There was a time when the LGBTQ+ community was heavily discriminated against in the world of entertainment. It was difficult for actors and actresses to find any TV series or movies that openly focused on openly gay characters or were willing to hire them. This stigma had a negative impact on celebrities who were actually part of the LGBQT+ community.
Fortunately, here we are in 2021, and the entertainment industry has gradually become more and more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community, enabling them to be more widely understood, accepted, and even celebrated. To commemorate this monumental progression, we have listed over 75 beautiful celebrities who have bravely come out as being a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Known for: Movies (Aquaman)
In an interview with Metro in 2011, Amber Heard pointed out that she doesn’t label herself one way or another. “I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman,” Heard said. “I love who I love; it’s the person that matters.” Heard was in a relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree from 2008 to 2012. Three years later, she tied the knot with Johnny Depp, but their marriage ended in a divorce, which was finalized in 2017. Heard then dated Elon Musk for a year, until early 2018. In 2020, she started dating cinematographer Bianca Butti.
Heard first gained mainstream recognition for her supporting roles in 2008 movies Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. She then went on to appear in 2011’s The Rum Diary, 2013’s Machete Kills, 2015’s Magic Mike XXL, and more recently, in 2018’s Aquaman.
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Known for: Music career (Confident)
In May 2021, Demi Lovato publicly came out as non-binary and announced their decision to change their gender pronouns to “they/them.” “This has come after a lot of healing and self-reflective work,” explained Lovato in an Instagram post. “I’m still learning and coming into myself, and I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me.”
Lovato started their showbiz career as a child actress, appearing in shows for young audiences, such as Barney & Friends and Camp Rock. They rose to prominence as a singer after This Is Me ― their debut single and duet with Joe Jonas ― peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, Lovato has released seven studio albums. Their fifth album, Confident, was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Known for: TV shows (The X-Files)
In an interview with Out magazine in March 2012, Gillian Anderson revealed that she had past relationships with women. Three years later, she reiterated in an interview with The Daily Telegraph that she’s not closed to the idea of entering another same-sex relationship, noting that “a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant.” Since then, Anderson has accepted the label bisexual, saying in a 2018 interview with The Times: “It’s just who I am. I have absolutely no issue with it whatsoever, and I don’t really care if other people have an issue with it.”
Anderson is best known for her portrayal of FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the Fox series The X-Files, which earned her a Prime Emmy Award in 1997. Her other notable TV roles include DSU Stella Gibson on BBC’s The Fall, sex therapist Jean Milburn on Netflix’s Sex Education, and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season 4 of the Netflix drama series The Crown.
Lil Nas X
Hometown: Lithia Springs, Georgia
Known for: Music career (Old Town Road)
They say fame doesn’t happen overnight, but that doesn’t apply to Lil Nas X. He became an overnight breakout star with the success of his catchy song “Old Town Road”, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. His first hit song dominated at the number 1 spot for 19 weeks straight. To top it off, this rap/country artist made history as the first openly gay singer to be nominated for a Country Music Association Award.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Known for: TV shows (The Big Bang Theory)
Who wouldn’t recognize this lovable and hilarious actor from the Big Bang Theory? His portrayal of Sheldon is absolutely unforgettable. Aside from his career milestones, Jim marked another important one when he came out as gay back in 2012. Fast forward to 2017, and the actor married Todd Spiewak. Now, he’s working on new TV shows and participates in LGBTQ activism.
Hometown: Portsmouth, Virginia
Known for: Movies and comedy shows (Monster-In-Law, Not Normal)
Wanda Sykes is one of the funniest female comedians to ever grace the entertainment industry. Her body of work spans from playing a role in the Nutty Professor II and Down to Earth, all the way to Monster-In-Law and the Jeffersons. She even starred in her own Netflix show last year entitled “Not Normal”. The comedienne came out as lesbian in 2008 and married Alex Sykes the same year.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Movies (Star Trek)
George Takei is a stellar Broadway maven and a veteran Hollywood star. Moreover, he’s most famous for his iconic role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. It was in the year 2002 when George braved the public and came out as gay. The actor has been happily married to Bras Takei since 2008.
Hometown: Wyckoff, New Jersey
Known for: Movies (The Flash, Fantastic Beasts, The Perks of Being A Wallflower)
He may be known as The Flash now, but Ezra Miller initially shot to stardom due to his eccentric portrayal of Patrick in the coming-of-age film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. Alongside Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in the blockbuster hit, Ezra was the unconventional best friend that we never knew we needed. The charismatic actor came out as queer in the year 2012.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Musicals (Dear Evan Hansen)
Ben Platt came out as gay to his family when he was 12 but only started talking about his sexuality publicly ahead of the 2019 release of his first studio album, Sing to Me Instead. In an interview with Variety in October of that year, Platt explained why it took so many years before he came out publicly. He said, “There was never like a gung-ho of ‘Let’s come out as soon as possible’ because no matter how forward-thinking we all get, it becomes an obstacle a little bit in the case of auditioning, producers and casting and directors. Hopefully, we’re moving a bit beyond that.”
