Ricky Martin, Kieron Richardson, Joe McElderry, Sean Hayes, Ken Mehlman and Jim Swilley are among the men whose coming out gay made headlines in 2010.

The list, compiled by gay male entertainment website AfterElton.com, also includes Italian pop star Tiziano Ferro, Paranormal State host Ryan Buell, New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup, Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij and Real World: DC alum Mike Manning.

International pop star Ricky Martin's March announcement was the start of a comeback career for the former Menudo star. Martin used the news to help him launch his memoir, titled Me, and an upcoming studio album.

Also in March, Sean Hayes confirmed he's gay in a cover story for gay glossy The Advocate. The Will & Grace alum defiantly said he was never obligated to reveal his sexual orientation.

Babyfaced Joseph “Joe” McElderry, who won the sixth season of the UK's singing and talent contest The X Factor, told UK tabloid The Sun that he was “proud” to be gay after he had denied such rumors.

Ken Mehlman came out gay to fundraise for the group behind the legal challenge to California's gay marriage ban. But the former RNC chief's August announcement drew cheers and jeers.

Twenty-four-year-old UK soap star Kieron Richardson announced he's gay on an early morning television show.

And a prominent pastor's October announcement to his congregation that he's gay put Jim Swilley in the media spotlight for weeks.