In February of 1990, the now openly gay singer k.d. lang appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly's first issue. In the years since then, many of the entertainers we have covered have also been gay. In many cases, their sexual orientations have been common knowledge within the entertainment world and within the gay community, but they have been unwilling to discuss their private lives in an interview. In this issue, for every gay performer or executive who spoke to us on the record, there were dozens who, for reasons of their own, preferred not to be included or to have their homosexuality revealed. Unless news events compel disclosure, it is the policy of Entertainment Weekly that the matter of sexual preference is a private one until the subject chooses to make it otherwise. Therefore, we have chosen to respect those wishes.