Platt started his acting career in musical theater, appearing in productions of The Sound of Music, The Book of Mormon, and Dear Evan Hansen, for which he earned multiple accolades, including the Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Awards. Platt’s acting credits also include the Pitch Perfect film series and Netflix’s comedy-drama series The Politician, for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
Hometown: Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Known for: TV shows (Game of Thrones)
Most Game of Thrones fans first found out that Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor on the HBO series, is gay in his interview with WinterIsComing.net back in March 2014. When the interviewer mentioned that Nairn had an extensive “bear” following, the actor said: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about my community. I am aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that.”
Although media described this interview as his coming out, Nairn stated he had “never been in.” “I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life,” he added. “And I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, ‘cause it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!” In fact, Nairn, who is also a progressive trance DJ, used to play in a Belfast gay club called Kremlin.
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Hometown: Enfield, London
Known for: Music career (Back to Black)
According to the now defunct U.K. tabloid News of the World, the late Amy Winehouse reportedly told her friends that she’s bisexual. “So what? I like girls as well,” said the singer-songwriter, who was previously married to Blake Fielder-Civil. “There is something about being with a woman that is very satisfying. I don’t care what people think about me being bi – I do what feels good.”
Winehouse achieved international fame after the successful release of her 2006 album Back to Black, which was nominated for British Album of the Year at the 2007 Brit Awards. At the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, she won Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Rehab, and Best Pop Vocal Album for Back to Black.
Hometown: St. George, Utah
Known for: Music career (Panic! At the Disco)
You know this charming singer as the lead singer of the immensely popular alternative pop band, Panic! At the Disco. He has been very vocal about his support for the LGBTQ+ community, but it was only in 2018 that he came out as pansexual. The musician has recently been honored for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Movies (Twilight Saga, Charlie’s Angels)
At only 17 years old, this stunning actress propelled to superstardom as Bella Swan in the incredibly popular Twilight Saga. From that point on, she’s been part of several successful movies, such as the recently rebooted Charlie’s Angels action flick. Shortly after her relationship with co-star, Robert Pattinson came to a conclusion, Kristen came out as a lesbian in 2015.
Hometown: San Diego, California
Known for: TV shows (American Idol), music (For Your Entertainment, If I Had You, Time For Miracles)
Adam Lambert has got to be one of the most talented and flamboyant artists to ever set foot on the American Idol stage. After making his mark as the second runner up in the eighth season of the popular talent competition, Adam went to release a train of successful hits and made history as the first openly gay musician to score a number one spot on the Billboard 200 Album Charts in 2015.
Hometown: New York City, New York
Known for: News programs (CNN, Anderson Cooper 360°)
It’s no secret that Anderson Cooper is an acclaimed reporter, producer, and actor. The showbiz magnate has always been openly gay and has been hailed as a trailblazing personality in the entertainment industry for years now.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Movies (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Girl Interrupted, Salt, Wanted, The Tourist)
Angelina Jolie is arguably one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. She’s most famous for her roles in blockbuster hits, like The Wanted, Maleficent, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Salt, and The Tourist. The talented actress has also always been proud and open about being bisexual.
Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Known for: Movies and TV shows (Juno, The Umbrella Academy)
Elliot Page publicly came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas back in February 2014. Page, however, revealed in November 2017 that he had been outed at age 18 by filmmaker Brett Ratner while on the set of the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand. Fast-forward to December 2020, Page took to his social media accounts to announce that he is transgender. He also specified at that time that his pronouns are he/him and they/them, and changed his name from Ellen to Elliot.
Page is best known for portraying the title role in Jason Reitman’s 2007 film Juno, which earned him nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Page currently plays Vanya Hargreeves on the hit Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Known for: TV series and movies (Hannah Montana, The Last Song), music career (Wrecking Ball, We Can’t Stop)
Miley Cyrus made her showbiz debut on the hit TV series, Hannah Montana, which aired on Disney Channel for four successful seasons. After graduating from Disney, Miley ventured into a music career that took the world by storm. In 2015, the pop star came out as pansexual, and in 2017, she shared publically that she’s gender-neutral. Even before coming out, Miley was vocal about her support for the LGBTQ+ community.
Hometown: Culver City, California
Known for: Movies and TV series (E.T., Charlie’s Angels, Sta. Clarita Diet)
This lovely actress made her big showbiz break with her adorable role on E.T. in 1982. She continued to star in one blockbuster hit after the other, and swiftly became a Hollywood icon. But it was in 2003, when the actress took the big leap and came out as bisexual.
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Known as: Apple Inc. business executive
In October 2014, four months after attending San Francisco’s gay pride parade along with a delegation of Apple staff, Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an editorial for Bloomberg Business, saying, “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” Cook noted that while many people at the company were aware of his sexual orientation “for years,” he sought to focus on Apple’s products and customers rather than his personal life. Almost a year after coming out, Cook said in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that while he valued his privacy “significantly,” he felt that he was “valuing it too far above” what he could do for other people, and that’s what pushed him to tell everyone his truth.
