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Coming out (of the closet) is a reference for an LGBT person's disclosure of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. LGBT people who have revealed, or no longer conceal, their sexual orientation and/or gender identity are considered “out,” i.e. openly gay, or openly LGBT.

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Thank you Ian Thorpe: How your coming out impacted this gay dad and his kids

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview on July 13, 2014, ending years of speculation about his sexual orientation.
Last weekend, Ian Thorpe, who Australian politician Penny Wong called her country’s “greatest Olympian,” came out as a gay man. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of a number of brave public celebrities and a number of athletes from around the globe. There was an aspect to Thorpe’s disclosure which was dramatically more poignant than his predecessors, however...

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Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe: ‘I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man’

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Australian Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe comes out as gay in a television interview airing Sunday evening in Australia, reports the Daily Telegraph. Thorpe's announcement follows more than a decade of denials — the first of which came just as his career skyrocketed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when he was just 15.

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Brad Thorson, former college football player and NFL prospect, comes out as gay

OUTSPORTS | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Brad Thorson, a former college and NFL football player who was briefly with the Arizona Cardinals, came out publicly as gay on his blog on July 4 as his own personal Independence Day celebration. His blog post was titled Seeing Through the Fog: "I've been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it ..."

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WWE legend Pat Patterson comes out publicly after ‘50 years in the closet’

| Friday, June 13, 2014
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WWE legend Pat Patterson has publicly come out as gay, announcing that he's been living as a closeted gay man for the past 50 years. "For once in my life I'm going to be me now," said Patterson, 73, in the finale episode of WWE Network's "Legends' House."

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Gay son comes out over pasta in Italy’s first LGBT-friendly TV commercial

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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A frozen food company in Italy has produced what is believed to be the first gay-friendly television commercial in the European country often entrenched in homophobia. In the commercial from Findus Foods, a man named Luca and his mother bond over microwaved pasta cooked by Luca’s boyfriend.

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Jason Collins reflects on growing up gay, and how ‘it got better’

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
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From the producers of "Web Therapy" and the "It Gets Better" project, comes a new series sharing LGBT celebrities' personal stories of struggle and success. In this video, Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, recalls that it was around age 16 that he realized he was "different."

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D.C. high school principal comes out during school’s Pride Day assembly

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pete Cahall (center), flanked by D.C. mayor Vincent Gray (left) and council member David Catania.
A D.C. high school principal came out as gay on Wednesday, breaking 50 years of silence in an emotional address to the student body at a Pride Day assembly. Stand next to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and openly gay council member David A. Catania, Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall said he has been inspired by his students to declare his sexual orientation openly.

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Calif. couple shares story of 5-year-old’s transition: ‘Our amazing son’

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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A couple in San Diego, Calif., is sharing the story of their transgender child who became a boy at just five years old. Jeff and Hillary Whittington were honored at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast last week and they shared a video of Ryland's female-to-male transition.

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New playbook evolves in the world of sports: How to come out as gay

| Monday, May 5, 2014
Former NFL football player Wade Davis speaks to reporters prior to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade in June 2013, where he served as grand marshall.  One of the people enlisted to help advise All-American defensive end Michael Sam of Missouri before publicly announcing he was gay was Davis, a former NFL player who came out in 2012 - nine years after retiring.
A new type of playbook is fast evolving in the world of sports: An informal, commonsense protocol for how prominent gay and lesbian athletes can come out with maximum acclaim and minimum turmoil. Key decisions include how to reveal one's story, whom to tell it to and - crucially - when to tell it.

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Actor Daniel Franzese comes out as gay in letter to ‘Mean Girls’ alter-ego

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Actor Daniel Franzese, best known for his breakout role as Damian, the “too gay to function” high schooler he played in "Mean Girls," has himself come out as gay.

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