Long gone are the days when coming out could end a celebrity's career - celebville now has a whole host of gay and lesbian stars who have helped lead the way in changing social attitudes towards sexuality.

And subsequently, more and more celebs have had the courage to open up about their sexual preferences, with Olympic diver Tom Daley being the most recent example, after he came out in a very personal video message that he posted online to his fans.

From Alan Carr to Clare Balding, check out the stars who are out - and proud - in our gallery below.

HUFFPOST UK CELEB ON FACEBOOK | FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Loading Slideshow...
  • Tom Daley

  • Nick Grimshaw

  • Will Young

  • Gareth Thomas

  • Joe McElderry

  • Rylan Clark

  • Claire Balding

  • Louie Spence

  • Harry Derbidge

  • George Michael

  • Jodie Foster

  • Boy George

  • Alan Carr

  • Jason Gardiner

  • Graham Norton

  • Scott Mills

  • Jeremy Sheffield

  • Neil Patrick Harris

  • Mark Feehily

  • Simon Amstell

  • Cynthia Nixon

  • Sir Ian McKellen

  • John Barrowman

  • Adam Lambert

  • Bobby Cole Norris

  • Ellen DeGeneres

  • Alan Cumming

  • Lucy Spraggan

  • Sue Perkins

  • Rupert Everett

  • Criag Revel Horwood

  • Dale Winton

  • Paul O'Grady

  • Michelle Rodriquez

  • Jon Lee

  • Samantha Ronson

  • Bruno Tonioli

  • Elton John

  • Gok Wan

  • Jonathan Knight

  • Lady Sovereign

  • Ian 'H' Watkins

  • Ricky Martin

  • Chris Colfer

  • Neil Tennant

  • Rosie O'Donnell

  • Michael Stipe

  • John Partridge

  • Antony Cotton

  • Matt Lucas

  • Stephen Fry

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK | FOLLOW US ON TWITTER