Cook, who has been the chief executive officer of Apple Inc. since 2011, joined the company in March 1998 as a senior vice president for worldwide operations. He then served as the executive vice president for worldwide sales and operations, and later became the chief operating officer under the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs.
Hometown: New York, New York
Known as: Music industry executive
Married and divorced twice, Sony Music Entertainment chief creative officer Clive Davis publicly came out as bisexual in his 2013 autobiography The Soundtrack of My Life. In the same year, during a guest appearance in the daytime talk show Katie, Davis said he hoped his coming out would lead to a “greater understanding of bisexuality.”
Prior to becoming the CCO at Sony Music Entertainment in 2018, Davis served as the president of Columbia Records from 1967 to 1973 and the president of Arista Records from 1974 through 2000. He also previously served as chair and CEO of the RCA Music Group, J Records, and BMG North America.
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Known for: Music career (Channel Orange)
Grammy-winning artist Frank Ocean publicly came out as a member of the LGBTQ community in July 2012, when he published an open letter on his Tumblr blog recounting unrequited feelings he had for another young man when he was 19 years old. “I don’t know what happens now, and that’s alright. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore… I feel like a free man,” read a portion of his open letter. Soon after Ocean’s coming out made headlines, several celebrities had voiced their support for him, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Tyler the Creator, and Russell Simmons.
Ocean rose to prominence following the 2012 release of his debut studio album Channel Orange, which won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. The album’s hit single Thinkin Bout You, meanwhile, earned Ocean a nomination for Record of the Year. After Channel Orange, Ocean went on to release two more studio albums in 2016: Endless and Blonde.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Sports (Basketball)
Basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay in the cover story of the May 6th, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first active male athlete from one of the four major North American professional team sports to publicly do so. In the first-person story by Collins with journalist Franz Lidz, the athlete shared that the murder of gay university student Matthew Shepard in 1998 led him to choose “98” for his jersey number, in Shepard’s honor. Collins called the number “a statement to myself, my family and my friends.”
Collins was a center for 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association. Collins was selected by the Houston Rockets as the 18th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft and went on to play for the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, and Brooklyn Nets.
Hometown: Edison, New Jersey
Known for: Music career (Manic)
Openly bisexual, Halsey dated a woman prior to breaking out in the music scene. In March 2021, she announced that she uses both “she/her” and “they/them” pronouns.
First gained attention from her self-released music on social media platforms, Halsey was later signed by Astralwerks and then by Capitol Records. She has released four studio albums so far. The third one, Manic, became her best-selling album worldwide, while its lead single Without Me became her most successful single as a lead artist.
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Known for: TV shows (Teen Wolf)
Charlie Carver publicly came out as gay on Instagram in January 2016. In his five-part Instagram post, Carver shared that he knew he’s gay at age 12. “It was around that age that I also knew … that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade,” Carver wrote. “Over time, this abstract ‘knowing’ grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: ‘I am gay.’ I said them to myself at first, to see how they felt. They rang true.” Carver said he decided to publicly come out because he felt a responsibility to be honest and inspire millions to be as authentic as possible.
Carver is best known for his role as Ethan on MTV’s Teen Wolf. His other notable TV roles include Porter Scavo on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Scott Frost on HBO’s The Leftovers, and most recently, Huck Finnigan on Netflix’s Ratched.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Known for: TV shows (That’s so Raven, Cheetah Girls, Raven’s Home)
Raven Symone came out as bisexual in 2012. The lovable actress made her debut on Disney channel on the hit series, That’s So Raven. In 2017, she reprised her role on the spinoff, Raven’s Home. She also made appearances on Dr. Doolittle and the Cheetah Girls.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Hometown: Rodeo, California
Known for: Music career (Green Day)
Green Day has been making spectacular music and encouraging youth to stand up for what they believe in since the ’90s. The punk rock band has since transcended generations and is still popular today. The lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong came out as bisexual in 1995, shortly after the band debuted.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Movies (The Hunger Games, The Hate That You Give)
This stunner is known for her appearances in The Hunger Games and The Hate That You Give. She came out in 2018 by means of a beautiful rainbow-inspired photo on Instagram. Really – there isn’t a more colorful way to come out than in this outfit.
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Known for: Music career (How We Do, Your Song)
Rita Ora is an English actress, singer, and songwriter. Her hits like How We Do, Your Song, I Will Never Let You Down, and Waiting For a Lifetime For Ya are only a few testaments to the musician’s solidified superstardom status. In 2018, she released a single with Bebe Rexha and Charlie XCS, and Cardi B entitled Girls, Girls, Girls. The song received quite some backlash from the LGBTQ community. Consequently, Rita Ora took to Twitter to come out as bisexual in defense of her music.
