LGBT Celebs: Life Out of the Closet

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  • Jason Collins
  • Earvin "EJ" Johnson III, Magic Johnson, Cookie Johnson
  • John Amaechi
  • Frank Ocean
  • Clive Davis
  • Don Lemon
  • Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Sheryl Swoopes
  • Ricky Martin
  • Esera Tuaolo
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  • Lee Daniels
  • 051811 celeb out tonex
  • Angela Davis
  • Derrick Gordon
  • Angel Haze
  • Robin Roberts
  • Brittney Griner
  • Michael Sam
  • Raven-Symone

John Amaechi

John Amaechi became the first former NBA player to openly identify as gay, albeit three years after he stopped playing professionally. When asked about other closeted players, he said, "There are people for whom their entire world is based around this idea that people will look at them and when they look at them, they are NBA superstars, NBA players. And any change to that would be physiologically devastating. Emotionally devastating, financially devastating."

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