Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, Chaz Bono and Zachary Quinto are among the celebrities on E! Online's “Top 10 Gay Rights Moments of 2011” list.
The coming out of three actors – Zachary Quinto, Amber Heard and Sean Maher – made the list.
Amber Heard came out at an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in Los Angeles.
Zachary Quinto quietly announced he's gay during an interview with New York magazine, while Sean Maher talked about his family, which includes partner Paul and two children, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The 5-year-old news that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are engaged to be married was used by editors as an example of Hollywood's endorsement of New York becoming the sixth state to legalize gay marriage in June. Harris tweeted that he was engaged shortly after passage of the law, but later added the couple had been for five years.
Lady Gaga's decision to walk away from a deal with retail giant Target over gay rights also made the list.
Openly gay Jane Lynch's hosting of the Emmys got her a second place mention.
Topping the list was Chaz Bono's appearance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, making him the first transgender person to compete for the mirror ball trophy.