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Known for: Movies (Titanic), TV (Legends of Tomorrow)
This actor has been part of multiple movies and TV shows, but we all have to have seen him as Victor Garber in Titanic. The prolific actor confirmed that he was gay in 2013, and has been married to long time partner, Rainer Andreesen since 2015.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Movies (Thor, Men In Black), TV (Westworld)
This lovely actress stole hearts when she appeared as Valkyrie in the Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok. Soon after, she reunited with Chris Hemsworth in the sci-fi flick, Men In Black: International. Tessa bravely came out as bisexual in 2018. With regard to her career, she currently stars in Westworld and she’s set to reprise her role as Valkyrie in the 4th installment of the Thor movie series, Thor: Love and Thunder.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Music Career (Black Eyed Peas)
Stacy Ann Ferguson, also known as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas made waves with hits like Shut Up, Let’s Get It Started, Mas Que Nada, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Glamorous. She’s also showed off her acting chops in Quinten Tarantino’s Grindhouse. The versatile artist confirmed in 2009 that she is bisexual.
Hometown: Green Tree, Pennsylvania
Known for: Movies (Star Trek)
Zachary Quinto made his mark in the entertainment industry by means of his role as Spock in Star Trek. Recently, he caught a lot of attention with his appearance in the horror series, American Horror Story: Asylum. The actor came out as gay in 2011, and has since been very candid about the things that LGBTQ teens face while growing up.
Hometown: New York City, New York
Known for: Music career (Bad Romance, Born This Way, Paparazzi, Shallows), movies (A Star Is Born)
Lady Gaga broke out into the music scene like a whirlwind. Her unique sound and novel style took the entertainment industry by storm. She has since evolved into a fashion icon, actress, and philanthropist as well. In 2010, the “Born This Way” singer confirmed that she was bisexual. Since then, mother monster has been actively advocating for LGBTQ rights for people all over the world.
Hometown: Mechanicsville, Virginia
Known for: Music career (I Won’t Give Up, Lucky)
Jason Mraz’s beautiful and uplifting music really has a way of tugging at people’s heartstrings. In 2018, the singer’s vast fanbase assumed that he was bisexual based on a cryptic social media post that concluded with the line: “I am bi your side”. A little later that year, he confirmed the speculations in an interview with Billboard.
Hometown: Dolton, Illinois
Known for: TV shows (Glee)
Who wouldn’t remember this hilarious actress from Glee? Sue Sylvester will always be one of the most iconic and widely loved TV villains. The actress came out to her parents when she was 32 years old but came out to the public in 2005. She has credited Ellen Degeneres for helping her make the decision to come out.
Neil Patrick Harris
Hometown: Ruidoso, New Mexico
Known for: TV shows and movies (How I Met Your Mother, The Smurfs)
Neil Patrick Harris captured hearts and generated countless laughs everywhere with his hilarious portrayal of Barney in the hit series, How I Met Your Mother. He came out as gay in 2006, and has been married to David Burtka since 2014. The two are proud parents of an adorable set of twins.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: Movies (Panic room, The Beaver, Home For The Holidays)
This seasoned A-listers has made her mark with movies like Panic Room, The Beaver, and Home For the Holidays. Jodie Foster came out as a lesbian in 2013, and married Alexandra Hedison a year after. Since then, she has become known for being extremely vocal regarding the LGBTQ community and the roles of females in Hollywood.
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Known for: Movies (Bird Box)
This beautiful actress is famous for her appearances in American Horror Story and more recently, the Netflix hit, Bird Box. Sarah Paulson came out as being bisexual/fluid in 2013 and has been happily dating Holland Taylor since 2015.
Hometown: Sea Cliff, New York
Known for: TV, Movies (The Spy Who Dumped Me, Ghostbusters)
This funny actress brought her comedic flair to movies like the remake of Ghost Busters and The Spy who Dumped Me. You’ll most likely also recognize her from the variety show, Saturday Night Live. Additionally, she made history by being the first openly lesbian cast member on the show.
Hometown: Santa Monica, California
Known for: TV shows (Roseanne, The Connors)
This TV actress first caught viewers’ attention as Darlene in the 1988 TV series, Roseanne. In 2018, the show made a comeback, with Sara Gilbert reprising her role. She currently stars in the show’s spinoff called The Connors. Apart from her involvement with the Roseanne series, she has made appearances in The Big Bang Theory, Light It Up, and Poison Ivy. In 2010, she proudly came out as a lesbian and is married to Linda Perry.
Hometown: Maida Vale, London
Known for: Movies (Star Wars: A New Hope)
In April 2001, eight months after Alec Guinness’ death, BBC News published an article claiming that the award-winning actor was bisexual and that he had kept his sexuality private from the public eye but his closest friends and family members knew he had relationships with men.
After an early career on the stage, Guinness was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including 1949’s Kind Hearts and Coronets. He then collaborated with director David Lean on six movies, including 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Sci-fi fans know him as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 50th Academy Awards.
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Known for: Movies (The Godfather)
In a 1976 interview, the late Marlon Brando told a French journalist: “Homosexuality is so much in fashion, it no longer makes news. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed.”
In February 2018, responding to reports romantically linking Brando with the late Richard Pryor, the latter’s widow Jennifer Lee confirmed that the two actors slept together. “If you listen to Richard’s comedy — the early stuff — he was way ahead of his time on gay rights #noshame,” Lee tweeted, before adding that in the ‘70s “everyone was bi!”
