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Inspiring Words From The Influential Women Who Came Out In 2013

Some women chose to come out of the closet quietly while others decided to make a splash — all of them inspired us this year.

1. When it comes to LGBT celebrities in 2013, we saw a wide variety of coming out moments including flashy magazine covers, grand speeches, and subtle tweets.

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2. But, to be frank, no one did it as eloquently as the out women of 2013.

3. Basketball player Brittney Griner came out just before she was drafted into the WNBA.

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5. And she reminded us what true self-confidence looks like.

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6. Actress Maria Bello wrote a personal essay about her relationship with another woman.

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9. Raven-Symoné made a big statement with a simple tweet.

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11. And, simultaneously, reminded us why we love her so much.

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12. At the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, Jodie Foster gave a coming out speech as multifaceted as she is.

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14. She touched upon how difficult it can be to come out while in the spotlight.

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15. Actress Michelle Rodriguez kept it real, as always, when discussing her bisexuality.

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17. You can count on her to tell it like it is.

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18. Soccer star Abby Wambach married her teammate Sarah Huffman.

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20. She challenged us all to rethink what it means to come out of the closet.

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21. The rap genius that is Angel Haze educated the masses on pansexuality…

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22. … and on the use of labels in general.

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23. Best of all? She turned Macklemore’s Same Love into an emotional anthem we could all relate to.

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24. Happy New Year, to all the out women of 2013.

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com
 
 

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