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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)

Marc Broussely for Redferns

(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

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

(The Hollywood Reporter, Aug. 2012)

10. Matt Bomer

Katy Winn / AP

(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

Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo / AP

(ESPN, Dec. 2012)

14. Megan Rapinoe

Paul Connors / AP

(SB Nation, Aug. 2012)

15. Matthew Mitcham

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(ABC, Nov. 2012)

16. Rep. Barney Frank

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

(Boston.com, Dec. 2012)

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