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10 Great Coming Outs Of 2014 And It’s Only June

Is there a coming-out domino effect? If so, it’s time to play! 2013 was a banner year for coming out. Jodie Foster, Jason Collins, Raven-Symonè, Matt Dallas, Chelsea Manning — the list goes on and on–and on.

2014 is shaping up to be equally big. So far we’ve seen athletes, celebrities, singers, lawmakers… even a vegetable. And with the year half over, there will undoubtedly be more adventures in coming out. Who will be next?

Make sure to check out one of last year’s greatest coming out heroes, Jason Collins, being honored in Trailblazers on Thursday, June 26th at 9/8c on LOGOTV.

Scroll down to see 10 great coming outs of 2014…

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1. Michael Sam

The All-American University of Missouri Defensive Lineman made headlines in February when he came out in interviews held with the New York Times and ESPN. “I just want to own my truth,” Sam said. He was back in the headlines again in May, this time for being the first openly gay man drafted to play for the NFL, by the the St. Louis Rams. He was the 249th overall pick. His televised passionate lip lock with boyfriend Vito Cammisano made it the most famous same-sex kiss in history.

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2. Ellen Page

We predicted Ellen Page would tell her truth in 2014. Sure enough, the 26-year-old actress came out publicly during a speech at the Human Right Campaign’s “Time To Thrive” conference for LGBT youth in Las Vegas in February. “I’m here today because I am gay,” she declared. “Maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”

 

3. Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson came out earlier this year on Youtube. In the video, the 25-year-old explains how his mother died when he was 19. Three months later he married his wife and they produced two children together. Over time, he developed a drinking a problem. After getting sober earlier this year, he realized the root of his unhappiness: He had been living a lie. Ben’s video quickly went viral, garnering more than half a million views to date.

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4. Conner Mertens and Chandler Whitney

Conner Mertens and Chandler Whitney became college sports’ first openly gay couple. Mertens, a freshman football player at Willamette University in Oregon, came out on Twitter at the end of January. A week later his boyfriend, college baseball player Chandler Whitney, did the same after seeing the positive response his boyfriend received. Whitney told his teammates: “You know that college football player at Willamette who came out? I’m dating that guy.”

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5. Kale Vegetable

The light and leafy (some would say bitter) superfood came out as gay in April after being outed by Madonna during a Q&A with Buzzfeed. “Yep, I’m gay,” Kale said, confirming that Madge, like always, was ahead of the curve. She was already aware of Kale’s sexual orientation. During the interview, Kale also alluded to a possible relationship with Cucumber.

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6. Jay Kelly

13-year-old Jay Kelly made national headlines earlier this month when he announced he is transgender on his ask.fm page. Jay is the youngest child of R&B crooner R. Kelly. The teen was given the birth name “Jaya,” and goes by Jay. He took time to answer questions submitted anonymously about his desire to seek transitional surgery, his supportive relationship with his mother, and his battle with depression.

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7. Sam Smith

After years of speculation, British singer Sam Smith confirmed his sexual orientation in a May interview with The Fader while promoting his new album. “In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year,” he said, “and he didn’t love me back. I think I’m over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn’t felt love before.” By his revelation, Smith is going the way of his idols George Michael and Elton John.

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8. John Fennell

19-year-old Olympian John Fennell came out in May. The Canadian luger waited until after the Sochi Olympics to make the announcement out of concerns for his safety in Russia. He left his computer and phone at home to avoid becoming one of Putin’s victims of state sanctioned homophobia. “I’m an athlete,” he told The Advocate in an interview. “Realistically, I put on a spandex suit and slide down a mountain. I’m no message board for political movements. But we need to have leaders in our sport community.”

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9. Robin Roberts

Okay, technically Good Morning America host Robin Roberts came out on December 29, 2013, but we’re including her in our list for 2014 because the news carried over well into the new year. The 53-year-old news anchor told the world on her Facebook page exactly one-year after beating cancer. Some criticized her for not coming out earlier in her career. In an April interview with Good HousekeepingRoberts explained her reason for waiting. “Some people like their anonymity,” she said. “You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can’t get caught up in what someone is saying about you.”

