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Last year saw more celebrities than ever proudly coming out and flying the rainbow flag as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Yes, a person’s sexual preference or gender identity should no longer be headline news, but the impact of these stars discussing their experiences on such a public scale cannot be overstated for those who are struggling to accept their authentic selves. Here, we round up all the stars who have proudly – and publicly – come out in 2021 and inspired a whole new generation of queer youth in the process.

Abigail Thorn

Known for: YouTuber
Identifies as: Transgender woman

“My existing following means I have now instantly become one of the most recognisable trans people in the country.”

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Alexandra Shipp

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Queer

“I was scared I wasn’t going to be able to get work. I was scared no one would ever love me. Scared. Scared. Scared. It’s exhausting being scared all the time. It’s exhausting chasing other people’s ideas and opinions of who you should be.”

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Angel Olsen

Known for: Musician
Identifies as: Gay

“My beau, I’m gay.”

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Aquinas

Known for: Rapper
Identifies as: Bisexual

“In our society, LGBTQ+ people are still discriminated against and criticized. I thought that if I made this confession at a young age, LGBT people would gain courage and be comforted.”

Read the full story here.

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Becky Hill

Known for: Musician
Identifies as: Queer

“I’ve definitely felt uncomfortable branding myself as straight, or anything else for that matter, but queer seems to be the most fitting identity for who I am.”

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Carl Nassib

Known for: NFL player
Identifies as: Gay

“I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest.”

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Cara Cunningham

Known for: Social media personality and “Leave Britney Alone” creator
Identifies as: Transgender woman

“I am transitioning and I have no more apologies to make for who I am.”

Read the full story here.

Cassandra Peterson/Elvira

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: LGBTQ+

“For the first time in my life, I’m with someone who makes me feel safe, blessed, and truly loved.”

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Colton Underwood

Known for: Television personality
Identifies as: Gay

“I would rather have died than say I’m gay, and that was sort of my wake up call.”

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Corey Walsh

Known for: BMX rider
Identifies as: Gay

If you were to tell me a year ago that today was going to be the day where I said fuck it and let the world in on my personal life I would have told you that’s never going to happen.”

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Courtney Stodden

Known for: Model and singer
Identifies as: Non-binary

“I was afraid I would be ignored because I present as high-femme non-binary.”

Read the full story here.

Chris Stuckmann

Known for: YouTuber and film critic
Identifies as: Pansexual

“If you don’t know what pansexuality is, essentially you are attracted to all genders, and that’s me.”

Read the full story here.

Photography: Cyrus Pamganiban

David Archuleta

Known for: Singer
Identifies as: Gay

“You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and his gospel plan.”

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Demi Lovato

Known for: Singer and actor
Identifies as: Pansexual and non-binary

“Yeah, pansexual. I like anything, really. I heard someone call the LGBTQIA+ community the alphabet mafia. That’s it! That’s what I’m going with.”

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Known for: Tory MP
Identifies as: Bisexual

“If anyone were to explicitly ask me, I certainly wouldn’t try and hide it because I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of.”

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Known for: Rugby player
Identifies as: Gay

“I will proudly call myself “that gay rugger” in hopes that one day it won’t sound strange in men’s rugby.”

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Eduardo Leite

Known for: Politician
Identifies as: Gay

“I have nothing to hide, I am gay. I am a governor who is gay, not a gay governor.”

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Ella Hunt

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: Queer

“When the interviewer asked me directly if I was queer I got anxious and fumbled my answer (having not openly talked about my identity for long).”

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Known for: Actress
Identifies as: Queer

“ur fave queer bride”.

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Ezra Furman

Known for: Musician
Identifies as: Transgender woman

“I am very proud to be a trans woman and to have come to know it and be able to say it. This has not been an easy journey.”

Read the full story here.

Gabbi Tuft

Known for: WWE star
Identifies as: Transgender woman

“I am no longer afraid and I am no longer fearful. I can now say with confidence, that I love myself for WHO I am.”

Read the full story here.

Gigi Goode

Known for: Drag queen
Identifies as: Transgender and non-binary

“I identify as a trans/nonbinary person and I prefer she/her pronouns.”

Read the full story here.

 

Hayley Vernon

Known for: Married At First Sight Australia
Identifies as: Bisexual

“It was only after [Married at First Sight that] I was confident enough to explore my sexuality.”

Read the full story here.

Hikaru Utada

Known for: Singer
Identifies as: Non-binary

Photo: Instagram (Hugh Sheridan)

Hugh Sheridan

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Bisexual and non-binary

“I am still a human (non binary/bi/me/Hughman) but I’m in a monogamous relationship with another human, who I love.”

Read the full story here.

Photo: Twitter (Jack Dunne)

Jack Dunne

Known for: Rugby player
Identifies as: Bisexual

“It’s definitely on my mind that people could be like, he is the bisexual rugby player, instead of – he is a bisexual who plays rugby. But at the same time, maybe there are some kids across the country who could do with a role model.”

