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As anyone on the LGBT spectrum — and R. Kelly — will tell you, being “trapped in the closet” is never an easy existence.

Thankfully, though, it’s the 21st century, and one’s “alternative lifestyle” is no longer the tabloid fodder it once was. Nowadays, celebrities’ sexualities are no longer what defines them, necessarily, but instead just an attribute.

Still, coming out takes some serious balls, so to speak, so we salute the following celebs who have all become “out and proud” recently.

Tom Daley
The 19-year-old British Olympic diver revealed in a YouTube video that he was in a relationship with a guy in December 2013.

Maria Bello
The Prime Suspect and Prisoners star revealed in a November 2013 New York Times column that she has a long-term girlfriend.

Bob Harper
The Biggest Loser guru publicly came out as gay in a November 2013 episode of the NBC weight-loss competition show.

Maulik Pancholy
The 30 Rock star was named as one of Out magazine's Out 100 and raved about his partner of nine years.

Victor Garber
The Alias alum and Deception star confirmed in a January 2013 interview that a Wikipedia mention of his male partner was accurate, the first time he’s addressed his sexuality publicly.

Matt Dallas
In the latest in a trend of low-key comings-out, Kyle XY star Matt Dallas nonchalantly revealed his fiancé, musician Blue Hamilton, in a January 2013 tweet.

Sam Champion
The Good Morning America weatherman came out in October 2012 and also announced his engagement to boyfriend Rubem Robierb. The happy couple married that December.

Mika
The glam rocker categorized himself as gay — and revealed that many of his songs are about a relationship with a man — in a September 2012 Instinct magazine article.

Frank Ocean
The Grammy nominee discussed a previous relationship with a man in a July 2012 Tumblr post, and the hip-hop community seemed to meet his announcement with an upswell of support.

Anderson Cooper
The CNN silver fox has never hidden his sexuality, but he asserted it head-on in July 2012 via a public email to journalist Andrew Sullivan.

Jim Parsons
The Big Bang Theory breakout’s status as a gay man was mentioned casually in a May 2012 New York Times article.

Gillian Anderson
Though she’s had at least two long-term relationships with men, the X-Files beauty revealed in a March 2012 interview with Out magazine that she has enjoyed relationships with women, as well.

Matt Bomer
Upon receiving a humanitarian award for his HIV/AIDS activism in February 2012, White Collar hunk Matt Bomer thanked his partner, Simon, and their children.