Charlotte, North Carolina – This past year, more personalities stepped out into the light and professed their sexual orientation. From pop stars to athletes, the rainbow got a little bit larger with them included. Here are some of those faces in the news. Aaron Carter, onetime child pop sensation, who ruled the airwaves at age 12 with his hit single “I Want Candy” (2000), came out as bisexual in an emotional Twitter post in August, after living with his sexuality “weighing on my chest for nearly half of my life.” Alia Shawkat, the 28-year-old actress, best known as droll rebel Maeby Funke in cult favorite “Arrested Development,” has come a long way since her portrayal of an adolescent in love with her own cousin. Shawkat discussed gender, sexuality, and gravitating toward queer roles with Out magazine, saying: “Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.”

Few surprises here, Barry Manilow, confirmed in a People magazine interview that he was gay – and had been in a relationship with manager and now-husband Garry Kief since the late 1970s. And Cody Alan, a popular host on Country Music Television and CMT Radio, 44-year-old Alan shared on Facebook that he could no longer “live with this layer of misery underneath that happy face on TV.” Daniel Newman the emerging star of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” discussed his sexuality in a post on Youtube before further addressing the topic in a People interview. Newman, 36, says he wants to take advantage of the “huge platform” he has been given through his role on the cable TV phenomenon.

In a lengthy essay published on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website, Natalie Morales, the “Parks and Recreation” star related her emotional journey from a Catholic schoolgirl who “thought something was really wrong with [her]” to a popular actress “I don’t like labeling myself, or anyone else,” she says, “but if it’s easier to understand me, what I’m saying is that I’m queer.” Ryan O’Callaghan, a former New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle got candid with Outsports, describing a youth and young adulthood using football as “a great place to hide” his orientation. O’Callaghan said counseling gave him the courage to share his secret, first with a close friend and eventually with the world. Shannon Purser, of “Stranger Things” and “Riverdale” shared in a series of Twitter posts that she has recently come out as bisexual to those close to her. “Heroes” star Thomas Dekker, who also costarred in 2016 gay romantic drama “Do You Take This Man,” took to Instagram to confirm his sexuality after being obliquely outed by writer-producer Bryan Fuller. (Q Notes Online – Torie Dominguez at

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Adam Romanik
Adam Romanik
Adam Romanik is the owner of Computer Solutions for Less, an IT consulting business. Adam has over 15 years experience working in the both the IT industry and libraries and has worked as an adjunct instructor at several educational institutions. Adam earned both a Bachelors & Masters degree in Library Science from Clarion University, has earned 24 graduate credits towards a second masters degree in Information Systems and is an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer).

Adam Romanik is also the president and founder of the Keystone State Gay Rodeo Association. He actively competes both on the International Gay Rodeo Association Circuit as well as locally in the mid-atlantic region.