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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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Sun Devils’ Chip Sarafin: First active Div. I football player to come out as gay

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.

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Gay coach who came out in blog post will keep job at S.D. Catholic high school

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- A volleyball coach at St. Mary High School in Dell Rapids who has publicly announced he's gay says he's being allowed to keep his job. Nate Alfson announced he was gay last week on the website Outsports.com, and later said he was concerned about his future with the private Catholic school. He is believed to be the first openly gay...

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How being gay affected Sam Champion’s relationship with his father

| Monday, August 11, 2014
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When weatherman Sam Champion announced in 2012 that he was marrying his longtime partner, Rubem Robierb, it was the first time he had discussed his sexuality publicly. Off-camera, however, Sam never hid being gay from his friends or family—even from his late father, a military man whose initial reaction was anything but supportive. "I cannot support this lazy lifestyle choice..."

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Young gay high school coach finds acceptance in rural South Dakota

OUTSPORTS | Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Nate Alfson used to fear road trips on his college baseball team and lived a life in the closet. Now out, he knows what true happiness is....

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Acclaimed ‘supermodel’ Andreja Pejic comes out as transgender

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Bosnian-born supermodel Andreja Pejic, known for her striking androgyny, has come out as transgender, announcing on social media Thursday that she’s transitioned from male to female, and that doing so has saved her life. The acclaimed model, who has appeared on covers of Elle and French Vogue, announced that she..

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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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