Dec 17 2012

 

 

 

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Towleroad.com has printed an astounding list of 50 people who came out of the closet this year! In previous years, any one or two of them would have been major news. The LGBT community is increasingly a safe place, even an asset, to call home. This is an astounding list. Here are three from the list and you have, just have to, go to the site to see the rest.

4. Matt Bomer

If Paul Babeu's outing is one of the more malodorous, actor Matt Bomer's 2012 coming out tale is one of most ambrosial: the exceptionally handsome White Collar actor broke his glass closet during an acceptance speech, thanking his partner and children, "And I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment."

Countless gay guys' dreams came true, and Bomer gave them more of what they wanted when he starred alongside Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike. If 2012 proves anything, it's that coming out has become insouciant and informal than ever before.

7. Sam Champion

Long out and about in New York City's gay scene, ABC News meteorologist Sam Champion (right) officially came out in October by announcing he planned to marry partner Rubem Robierb.

Those in the know may have shrugged, but Champion's the weatherman for Good Morning America, the number one morning show, and his coming out without a doubt changed some people's minds about gay people. And it certainly made him the toast of the town: Champion recalled all the well-wishes he received from across the country and in the Big Apple.

"I felt like we lived in a small town," he said of all the well-wishing. "I was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and to me that’s exactly what it felt like. We walked out on the street and everyone was like, ‘Hey, congratulations.'"

10. Orlando Cruz

Professional boxer Orlando Cruz helped KO homophobia in the ring when he came out in early October. "I've been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself," the featherweight fighter told a reporter.

Later, speaking with HBO, Cruz remarked, "I'm very, very happy. I'm free." He's also a champ: the 31-year old won his first fight after coming out, but was more pleased with all the support he received from the cheering crowd: I was very happy that they respect me. That’s what I want — them to see me as a boxer, as an athlete and as a man in every sense of the word… That was my moment, my opportunity, my event… And I won."