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Was 2012 the Gayest Year Ever?


It seemed like every week there was a new coming out. Here's 50 that were big news.

Photo: Joshua Dixon photographed for Out byRandall Slavin

Towleroad asks the question and then follows up with: "Who had the 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012?" The site has a list of the 50, although a few of them, such as Nate Silver, who was out publicly appeared in 2010's Out100, but hey, if people want to celebrate him, we agree. Many of these people shared their stories with us this past year, including Andrew Rannells, Ezra Miller, Megan Rapinoe, Josh Dixon, and Gillian Anderson. But, as we know from the "New Art of Coming Out," it's become a non-issue for many who live in the public eye.

Check out the list below--in alphabetical order--and see what you think. And tell us who you think had the most important coming out story that affected you.

1. Andrew Ahn

2. Gillian Anderson

3. Paul Babeu

4. Matt Bomer

5. Thomas "Bozzy" Bosworth

6. Anne Burrell

7. Sam Champion

8. Cheryl Chow

9. Anderson Cooper

10. Orlando Cruz

11. Wade Davis

12. Josh Dixon

13. Stephan Elliott

14. Rep. Mike Fleck

15. Todd Glass

16. Janee Harteau

17. Sherman Hemsley

18. Jaymi Hensley

19. Denise Ho

20. Duncan Hosie
21. Karen Hultzer

22. Paul Iacono

23. Drake Jensen

24. Joanna Johnson
25. Mallow610
26. Kevin McClatchy

27. Kristy McNichol

28. Ezra Miller

29. Frank Ocean

30. Mitch from 'ParaNorman'

31. Jim Parsons

32. Mika Penniman

33. Don Philip

34. Rosie Pierri

35. Andrew Rannells

36. Megan Rapinoe

37. Sally Ride

38. Aaron Rogers

39. Benji Schwimmer

40. Alan Scott

41. Omar Sharif Jr.

42. Nate Silver

43. Tammy Smith

44. Jason Somerville

45. Magda Szubanski

46. Shaun T.

47. Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson
48. Lana Wachowski
49. Josh Weed

50. JoCasta Zamarripa

Read more about each of them here.

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