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Same-sex marriage became acceptable in the US since 26th June 2015. Around 9 million LGBT people reside in the US. The US government is working hard to remove the legal inequalities and discrimination faced by LGBT community in the country.
LGBT people are working in the top notch profiles in the armed forces, civil unions and several MNCs in the country. Several people from the LGBT community are also active in the fields of politics, entertainment and culture. You'll be surprised to know about the various celebs in the US who hail from the LGBT community.
Check out this list of 10 most powerful and influential people from LGBT population in the US.
Tim Cook, 55, the CEO of Apple, feels proud to be a gay. He openly accepted about his sexual orientation in 2014 and feels it doesn't really make any difference in the way his employees treat respect him. Tim spoke up about his sexual orientation just to inspire and comfort the LGBT people who are struggling for equality.
Ellen DeGeneres is the talk show host, producer and spokesperson in the US. She was listed as the most powerful women in the world in Forbes 2015. DeGeneres publicly accepted about her sexual orientation in 1997. She is an active member of Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). In 2008, this American comedian got married to the actress Portia de Rossi.
Anderson Cooper is a famous journalist and news anchor who openly accepted his sexual orientation in 2012. Though he kept his sexuality personal for years, he felt happy and comfortable after disclosing this secret in a famous website. Cooper wanted to protect the gays against discrimination and bullying in the society. He was left with no other option but to make an announcement about his sexuality and defend the LGBT community.
Caitlyn Jenner is a 66-year-old transgender who transformed from handsome Bruce to a pretty lady. After changing her gender, Caitlyn introduced herself to the world as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine last year. Caitlyn is now a public figure for the transgender people in the US. She is the most famous transgender person in the world and always remains in the limelight due to her protestors.
Zachary Quinto is one of the most high-profile celebs in Hollywood. This 37-year old actor is an advocate of LGBT rights for the past 8 years and has no plans of tying knots in the near future. Currently, this handsome guy is dating famous male model Miles McMillan and giving relationship goals to the LGBT people. The actor openly refers himself as the gay man and feels ashamed of the treatment received by LGBT people in the country.
Barry Diller is the chairman and senior executive of IAC. This billionaire is both gay and bisexual. Barry got married to the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in 2011 just to have kids so that he can pass his property and assets to them after his death. Barry's homosexuality remained an open secret in Hollywood for a long time. He said in an interview to the New York magazine: "I'm the guy who sees something that makes money but pisses everyone else off." Now he is the proud father of two kids.
Mary Key Henry is the President of Service Employees International Union and undoubtedly the most powerful lesbian in the United States. She was listed in "Top 25 Women in Healthcare" in 2009 by Modern Healthcare. Henry established SEIU's Lavender Caucus, the union's LGBT member organization. Henry is in relationship with Paula Macchello, a senior organizer for the Teamsters, for more than 20 years.
The CNN anchor accepted about his sexual orientation in his inspiration book 'Transparent' in July 2011. Lemon is a member of gay anchors on television which also include Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts. He never kept his sexuality secret from his co-workers at CNN. Lemon said in an interview: "I think it would be great if everybody could be out. I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn't have taken me 45 years to say it, to walk in the truth."
This Australian singer-songwriter disclosed about her sexuality in an interview with the U.K.'s Attitude magazine. Sia realized about her interest for the same sex at the age of 32. She said in the interview: "There are so many stereotypes that I have to learn about. It's so new and it's so fun because it's basically like going to the library and finding like a whole genre of books you didn't even know existed that now you can relate to."
The famous fashion designer Michael Kors tied the knot with his long-time love and co-worker Lance LePere in New York. In August 2011, Michael threw a private beach party on his marriage ceremony for close friends and relatives. Michael hired Lance as a fashion intern at his own fashion company in 1990 and soon started dating each other. The couple waited for 21 long years to get married and tied the knots as soon as same-sex marriage got legalized in New York.
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