2012 was an extraordinary year for progress in the LGBT community, including a number of celebrities that came out in the spotlight.
Former NFL pro Wade Davis used to star the field for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks, but these days he's on top of his game as a gay advocate. In August 2012, he told The Advocate that even though he was sick of the fear of someone finding out, his decision to stay in the closet was completely his own. "All of the pressure was really internalized," he said in the interview. Since, he's made new headlines as a mentor for LGBT youth.
Neo-soul smooth house Frank Ocean announced on his Tumblr page that he was once madly in love with a boy. The news confirmed early reports that the singer was gay after suspicions over the many male pronouns on July 2012 release of Channel Orange. Ocean came out to overwhelming support in the American hip-hop scene, including congratulations from greats Russell Simmons and Jay-Z.
Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz was one of many that made this an iconic year in out sports. Cruz told the Boston Herald that his decision to come out took a lot of thought and kept his sexuality a secret for as long as he could. Cruz continues to fight his way to the top, with an impressive history of success, including a staggering 179 plus career wins.
Mika doesn't give a... Call him what you want. That's what the singer says about any label fans want to give him. Mika sexuality wasn't a heavily debated topic at the gossip table. As he admits, he wasn't hiding anything, even though he said he was bisexual in an interview three years before. In the September 2012 issue of Instinct, he said: "If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah. Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it's only through my music that I've found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life."
This 50-something champion is a heart throb of American morning television. Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion came out in October 2012, announcing his engagement to Brazilian photographer Rubem Robierb.
In July 2012, Lana (formerly Larry Wachowski) announced that she was transitioning while discussing her and brother Andy's film Cloud Atlas. The news made her an instant success as one of the most highly recognized trans person in American pop culture. She backed it up with a Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award on October 2012
Bomer has gathered a huge fan base as the lead on the American television show White Collar, which premiered in 2009. Good looks aside, the fact that he's openly gay adds to his appeal. Bomer's first television appearance was on Guiding Light in 2001, and has since been rising in the ranks. Currently, Bomer is in a relationship with publicist Simon Halls. They have three kids together through surrogacy. He came out in February 2012 at an awards dinner, where he thanked his partner and their kids.
"The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," Anderson Hays Cooper wrote to viewers and fans, killing long-time rumors that his sexuality. Rumors ran about for years before his announcement, but since coming out the news personality's career has exploded. He's the anchor on the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360° and syndicated program Anderson Live, which is scheduled to be cancelled. Despite the news, I'm sure Anderson has other projects in the making.
Former professional baseball team owner and CEO Kevin McClatchy came out to The New York Times in an opt-ed interview where he talked about the importance of speaking out: "There's no dialogue right now," he told the paper. McClatchy came out for his 49th birthday, in anticipation for the big 5-0 in January. In the interview he said he'd been lying about his sexuality for 30 years and is now ready to tell the world.