Lee’s tweet came after legendary record producer Quincy Jones told Vulture in the same month that Brando had slept with men. “Brando used to go cha-cha dancing with us. He could dance his ass off,” Jones said of the Oscar-winning The Godfather actor. “He was the most charming motherf***er you ever met. He’d f**k anything. Anything! He’d f**k a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”
Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
Known for: Movies (Superman III)
Nine years after Richard Pryor’s death, 2014’s biographical book Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul stated that Pryor “acknowledged his bisexuality.” And as previously mentioned, record producer Quincy Jones and Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee claimed that Pryor had had a sexual relationship with Marlon Brando and that Pryor was open about his bisexuality with his friends.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time, Pryor mainly starred in comedy films such as 1976’s Silver Streak, but also occasionally appeared in drama movies like 1978’s Blue Collar and action flicks like 1983’s Superman III.
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Known for: TV Shows (True Blood)
Anna Paquin came out as bisexual in an April 2010 public service announcement for the Give a Damn campaign organized by the LGBT advocacy group True Colors Fund. The video features the actress stating, “I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual, and I give a damn.”
Paquin experienced some backlash from the LGBTQ+ community after marrying her True Blood costar Stephen Moyer. And in response, she said of her bisexuality: “I am a happily married woman and I married a man. I don’t think that negates that aspect of my life, but obviously I wouldn’t be with my husband if I didn’t want to be married to a man. Some people find it odd that you can identify with a sexual orientation that is not straight and yet be married to someone of the opposite sex. They’re like, ‘Obviously it’s not real if you’re married to a dude.’”
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Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Known as: TV show creator (Empire)
Producer, director, and actor Lee Daniels is gay. He was previously in a relationship with casting director Billy Hopkins, and together they adopted Daniels’ biological niece and nephew, Clara and Liam.
Though Daniels identifies himself as gay, he clarified in an interview with TV Insider in 2015 that he’s sexually fluid, just like Empire actor Jussie Smollett. “Jussie and I both share the same feeling that, yes, even though we are gay, we’re sexual human beings…And we do occasionally want to sleep with a woman. [Laughs] Maybe once every 10 or 15 years, but it happens!” Daniel said. “And there are a lot of people who don’t want to hear about that. It’s such a complicated conversation. It’s not necessarily the body one is attracted to. You can be sexually attracted to the spirit, the energy, the life force in another person. We’re showing life on Empire, and I won’t apologize for it.”
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Known for: Music career (Make Me Feel, Q.U.E.E.N., Pynk)
Janelle Monae came into the music scene with guns blazing. Her chart-topping hits like Make Me Feel, Pynk, and Q.U.E.E.N. gained her millions of fans worldwide. In early 2018, the singer identified herself as being pansexual. Furthermore, fans have speculated that the musician is in a relationship with actress Tessa Thompson. Unfortunately, this has yet to be confirmed.
Hometown: Perth, Western Australia
Known For: Music career (Youth, Bloom), Acting (X-Men and Boy Erased) and Youtuber
It’s no secret that Troye Sivan is one of the most talented musicians of his generation. His musical style is unique and his sense of fashion is totally worth copying. He also lends his acting chops to the movie industry with roles in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and as the title character in the Spud movies.
Troye first gained popularity from his Youtube videos and has more than 7.3 million subscribers to date. It was via a Youtube video that Troye came out as gay back in 2013.
Hometown: London, England
Known For: Music career (Stay with Me, Lay Me Down)
Sam Smith has a voice that pierces through to your soul. He’s provided this generation with a playlist perfect for days when you just feel sad and decide to listen to music to become even more sad in the most satisfying way possible. The 28-year-old has a bunch of Grammys, Brit Awards and even a Golden Globe up in his trophy shelf.
Sam Smith came out as genderqueer in 2017. In 2019, he officially identified as non-binary. He stated that he is no longer at war with his gender and that he has embraced himself for who he is, inside and out.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Known for: Acting Career (13 Reasons Why)
Brandon Flynn rose to stardom after playing the role of Justin Foley on “13 Reasons Why” from 2017- 2020. They may have killed off his character on the show, but fans can still catch him as the lead in the 2020 film “Looks That Kill”.
The 27-year-old actor is openly gay and is very vocal about issues that surround the LGBTQ community. Brandon dated Sam Smith from 2017 to 2018.
Hometown: Greenville, Kentucky
Known for: Acting Career (13 Reasons Why, Love Simon)
Another 13 Reasons Why cast member on this list is Miles Heizer. The 26-year-old plays the role of Alex Standall on the Netflix show. Miles also had a supporting role in the 2018 movie “Love Simon.”
On Valentine’s Day in 2020, Miles and his boyfriend, Connor Jessup, became Instagram official with an adorable snapshot.
Hometown: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Known for: Acting Career (Sex and the City)
This list wouldn’t be complete without Cynthia Nixon, also known as the iconic Miranda Hobbes of the hit series, Sex and the City. Before making it big on the small and silver screen in Hollywood, the actress made her performance debut on Broadway.
Moreover, aside from being a household name, Cynthia Nixon has added the titles, activist and Emmy-award-winning actress to her repertoire.
