Those magazine covers just show me how it is still controversial to be gay and it's still taboo to suggest controversy that someone is gay and that it is owed to the public that they be out with it.
Honestly, for anyone who has been in the closet, being pressured to be out can be as soul-sucking as it is to be kept in, and I don't know how famous people deal with it. Their lives are already under so much pressure.
Personally, coming out is an agency issue- meaning, unless the person says that they are, giving them that respect to be the first to say is important. There is so much speculation that someone is, and so much controversy if someone believed to be is when they say they aren't. In Hollywood, any talk is good talk so long as it doesn't harm the person in any way. So, the pressing pressure of wanting to out Tom Cruise is good because people are still talking about Tom Cruise. Still, if he feels comfortable to come out, I don't want to discredit his comfort by forcing him out of the closet.
As for the classic movie stars we know and love, I extend the courtesy to the privacy of their lives, as they cannot speak for themselves and if they have any living relatives who should speak for their loved one, I would still extend that courtesy because given the extreme time of heterosexism of which they lived, forcing them out of the closet just for our own modern appreciation is on par with forcing an elderly individual out of a bedroom they just got attached to just because you prefer them in a better room even though the family had strict limitations and orders to suggest otherwise.
A person should know the difference between gossip and fact. Sure, gossip is fun, but it can also hurt. I never bought William Mann's theory that Katharine Hepburn was gay and Spencer Tracy was her beard or vice versa. There have been many criticisms that contest Mann's desire to sell a book to sell a book. A dead celebrity is fair game always in our world.