30 lez/bi and queer celebs who came out online ✨

30 in-the-spotlight coming outs to celebrate 30 years of National Coming Out Day


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To celebrate 30 closet-smashing years of National Coming Out Day, we've pulled together a collection of 30 celebs and public figures who've come out via Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other in-the-spotlight shaped ways.

 

Whether you're out and proud or still figuring things out (take your time friend, your coming out is your own) we hope these snippets of coming-out-dom will put a smile on your lovely queer faces.

 

Now, in no particular order... 

 

1. Elle Mills

Still an absolute favourite, if you're going to come out – why not come out with bells on it? #bibabe

 

2. Amandla Stenberg

Current bae to New York-born, indie-electro artist, King Princess, Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg initially came out as bisexual during a Snapchat takeover for Teen Vogue in 2016. Earlier this year in an interview with Wonderland magazine though, they came out as gay – later confirming it on their Instagram account...

 

 

3. Stephanie Beatriz

Another fave, Stephanie Beatriz's Twitter-based coming out was as short and sweet as they come – possibly the only thing the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress has in common with her on-screen character Rosa Diaz who's on-screen coming out was equally as succinct. 

 

Beatriz coming out IRL...

 

And coming out as Rosa Diaz in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine...

 

4. Rosa Diaz

 

5. Aubrey Plaza 

And the tweet Beatriz came out in response to? Fellow US actor Aubrey Plaza’s coming out as bisexual in an interview with BUST magazine... Bi-fives all around for #bivisibility!

 

 

6. Evan Rachel Wood

The Westworld actor confirmed rumours of her bisexuality on Twitter back in 2012...

 

 

7. Justine Greening

A little closer to home, MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, and self-confessed ABBA fan, Justine Greening, came out on Twitter in this heart-felt post in 2016.

 

 

8. Dodie Clark

British YouTuber and singer-songwriter Dodie did it in a singy-songy YouTube post (naturally...) Bi-five to you too, Dodie!

 

 

9. Sara Ramirez 

The Grey’s Anatomy star came out as bisexual at a True Colors summit in the US, which addresses LGBT youth homelessness across the country. Since then, she's been proudly bi across her social media. (Check out that top class #bisexuallighting in her profile pic...)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Sara Ramirez (@therealsararamirez) on

 

10. Halsey

US singer-songwriter Halsey – aka Ashley Nicolette Frangipane – has spoken about her bisexuality and experiences with being bipolar openly on social media. 

 

 

11. Bella Thorne

American actor and singer Bella Thorne came out on Twitter back in 2016.

 

 

12. Lauren Jauregui

The Fifth Harmony singer declared herself as a "proud bisexual Cuban-American woman" in a scathing open letter to Donald Trump's supporters back in 2016. Bravo, still.

 

 

13. Matilda!

Aka, Mara Wilson, the actor who played Matilda in the film of the same name (like we could ever forget...)

 

 

14. Rita Ora

After causing controversy with her single Girls, Rita Ora turned to social media to explain that the single "represented her truth". 

 

 

15. Shannon Purser

The Stranger Things actor came out after being accused of "queer-baiting" in teen phenomenon, Riverdale. In a Tweet now deleted, Shannon wrote...

 

“I don’t normally do this, but I figure now is as good a time as any to get personal. I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my friends and family. It’s something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don’t like talking about it too much.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) on

 

16. Natalie Morales

Parks and Recreation star, Natalie Morales, came out in an essay shared online for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website.

 

 

17. Raven-Symone

Actor Raven-Symone (of teen favourite That's So Raven) came out on Twitter in this lovely tweet after same-sex marriage was legalised in the US.

 

 

18. Sasha Lane

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post's Sasha Lane (Jane Fonda) came out at a press event at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. (Okay, not strictly online but still...)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Sasha Bianca Lane (@sashablane) on

 

19.  Clea DuVall

If you grew up in the 90s, you're sure to recognise American actor Clea DuVall. The But I'm A Cheerleader star confirmed many a rumour when she came out post-teen stardom. Now she regularly posts about her and her girlfriend on social media.

 

 

20. Janelle Monae

Though she didn't come out on social media directly she did come out in one of the most talked about interviews in Rolling Stone magazine this year, and has since been more than a little vocal about the lovely, queer side of her identity across social media and through her music. #kween

 

 

21. Bex Taylor-Klaus

Arrow actor Bex Taylor-Klaus, who rose to fame as Bullet in the crime drama series The Killing, came out as trans non binary on Twitter.

 

 

22. Jessie Paege

American YouTuber Jessie Paege came out to her millions of subscribers in a video in June, the proceeds of which went to The Trevor Project, an organisation supporting LGBTQ youth in the US (check it out if you haven't already).

 

 

23. Alyson Stoner

American actress and singer, Alyson Stoner (Disney Channel, Cheaper By The Dozen, Step Up) came out in an essay for Teen Vogue shared online earlier this year.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by @alysonstoner (@alysonstoner) on

 

24. Abbi Jacobson

Queer favourite Broad City's Abbi Jacobson came out as bisexual earlier this year in an interview with Vanity Fair. She told the magazine, "I kind of go both ways; I date men and women. 

 

"They have to be funny, doing something they love."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by @abbijacobson on

 

25. Tessa Thompson

Thor star and Janelle Monae's are-they-aren't-they partner in crime, Tessa Thompson, came out in an online interview with Net-A-Porter. In the interview, she neither denied nor confirmed the rumours that her and Monae are an item, instead saying only that the two, "loved each other deeply."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Tessa Thompson (@tessamaethompson) on

 

26. Paris Jackson

Asked if she was bisexual in an Instagram Q&A earlier this year, the late Michael Jackson's daughter replied: “That’s what you guys call it so I guess, but who needs labels.” She also insisted she's been publically out since she was 14 years old, and has "talked about having a crush on girls since [she] was eight".

 

 

27. Rebecca Sugar

The Steven Universe creator came out as non binary in an interview earlier this year (if you haven't seen Steven Universe yet, check it out – it's queer AF)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Rebecca Sugar (@rebeccasugar) on

 

28. Kehlani

American singer-songwriter, Kehlani, came out on Twitter in a series of posts which have now been (mostly) deleted. In the original tweet, she wrote:

 

"Cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. Not bi, not straight. i’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions?”

 

She continued: "if ur attracted to a man and then change your energy up when you find out he's sexually ambiguous or queer, thass gross. you bout to miss out on some fye shit."

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Kehlani (@kehlani) on

 

29. Kristen Stewart

I mean, we could never leave out K-Stew's forever immortalised, Trump-addressing, "I'm sooo gay, dude..."

 

Surely a coming out that'll go down in herstory, this one's a classic. (Also Trump might want to tone his obsession with Robert Pattinson down just a tad, either that or just come out already...)

 

 

30. Ellen DeGeneres

Last but 100% not least, our queen, our saviour... Ellen D (not to be confused with Ellen P, 'course).

 

Coming out at a time before Twitter, before YouTube, and before same-sex marriage or civil partnerships were legal in the US, the UK, and many other countries where it – thankfully, joyfully – now is, Ellen DeGeneres paved the path for many of the women and non binary folk on this list, and for that we will be forever grateful. 

 

Grateful to both her and the other women who came out, and are still coming out at times and in countries where it's not safe to do so. 

 

 

Happy #NationalComingOut day folks, whether you're in, you're out, or you're getting ready to shake it all about. We got you.

 

@daniellejournal

 

 

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