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16 Stars On What Coming Out Means To Them

As “I’m Gay” announcements became a thing of the past in 2012, stars from Sir Ian McKellan to Matt Bomer offered their perspectives on coming out and how, for many of them, it got better.

1. Ricky Martin

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(Pink News, Dec. 2012)

2. Frank Ocean

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(GQ, Dec. 2012)

3. Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light)

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(rucomingout, Sept. 2012)

4. Mika

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(The Advocate, Oct. 2012)

5. Lance Bass

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(The Advocate, Oct. 2012)

6. Jake Shears

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(rucomingout, Dec. 2012)

7. Anderson Cooper

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(HuffPo, Sept. 2012)

8. Sir Ian McKellen

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(The Daily Mail, Dec. 2012)

9. Ellen DeGeneres

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(The Hollywood Reporter, Aug. 2012)

10. Matt Bomer

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(E! Online, Jun. 2012)

11. Zachary Quinto

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(Out, Sept. 2012)

12. Gareth Thomas

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(The Gay UK, Dec. 2012)

13. Orlando Cruz

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(ESPN, Dec. 2012)

14. Megan Rapinoe

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(SB Nation, Aug. 2012)

15. Matthew Mitcham

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(ABC, Nov. 2012)

16. Rep. Barney Frank

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(Boston.com, Dec. 2012)

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