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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1290

ASAPSCIENCE: The guys behind the popular YouTube channel had a Google+ hangout the other day.

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: Matt Baume looks at the latest from Rhode Island, Colorado, and Virginia.

FALLING IN LOVE: Vlogger Sinister304 on relocating, serodiscordant relationships, and falling in love.

MEGAN RAPINOE: Olympic soccer player speaks out against homophobic language.

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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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Out Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Soccer Player Megan Rapinoe Honored by L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center: VIDEO

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Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe, one of the few out athletes in any sport, accepted the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Board of Directors Award on Saturday at their 41st annual dinner, Outsports reports:

“The longer I’ve been out, the more stories I’ve been able to hear from people,” Rapinoe told me Saturday. “People come up to me and say, ‘you’re the reason I came out, you’re the reason I realized I was gay.’ ” Asked how much her profile has grown, she added: “Look at me, I’m the honoree for such a great organization.”

Watch her accept the award and talk about her decision to come out, AFTER THE JUMP...

The event raised $700,000 for the Center.

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