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Do Celebrities Have A Responsibility To Come Out Of The Closet? (POLL)

First Posted: 02/17/2012 9:02 am Updated: 02/17/2012 9:21 am

Last week we kicked off our brand new series, Poll Position, with a poll on the advantages and disadvantages of using the glitter bomb as an activist tactic.

This week our Poll Position question revolves around celebrities coming out of the closet.

While attending the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards earlier this month, "White Collar" star Matt Bomer came out by acknowledging his partner, publicist Simon Halls, and their children. While many already believed and/or considered Bomer to be gay, this was the first time that he publicly acknowledged his family.

Though more and more celebrities continue to come out, it wouldn't be an understatement to say that there are still many gay, lesbian, and bisexual stars who have not publicly revealed their sexuality.

Many argue that as people with positions of incredible visibility, closeted celebrities do a disservice to the LGBT community by not being honest about who they are. They also insist that these stars have a responsibility to reveal their sexuality to show that there is no shame in being gay and in an effort to change mainstream society's perceptions LGBT lives with their influence.

Others believe that sexuality is a personal matter and that if someone wants to remain closeted, they should be entitled to do so.

Where do you stand? Vote and then sound off in the comments section. And once you've logged your opinion, check out our slideshow of stars who've come out of the closet below.

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Do you think gay celebrities have a responsibility to be honest about their sexuality?

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Matt Bomer, 2012
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Rumors have long circulated about Bomer's sexuality, but it wasn't until mid-February of 2012 that the star confirmed what many believed:

He's gay and raising a family with partner Simon Halls.

The "White Collar" hunk came out during the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, where he received the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

"I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry," he told the crowd. "Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment."
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