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10. Steve Gallardo

A week and a half after arguing against SB 1062, Arizona’s failed attempt to legalize discrimination, state Senator Steve Gallardo stood before the Senate Caucus in March and proclaimed: “I’m gay, I’m a Latino, and I’m a senator. And it’s okay.” Later, the 44-year-old lawmaker also announced he’ll be running for a seat in Arizona’s Seventh Congressional District, and that he “couldn’t care less” if being openly gay hurts his chances at victory. “This is about standing up and doing the right thing,” he said.

Watch the trailer for Logo’s Trailblazers.

Who will be next to come out? Make sure to tune into Trailblazers on Thursday, June 26th at 9/8c on LOGOTV 

By:           Graham Gremore
On:           Jun 24, 2014
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  • 17 Comments
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Thanks for OBAMA, who make it VERY! possible to all of us in the USA and the world.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      PS, Steve Gallardo, we love you in the dark ages Arizona.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 9:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryguyf69
      Bryguyf69

      In another blog, I posted that I loved Sam Smith’s BRILLIANT interpretation of “How Will I Know?” because his anguished voice hinted at a personal backstory. His description here of an unrequited love explains the sincerity permeating his voice.

      Jun 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebizzar
      Sebizzar

      Seems like every day someone comes out and another place legalizes gay marriage :) My faith keeps growing!

      Jun 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryguyf69
      Bryguyf69

      @Sebizzar: And it’s precisely what TERRIFIES homophobes so much. As people realize that giving gays equality — including marriage — didn’t affect them negatively, homophobes could no longer use fear as their tool. Whenever I debate this issue, I ask the enemy to give me evidence of the harm that has happened in states and nations that have passed gay marriage (or gays in the military, etc). I have yet to hear any. In fact, there have been some positive effects, i.e. extra revenue from gay marriages, money saved by not having to expel gay troops, etc.

      There will be a day within our lifetimes when children won’t understand the concept of “coming out” (as gay).

      Jun 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jonjct
      jonjct

      @Mezaien: please, obama is on the gay rights issue because it’ practically the ONLY thing this social worker from chicago CAN do. wait, did i just knock social workers? please mezaien, keep it real!

      Jun 25, 2014 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blondella
      blondella

      What’s great about Ben Hobson’s coming out? He lied to a woman about his own sexuality, willingly entered a sham marriage, and ended up separated with two kids. What he did was hurtful and the way he came out is typical of an attention seeker.

      Why is he celebrated here? Oh, I see.

      Jun 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryguyf69
      Bryguyf69

      @blondella: Your complaint doesn’t make sense. Queerty is lauding him for COMING OUT. Everything you complained about was due to him being CLOSETED. Had he been out, he wouldn’t have 1) gotten into a “sham marriage,” 2) gotten separated with two kids, and 3) sought attention by coming out. Where do you see any praise for him being closeted or getting married? Surely you agree that he — or anyone — should be praised for coming out, right?

      And surely you agree that it’s generally tougher for a married Mormon with 2 kids to come out than for most of us, right? And surely you’d agree coming out publicly will make it harder to live and be employed in a small town, right? So why shouldn’t we praise him for taking such a tough decision?

      You also seem ignorant of the story as well as similar scenarios. You claim that “he lied to a woman about his own sexuality.” Like so many such stories, Ben didn’t know he was gay when he got married. Or when he had kids. It was only after a lot of self-analysis, in search of a reason for alcohol abuse, that he realized he was gay. If you think that this is unusual, you really need to do some research. There are some wonderful books on gay men who marry, and I’ve even posted a video about married gay Mormon men. So under what basis, besides ignorance, are you claiming that he knowingly lied to a woman and “willingly entered a SHAM marriage”? Care to provide a quote or reference? Has his wife complained? And which of his videos show anything “hurtful” to his children? Or do you evidence we don’t? From what I’ve seen, he’s an exemplary dad.

