In the context of a list of 30 Gay Actors Who Play Straight Characters (um...all gay actors have played straight characters at some point or another, even Paul Lynde), the site Ranker has casually outed John Mahoney, most famous as “Martin Crane” on Frasier.
The site explains:
“John Mahoney does not speak publicly about his personal life, but it is widely known that the actor is gay.”
Interesting rationale, but...why is the list filled with profesionally out (and a few dead) gay actors and only one who is not on the record as being gay? If they're going to out actors, why Mahoney and not, say, George Clooney or John Travolta? Is it a power thing?
Neil Patrick Harris is photographed by superperv Terry Richardson for the cover of Rolling Stone, so of course the image is sexualized and centers around his penis—sort of. It's a great shot (though that left iris seems oddly large or something?), and NPH is basically gay divinity by now, showing others how one can be an artist and openly gay in Hollywood and have an apparently happy life.
In fact, NPH says coming out helped his career (almost as much as Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle did):
“Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever. Some actors don't get hired because you can't look into their soul and see what they're like, because they're kept guarded.”
In an interview for The Fight with Kit Williamson, As the World Turns and EastSiders star Van Hansis discusses his initial refusal to discuss his private life, even when he was playing a ground-breaking gay role:
“I guess it was a combination of a lot of things—It was my first job, it was a different time back then in regards to LGBT stories being told—I mean, the Luke story was groundbreaking at the time. Now, I think every remaining soap has a gay storyline. I was completely green, fresh out of college, and honestly, I was scared.”