This year has seen major strides for gay rights, including the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissing California's Proposition 8.
This year has seen major strides for gay rights, including the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissing California's Proposition 8. In just the last few years, there has been a cultural shift in how Americans view same-sex unions. A June poll found that today, more Americans support gay marriage than oppose it, compared to 2008, when 58 percent of Americans opposed it. One cause for this increased tolerance could be how outspoken public figures have become about their own sexuality.
This week, actress Maria Bello came out with an essay in The New York Times, sharing her story of falling in love with a friend, and today British Olympic diver Tom Daley also opened up about his sexuality, posting a video message to say that he's currently dating a guy and couldn't be happier. Both announcements came on the heels of another statement from The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper, who came out as gay to help a contestant who was struggling with how to tell his father he was gay. Bob said, "I haven't talked about my sexuality on this show, ever," but that now was the right time to do so. Maria, Tom, and Bob join a growing number of stars who have paved the way for gay people everywhere by coming out, including Frank Ocean, Anderson Cooper, and Jodie Foster, who came out at the Golden Globes in January. Be inspired by these celebrities who've used magazines, talk shows, and their blogs to come out!
— Additional reporting by Britt Stephens