Actors Amber Heard and Zachary Quinto and CNN anchor Don Lemon were among the celebrities that came out gay in 2011.

According to a list compiled by gay glossy The 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.

Amber Heard came out at an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in Los Angeles.

Zachary Quinto quietly announced he's gay during an interview with New York magazine.

Don 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 Steven Davies, former federal judge Vaughn Walker and former college basketball player Will Sheridan.

Professional soccer player David Testo came out gay last week.