I feel like the landscape has totally changed. Regardless of sexual preference, it’s more that as a character actor, the less I reveal about myself, the better. My favorite actors are the ones I know least about.
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