It’s not easy for any LGBTQ+ person to come out to the public and be who they really want to be.
The fear of repercussion is ever-present, such as having a fallout with family, loved ones, friends or fans in the case of celebrities.
Being in the spotlight makes coming out much more difficult as the harsh critics of the world are free to share their judgments.
Continue reading to find out which celebrities came out in 2021.
13. JoJo Siwa
In January this year, the teenage pop star posted a video on Tik Tok, where she was having a great time dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” She followed up the video with a picture of herself on Twitter wearing a t-shirt, reading: “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”
The 17-year-old said later that her girlfriend Kylie Prew encouraged her to tell all after they met on a cruise ship. Siwa says she is technically pansexual.
12. T.J. Osborne
As lead vocalist in the country music band Brothers Osborne, it was a big deal when T.J finally revealed his sexual orientation in February. He told Times Magazine that he knew for years that he was gay but kept it a secret.
The singer was thinking about his conservative country fans. He said fans wouldn’t think it was cool walking into an award show with a man as his escort. He also didn’t see why “this” has to be talked about.
11. Demi Lovato
In March 2021, Lovato revealed that due to being super closed off with all the struggles she has been through, she is superfluid and doesn’t know if she will end up with a guy.
She also said that she couldn’t see herself being pregnant in an interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast. And guess what? She identifies as they/them. She didn’t hold anything back about their private life and sexuality.
Kehlani announced on a friend’s Instagram live in April that she is a lesbian. The icon has long been identified as pansexual. Kehlani told the Advocate that she feels privileged, and it’s not easy for some artists to reveal their sexual orientation.
9. Ronen Rubenstein
The “9-1-1: Lone Star” actor came out in April and admitted to being bisexual. Playing the gay role in the popular series made the star more comfortable to open up to Variety.
Rubenstein said his family and fans are comfortable with his sexuality, so he was happy to let it all out to the publication. His present girlfriend helped him confront his sexuality and come out of the closet.
8. Gigi Gorgeous
With this gorgeous lady, it’s been one coming out after another! First, she came out as gay before she transitioned. The Youtuber then came out as transgender and then as gay again.
She said in a Youtube video that searching within and putting a label on what she found are some of her greatest memories. She now comes out as pansexual, which she said is profound and amazing.
7. Colton Underwood
The former “The Bachelor” star came out on Good Morning America. He revealed to Robin Roberts that he was gay after previously denying it. Underwood said he has been running from himself for a long time but has finally come to terms with being gay.
The star said he knew he was gay as a teenager but was praying that he could be straight. Underwood mentioned that there were times when he was suicidal before he came out.
6. Joshua Basset
In May, the star from “High School Musical, the musical, The Series” said he was figuring out his sexuality. Then when Olivia Rodrigo, who played his love interest on the show, released her song, “Driver’s License,” he got even more popular.
Soon after, he said he was attracted to Harry Styles in an interview with Clever News. He then released a statement on Twitter saying, “love who you love shamelessly.” Although he admitted to being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, he doesn’t find coming out necessary.
5. Larry Saperstein
Saperstein, a co-star to Basset, revealed in June that he is bisexual. This was on a Tik Tok video at the start of pride month. “The High School Musical: The Series,” star, had his face on camera with text that read, “plays a character with a girlfriend on TV.” The text then changed to “it’s a bi girl.”
4. Alexandra Shipp
The “Love, Simon” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” star also went public during pride month. The Stormy lady in the X-Men came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community on June 1.
Shipp said she struggled with her femininity and her sexuality for years. Although she came out at 28 years old, she regrets taking so long after constantly denying her orientation.
3. Kaylee Bryant
Bryant posted an Instagram picture on June 1 with the caption, “Hi my name is Kaylee and I’m queer!” Bryant shared the message with a photo waving the rainbow flag and sporting a t-shirt that read: “Be the bold queer you needed to be in your youth.” She is known for her role as Josie on the CWs, “Legacies.”
2. David Archuleta
During pride month, the 2008 “American Idol” contestant and runner-up also announced that he was a member of the LGTBQ+ community.
He used Instagram to talk about religion publicly and being queer. Archuleta said he came out to his family in 2014 as gay but realized he had feelings for both genders.
1. Carl Nassib
Pride month also saw Raider’s defensive end, Carl Nassib being the first openly gay NFL player, posted on Instagram with the caption that read, “I just want to take a quick moment to say I am gay.”
He hopes that in the future, the coming out process will not be necessary. “Everybody should be accepted as they are,” said Nassib.