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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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Australian Actress Magda Szubanski: I'm Gay


Actress and comedienne Magda Szubanski, who stars in the show Kath & Kim (American viewers may know her best from her role as Esme Hoggett in Babe), came out on Australia's Channel Ten's The Project.

Watch her inspiring statement and discussion with the Channel Ten hosts, AFTER THE JUMP...

MagdaSaid Szubanski: "Let me just define my terms here - I identify as gay myself...Now when I say that, what that means is I am absolutely not straight. I wouldn't define myself as bisexual either. I would say I am gay, gay, gay, gay, gay."

Szubanski timed her coming out with Valentine's Day and said she did it because of the current debate about marriage equality in Australia. She got emotional talking about the challenges gay people face, especially gay youth.

Added Szubanski:

"Obviously I have been thinking about this for a very long time and I suppose some people might wonder why I haven't done it sooner...I am an incredibly open person and for decades my family have known my friends have known ... all my colleagues....I'm sure all of you know. It's not like I was running around hiding it. There's a difference between living your life and living it absolutely publicly and that thing of 20 million people knowing your business is stressful."

Szubanski said that she was inspired to come out by Australia's debate over marriage equality.

Watch her inspiring statement and discussion with the Channel Ten hosts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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