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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: 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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Jim Nabors, TV's Gomer Pyle, Marries Longtime Male Partner

Jim Nabors, TV's Gomer Pyle, Marries Longtime Male Partner

Originally posted 01/30/2013 09:45AM

Jim Nabors, forever known as the star of 1964-69's Gomer Pyle, USMC, married his male partner of nearly 40 years, Stan Cadwallader, on Jan. 15, the retired performer and Hawaii resident told Hawaii News Now this week.

"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s, and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing," Nabors told the news service. "It's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody."

The ceremony took place before a judge and some neighbors from Hawaii, inside the couple's room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Same-sex marriage was approved in Washington State during last November's general election and took effect Dec. 6.

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Jodie Foster Backstage: Why the Globes Felt Like 'Graduation' | Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster Calls Ailing Mom an 'Amazing Inspiration' After Emotional Globes Speech

Originally posted 01/14/2013 01:40PM

Jodie Foster brought some to tears when she spoke of her ailing mother during her revealing Golden Globes speech Sunday night – and, backstage, the actress continued to praise her.

"My mom is an amazing inspiration for me," Foster told reporters in the press room after her speech, in which she opened up about her family life with her two sons and ex-partner Cydney Bernard for the first time publicly.

"She picked me up from school and took me to see foreign films, sometimes two or three, and she wouldn't let me do my homework because she really wanted me to see movies. She passed that along to me, and I am grateful that she wanted me to be respected."

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