Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.
We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.
It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.
Sexy, cool and quirky, Canadian actress Ellen Page came out on Valentine's Day this year at a gay youth conference.
In her speech, Page spoke to the audience about her personal struggle with coming out.
‘I’m here today because I am gay. And because… maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility,’ she said.
‘I also do it selfishly, because I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out.
‘My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.’
Irish actor Kristian Nairn may not get a lot of lines in Game of Thrones ('Hodor!'), but we wanted to hear a lot more from him as soon as he came out in March.
He wanted to challenge stereotypes of what a gay man is supposed to look like.
'I just think it’s important to show the world that we are varied people, as everybody else. You don’t have to be any way,' he told The Wall Street Journal. 'I think that’s really important, and people said that to me. And that’s when I started to realize it’s not a small thing. It’s kind of a big thing.'
British Christian singer Vicky Beeching, a darling of the American Bible Belt, risked everything by coming out in August.
She said she wanted to become an advocate for gay rights within the church.
And in one of her first missions, she made headlines by coming to blows with US pastor Scott Lively, currently on trial for crimes against humanity for his alleged anti-gay actions in Uganda.
When he asked her whether she cared what ‘God thinks’, she said: ‘I do and that actually why I am taking this step today so young people don’t have to listen to the kind of teaching you peddle, because it damages people.’
Daniel Franzeze, the actor who played Damian in the hit film Mean Girls, chose an interesting way to come out.
'You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor. You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. It might've been easier to be gay growing up.'
Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the American alternative rock band Neon Trees, had to struggle with being both gay and Mormon.
In his coming out interview with Rolling Stone, he said he was always taught tolerance growing up - unless it was to do with being gay.
But in a tweet after it all came out, he said: 'Yes. I am a happy and healthy Mormon gay pop star. I don't know what it all means, but I'm ok with it.'
She's appeared in Elle and French Vogue, Andreja Pejic stunned the fashion world when she came out as a transgender woman.
'To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are,' she said in a statement to GLAAD.
'All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right.'
Mark McAdam has come out in the hypo-macho world of sportscasting.
The Sky Sports presenter, who revealed his sexuality in September, said he wanted to make it clear that he was still very similar to his straight colleagues.
'I love football, just the same as any straight guy,' he told Gay Times.
'I watch football, I watch the darts, I sit around and scratch my bollocks and piss on the toilet seat. And I’m gay.'
In August, Philadelphia-born Maria Walsh won the Rose of Tralee - a contest to find the 'ultimate Irish woman'.
‘I'm confident in who I am as a person,’ she told The Irish Times a week later.
‘To me, being gay is normal. I told my parents and they were supportive, as I knew they would be.
‘The Rose of Tralee is about celebrating women's intelligence, careers, and their volunteer work. The question of sexuality never came up. To me, being gay is normal; it's natural.'
US football player Michael Sam had undeniably one of the most important, and most reported on, coming outs of the year.
In a New York Times article, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year announced his wishes to become the first openly gay player of the NFL.
'Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was. I knew that I was gay. And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who's a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay,' he said.
After his coming out, he was picked up and dropped by the St Louis Rams. He then became part of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
But it wasn't just Michael Sam that changed US sport, basketball player Derrick Gordon came out in April.
He has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player.
‘I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way,’ Gordon told ESPN.
‘I didn't want to have to lie or sneak. I've been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, “Why not me?”’
Thomas Hitzlsperger is the highest profile soccer player to come out as gay.
Having represented Germany 52 times, the former Aston Villa came out four months after he retired.
‘It’s been a long and difficult process [of becoming aware of being gay],' he told Die Zeit.
‘Only in the last few years have I realised that I preferred living together with a man.’
‘I was never ashamed of being who I am but it was not always easy to sit on a table with 20 young men and listen to jokes about gays,’ he added.
Magazine editor-in-chief Wang Ann-Jiun came out in one of the most incredible ways this year - right in front of Taiwan's parliament.
‘I was born a lesbian,’ she said in front of the legislative assembly.
‘And in the days ahead, I will always stand up for gay rights and I will keep striving.’
Sam Smith is one of the most incredible voices of 2014. With his soaring melodies and killer voice, his debut album In The Lonely Hour has been one of the critical and commercial successes of the year so far.
And it is about unrequited love for another man.
‘I’ve made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody— whether it’s a guy, a female or a goat—and everybody can relate to that.
You may not agree with her political opinions, but former boxing promoter and UKIP politician Kellie Maloney has had one of the most publicized coming outs of the year.
Not only did she come out as a trans woman in the press, she went through the consequences of that on a reality TV show: Celebrity Big Brother.
CNN reporter Richard Quest joined his colleague Anderson Cooper as an openly gay and proud journalist this year.
Speaking in August at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago, he said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure huring his career 'never materialized'.
He now believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'
Djuan Trent might not have snagged the crown of Miss America back in 2011, but this year she won our hearts when she became the first veteran of the beauty pageant to come out.
'I am queer,' she said in a blog post. 'Ideally, I would love to one day live in a society where coming out is no longer necessary, because we don't make assumptions about one another's sexuality and homophobia is laid to rest.
'For now, that is more of an ideal than it is a reality. But if you want see that ideal become a reality and you have the courage to change history ... if you want to earn some gold stars, then yes, come on out and make your presence known.'
Gay rumors have surrounded the Australian swimming superstar for years, but it was only until 2014 did Ian Thorpe feel comfortable enough to come out as gay.
‘Yes, I lied about it. I'm comfortable saying I'm a gay man. My parents told me that they love me and that they support me,’ he said in a revealing interview with Michael Parkinson.
‘Part of me didn't know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay. But I'm telling the world that I am.’
And here is the most recent coming out on this list. Charlie King, of The Only Way Is Essex fame, came out live on UK morning television this week.
'I never really knew where I belonged. I never really knew where I fitted in. And it was something I had to address, and it’s taken me a good few years to kind of get here now and say, ‘I’m Charlie. I’m 29 year old. I’m a gay man and I’m very comfortable with that.",' he said on This Morning.
'I had a girlfriend, she was the first person I spoke to and told. It was a proper relationship but I was very aware when I was seeing her thing weren't quite right. If something doesn't click, it doesn't click.'
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