Not only do these fathers receive high praise for their two adorable children, they continue to be seen arm-in-arm on the red carpet, setting a new standard for what it means to be a Hollywood power couple. After being the first openly gay host of the Oscars, NPH is No. 15 on our Power List, and Burtka is currently starring in It Shoulda Been You on Broadway (directed by David Hyde Pierce).
Slate PR founder Simon Halls has three sons with his actor partner Matt Bomer. The duo have made a happy family in Hollywood for years. And continue to inspire with their continued support for one another.
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Of course we all know about Sir Elton's music career. But with his husband, the filmmaker and producer David Furnish, with whom he has a son, Zachary, Elton John has funneled his celebrity and his passion into fighting AIDS through the Elton John Aids Foundation, raising $275 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention programs around the globe. The Atlanta-based John also came out against Georgia's "Religious Freedom" bill in an open letter. And let's not forget the couple's astounding art collection.
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Ellen and Portia continue to deal with the tabloid speculation of their relationship and remain a beacon for many. With her production company in full swing with multiple projects, Out's Power List No. 2 (and the most powerful gay woman in America), recently discussed their decision not to have children, telling Matt Lauer on the Today show: "I think I would [want kids], but that's not enough to have kids. I love kids. But that's such a big commitment. And it seems long-term...It seems like a commitment that you have to stick with. And I just don't know if I can — it's too risky. Like, what if I don't like the kid? [laughs] What if it turns out that it's not as cute as I wanted or as talented? I'm gonna compare it to all these kids that I have on this show that are so smart and so funny. And I'm like, 'You are nowhere near these kids I had on today.' ”
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Dan Bucatinsky (right) is now familiar to audiences from his role on Scandal, but he and husband Don Roos (left) have also been a writer-producer team for years, working with pal Lisa Kudrow for The Comeback and Web Therapy. Dan has also written about their adventures as gay dads in Hollywood in his book Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?, which is being developed into an ABC sitcom.
We have only begun to hear the names of these two, but the twentysomethings are already ambitious beyond most people's wildest dreams. Not only does Hughes have deep pockets as one of the original gang of Facebook, he's now the owner, publisher, and editor of the New Republic. Eldridge may have made an unsuccessful bid for Congress, but we're still left asking: What will be next? We have decades to figure it out. But we think they plan to be the first gay couple in the White House. And why not?
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Although neither is media shy, this handsome duo continues to play coy with the mainstream press (as well as their social media fans) about their relationship status. Luckily, we have it on good authority that Olympic diver and reality TV host Tom Daley and writer-director-activist Dustin Lance Black (No. 49 on our Power List) are very much an item (and very much in love). Good luck to them both!
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As the president of J. Crew, fashion-forward Lyons is dressing America (including the First Lady) and ranks No. 40 on Out's Power 50, while also creating a life with Crangi who is business partners with her brother, jewelry designer Philip Crangi. While shy in public at first, they recently posed for their first-ever joint photo shoot in V magazine.
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Having been a romantic couple since meeting 32 years ago, the director and producer (both former actors and dancers who have also choreographed stage productions), have figured out how to share their creative pursuits and work together professionally since Marshall directed the film adaptation of Chicago. They recently worked together on the Disney adaptation of Into the Woods, and are looking forward to new film projects as well. "We realized it was wonderful to work together, since with a movie it’s not like you put your life on hold — it is your life," Marshall told Out. "So we could bring our home to Toronto or Los Angeles, where we shot Memoirs of a Geisha, or Italy and London, where we shot Nine. We have these adventures now, and it’s part of our life."
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Partners Silver and Cox have been together for 20 years and creating their offbeat, idiosyncratic line of clothes, Duckie Brown, since 2001. In the past few years the pair has also breathed new life into brands like Florsheim Shoes and, more recently, Perry Ellis.
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The former America's Next Top Model contestant (and Out100 honoree) is currently a VP of Equity Derivatives at Citi Group and owner of the New York City hotspot, The Dalloway. Her her fiancée, Lexi Ritsch, is the general manager of the bar and restaurant. The couple married June 15 at the Stolz family estate in Bridgehampton. SEE IMAGES FROM THE CEREMONY
This stylish couple sure knows how to throw a party (and look good no matter what they're doing). Sassy Simon remains the Creative Ambassador-at-Large for Barney's but he's also a popular author, most recently of the book, The Asylum, with stories about the fashion industry, and previously Gay Men Don't Get Fat. Adler, a designer and potter and author, is best known for his boutiques of home furnishings, currently with 19 stores worldwide. The couple married in 2008.
Long admired in the fashion industry, he was less well-known to the general public. But now the fashion designer Browne is having a moment after First Lady Michelle Obama wore his dress to the January 21, 2013 inauguration. Boyfriend Andrew Bolton may be a bit more behind the scenes as a curator at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but the two are a fashionable force to be reckoned with.
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While choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones is the name on the marquee, these men have figured out a way to have a nearly two decades-long partnership that is both successful romantic and creatively. Read more here.
While both successful visual artists (and mothers), the couple met the old-fashioned way (at a bar) and continue to receive commissions and influence the art world.
If there is such a thing as fashion royalty, it would have to be this dynamic duo. Tom Ford was a shy 25-year-old when he met magazine editor Richard Buckley. He says it took him the length of an elevator ride to decide he wanted to marry him. Read the whole story.
It’s unusual for an artistic team to be exclusive, let alone personal as well as professional, and their 12 years of working and living together has given them both a terrific shorthand to work together creatively. This Montreal-based duo is shaping opera productions worldwide with wild and beautiful sets, costumes, and edgy directions from everything from Turandot (last summer in Seattle) to Wagner.
It's easy to focus on celebrity and forget about the people behind the scenes with successful businesses who manage to make it work—both professionally and romantically. This entrepreneurial duo (who have been together for 23 years) founded Burba Hotel Network, which develops and produces conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. Since 2000, their events have attracted nearly 80,000 international delegates in 22 countries. See, it pays to learn to live and love together.
Known for gorgeous wedding gowns for the ladies, this power designer pairing recently tied the knot themselves in a low-key ceremony.