By Robert Wabash -
2010 was a great year for people we've always assumed are on the LGBT team finally declaring their true sexual identity, showing us all that it is nothing to be ashamed of. From Sean Hayes to Ricky Martin to Jillian Michaels, here are the top ten people out of the closet in 2010 who joined the team and helped inspire the LGBT youth of the world to embrace who they really are.
Hayes is quick to point out though in the March interview that he never had a problem saying who he was, but faced with the jeopardy of not landing straight roles, he avoided questions about his sexuality and started saying things like: "When I play a gay character I want to be as believable as possible. And when I'm playing a straight character I also want to be as believable as possible. So the less that people know about my personal life, the more believable I can be as a character."
Currently, Hayes has a boyfriend even now with everything out in the open, chooses not to flash his relationship around. "That's it. That's all I need," he says. "I don't need events. I don't do a lot. I live my life like an 85-year-old man. I'm just quiet. It's fantastic."
When asked in a December 2000 interview with The Mirror whether or not he was gay, Martin replied saying, "I don't think I should have to tell anyone if I am gay or not, or who I've slept with or not." However, with more and more people needing the actual support of their own fellow LGBT community, Martin retracted his previous sentiment and officially came out on his web site, stating, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." He said that "these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within, and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed."
Martin expressed his support of gay marriage on Larry King Live and shared that "everything about saying [that I am gay] feels right." Martin, who currently has an unidentified boyfriend, is also the father of twin boys, Matteo and Valentino, via surrogate.
However, Wright faced her fears and did the most courageous act in her career by telling the truth. A truth she says she's known for so many years and one she's finally able to share with fans.
Wright also released a book titled "Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer" in 2010 where she goes in further detail about her tough and not-til-recently silent journey. Her latest album titled "Lifted off the Ground" was also released in May of 2010. Her album title could not be any more accurate because Wright says that her coming out "really [does make her] feel lifted off the ground" and that she would "bottle [the feeling of freedom] up and FedEx it anyone on the planet."
Now, Knapp is no longer on a Christian-based record label, and her new album consists of folksy rock songs that she describes as being about "inner-conflicts, spirituality and life lessons."
She told gay rights-focused entertainment site AfterEllen.com that coming out was both a personal and moral triumph. She's quoted as saying: "I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question 'Am I part of the problem?' And I think that when millions and millions of hard-working, tax paying Americans are denied their rights and denied their equality you have to ask yourself what are the factors that are an epidemic problem and that's what this is." This 24-year-old young Hollywood actress is proving to be a tour de force both in the movie industry and in LGBT community.
In typical spitfire fashion, Michaels response to the interviewer's question regarding her romantic life by saying "Let's just say I believe in healthy love. If I fall in love with a woman, that'Âs awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that's awesome. As long as you fall in love...it's like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!
One thing's for sure, Michaels intends to have her [insert healthier alternative for cake] and eat it too by joining the LGBT community as a Bisexual woman idolized by millions of conservatives Biggest Loser viewers.
Regardless, Mehlman told his family, friends, former colleagues and current colleagues over a period of months in 2010 and says the following of the situation: "The process has been something that'ÃÂÃÂs made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago."
Some do not applaud Mehlman regardless of his current efforts due to the fact that he helped lead a party that's so strongly opposed to gay marriage. Mehlman himself understands this saying, "It's a legitimate question and one I understand. I can't change the fact that I wasn't in this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard, personally."
Since then, Swilley has become some sort of an icon, appearing on Don Lemon's show on CNN, Talk of the Nation on NPR, and Joy Behar's program on Headline News. He's also gotten over 1,000 new fans on Facebook gets tons of messages of support for being the most high-profile pastor to voluntarily tell the truth about his orientation.