To celebrate National Coming Out Day today (in the
) and tomorrow (in the US ) here is a list of some of the people who have officially come out so far in 2012 (in roughly chronological order). Some of these people were already out to family and friends and within their professional circles. In coming out to the wider world most of these names have given their support to various lgbt issues and campaigns. UK
Jason Somerville, top poker player
Magda Szubanski, Australian actor (“Kath and Kim”)
Omar Sharif jr., grandson of Egyptian acting star Omar Sharif
actor (revealed a lesbian relationship when young) US
Hong Kong pop star
actor (“The Hard Times of R J Berger”) US
state legislator Missouri
gymnast and Olympic hopeful Dixon, US
Laura Gabel, lead singer of rock band Against Me!
The Green Lantern, DC comic superhero
Anja Pärson, Swedish Olympic skiing champion
Anderson Cooper, CNN anchorman and broadcaster
Karen Hultzer, South African archer (came out at the Olympics)
Mika, singer (previously identified himself as bisexual)
Jason Ball, Australian rules footballer
footballer (Olympic reserve player) US
Wade Davis, former NFL football player
Orlando Cruz, WBO featherweight boxer (ranked 4 in the world)
From this list it can be seen that there is wide range of professions, from acting to legislation, from singing to comic book superhero. But the largest group, some 7 in all, are athletes. Whether this is because of the large emphasis on sport this year because of the Olympics or because of a greater acceptance in sport of out lgbt athletes is difficult to judge.
There are other people who have been revealed as lgbt, though these have been widely known to be open about their sexuality at work, and have generally not been noticed until appointed to a more public role (e.g. such as US legislators or Presidential advisers).
Last year Zachary Quinto from the
tv series “Heroes” and Mr Spock of the rebooted “Star Trek” films chose the week of National Coming Out Day to come out himself, prompted by the suicide of bullied bisexual teenager Jamey Rodemeyer. US
I wonder who will be coming out today?