Let us celebrate the celebrities who happily opened up about their sexual orientation identity to their fans in 2020. As famous people, they have a world beyond their friends and family, with whom they like to share significant moments of their lives. These stars used social media to share things about themselves that resonated with millions of fans out there. Their decision to make the announcement has gathered support and cheers from a vast majority. Here are the 10 LGBTQ celebs that proudly came out in 2020.
Chyler Leigh is popularly recognized for playing the protagonist’s sister Alex Danvers on the CW show “Supergirl”. When her character came out as a lesbian on the show, Chyler realized how it resonated with her in real life. Leigh is currently married to Nathan West and didn’t explicitly mention any label for herself while sharing her experience.
While describing her role when Alex came out, Leigh wrote in a post “When I was told that my character was to come out in season two, a flurry of thoughts and emotions flew through and around me because of the responsibility I personally felt to authentically represent Alex’s journey,” She added, “What I didn’t realize was how the scene where she finally confessed her truth would leap off the pages of the script and genuinely become a variation of my own.”
Leigh further continued,
“From the director, the press, the media, the cast, and the fans, I’m still told that it was the most realistic coming out scene they’d ever witnessed. And to steal from Alex’s words, that’s because there’s some truth to what she said about me.”
Jameela Jamil came out as queer after receiving outrage for judging a voguing contest show, Legendary. The competition was based on a stylized modern dance form popularized by Madonna’s “Vogue” and is widely common among the LGBTQ community. People disapproved of Jameela’s appointment as they believed she wasn’t connected to the dance style or the community.
Jameela responded to this in her tweet that read
“I know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom. But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show … sometimes it takes those with more power to help a show get off the ground so we can elevate marginalized stars that deserve the limelight and give them a chance.”
The voice actress of Disney’s “Moana” announced that she is bisexual in a TikTok video. She was lip-syncing to Eminem’s “Those Kinda Nights” when she said “Seriously though, jokes aside, how you doin? You straight?/ She said, ‘No, I’m bi.” When a Twitter user asked her on this matter, the actress directed them to her TikTok clip.
The “Riverdale” actress who broke up with co-star Cole Sprouse last year also came out as bisexual. After their split, Lili shared a post on Instagram where she announced “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” She further added that she was fully aware that she was attracted to women from a young age.
We have known Elliot Page since he was young, known as Ellen Page, and starred in critically acclaimed movies like “Juno” and “Inception”. The actor recently announced on Twitter that he is transgender. The message read “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot,”
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”
Justice Smith has recently risen to fame by starring in “All The Bright Places” and “Detective Pikachu”. He announced his sexual identity during the Black Lives Matter protests. While emphasizing the need to fight for Black queer people, Smith said “As a Black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter, but hold their tongue when Trans/Queer was added,”
The actress from “Hairspray” came out as gay on TikTok while Diana Ross’ iconic gay song “I’m Coming Out” was playing in the background. She was thrilled after her announcement and extremely happy to be welcomed by the LGBTQ community. She said that “it was a long time coming” and that she had always wanted to date women.
There was some confusion regarding a video where Rosario Dawson exclaimed “fellow LGBTQ+ homies”. When she was asked about the same, the actress replied “People kept saying that I [came out] … I didn’t do that,”. She added “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.” However, she didn’t elaborate further on how she identifies.
Rick Cosnett is known for his roles in “The Flash” and “The Vampire Diaries” as Eddie Thawne and Wes Maxfield, respectively. His widely appreciated and supported for uploading an adorable video of his announcement. Rick was his usual charming self in the video and said, “Hi everyone! Dramatic pause. I’m gay and I just wanted everyone to know because I’ve made a promise to myself to live my truth every day and sometimes that is a really hard thing to do when you have all these subconscious things that you don’t even know about from childhood and society and from just life. There you go. I’m sure most of you probably knew anyway. And … um yeah. That’s actually all I wanted to say.”
After divorcing her husband, Jay Tucker, actress Niecy Nash tied the knot with Jessica Betts and took everyone by surprise. She said that they became friends a long time ago but separating from her ex-husband transformed their bond into something more special.