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The Post-Closet Bounce

  1. The Coming Out Party
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    The Coming Out Party

    How self-outing is being leveraged into a second shot at showbiz success.
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  2. Ricky Martin
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    Ricky Martin

    The pop star hadn’t recorded an album since 2005. After he revealed he’s gay in 2010, he went back into the studio. The ensuing album debuted in February at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
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  3. George Takei
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    George Takei

    The Star Trek actor came out in 2005. He has since appeared in a variety of films including You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and The Great Buck Howard.
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  4. Neil Patrick Harris
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    Neil Patrick Harris

    Played TV’s Doogie Howser from 1989 to 1993 before fading into obscurity. Came out in 2006. Career uptick includes hosting the Emmy Awards in 2009.

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  5. John Amaechi
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    John Amaechi

    The British-born basketball center, who played in the NBA from 1995 to 2004, averaged six points and two rebounds per game. His self-outing in 2007 led to more than 500 interviews.
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  6. Rosie Jones
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    Rosie Jones

    The professional golfter came out in 2004 by writing a first-person story in The New York Times. The article explained why she was accepting a sponsorship from a lesbian travel company.
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  7. Meredith Baxter
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    Meredith Baxter

    The mom on 1980s hit Family Ties, she was later relegated to the made-for-TV movie circuit. After declaring her lesbianism in 2009, she became a media darling—and got a six-figure book deal.
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  8. Chely Wright
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    Chely Wright

    The country music singer never gained mainstream attention. In 2010 she proclaimed her sexual orientation—to People.com—just in time for an album and memoir release.
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  9. Lance Bass
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    Lance Bass

    Washed-up former boy-band member—and certified ­cosmonaut—came out in 2006. He then became a best-selling author, Broadway actor, and Dancing with the Stars contestant.
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  10. Esera Tualo
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    Esera Tualo

    The NFL defensive lineman from 1991-99 is famous for being the last guy to tackle John Elway. He announced he’s gay in 2002—and landed a book deal, pop album, and national TV ad for Chili’s.
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