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8 Notable People Who Came Out In The Past Year

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It’s National Coming Out Day! If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already come out—so congrats on that. If you haven’t, just change your middle name on Facebook to “Big Fat Homo.” (Life in the 21st century is sooo much easier.)

We announced our sexuality during the Cretaceous Period so when October 11 rolls around, we like to pick one random stranger to come out to. This year it was the dry cleaner. (He said it explained a lot of the stains.)

The past twelve months have seen a number of big-name outings—athletes, journalists, actors, businessmen. None is more important that the disclosure of everyday people like you, of course. But just the same, we’ve made a list of notable folks who announced they’re LGB or T since last National Coming Out Day.

Did we forget someone? Sound off in the comments!
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By:           Dan Avery
On:           Oct 11, 2011
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  • 21 Comments
    • Jeff
      Jeff

      Came out on youtube fall of 2008…in just 3 months time, all my friends and acquaintances on campus had gotten word. it was awkward for the first few days, then i soon started openly dating. I was so glad i did it that way, it helped me tremendously, and i gained much respect from many others. to my surprise, i even enabled others to come out. #NationalComingOutDay

      Oct 11, 2011 at 6:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cindy Rizzo
      Cindy Rizzo

      You meant to say: 8 Notable MEN Who Came Out in the Past Year. Right?

      Oct 11, 2011 at 7:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChiGuy76
      ChiGuy76

      You forgot Paul Marcarelli, the Verizon test guy who also has a new movie out called “The Green” starring Cheyenne Jackson. Can’t you here him now?

      Oct 11, 2011 at 8:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike
      mike

      @Cindy Rizzo: I sure noticed that too; then again not very surprised. We men, gay and straight, always think with our dicks first and then with our brains. But journalists, even quasi ones here at Queerty, who claim to represent QUEERS, you couldn’t come up with any lesbians? nor bi’s, nor Chaz’s? Big FAIL.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 9:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @mike: said…

      “@Cindy Rizzo: I sure noticed that too; then again not very surprised. We men, gay and straight, always think with our dicks first and then with our brains. But journalists, even quasi ones here at Queerty, who claim to represent QUEERS, you couldn’t come up with any lesbians? nor bi’s, nor Chaz’s? Big FAIL.”
      __________

      1. Chaz didn’t come out THIS year. He came out as transgendered prior to this year, and as a lesbian many years ago.

      2. If you’ve got a list of lesbians that came out publicly lets see it. I noticed you getting nasty and attacking gay men and the writers, but funny enough I didn’t see you point out anybody that they missed. They asked for names if they missed anybody. So give them some if they missed them. If a famous lesbian came out then list her. Or do you just like to name call?

      Oct 11, 2011 at 9:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      but women are not true life forms
      (jk… star trek geek ref)

      Oct 11, 2011 at 9:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Avery
      Dan Avery

      NOTE FROM EDITOR: This list was made with the intention of including a diverse group of LGBTs. I originally had Chely Wright on this list, But she came out before October 2010.

      There are many notable lesbians whose coming out had a major impact on the culture, just not in the period of October 2010-2011. If there are lesbians, bisexuals or trans people Ive forgotten, I would be more than happy to amend this list or do another one.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 10:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stoopid louie
      stoopid louie

      @Dan Avery: No need to bother with another list—women aren’t real people like us, we all know this.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      Out and Proud since October 1, 1996. I didn’t come out, I was outed at school that day.And plenty of people had already known up to two years before that.

      However, I use this day each year to honor those who have the courage to Come Out of The Closet. And, also, I simply love a fabulous gay holiday! Hats off to everyone Coming Out Today!

      Oct 11, 2011 at 11:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      I’m beginning to think the errors on this site are just to get pedants like me to comment, but #4 isn’t a picture of Anton Hysen – that’s his Dad, Glenn Hysen. A picture of Anton would be nice, as he’s absolutely f*cking gorgeous. :D

      Oct 11, 2011 at 11:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michelle
      Michelle

      Geri Jewell (Actor) came out – Lesbian in her book ” I’m Walking as Straight as I Can”
      Even Rachel Wood – Bisexual to Esquire Magazine

      Oct 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Larry
      Larry

      I came out to my family after seeing Randy Phillips on youtube. Thank you so much for giving me the courage, Randy. I have just retired from the Navy after 20 years and some of my co-workers knew but all they cared about was that I was their friend and a good worker. I hope that everyone that is still in the service get to breath a little easier. I’m proud of all of you out there.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      @Cam: @Dan Avery:

      (Was using my hubby’s computer, so my post was under his “mike” while I go by Mike in Asheville.)

      I am not the gay blogger here posting about queers who came out in the past 12 months. Nonetheless, since you Cam did not, and you Dan Avery, who is the blogger blogging about queers who came out in the past 12 months, I did just a couple of minutes googling.

      While I did not remember her name, as I also did not remember the adorable Randy Phillips’ (pic #5) name, the very same time that Randy’s video was making its way around the net, Chief Petty Officer Charlene Morgan appeared on Thomas Robert’s show, came out, and discussed DADT repeal. Recognizing Charlie is certainly on an equal basis as Randy — both newly out due to the repeal of DADT // cheers to both of them.

      Great you included actor Sean Avery, an up-and-comer who came out early compared to most gay actor (pic #3) but you failed big time in also recognizing actress Amber Heard Gay, not from an unsuccessful dropped TV show, but co-star in the highly successful Pineapple Express and Zombieland (came out in December 2010).

      And to cover the group of former stars coming out, there is Geri Jewell, of the very successful (though not that I ever watched it) Facts of Life.

      *************

      So that was my 5 minutes of Googling in support of fellow queers, the equally talented, brave and daring lesbians. How about Queerty, Dan, Cam? Can’t pitch-in to brush a shine on the women who fight for their right to love their women?

      Oct 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Laura
      Laura

      What about Amber Heard, who came out in December 2010?

      Oct 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JAW
      JAW

      I had never heard about Heard… Pretty woman

      had anyone else not heard Heard came out???

      .-)

      Oct 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Mike in Asheville:

      Finally!

      Thank you, I get irritated by people attacking but not having any evidence.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      My National Coming Out Day post! The video at the end will make you cry.
      http://soyouwanttobealesbian.blogspot.com/2011/10/happy-national-coming-out-day.html

      Oct 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • paul ny
      paul ny

      Anton Hysen , I never knew who he was before this article. Now I think I am in love. lol. What a beautiful man. And he is good at sports too? Where do I sign up!!!

      Oct 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Louise B
      Louise B

      I think it’s ironic that you wrote “8 notable people” when you should’ve written “8 notable men”. I don’t see any lesbians or bisexual women that you’ve made notable here. The women make the difference aswell.

      Oct 12, 2011 at 3:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Louise B: said…

      “I think it’s ironic that you wrote “8 notable people” when you should’ve written “8 notable men”. I don’t see any lesbians or bisexual women that you’ve made notable here. The women make the difference aswell.”
      __________________

      Then please list out the notable women who came out this year that you would like to see on the list as the author asked you to.

      Oct 12, 2011 at 8:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anthony
      Anthony

      @Lefty: It is a picture of Anton. What are you talking about?

      Oct 13, 2011 at 9:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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