Neil Patrick Harris has said people shouldn't be made to feel like they have to come out before they are ready to.
The How I Met Your Mother star, who came out in 2006 and is now engaged to David Burtka, told People he thought it was a very individual issue.
He said: "I don't think doing it in an exploitative way makes sense. I just feel like that whole world is very personal. Here's a good analogy - if you're going to jump into the pool and you're not sure how to swim, it's probably not so effective to just push someone into the pool. It's probably not the best way."
Explaining his own conflict about making his relationship public, Neil said: "For me, I fell in love with a dude and started spending all my time with him. And therefore, you don't want to be suppressive of that.
"As I started working more frequently, with more eyes on us, I figured that that was inevitability and the opposite would be, again, suppressive.
"I didn't want to disrespect David. I didn't want to make David feel like he didn't exist in my life and at the same time I didn't want David's identity to be, 'The guy that's dating me.' It's a very individual thing."
Neil, 40, said he was pleased that sexuality seemed to be becoming less of an issue.
He said: "People seem less concerned about who you're f******, and more importantly [about] who you fall in love with."