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17 Honest Quotes From Celebrities On Coming Out Of The Closet

You’ll be ready when you’re ready.

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Ricky Martin came out in 2010 via a letter he posted on his website.

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Emily Rios came out in July of 2014 after her character on The Bridge had a lesbian storyline.

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Ellen Page came out publicly at a Human Rights Campaign conference in 2014.

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Michael Sam came out in February of 2014 before being drafted by the NFL.

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Brittney Griner never officially “came out,” because she was always out but acknowledged it publicly in February of 2013 to work with the LGBT community.

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Anderson Cooper came out publicly in 2012 after announcing it via email with Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan.

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Former NSYNC member Lance Bass came out publicly in 2006, but was already out to his closest friends and family at that point.

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Ellen Degeneres came out publicly on her show Ellen in 1997.

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Portia de Rossi came out publicly in 2005 in an interview with Amanda De Cadenet.

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Gus Ruelas / Reuters. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

Figure skater Johnny Weir came out publicly in 2011.

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Jason Collins came out publicly in 2013 after becoming a free agent in the NBA.

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Tom Daley came out publicly in 2013 by posting a YouTube video online with his confession.

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Chaz Bono came out publicly in 1990.

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Laura Jane Grace came out publicly in 2012 in an interview with Rolling Stone.

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Sara Gilbert came out publicly in 2010 on The Talk.

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Lucy Nicholson / Reuters. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

Clay Aiken came out publicly in 2008 after the birth of his son.

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Frank Ocean came out publicly in 2012 by posting a letter to his Tumblr.

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Juan Gabriel and Walter Mercado are the unicorns of my heart. Editorial Fellow from Phoenix, AZ.
 
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