Homophobia, stigma negative and usually unfair beliefs , and discrimination unfairly treating a person or group of people against gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men still exist in the United States and can negatively affect the health and well-being of this community. These negative beliefs and actions can affect the physical and mental health of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, whether they seek and are able to get health services, and the quality of the services they may receive. Such barriers to health must be addressed at different levels of society, such as health care settings, work places, and schools to improve the health of gay and bisexual men throughout their lives. Some people may have negative attitudes toward gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. These attitudes can lead to rejection by friends and family, discriminatory acts and violence, and laws and policies with negative consequences.
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In use since the s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB , which began to replace the term gay in reference to the broader LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late s. It may refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non- cisgender , instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Longer acronyms, with some being over twice as long as LGBT , have prompted criticism for their length,    and the implication that the acronym refers to a single community is also controversial. The first widely used term, homosexual , now carries negative connotations in the United States. As lesbians forged more public identities, the phrase "gay and lesbian" became more common. Lesbian feminists eschewed gender role play that had been pervasive in bars as well as the perceived chauvinism of gay men ; many lesbian feminists refused to work with gay men, or take up their causes.
It might be hard to imagine why it is a big deal to go public about one's sexuality. Especially for celebrities, their coming out can ruin their reputation. On the other hand, they may not want to continue living in a closet, keeping their sexuality a secret. This would be an enormous burden to them. Gay or lesbian, I think we should embrace their talent!
This is a referenced overview list of notable gay , lesbian or bisexual people, who have either been open about their sexuality or for which reliable sources exist. Famous persons who are only rumored to be gay, lesbian or bisexual are not included in this list. The definition of sexual orientation has changed greatly over time and the word "gay" was not used to describe sexual orientation until the mid 20th century. A number of different classification schemes have been used to describe sexual orientation since the midth century.