Towleroad.com has released (what I hope will be an annual list) of the 'most powerful coming outs' of the year 2013. The year has been a very busy year and the list contains 53 names of people who came out as a member of the LGBT community. Some of the choices and their rank will suprise you! The list is fascinating and you will find yourself saying, "Oh yea, I forgot they came out".
Click here to see the entire list but here are just three profiles from the powerful list of 53 names.
7. Ted Chalfen
We now live in a world where a high school student's graduation speech can have an effect on thousands of people thanks to social media and Ted Chalfen, a senior at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, made a viral splash back in May when he stood at the podium and said:
“I’m going to skip all of the clichés I want to rattle off right now, and get right to the point…I’m gay. Many, if not most, of the students here today know this, and most of them don’t really care. That is exactly the reason why I decided I had to give this speech.”
13. Clive Davis
Music industry icon Clive Davis roared out of the closet in February with a new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, in which he declared himself bisexual and said he's currently involved with a man.
Said Davis: "After my second marriage failed, I met a man who was also grounded in music. Having only had loving relationships and sexual intimacy with women, I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have that with a male, and found that I could....Bisexuality is misunderstood; the adage is that you're either straight or gay or lying, but that's not my experience. To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate."
22. Anton Krasovsky
Well-known Russian TV personality Anton Krasovsky came out in January during a live broadcast and was fired from his job.
Said Krasovsky: "I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma."
Krasovsky's act of courage made international headlines and drew attention to the country's oppressive anti-LGBT laws, and he was interviewed on CNN and by MSNBC's Thomas Roberts in November.