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

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2012: GAYEST YEAR EVER

"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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'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Benji Schwimmer Comes Out, Talks About Being Gay and Mormon: VIDEO

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So You Think You Can Dance winner Benji Schwimmer has come out of the closet in an interview with the Mormon Stories Podcast that spans five and a half hours, Reality Blurred reports. Schwimmer was the winner of the second season of SYTYCD in 2006.

I have only had a chance due to time to really skim moments of the videos, but it all follows in three separate videos. The first and second deal with his coming to terms with his sexuality, and quitting the Mormon church in 2011 because of its policies regarding gays working with youths. He also founded the charity group D.E.M.A.N.D. which helps provide healthcare to dancers with HIV/AIDS, as well as other groups who are in need.

Dive in to the interviews, AFTER THE JUMP...

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