Country music star Chely Wright and actor Hal Sparks were among the stars congratulating Stephanie Miller for coming out gay.

Miller, the host of her own syndicated radio program, The Stephanie Miller Show, told her listeners on Friday, “I am a gay woman,” and a few moments later, “I got the gay on me.”

The 48-year-old comedienne-radio personality has always been an enthusiastic supporter of the gay community, but said she had reached her personal “tipping point” and wanted to speak out on gay rights issues – such as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and gay marriage – “authentically.”

Miller credited Wright, who only recently came out lesbian, for inspiring her to do the same.

“My coming out coach,” Miller – affectionately called “Mama” by many of her listeners – said in welcoming Wright to her show. The two women have become good friends in recent months.

“You're saving lives and changing lives by stepping into your truth and I'm so proud of you,” Wright told Miller.

Actor Hal Sparks, who played gay in the role of Michael Novotny on Showtime's groundbreaking drama Queer as Folk, tweeted his congratulations: “Congrats to my dear, dear friend Stephanie Miller for her brave and important step forward. You're awesome.”

Other well-wishers included Cassandra Peterson (television's Elvira) and fellow progressive radio host Randi Rhodes.