Jodie Foster

Turning heads at her acceptance speech for the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievment Award at the Golden Globes, Foster joked that her publicist was probably more nervous than she was, but that she suddenly felt able to talk about her sexuality.

After thanking her family and friends, Foster thanked Mel Gibson saying: “Mel Gibson, you know you saved me too.” In 2010,Winona Ryder claimed that Gibson was a homophobe.

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Robbie Rogers

The former Leeds United player, US-born Robbie Rogers revealed his sexuality in the early stages of this year, and was one of two ground breaking US sportspeople to come out as gay this year.

He retired and came out as gay at the same time, but shortly after returned to play football in the US, inspired countless others to come out, and spoke passionately about LGBT rights issues.

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Masha Bast

Masha Bast, the chair of the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights, spoke out in mainstream Russian media to oppose the country’s anti-gay law, simultaneously coming out as bisexual and transgender.

Ms Bast said she explained to her wife when they first started dating “I wasn’t the gender I appeared to be. I am female and have always wanted to be a girl.”

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Jason Collins

This NBA star was the second high-profile US sportsman to come out in early 2013, and the first player in a major US team sport to do so.

Coming out in Sports Illustrated magazine, Collins wrote: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

Two-thirds of US residents supported his decision to come out, and he received thousands of messages of support, including from President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, his teammates, coaches, the Commissioner of the NBA, and countless others.

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