The 25 Most Googled Gays

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com May 13 2009 11:00 PM ET

By now it's a given -- nearly every week, pop train wreck Britney Spears appears at the top of every "Most Googled" celebrity list... and she's been there since the invention of, well, Google. But Advocate.com has turned this 21st-century popularity contest on its ear by finding the most-searched-for LGBT celebrities over the past five years (plus names like Jodie, Anderson, and Adam who, if they were openly gay, would rank awfully high).

Some of the results will likely surprise you -- others will seemingly fit right in.

The following is the list in ascending order, with each celeb's top Google News search result as of May 14:

25. Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes Welcomes Twins

24. Cynthia Nixon

Creel, Davis, Jackson, McDonald, Nixon, and Hair Cast Will Be Part of Marriage Equality Rally

23. Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris to Host Tonys

22. Rosie O'Donnell

Daniel O'Donnell, an Openly Gay Assemblyman, Pushes Same-Sex Marriage in New York (Daniel is Rosie's brother)

21. Samantha Ronson

Gwyneth Paltrow, Party Starter: The GOOP Celebrity DJ Playlist

GOOGLE RACHEL MADDOW XLRGE (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM

20. Rachel Maddow

Was Keith Olbermann Jealous of Rachel Maddow's Ben Affleck Booking?

19. Boy George

Early Prison Release for Boy George

18. Lance Bass

Where (and How) to Go Dancing With the Stars

17. Portia de Rossi

Neil Patrick Harris, Portia de Rossi Top Gay and Lesbian "Hot" List

16. Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls Offer Hope and Fiery Politics at Concert for The Progressive

GOOGLE TOM FORD XLRG | ADVOCATE.COM

15. Tom Ford

"Going Green" in the Garden (story includes a local gardener with the same name)

14. Melissa Etheridge

The Perfect Cover Songs for Adam Lambert's Debut (shares the same top news story as Rufus Wainwright)

13. Jodie Foster

Hannibal Lecter Set to Be Unmasked Again

12. Rufus Wainwright

The Perfect Cover Songs for Adam Lambert's Debut (shares the same top news story as Melissa Etheridge)

GOOGLE ADAM LAMBERT XLRGE (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM

11. Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert Supporters Can See the American Idol Finish Line

10. Suze Orman

Unleashed: Oprah, Dogs, Suze Orman ... What More Does a Pet Blogger Need?

9. Anderson Cooper

Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper Ratings in Decline

8. George Michael

Why Michael Cera Appears to Be Everywhere On-screen (this story is actually about Cera's character on the defunct Fox show Arrested Development, whose name was George Michael)

GOOGLE CLAY AIKEN XLRG (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM

7. Clay Aiken

30 Rock Sneaks: Clay Aiken and Kenneth the Page Are Cousins!

6. Marc Jacobs

How Not to Look Like a Banker

5. Ellen DeGeneres

Daytime Emmys Snub The View

4. Tila Tequila

Cocktail, of For The Love Of Ray J, Tells Tila Tequila to Step Off Her Man!

GOOGLE LINDSAY LOHAN XLRG (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM

3. Elton John

Eminem Reveals Rehab Confidant Was Elton John, "Relapse" Bonus

2. Perez Hilton

Miss California Outclassed Hilton

1. Lindsay Lohan

LA Police: Burglar Had No Part in Messy Lohan Home