It appears that the character played on Empire as “Jamal Lyon” by Jussie Smollett came out to the public that he is gay in the TV series & has now came out in real life saying he’s gay and proud on the Ellen Show.
Smollett also praised Ellen- “You’ve been such an inspiration to so many, but also to me. What you’ve done with, in the LGBT community is very much in my opinion kind of like what Michael Jackson did with the black community. There’s never been a closet. That I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”