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Jane Lynch on Her Sexuality: 'It Was Almost Like I Had a Disease'

Jane Lynch on Her Sexuality: 'It Was Almost Like I Had a Disease'

Originally posted 05/19/2014 11:50AM

Jane Lynch plays strong and confident Sue Sylvester on Glee, but she wasn't always as self-assured as the cheerleading coach she portrays on TV.

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Coming Out in Sports: How Two Soccer Teammates and Fiancées are Inspiring Others

Gay Soccer Teammates and Fiancées: 'Everyone Wants to Be Accepted'

Originally posted 05/18/2014 05:15PM

Unlike many pro athletes a generation ago, when soccer players Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson came out in their early twenties, their families, friends and teammates were more than accepting.

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Coming Out In Sports: WNBA's Brittney Griner 'Felt Like Half of Me Wasn't Accepted'

WNBA's Brittney Griner on Being a Gay Athlete: I Felt Like Half of Me Wasn't Accepted

Originally posted 05/16/2014 05:00PM

Brittney Griner's basketball skills took her to the top of her sport, helping her college team win a national championship at Baylor and becoming the No. 1 pick of the Phoenix Mercury in the 2013 WNBA draft.

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Coming Out in Sports: Billy Bean Regrets Quitting Major League Baseball Over Gay Secret

Billy Bean Regrets Quitting Major League Baseball Rather Than Coming Out

Originally posted 05/15/2014 02:45PM

Billy Bean still wishes he'd handled things differently back in 1995 when he quit baseball, rather than tell his teammates that he is gay.

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Coming Out in Sports: Michael Sam Made His Decision Sooner Than He'd Planned

Michael Sam: I Was Going to Come Out After the NFL Draft

Originally posted 05/14/2014 12:10PM

Michael Sam told the world he was gay sooner than he intended.

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NFL Has Its First Openly Gay Player – Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam Drafted by St. Louis Rams to Become the NFL's First Openly Gay Player

Originally posted 05/10/2014 07:15PM

Michael Sam made NFL history Saturday night.

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Matt Bomer Opens Up About 2011 Wedding & Coming Out

Matt Bomer: Marrying Partner in 2011 'Was Good for Our Family'

Originally posted 05/06/2014 06:45PM

Earlier this month, Matt Bomer surprised fans by revealing he has been married for years. Now, the White Collar actor is opening up about his wedding – and his journey to coming out.

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Olympic Diver Tom Daley Reveals Happy Relationship with a Man

Olympic Diver Tom Daley Reveals Happy Relationship with a Man

Originally posted 12/02/2013 11:05AM

Olympic diver Tom Daley is so happy in his new relationship, he wanted to share it with his fans.

In a YouTube video released on Monday, the British Olympian, 19, says, "come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe ... That someone is a guy."

Daley says in the five-minute clip that he wanted "to put an end to all the rumors and speculation, and just say it, tell you guys," adding "is it a big deal? I don't think so."

"Of course I still fancy girls, but right now, I'm dating a guy, and I couldn't be happier," he said.

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Maria Bello: I'm in Love with a Woman Named Clare

Maria Bello Is Dating Clare Munn

Originally posted 12/02/2013 09:45AM

When Maria Bello first met Clare Munn, she had an "immediate connection."

"I didn't think of it as romantic or sexual," Bello says in a New York Times column published Sunday titled Coming Out As A Modern Family. "She was one of the most beautiful, charming, brilliant, and funny people I had ever met, but it didn't occur to me that we could perhaps choose to love each other romantically."

The actress has a 12-year-old son, Jackson, from her former relationship with Dan McDermott and says she struggled with how to tell her only child about her relationship with a woman.

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Glee's Charice Pempengco Comes Out as a Lesbian

Charice Pempengco, Glee Actress, Comes Out as a Lesbian

Originally posted 06/03/2013 01:05PM

Glee actress Charice Pempengco is speaking out about her sexuality.

When asked Sunday night during an interview with Filipino talk show host Boy Abunda on The Buzz if she is a lesbian, Pempengco replied in her native language Tagalog, "Yes ... I am."

Explaining that she chose to share the news on the popular show, Pempengco said, "I have deep gratitude for the Filipinos because they are the ones who know who I really am. ... I don't know what the problem is because for me, there is no problem with that. So now I ask for forgiveness from those who don't understand. And those who cannot accept. I apologize: I understand you."

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