Category: Coming Out
Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist who was named to the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, announced today that he is gay.
“I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am,” Boitano said in a statement.
Nickelodeon star Lucas Cruikshank, best known for playing the hyperactive Fred Figglehorn in the television movie “Fred,” came out as gay in a recent YouTube video.
Cruikshank, 19, made the clip with the help of his friend Jennifer Veal, star of the Disney show “Jessie.” In it, the pair answer questions posed by Twitter followers.
Aug 21 (Reuters) – Actor and screenwriter Wentworth Miller, best known for his leading role in Fox television drama “Prison Break,” came out as a gay man on Wednesday in a letter declining an invitation to attend a Russian film festival in light of Moscow’s recently adopted anti-gay laws.
Miller, 41, turned down an offer to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival as a “guest of honor” in a letter posted on the website of advocacy group GLAAD, which monitors media representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people and issues.
“Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline,” Miller wrote to festival director Maria Averbakh.
Miller wrote that he was “deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” and did not want attend a festival in a country where “people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
This year was full of historic moments for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. From huge political victories to the continuous onslaught of anti-LGBT rhetoric from pundits and lawmakers, there were plenty of stories that made headlines. But it was a number of prominent LGBT people themselves that captured our attention and, in many instances, our hearts.
As 2012 comes to a close, HuffPost Gay Voices is highlighting some of the incredible individuals and their actions that helped to make our community stronger and more vibrant this year. Because we always value your input, we also asked our readers to share their picks for LGBT people of the year. Take a look at our slideshow of the most compelling LGBT people of 2012 — a mix of our picks and your nominations.
Sam Champion is happily planning his upcoming nuptials to boyfriend Rubem Robierb with the support of legions of Good Morning America fans, and the weather anchor has Anderson Cooper to thank for inspiring him to confirm that he is gay alongside his happy engagement news.
“It’s not easy,” Champion — who announced his plans to marry October 5 — told The New York Daily News. “So whenever anyone does do it, it makes it easier for everybody, just a little bit.”
Champion, 51, tells The News he was moved to make his sexuality publicly known when Anderson Live and AC360 host Cooper, 45, announced he was gay. “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,” Gloria Vanderbilt‘s son wrote in an email to longtime friend and political blogger Andrew Sullivan, who later published the email — with Cooper’s permission — on The Daily Beast‘s website in July.
Sam Champion, the weather anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” said Friday that he planned to marry his fiancé, Rubem Robierb, at the end of the year.
Mr. Champion first mentioned his plans in a New York Times story about another couple’s wedding. It marked his first public statement about his sexuality.
Mr. Champion is the first co-host of a network morning television show to publicly identify as gay. He is expected to talk about his upcoming wedding on Monday’s “G.M.A.”
In a statement on ABCNews.com, Mr. Champion said Friday, “We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes.”
The acknowledgment of Mr. Champion’s sexual orientation came a few months after Anderson Cooper, the CNN host, went public with his sexual orientation through an e-mail message to the blogger Andrew Sullivan. A number of other public figures have gone public with their relationships this year in seemingly casual ways, reflecting (and perhaps accelerating) public acceptance of gays and lesbians.
Mr. Champion’s sexual orientation was no secret to the staff of “G.M.A.,” nor to his colleagues and competitors in the media industry. He exuberantly showed off his engagement ring to colleagues the day after becoming engaged and brought Mr. Robierb to parties with fellow co-hosts. But he didn’t speak publicly about it.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Describing himself as “a proud gay man,” Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz on Thursday became what is believed to be the first pro boxer to come out as openly homosexual while still competing.
Cruz told The Associated Press in an interview that he is relieved about his decision but had initial reservations.
“I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho,” he said. “I kept this hidden for many, many years.”
His announcement comes two weeks before the 31-year-old left-hander challenges Mexican boxer Jorge Pazos for the WBO Latino title. Cruz is ranked as the World Boxing Organization’s No. 4 featherweight fighter and is 18-2-1 with nine knockouts.
Cruz said he met with psychologists and others before making the announcement, adding he has the full support of his family, trainer and manager. He praised his mother and sister for their unconditional love and said his father has always backed him.