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I'm Gay: The 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012



"The fact is, I'm gay." Anderson Cooper's long-awaited announcement sums what it meant to come out in 2012. Again and again we heard the same sentiment — from pop singer Mika's equally anticipated confirmation, "If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah," to actor Andrew Rannells casually remarking about relating to a gay character, "I am gay in real life, so I definitely get it." —  proving that coming out today is in many cases a non-event, and certainly secondary to other achievements.

Yes, a lot has changed in the 15 years since Time magazine ran that cover of Ellen DeGeneres declaring, "Yep, I'm Gay," and even in the six since Lance Bass told People, "I'm Gay." Entertainment Weekly published a cover story this summer called "The New Art Of Coming Out," concluding, "The current vibe for discussing one’s sexuality is almost defiantly mellow."

Yet most of this positive change has happened in familiar territory.

Former NFL star Wade Davis' coming out was a first, as was current professional boxer Orlando Cruz's. And Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo helped broaden the overall discussion about LGBT people. But there are a few people on this list who were less valiant, like Republican Sheriff Paul Babeu, and still others who remained quiet about their sexuality to the day they died. The debate over balance between privacy and responsibility is still one worth having, and clearly there are more arenas where LGBT people need space to shine.

All in all, though, 2012 shows that gay people who break down that closet can have it all.

Who had the 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012?

Find out (in alphabetical order), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Food Network Star Anne Burrell's Rep: It's 'No Secret' She's Gay

On last week's SiriusXM Derek and Romaine show, Romaine Patterson and Chopped host Ted Allen were discussing chef Anne Burrell, and talk turned to Burrell's sexuality.

BurrellSaid Patterson: “I also love it when Anne Burrell is on the show primarily because I have the biggest crush on her. Whether or not she’s a lesbian, I don’t care. She’s my girl!”

Added Allen: "I’m not going to put a label on Anne, but she is dating a woman right now. She was really cool. You’ve got some competition."

Since Burrell has never discussed it publicly, the talk Allen and Patterson's discussion generated has now compelled her rep to release a statement, Page Six reports:

Burrell’s rep told Page Six: “Anne doesn’t feel she was outed. She has made no secret of her relationship. Her significant other is a very private woman. They have been together for a couple of years and spend a lot of time together. It is no secret in the culinary world.”

Sources tell us Burrell’s girlfriend is another top James Beard Award-winning chef. Sources also said Burrell — an instructor at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education — appeared alarmed when she learned of Allen’s comments while shooting her show

She was filming at Old Homestead Steakhouse in the Meatpacking District last Thursday, but bolted out — telling the production crew she had “a situation to deal with” and sped off on her bicycle, returning to the set the next day.


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