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Jack Dylan Grazer

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Bisexual

“Are you gay? I’m biiii.”

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Jen Atkin

Known for: Miss Great Britain winner
Identifies as: Bisexual

“I could meet the woman of my dreams tomorrow and be with her for the rest of my life happily. But guys just have this porn image in their head. Just because I’m bi that doesn’t mean I want a threesome with everyone.”

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Jojo Siwa

Known for: YouTube personality and entertainer
Identifies as: LGBTQ+

“My cousin got me a new shirt.”

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Joshua Bassett

Known for: Actor and singer
Identifies as: LGBTQ+

“I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all. Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most.”

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Kaylee Bryant

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Queer

“Hi. My name is Kaylee and I’m queer!”

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Kieran Lovegrove

Known for: Baseball player
Identifies as: Bisexual

“Baseball is a game of statistics. And if you want to tell me that I’m the only queer person in baseball, I’m just not going to agree with you.”

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Krys Marshall

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Pansexual

“Once upon a time, a Pan-girl and a Straight-boy met and fell in love. They got married and lived happily ever after. The end.”

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Laganja Estranja

Known for: Dancer and drag queen
Identifies as: Transgender

“I am so proud to identify as TRANS and to be living my truth. Happy PRIDE, you are beautiful as you are.”

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Larry Saperstein

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Bisexual

“Is it really that unexpected tho.”

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Lily Cole

Known for: Supermodel
Identifies as: Queer

“Had my mixed-race daughter been born in a different country, she would have been a crime. If I were living in another country today, my queerness would be a crime.”

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Lio Tipton

Known for: Actor and model
Identifies as: Non-binary

“Hi. My name is Lio. my pronouns are they/them. I am proud to announce I am queer and I identify as non-binary.”

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Luke Prokop

Known for: NHL player
Identifies as: Gay

“Today I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay.”

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Maddie Hasson

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: Bisexual

“Hi, I’m bi and proud!”

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Mae Whitman

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: Pansexual

“I know ppl might be unfamiliar with what pansexual means; for me it means I know I can fall in love with people of all genders.”

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Marco Lehmann

Known for: Basketball player
Identifies as: Gay

“This is for the future generations so they can live a free sporting life without hiding.”

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Marvin Cortes

Known for: Supermodel
Identifies as: Gay

“I’ve been in love with both men and women and I’ve been proud to be apart of the gay community in my personal life and now I want to share publicly.”

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Matilda Freeman

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Bisexual

“Can I just say – thank you for all the love and support I’ve received after making my sexuality aware on my socials.”

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Mr Grim

Known for: Professional wrestler
Identifies as: Pansexual

For years, I’ve struggled with my identity. Too worried about how others would feel or think about me. I’ve finally gained the courage to openly express that I’m pansexual.”

Read the full story here.

Nats Getty

Known for: Model and activist
Identifies as: Transgender and non-binary

“I am transgender, non-binary. I have spent my entire life not in sync with the body I was born with and confined by an outward appearance that did not match my mind or my soul.”

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Nikki Hiltz

Known for: Middle distance runner
Identifies as: Transgender non-binary

“I’m Nikki and I’m transgender. That means I don’t identify with the gender I was assigned at birth.”

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Olivia Ponton

Known for: Model and TikToker
Identifies as: Bisexual

“I want to announce that I’m bisexual, and I’m now proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community.”

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Known for: TV host
Identifies as: Gay

“I’m here to formally say that I am a proud member of the LGBTQ community. And it feels great saying that publicly because I am.”

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Roberto Manrique

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Gay

“It had never seemed important to me to say that I am homosexual because I never considered that to be relevant.”

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Ronen Rubinstein

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Bisexual

“I fully identify as bisexual. I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it.”

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Known for: Actress and transgender activist
Identifies as: Non-binary

“I always felt “non-binary” was implicit in my identity.”

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T.J. Osborne

Known for: Country singer
Identifies as: Gay

“At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything else I’d ever be able to achieve.”

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Theo Carow

Known for: TikTok
Identifies as: Bisexual

“Hi, this is an official statement.”

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Tommy Dorfman

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Transgender woman

“Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.”

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Trisha Paytas

Known for: YouTuber and singer
Identifies as: Non-binary

“They/them is my preferred at the moment. I really adore u. Thank u for this.”

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Known for: Actor
Identifies as: Gay

“Don’t let anybody intimidate you. I be gay, I be no herdsman, and I am proud.”

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Vesta Lugg

Known for: Singer
Identifies as: Bisexual

“I think sexuality is fluid. And perhaps more as a child, from the information I had, I assumed that as I was always with men, therefore I was straight.”

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Yetide Badaki

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: Bisexual

“I always say that regression comes from repression. When you’re actually able to face whatever it is, that’s when growth and evolution can occur.”

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