It is one thing announcing your sexuality to your friends and family, but to then come out to the rest of the world, when working in a field where it is perhaps a little more difficult to be gay or lesbian, is something we can only appreciate and admire.
From Hollywood stars to international football players, various public figures rocked news headlines after coming out on their own websites, or sharing their stories with fans via Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
Here are a few of many celebs who came out in 2013:
Heart throb Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller came out in August this year by respectfully declining an invitation to the St Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia. The reply, which was posted on LGBT media watchdog organization GLAAD’s website, read: ‘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’.
American actress Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman, best known for her roles in ‘The Cosby Show’ and hit Disney show ‘That’s So Raven’ came out via Twitter this year by stating: 'I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.' It is has been speculated that the young actress posted this in referral to the Supreme Court overturning the US ban on gay marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)t in June. The Disney star did receive some backlash after the tweet. Some of her former fans, particularly the younger generations started to hashtag ‘#childhoodruined’.
Puerto Rican World Champion boxer Orlando Cruz took the media by storm this year - being the first professional and active boxer to come out as gay. The professional fighter told USA Today: ‘I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man’.
Troye Sivan, known for his role as James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, chose to release a touching YouTube video to come out to the public. The video features Troye describing why he feels it is important for him to come out. The 18-year-old explains: ‘This is most nervous I've ever been in my entire life, it feels kind of weird to have to announce it like this on the Internet, but ... this is not something that I'm ashamed of, and it's not something anybody should have to be ashamed of, so why not share it with all of you guys?’
American film director and actress Jodie Foster officially revealed her sexuality to the public at the 2013 Golden Globes awards. Foster told the crowd: ‘I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age,' she said adding, ‘But now, apparently I'm told, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo child.'
On 15 February, professional soccer player Robbie Rogers unexpectedly announced on his website that he was gay and quitting sport. Since then, he has signed up to the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. Rogers told Out Magazine he was brought up by a 'conservative, Catholic, close-knit' family, making it difficult for him to come to terms with his sexuality. When struggling to come out Rogers explains one of his biggest fears was the possibility of his teammates acting differently toward him. He continued to say: ‘They haven’t, but that possibility scared the shit out of me.'
British actor Ben Whishaw, renowned for his roles in films such as James Bond: Skyfall, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Hamlet, also came out this year. Whishaw’s representative released a statement to The Daily Mail confirming Whishaw is gay and has been in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw for over a year. Whishaw’s rep then said: ‘Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work’.