The undeniably dreamy star of White Collar, Matt Bomer, publicly acknowledged his family for the first time as he accepted the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry,” he said. “Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”
In August, actor Ezra Miller—known for his chilling performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin—told OUT, “I’m queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular.” Miller takes on the role of Patrick, an out-and-proud gay high schooler, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
“Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion has been singing “It’s Raining Men” for years, but only publicly stated his sexual orientation in October, revealing he planned to marry long-time partner Rubem Robierb. “He is the most wonderful, giving, loving, caring person,” said Champion of his fiancé. ”I’m lucky. I am so, so lucky to have someone like this in my life.”
In July, class act Anderson Cooper finally put rumors to rest and revealed he is indeed a gay man. In an open letter penned to journalist Andrew Sullivan, Cooper wrote, “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” Star Jones, however, thinks Cooper is just a publicity whore.
Kristy McNichol hasn’t seen the spotlight in nearly 20 years, but that didn’t stop the Emmy Award-winning actress and former “Empty Nest” star from coming out in January in support of kids who are being bullied.
As hip hop’s first openly gay artist, Frank Ocean made waves by coming out in the liner notes of his wildly popular debut studio album Channel ORANGE. ”I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide,” he wrote. “There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.”
Only posthumously did Sally Ride, the first woman in space, reveal publicly that she had enjoyed a 27-year relationship with her partner Tam O’Shaunessy. President Obama called Ride “a national hero and a powerful role model.”
Orlando Cruz may not be a name you’re familiar with, but he’s the world’s first openly gay boxer. The Puerto Rican, who is currently ranked No.4 in the world by the World Boxing Organization, is also a former Olympian. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career,” he said. ”I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”
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