      Surely you’re not megalomaniacal to assume that your experience also applies to him? Namely, that he HAD to know he was gay before he married. Again, do your research.

      Finally, I don’t understand your criticism of the way he came out. First, are you denying that his video might have helped and inspired others? I can tell you firsthand that two teens I’m counseling found him inspirational. Are you criticizing ANYONE who comes out via social media? Is it your view that coming out should only be private? So what exactly was wrong with what he did? Did he call the news media? Did he force it down your throat? Did he fill your mailbox with his story? Nope. He posted a SHORT video, where a few seconds said he’s gay. Much of the video was about his marriage, his kids and his alcoholism. And most importantly, YouTube is a PASSIVE medium. Viewers have to CHOOSE to watch, and clearly many have.

      Your complaint says more about you and your issues, than his. You’d be better off doing some self-analysis than complaining about others. And while you’re at it, actually learn his story and the stories of other gay men who marry.

      Jun 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cutemikey
      cutemikey

      @blondella: I don’t understand your complaint. Have you seen his latest video? I’s a simple video celebrating his daughter’s birthday starring Ben, his ex-wife, the birthday girl and his baby son. Does that ex-wife look upset to you? Do you know of another gay YouTube channel with so many fatherhood videos? Esp from someone so young (which makes him relatable)? That fact makes his channel valuable. And it’s great PR for the gay community, blasting away stereotypes of young gays as superficial drug-infested party boys.

      Your criticism is misplaced. It makes it sound like you prefer the typical superficial gay channel from 25 y/os …

      Jun 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jockboy1986
      jockboy1986

      @blondella: @blondella: You seem clueless about Ben Hobson and his channel, and making a general complaint about attractive gay men. As gays, we should be especially careful about generalizing. His latest video, celebrating his daughter’s birthday with his ex-wife, is far from mindless or superficial. He even posted a long comment about how children ads discriminate against Asian and African-American children! When was the last time you saw that on a young gay man’s vlog? He’s a good guy and a great role model. And a great poster boy to represent gays to America.

      Jun 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jockboy1986
      jockboy1986

      @blondella: How does this video or any of Ben’s other videos match anything you said? Perhaps you’re offended by the fact that he’s attractive and wearing a tanktop and shorts?

      Jun 27, 2014 at 2:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blondella
      blondella

      @Bryguyf69: Oh, please… Not that “I didn’t know I was gay” excuse. If you are old enough to be married, you should be smart enough to know your own sexual orientation.

      His life story is not believable in the least.

      Jun 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blondella
      blondella

      @cutemikey: Now people get trophies just for being a father? Your idea about PR is absurd.

      Jun 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blondella
      blondella

      @jockboy1986: I don’t give a crap what he looks like or what he wears.

      Ben Hobson is a nobody compared to the others listed here, who are truly inspirational and have all accomplished something without lying him-/herself into a hetero marriage.

      Jun 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blondella
      blondella

      @Bryguyf69: I didn’t read your full rant. It just sounds like the incoherent mumbling of a madman who got hold of a thesaurus.

      Ben Hobson posted a video on YouTube. That’s not much of an accomplishment. A great coming-out? Hardly.

      Jun 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • blondella
      blondella

      @Bryguyf69: The greatest ignorance I see here is on the part of Ben Hobson, who knowingly married a woman even though he was and is gay.

      Jun 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryguyf69
      Bryguyf69

      @blondella: Yeah, let’s ignore the research in the field and accept the megalomanical opinion of someone who has neither lived or researched the topic. Apparently, your experience is the yardstick by which others live. At least in your mind. Sure, I’m going to the the bitter opinion of someone whose replies consist of “oh please,” “absurd” and insults. Not one sentence indicating any knowledge of the issue. It’s truly sad that some feel gays have a need to feel self-righteous and judge others, when homophobes are already doing the same.

      Jun 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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