What is so special about celebrities coming out anyway? Many these days may claim that the primary reasons celebrities come out is to increase their presence, and boost their marketing. But going beyond that, having representation amidst people whom everyone looks up to really matters. This Pride month saw a CRAZY number of celebrities who came out (after all, that is what Pride is about)!
So, let us have a look at 7 of these celebrities who came out in 2020.
The Good Place celebrity publicly came out as queer following her controversial casting on HBO Max’s newest ballroom vogueing competition TV show, where her seemingly straight personality was questioned in such a high-profile LGBTQ+ event.
Jamil quit Twitter, but not before issuing a public statement.
“Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer. I added a rainbow to my name a few years ago when I felt ready to a few years ago, as it’s not easy within the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight-up asked about it on Twitter. But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon-jumping over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear, and turmoil when I was a kid. I didn’t come from a family with *anyone* openly out. It’s also scary as an actor to openly admit your sexuality, especially when you’re already a brown female in your thirties.”
This one really hit hard. Who does not love him in Fleebag? Having him come out was one of those moments for my queer bones.
Ben came out in a rather heartfelt Instagram post.
In an Instagram post this June, the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Pokémon Detective Pikachu star publicly came out queer, in an emotional post, calling on the supporters of Black Lives Matter movement to be also inclusive of queer and trans black lives.
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@nckash and I protested today in New Orleans. We chanted ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’ ‘Black Queer Lives Matter’ ‘All Black Lives Matter’. 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. I want to reiterate this sentiment: if your revolution does not include Black Queer voices, it is anti-black. If your revolution is okay with letting black trans people like #TonyMcDade slip through the cracks in order to solely liberate black cishet men, it is anti-black. You are trying to push yourself through the door of a system designed against you, and then shut the door behind you. It is in our conditioning to get as close to whiteness, straightness, maleness as we can because that’s where the power is. And if we appeal to it, maybe it’ll give us a slice. But the revolution is not about appeal. It is about demanding what should have been given to us from the beginning. What should have been given to black, queer, and trans individuals from the beginning. Which is the right to exist. To live and prosper in public. Without fear of persecution or threat of violence. There is so much tragedy on the timeline these last couple of days so I added some photos of me and Nic to show some #blackboyjoy #blacklove #blackqueerlove ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 You’ve been my rock and guiding light through all of this and I love you so much. I know that on the other side of this Is change, though the fight is far from over. #justicefortonymcdade #justiceforninapop #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #justiceforbreonna #sayhername #defundthepolice #endwhitesupremacy
Nikkie De Jagger, or better, Nikki Tutorials as known on Youtube, graced into 2020 by coming out as a transgender woman.
In a 17 minute Youtube video on her channel, titled ‘I’m Coming Out’, she told her 12 million subscribers that she transitioned in her teens and is sharing her story because she was being blackmailed.
Telling that she has no choice now, but to “reclaim her power”, she said, I am taking back my own power and I have to tell you something. When I was younger I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender. I am NikkieTutorials, and I am Nikkie. I am me.”
The Moanna star had a lot to say this April about her bisexuality in a TikTok video that she posted. She instead, chose to rap it out to Eminem’s “Those Kinda Nights” track.
“Seriously though, how are you doing? You straight?” she mouths. “No I’m bi.”
The Drag Race star Gigi Goode came out as genderfluid on TV!
On RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 12, Gigi Goode not only opened up about their gender identity, but they also became the first person to come out as genderfluid on the popular reality drag race competition.
“Growing up, I’ve always been interested in feminine things. I wanted to wear dresses to school. I’ve always thought there was no point to putting a label on anything in regards to gender. I don’t think I’ve ever said this out loud, but I think I’m fluid. Sometimes I identify as more male and sometimes I identify as more feminine. I think that I’m both…and I’m neither,” Goode recounted while opening up.
The viral “Friday” singer and also popular Youtube personality Rebecca Black confirmed that she identifies as queer.
Having addressed her sexuality in the past on her Youtube channel, she never thought of coming out. Well, that changed in April.
“I made a conscious decision to not, like, ‘come out,’ but just to…people started asking and I stopped not responding,” Black said, in an interview to Dating Straight podcast.
That’s it, folks.
Fingers crossed and desperately hoping that the latter part of 2020 prompts a Part 2 for this post! Till then, stay queer and proud.