Manoubia Bouazizi gestures after casting her ballot at a polling station in Marsa district, north of Tunis, Tunisia, October 23, 2011. Manoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian man who set himself on fire in an act of protest that inspired the Arab Spring, urged the new leaders the country is electing to honor her son's sacrifice by helping poor people like him.
Photo: Jamal Saidi/Reuters
An anti-government protester shows a cartoon depicting Arab leaders as babies during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, May 15, 2011. Top row (L-R) Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Libyan's leader Muammar Gaddafi, Morocco's King Mohamed and Jordan's King Abdullah. Bottom row (L-R) Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. At top is Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.
Photo: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
A girl raises her hand with her fingers painted with flags of Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Libya as she marches during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz, June 22, 2011.
Photo: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration in Cairo, January 30, 2011. Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei told thousands of protesters in central Cairo that an uprising against Hosni Mubarak's rule "cannot go back."
Photo: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
A boy attends a protest against Libya's Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi, March 8, 2011.
Photo: Suhaib Salem/Reuters
Anti-government protesters form the words "Game Over" with bricks as they block the roads from riot police at the junction of Bahrain Financial Harbour in Manama, March 14, 2011. Its worst unrest since the 1990s gripped Bahrain after protesters took to the streets, inspired by uprisings that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.
Photo: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters
Syrian refugee children emerge from the medical tent in a Syrian refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Yayladagi in Hatay province, June 12, 2011. Syrian tanks and helicopters shelled and machine-gunned a northern town, residents said, in a drive to crush an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad that has led thousands of refugees to flee to Turkey.
Photo: Osman Orsal/Reuters
An anti-government protester holds a sign on which reads "Corrupted system" during a demonstration in Algiers, February 19, 2011. Algerian police in riot gear surrounded about 500 protesters trying to stage a march through the capital inspired by uprisings in other parts of the Arab world in defiance of a ban.
Photo: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
A protester plays his guitar among Kurdish security forces during a demonstration in Sulaimaniya, 160 miles northeast of Baghdad, February 25, 2011. Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets to protest corruption and a lack of basic services in a nationwide "Day of Rage" inspired by uprisings around the Arab world.
Photo: Jamal Penjweni/Reuters
An anti-government protester stands under a Jordanian flag as he participates in a demonstration after Friday prayers in Amman, March 18, 2011. Hundreds of Jordanians marched through the Jordanian capital, demanding democratic reforms and an end to official corruption in a protest inspired by uprisings around the Arab world.
Photo: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters
An anti-constitution supporter argues with a pro-monarchy activist during a demonstration after King Mohammed VI announced proposals for constitutional amendments in Casablanca, Morocco, June 19, 2011. Several thousand people marched through Morocco's biggest city to protest that constitutional reforms unveiled by King Mohammed have not gone far enough.
A protester holds up a spent bullet casing, which he says is from anti-riot police firing their weapons into the air to disperse demonstrators in the northern industrial town of Sohar in Oman, March 1, 2011. Omani troops fired in the air, wounding one person, when they moved in to disperse a crowd demanding jobs and political reforms near the northern port of Sohar, during the fourth day of protests, witnesses said.
Photo: Jumana El-Heloueh/Reuters
Metal fences are erected at the main square in Kuwait City, May 27, 2011. Protesters gathered in a "day of rage" asking for the removal of Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, local media reported.
Photo: Stephanie McGehee/Reuters
A relative of an inmate in Roumieh prison burns tires during a protest, at Mar Mikhael area in Beirut, Lebanon, November 1, 2011. Relatives of inmates in Roumieh prison blocked roads in several areas across the country protesting lengthy detentions without trial, and demanding inmates' release.
Photo: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters
31 Out and Proud Gay Celebrities
Finally confirming what many suspected all along, Anderson Cooper
came out of the closet Monday in a letter addressed to blogger Andrew Sullivan.
"The fact is, I'm gay," Cooper wrote, adding he hadn't confirmed the speculation for years to protect his privacy—and his personal safety. As a journalist, Cooper has made a name for himself by traveling to the latest crisis zones and global hot spots.
And he's not alone. These famous faces are using their fame to send the message that everyone can live a happy and fulfilled life without hiding who he or she is.
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