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Union J Wants to 'Carry You': LISTEN


Union J, that other pop boyband that came out of the British X Factor competition, and boasts out gay singer Jaymi Hensley as one of its members, just released its debut single, which has been well-received by fans.

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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?

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UK 'X Factor' Boybander Jaymi Hensley Comes Out as Gay: VIDEO


Jaymi Hensley, a member of the boyband Union J, which was formed to compete in this season's X Factor in the UK, came out of the closet over the weekend after consulting with his mentor on the show, Louis Walsh, The Sun reports:

“I spoke to Louis about this and he said, ‘put it this way, both of my big boybands had a gay member in them.’ So he said it fits the formula quite well! Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said ‘do it’. I’m gay and I’ve never been happier!”

Gone are the days when a contestant on these types of shows might have hid their sexuality for fear of audience reprisal. Hensley says his bandmates were fully supportive:

“They have always supported me with doing this. I didn’t want to do it in five years’ time when I have made money and had a career. I don’t think anyone should have to hide who they are....I’d love my career to take off to the heights of One Direction. But not enough people in the music industry are open about their sexuality.”

Reaction from the band's fans has been overwhelmingly positive:

He said: “It’s been amazing, really amazing. I have not seen one negative comment. “I want to say a massive thank you for people’s support. It has been incredible. I have already had messages from young gay guys saying ‘thank you so much, I can look up to you’, and that’s what I did it for.”

Jaymi’s bandmates — Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie “JJ” Hamblett — were also thrilled by the reaction to the news. They tweeted: “Wanted to say how proud we are of our brother Jaymi for coming out and being proud of his sexuality! We are SO proud.”

Watch Union J sing Coldplay's "Fix You" on last week's show, AFTER THE JUMP...


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