This well-rounded artist has been married to Christine Marinoni, a leading LGBTQ rights and education advocate, since 2012.
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Known for: TV Shows (Parks and Recreation, Legion)
Aubrey Plaza is best known for her role as April Ludgate on the hit TV show Parks and Recreation. From 2009 to 2015, she portrayed the role of the lovable deadpan employee. Her stint on the show earned universal praise and has turned her into one of the show’s biggest breakout stars
In 2016, Aubrey Plaza admitted that she “falls in love with guys and girls” and that she “can’t help it.” She’s spoken up about how she’s very much aware of the fact that there’s something masculine about her energy.
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Known for: Music and acting career (Glee)
You probably didn’t know that Kevin McHale was in a boyband before he shot to stardom as Artie Abrams on the hit TV series Glee. The 32-year-old actor was a member of the group NLT from 2006-2009 and debuted with the single “That Girl”.
After his Glee days, Kevin went on to focus on hosting the show “Virtually Famous”. Kevin McHale presently hosts the show “Sick of My Own Voice” on Dash Radio. As for his personal life, Kevin came out as gay via a tweet in 2018. He’s currently dating singer Austin McKenzie.
Hometown: Clovis, California
Known for: Music and acting career (Glee) and author of YA books
Chris Colfer isn’t just a singer slash actor. He’s an accomplished writer too! Post-Glee, he has made a name for himself as a New York Times bestselling author. He’s released novels such as “Struck by Lightning” and “The Land of Stories” book series. The 30-year-old has released a total of 15 books so far.
Chris publicly came out as gay via an interview in 2009. Since 2013, he’s been in a relationship with producer Will Sherrod. He’s also a coalition member of “Uprising Love”, which is an organization that supports LGBTQI Russians.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Known For: Acting career (Riverdale)
In June 2020, Lili came out as bisexual. Lili Reinhart shot to stardom after portraying the role of Betty Cooper on the teen drama series “Riverdale”. Before she took on the role of studious Betty, Lili actually starred in at least 10 films prior, including The Kings of Summer (2013) and Miss Stevens (2016).
The 24-year-old actress is also a writer and released her book “Swimming Lessons” in 2020, which is a collection of her poems. Lili also served as the executive producer for the 2020 flick “Chemical Hearts”, in which she also portrayed the role of “Grace Town”.
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Known for: Acting career (Famous in Love, The Babysitter)
Bella Thorne came out as bisexual in 2016. The 23-year-old started out as a Disney Channel star, playing the role of Cece Jones on Shake It Up from 2010-2013 alongside Zendaya. After her Disney days, Bella starred in movies such as Blended (2014), The DUFF (2015), and The Babysitter (2017).
She made her television comeback with the series Famous in Love (2017). In 2018, she starred in the drama movie “Midnight Sun” in 2018. The actress also made an appearance as “The Swan” on the third season of “The Masked Singer.”
Hometown: Dorset, England
Known For: Music career (former member of boyband Blue)
The boy band Blue released quite a number of bops in the early 2000s, and you probably still hum them unconsciously sometimes. From the songs “One Love” to “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” featuring Elton John, Blue was one of the most popular boy bands from the UK.
Blue member, Duncan James, came out as bisexual in an interview in 2009. Since then he’s been very vocal about how he’s “proud to be gay”. The 42-year-old has one daughter with former girlfriend Claire Granger. He’s currently dating Rodrigo Reis.
Hometown: London, England
Known for: Modeling and acting career (Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets)
Supermodel and actress, Cara Delevigne, identified as gender-fluid back in 2018. She is now dating model Kaia Gerber and was previously in a relationship with actress, Ashley Benson.
Aside from walking the runway for some of the world’s most luxurious fashion brands, Cara has also starred in a number of movies like Suicide Squad (2016) and Life In A Year (2020). She’s also a writer and penned the LGBT themed book, Mirror Mirror in 2017. The 28-year-old also lists fashion designing as one of her talents, having designed collections for DKNY and Mulberry. What can’t Cara Delevigne do?
Hometown: Anaheim Hills, California
Known for: Acting career (Pretty Little Liars)
Ashley Benson dated Cara Delevigne for almost 2 years from 2018 to 2020. Currently, she’s in a relationship with rapper G-Eazy.
The actress starred in the hit drama series “Pretty Little Liars” from 2010 to 2017. The 28-year-old took on the role of the series “it girl”, Hanna Marin. Ashley was also one of the main characters in the 2012 flick “Spring Breakers”. As for her upcoming projects, she’s set to star in the thriller film “The Birthday Cake”.
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Famous For: Singing Career (Waiting Outside The Lines, Timekeeper)
Greyson has come a long way since posting his cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”, which turned him into a viral internet sensation. Because of that video, he was the first artist signed to Ellen Degeneres’ brand new record label Eleveneleven. Since then he has released hits such as “Unfriend You” (2011), and “Somewhere Over My Head” (2016).
