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People We’re Glad Came Out in 2013

People We’re Glad Came Out in 2013
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A number of high profiled names came out in 2013, and in an age where visibility still matters in many places in the world, we’re very glad they did. Here are just a few people we’d like to say thanks to for being honest and open about who they are, and the diverse ways in which they did it.

Robin Roberts

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Robin Roberts

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who has just completed her 100th day following a bone marrow transplant as part of her treatment for a rare blood disease, confirmed this week that she is in a same-sex relationship. The news anchor took to Facebook to say:

“I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold.”

While Roberts has never publicly addressed her sexuality she has never really needed to guard her identity either and has in fact been in a relationship with Amber, a massage therapist, for the past 10 years.

Her coming out has drawn praise from a number of big names, including First Lady Michelle Obama who tweeted Roberts: ”I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud.”

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6:33AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Susan T, your relationship isn't getting media attention because neither of you are celebrities nor are you media worthy, NOT because you are straight. You sound like you might be jealous because you're not married even though you've been with the same man for 14 years while other people,even gay people, are.

2:54AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Why can we not be happy for people who are great people no matter who they are in a relationship with?
no one is giving me media attention for being in a relationship with my bf for 14 years.
I think the gay thing has run it's course, meaning OK you're accepted you are no longer any more special than I am. be human and carry on.

6:29AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Hate that someone's sexuality matters. That said, the more folks who do come out, folks who have celebrity, the less likely there will be continued stigma. A girl can hope, right?

5:34PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Kudos to them.

1:50PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Awesome! ^^ More people need to come out. And homophobes need to STFU and evolve. One day, there will be no more need to come out because it'll be normal and no more an issue to be gay. Can't wait! ^^

8:11AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

This "coming out" is odd to me ? Be what you are all the time.

5:42AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

I'm not sure Chelsea Manning's story qualifies as "coming out" in the traditional sense. I don't see that she's ever said she's gay, just transgender. A detail to be sure but still important.
As for the privacy issue, celebrities "coming out" is something that needs to happen at this point in our history. As long as people are being bullied simply for who they are it is necessary for others to stand up for them by showing publicly that many folks are gay and loved and successful.

5:13AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

Thanks, VERY happy for them, and for everyone who has been "stronger" by this :)
Love is love - and everyone should keep their head up and be able to be who they are :)

2:31AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

noted

6:40PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

I am glad for ALL of them!!!

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