Actors Amber Heard and Zachary Quinto
and CNN anchor Don Lemon were among the celebrities that came out gay
According to a list compiled by gay
Advocate, 21 notable public figures came out in the past
year, including Akil Patterson, former Division 1 football player,
Geri Jewell, actress (The Facts of Life) and author (I'm
Walking as Straight as I Can), Scott Norton, professional bowler,
Jared Max, ESPN reporter, Mina Caputo, a transgender musician, and Mo
Rocca, jurnalist and VH1 I Love the 80s contributor.
Heard came out at an event to celebrate the 25th
anniversary of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
(GLAAD) in Los Angeles.
Quinto quietly announced he's gay during an interview with New
Lemon told the New York Times that he's gay on the eve of
releasing his memoir Transparent.
Also coming out of the closet this year
were Swedish footballer Anton
Hysen, True Blood co-star Evan
Rachel Wood, figure skater Johnny
Weir, New Kids on the Block's Jonathan
Knight, Maryland lawmaker Peter
Murphy, former Phoenix Suns CEO Rick
Welts, The Playboy Club's Sean Maher, English cricketer
Davies, former federal judge Vaughn
Walker and former college basketball player Will
Professional soccer player David
Testo came out gay last week.