Greyson majored in History at the University of Tulsa in 2017. That same year, Greyson announced over an Instagram post that he was gay. Two years later, Greyson released his second studio album, “Portraits”, which features songs like “Shut Up” and “Timekeeper”. His latest single “Holy Feelings” was released in January 2021.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Famous For: Acting career (Fast & Furious franchise)
Back in 2014, Michelle revealed in an interview that she falls under the “B” category in LGBT. The Fast & Furious actress added, “What’s wrong with being bi?”
The 42-year-old has starred as Letty Ortiz in the Fast & Furious movies since 2001. She also had a role in 2019’s “Alita: Battle Angel”. In 2021, we can expect to see her in the thriller drama film “Crisis” as well as “F9”.
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Famous for: Singing career (Livin’ la Vida Loca and She Bangs)
In 2010, Ricky Martin came out as gay via a post on his website. He stated, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.” He is now married to Swedish painter Jwan Yosef and the couple have 4 children.
The 49-year-old started out as a member of the boy band “Menudo” in 1984. In 2020, the King of Latin Pop lent his voice to the character Don Juan Diego in Netflix’s Christmas film, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”.
Hometown: London, England
Known for: Acting Career (The Good Place) and Radio Host (BBC Radio)
Jameela Jamil came out as queer in 2020 on Twitter. This was soon after it was announced that the actress would be a judge on the voguing contest called “Legendary”. She received a ton of backlash for being cast on the show despite her not being a representation of the black LGBT community.
The 34-year-old actress first started out as a radio host on BBC Radio in 2012. From 2016 to 2020 she portrayed the role of Tahani Al-Jamil on “The Good Place”. Jameela is set to star in the 2021 rom-com “Marry Me”.
Hometown: Kohala, Hawaii
Famous for: Acting Career (Moana, All Together Now)
Not everyone is lucky enough to star as the lead in their first acting job ever, but the stars aligned perfectly for Auli’i Cravalho. The 20-year-old actress was the voice behind the titular character in 2016’s hit Disney animated film, “Moana”.
In 2020, she starred as the lead in the Netflix drama film “All Together Now”. That same year, Auli’i came out as bisexual.
Hometown: Anaheim, California
Famous For: Acting Career (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Detective Pikachu, All The Bright Places)
The 25-year-old actor is winning at life, having starred in box-office hits like “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Detective Pikachu”. In 2022, we can all look forward to more Franklin Webb as he reprises his role in “Jurassic World: Dominion”.
In June 2020, Justice Smith took the streets in New Orleans to join in on the “All Black Lives Matter” protest. It was literally Justice seeking Justice. In an Instagram post documenting the protest, he also came out as queer. He’s currently in a relationship with fellow actor Nicholas L. Ashe.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Famous for: Singing career (Whip My Hair, 21st Century Girl)
Will Smith’s only daughter, Willow, made history by being one of the youngest artists ever to climb the charts with her hit single “Whip My Hair” at the age of 9. Aside from being a singer, you might also recognize Willow from starring in her dad’s 2007 movie “I am Legend” as “Marley Neville”.
In 2019, Willow Smith revealed that she’s bisexual and that she “loves men and women equally”. The 20-year-old currently co-hosts the web talk show, “Red Table Talk”. As for her singing career, she now makes up half of the musical duo called “The Anxiety” along with Tyler Cole.
Hometown: Milford, Pennsylvania
Known for: Music career (A Thousand Miles)
Vanessa Carlton came out as bisexual while headlining Nashville Pride in June 2010. “I’ve never said this before, but I am a proud bisexual woman,” Carlton said to the attending audience.
Carlton gained prominence after releasing her debut single A Thousand Miles. Released in 2002 as part of her album Be Not Nobody, the track reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002. Since then, Carlton has released five other albums: Harmonium (2004), Heroes & Thieves (2007), Rabbits on the Run (2011), Liberman (2015), and Love Is an Art (2020)
Hometown: New York City
Known for: TV shows (Billy on the Street)
Host-actor Billy Eichner is gay and he uses his popularity to fight for LGBTQ rights. He’s also a huge proponent of developing more relatable characters for gay people in the media. In an interview with Variety in 2019, Eichner shared that he realized something while watching the 2018 film Love, Simon, a romantic dramedy with a gay protagonist. He said: “Straight people go to the movies and literally see themselves all the time. It was so unusual to have a connection to what was happening on-screen instead of being a step or two removed.”
Eichner is known as the host, executive producer, and creator of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, a comedy game show that aired on truTV from 2011 to 2017. As an actor, Eichner played the role of Craig Middlebrooks on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Billy Epstein on Hulu’s Difficult People, and Timon in the 2019 remake of The Lion King.
Lana and Lilly Wachowski
Age: Lana, 56; Lilly, 53
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Known as: Movie and TV directors, writers and producers (The Matrix)
Siblings Lana and Lilly Wachowski are both trans women. Lana completed her transition after the release of their 2008 movie Speed Racer. Lilly, meanwhile, made her first public appearance following her transition at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards in 2016, where she accepted an award for her Netflix series Sense8 for Outstanding Drama Series.
