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    Updated on Aug 19, 2020. Posted on Aug 18, 2014

    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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    Mario Anzuoni / Reuters. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

    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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    Gus Ruelas / Reuters. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

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

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    Gus Ruelas / Reuters. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

    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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    Phil Mccarten / Reuters. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

    Chaz Bono came out publicly in 1990.

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    Brad Barket / Getty Images. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

    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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