33. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, born in Montana but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, plays openly gay Mitchell on ABC’s hit sit-com Modern Family. In real life, the Emmy nominated actor is also out and proud. Prior to nabbing Modern Family, he worked mainly in off-Broadway and Broadway shows, including the Tony Award winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 35. hris Colfer plays flamboyant student Kurt Hummel on Fox’s hit show Glee, and just like his character, in real life, he is openly gay. Colfer – who won a Golden Globe and has been nominated for two Emmys for his role – was named to Time magazine’s 2011 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. The Clovis, California native has said that his parents were accepting of him, but that he was frequently bullied at school.
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