This great story comes from Dennis Ayers over at LOGO online. It really something to see some of the popular/celebrity faces that came out this past year. Anyone you know come out in 2010?
2010 may well have been a tipping point for gay public figures and the closet. The generally great reception celebrities have lately received for pro-actively coming out has got to be encouraging.
At the same time, the old rules of discretion and secrecy that could generally be counted on in the mainstream media and the entertainment industry seem to have completely eroded. Closeted gay celebrities just can't depend on the press or their industry peers to keep their secrets any longer. No closet is airtight, and staying in one these days leaves you highly vulnerable to rumor and innuendo. Or worse. Just ask an alleged friend of Carrie Fisher.
So arguably, in 2010 the risks of the celebrity closet have became patently greater than the rewards.
Two major stars did the math and chose to get on the honest gay bus this year, declaring themselves well-adjusted and fully content gay men. Ricky Martin was one of those celebrities. Sean Hayes was the other. Each is to be congratulated for making the leap, and here's hoping their liberation will inspire others.
But Ricky and Sean weren't the only high profile men to come clean. We count six other very notable guys with a 2010 D.O.B. (date of breaking out of the closet).
Finally, although we tried to round up all the really notable men with a 2010 coming out story, no doubt they've missed a few.
And so, in chronological order: Gay Men Who Came Out in 2010!
Mike Manning (January, 2010)
Mike Manning attends the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles (AWLA)
on October 17, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.
Photo credit: Getty Images
Mike Manning made his first appearance on the Real World: DC on December 30th, 2009. But over the course of the season we watched him grapple with coming out as something rather unusual: a publicly self-identified bisexual man (one of only two on our coming out list this year).
Here's an excerpt from the coming out letter Mike Manning wrote to his parents:
"I refuse to be 40 years old with a wife and kids, to then decide that the charade I fought so long to maintain has crumbled and that I do not love my wife enough in a physical sense to stay with her. I am now presenting myself openly and honestly to the ones I love, preparing myself to go out and explore who I am and what makes me happy. Here goes nothing: everyone, I’m bi. There they are, the words that even now send chills up my spine. Those two words have haunted me for years, and now that I think about it, I wonder why it has taken this long."
Rostam Batmanglij (February 9th, 2010)
The 27-year-old Vampire Weekend keyboardist, songwriter and producer had a decidedly low key coming out via a magazine profile.
Here's what he told OUT Magazine about writing what he considers his "gay pop song:"
"With that song I was having fun, but at the same time it was honest -- those lyrics are meaningful to me, they come from my heart," he says. "I was disappointed when it didn’t become a gay anthem, but, you know, it’s not too late."