The Wachowskis made their directing debut with the 1996 crime thriller Bound and achieved fame with their second film The Matrix, which was a major box office success in 1999, for which they won the Saturn Award for Best Director. They wrote and directed its two 1993 sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, and have been involved in the writing and production of other works in The Matrix franchise.
Hometown: New York City
Known for: Music career (212)
Despite her frequent use of gay slurs on Twitter and in her lyrics, rapper Azealia Banks actually identifies as bisexual. Though she appears to be comfortable with her sexuality, Banks told The New York Times in 2012 that she’s not trying to be “the bisexual, lesbian rapper,” noting that she doesn’t “live on other people’s terms.”
Raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, Banks started releasing music through Myspace in 2008 before being signed to XL Recordings at age 18. In 2011, she released her debut single 212, which went viral and entered several international charts. Banks went on to sign with Interscope and Polydor Records before becoming an independent artist. After her negative experiences with her previous labels, she started her own record label called Chaos & Glory Recordings.
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Known for: TV shows (Sherlock)
Irish actor Andrew Scott is gay. He publicly commented on his sexuality in an interview with The Independent in November 2013, saying: “Mercifully, these days people don’t see being gay as a character flaw. But nor is it a virtue, like kindness. Or a talent, like playing the banjo. It’s just a fact. Of course, it’s part of my make-up, but I don’t want to trade on it.”
Scott achieved international fame for playing the role of Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock, for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Supporting Actor. Scott is also known for portraying the priest in the second season of the comedy-drama series Fleabag, receiving a Golden Globe Award nomination and winning the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance.
Hometown: Chickasha, Oklahoma
Known for: Movies (The Hobbit Trilogy)
Though Lee Pace had played queer roles in the past, it wasn’t until June 2018 when he publicly came out as gay. In an interview with The New York Times, Pace said he kept his sexuality a private matter for quite some time in order to draw boundaries between his personal and professional lives. Though he was never outright scorned for being gay, Pace shared that there had been instances where he felt that his sexuality was more of a hindrance than just a fact that shouldn’t matter. “Once you say those words and the sky doesn’t fall down, or the Earth doesn’t open up, a lightning bolt doesn’t zap you. You really can be anything,” he told the news outlet..
Pace is best known for his role as Thranduil the Elvenking in The Hobbit Trilogy. He has also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ronan the Accuser, a role he first played in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy and reprised in 2019’s Captain Marvel. On the TV front, Pace played Joe MacMillan on AMC’s period drama Halt and Catch Fire and Ned on ABC’s comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Hometown: Irvine, California
Known for: Music career (Friday)
Singer Rebecca Black came out as a member of the LGBTQ community during an April 2021 episode of the Dating Straight podcast. When asked how she identifies, Black revealed she has had lots of conversations with herself, her friends, and her family about that. “To me the word ‘queer’ feels really nice,” she said. “I’ve dated a lot of different types of people and I just don’t really know what the future holds. Some days I feel a little more on the gay side than others.”
Black rose to prominence after the music video for her 2011 single Friday went viral on YouTube and other social media sites. Though the song was derided by many music critics, with some even calling it as “the worst song ever,” Black went on to release three extended plays. The most recent one is Rebecca Black Was Here, which dropped in June 2021.
Hometown: Riverside, California
Known for: TV shows (Arrested Development)
In May 2017, Alia Shawkat told Out magazine that she identifies as bisexual. “I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, ‘Are you attracted to boys or girls?’ I said ‘I don’t know,’” Shawkat recalled during the interview. “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.”
Shawkat is best known for her role as Maeby Fünke on the Fox/Netflix sitcom Arrested Development. Her other notable TV roles include Hannah Rayburn on ABC Family’s State of Grace and Dory Sief on HBO Max’s dark comedy thriller Search Party.
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Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Known for: Music career (St. Vincent)
When asked by Rolling Stone in 2014 whether she identified as gay or straight, Annie Clark responded: “I don’t think about those words. I believe in gender fluidity and sexual fluidity. I don’t really identify as anything. I think you can fall in love with anybody. I don’t have anything to hide but I’d rather the emphasis be on music.” Later that year Clark elaborated her views on sexuality in an interview with U.K.’s Sunday Times, saying: “I’m not one for gender or sexual absolutism in the main; I fully support and engage in the spectrum.”
Clark started her music career as a member of the choral rock band Polyphonic Spree. She also became a member of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band before going solo as St. Vincent. She has released six solo albums to date. Her eponymous fourth album St. Vincent was named album of the year by The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, NME, and Slant, and won Best Alternative Music Album at 57th Grammy Awards.
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Known for: Music career (Sweetener)
Since Ariana Grande’s song Monopoly came out in 2019, many people have started to wonder whether or not the pop star herself is bisexual. When asked by a fan about the song whose lyrics say, “I like women and men,” Grande replied on Twitter, “I haven’t [labeled myself] before and still don’t feel the need to now, which is okay.”
Grande rose to fame for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon series Victorious and Sam & Cat. She subsequently signed with Republic Records in 2011 after label executives discovered YouTube videos of her covering songs. Since then, she has released six studio albums. The fourth one, Sweetener, won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 61st Grammy Awards in 2018.