Out 2013: A look at who exited the closet in 2013

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WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Actors and athletes, politicians and pop stars came out in 2013 in tweets and now viral videos, as well as in old-school confessionals in magazine cover stories and memoirs. A look back at some of the bigger coming out occasions of 2013:

Former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck came out as transgender in her profile on LinkedIn and in her memoirWarrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming Out as Transgender. Beck, the first openly transgender former SEAL, served in 13 deployments, including seven combat deployments.

Actress Maria Bello of Prime Suspect came out in early December in an opinion piece for The New York Times, writing about her relationship with partner Clare Munn and their family, including fears of coming out to her 12-year-old son.

Singer Crystal Bowersox of American Idol in season nine came out as bisexual in early December on Good Day L.A. She was promoting her new song, “Coming Out for Christmas.” “I have been bisexual as long as I can remember,” Bowersox said on the program.

Pop singer Charis Pempengco of Glee came out as a lesbian after returning home to the Philippines and reaching the Top 10 on Billboard. The announcement in June followed a newspaper report that described her 21st birthday as a “coming out of sorts.”

Basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay in Sports Illustrated in April. He became the first openly gay professional male athlete in a major U.S. sport. Collins ended the 2012-13 season with the Washington Wizards, and he’s still looking to be picked up by an NBA team this season.

Actor Lucas Cruikshank of Nickelodeon fame came out in a YouTube video in August, saying, “I’m gay. I feel so weird saying it on camera. But my family and friends have known for like three years. I just haven’t felt the need to announce it on the Internet.”

Actor Matt Dallas of Kyle XY came out in January by tweeting a photograph of fiancé — musician Blue Hamilton.

Music mogul Clive Davis came out as bisexual at the age of 80 in his memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. Davis has had two long-term relationships with men and he said he came out so there could be “greater understanding” of bisexuality.

Olympic diver Tom Daley came out in a YouTube video in early December. The 19-year-old Brit said he still fancies girls but he’s in a relationship with another man — and that has completely changed his life. 

Olympic swimmer Amini Fonua came out as gay at Texas A&M University to defend his peers and the reputation of his school, which often is at the top of the ratings for the least gay-friendly college in the country. 

Actor Jodie Foster accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes ceremony in January and confirmed that she’s a lesbian, single and Mel Gibson’s best friend.

Actor Victor Garber, perhaps best known for portraying Jesus in Godspell, confirmed he is gay and in a relationship with painter and model Rainer Andreesen. Garber said, “I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows.”

• Former college football player Kevin Grayson came out as gay and went on to play professional ball in Italy, where he was the MVP in his league’s super bowl.

WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner came out in an interview with Sports Illustrated in April. She also talked about being bullied as a kid: “It was hard. Just being picked on for being different. Just being bigger, my sexuality, everything.”

Earvin Johnson III, son of basketball legend Magic Johnson, came out publicly after TMZ broadcast a video of the young man walking with his boyfriend on Sunset Boulevard. Johnson had been out to his family and friends for years.

Russian TV personality Anton Krasovsky came out on the air on Jan. 25 while anchoring a late-night broadcast. Krasovsky, 37, not only said he’s gay, but also that he’s “as human as President (Vladimir) Putin and the members of parliament.” He was promptly fired.

Soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning came out as transgender shortly after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified and confidential government documents to WikiLeaks. Manning wrote, “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.”

Congressman Mike Michaud, a Democrat who represents Maine on Capitol Hill, came out this fall, as he was organizing a campaign for governor. Michaud received praise and support from his colleagues in D.C. and his constituents in Maine. Openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis welcomed Michaud to the LGBT caucus in Congress. He also tweeted, “My #gaydar missed it.” 

Actor Wentworth Miller of Prison Break came out as gay in August as he protested Russia’s anti-gay laws. Miller declined “as a gay man” an invitation to a Russian film festival. He wrote, “I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”

DJ Mister Cee of New York’s Hot 97 came out as gay man after some bad publicity and went on to film a public service announcement to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. 

Billionaire Jennifer Natalya Pritzker came out as transgender in August and donated more than $1 million to study obstacles to transgender people serving in the U.S. military and the discrimination they face in the Armed Forces. Pritzker is a retired lieutenant colonel and founder of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. 

Actor Greg Rikaart of the Young & the Restless came out as gay by tweeting a photo of himself and his boyfriend cheering the Supreme Court rulings for marriage equality. He tweeted, “Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless.”

New Jersey teenager Jacob Rudolph made a moving speech about being  out to everyone at Parsippany High School during an awards assembly at which he accepted an award for class actor. Students and staff responded with a standing ovation. A video of the teen’s acceptance speech went viral.

Pro soccer player Robbie Rogers opted to come out on his website in February while in the process of retiring from the sport. His retirement didn’t last. When Rogers signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy in May, he became the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer.

Basketball player Derek Schell came out for National Coming Out Day and became the first openly gay player in NCAA Division II men’s basketball. In an essay, he wrote, “You can be who you are and still be an athlete. You can do all the things you want to do and live a beautiful life that you’ve imagined for yourself. Find your peace of mind knowing you are giving your best self to the world. Be brave. Be love. But most of all, be you.”

Actress Raven-Symoné — former Cosby kid — came out after the Supreme Court’s historic rulings on marriage. She tweeted, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.”

Actor Tuc Watkins of One Life to Live fame came out as gay in a conversation with Marie Osmond on her show in April. He told Osmond that he’s always known three things: He’s gay, he was going to be a dad, and Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, is the all-time best film.

Actor Ben Wishaw of Skyfall came out and confirmed his civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw. The actor had previously said he preferred to keep his private life private.

Wrestler Darren Young aka Fred Rosser III became the first openly gay WWE star when he came out to TMZ. He found support from the federation, fans and other wrestlers.