This article was published on June 15th, 2020
Now that we have reached Pride month, the LGBTQ+ community has welcomed more celebrities under the umbrella. HomoCulture takes a look at the stars that have come out at the midway point of the year, their statements about living their truth, and what their next act will be.
Speaking out on the Black Lives March, Riverdale star Lili Reinhart came out for the black lives as well as the queer community by captioning on her Instagram:
“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before. I am a proud bisexual woman.”
The mode and actress has been known for her dating a few women in Hollywood and her sexual fluidity, but in 2020, Delevingne clarified her orientation by stating that she “always will remain…pansexual.”
The comedic actor is best known for his appearances in Road Trip and The New Guy, but after years in the industry, the veteran came out earlier this year via Twitter:
“It is 11:20pm. I just came out on stage at a @jimjefferies show in San Diego. Yep, I’m gay. Been gay this whole time. Tired of worrying about what people would think of me. Tired of worrying about what it would do to my career.”
Not all of the celebrities that came out in 2020 did so willingly or on their own timeline. YouTube star Nikkie de Jager, aka Nikkie Tutorials, came out after she was threatened with blackmail from someone that pressured her to come out. In a video, she stated:
“I want to start the year off with the truth. I want to start the year off by finally revealing a part of my life that has made me who I am. When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means I am transgender.”
Social media sites can be a beast when a collective decides to pinpoint a celebrity, and Jamil was one star that faced an avalanche of negativity after announcing that she would be the MC for Legendary, HBO’s drag ballroom competition series. Feeling the heat, she replied to her detractors on Twitter:
“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.”
He has been a fixture on British television for many years, but in 2020, the host used his Instagram account to come out as a gay man:
“You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their well-being — and so you won’t know what has been consuming me for the last few years. With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.”
Since 1993, Schofield has been married to a woman.
Writing an essay for OutSports, the Olympic swimmer came out publicly as gay with the release of their February issue:
“Coming out to the team taught me to be comfortable in my own skin regardless of being different or gay. It gave me the confidence in the pool, which eventually spread to every other part of my life.”
As one of hip hop’s biggest female acts, Da Brat has long refused to comment on her sexuality, but in 2020, she confirmed a relationship with girlfriend Jesseca Dupart through her Instagram account:
“Needless to say…I’ve always been a kind of private person until I met my heart’s match, who handles some things differently than I do. Thank you baby @darealbbjudy for far more than this incredible birthday gift. I have never experienced this feeling. It’s so overwhelming that often I find myself in a daze hoping to never get pinched to see if it’s real so I can live in this dream forever.”
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Known for roles on Buffy the Vampire, Angel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Council of Dads, Richards came out on an Instagram live video with his co-star Sarah Wayne Callies in April:
“I knew how important it is to other people out there like me who would need to see that role model.”
In his latest role, he plays an openly gay character that is married and he later spoke out on being open and public about his sexuality.
As the star of Disney’s Moana, Cravalho used her TikTok account to come out as bisexual, singing along to Eminem’s track ‘Those Kinda Nights’, which includes the lyrics:
“Seriously though, how are you doing? You straight? / No, I’m bi.”
The former American congressman was embroiled in controversy in 2015 over his excessive spending habits while a member of the House of Representatives. He also had a long history of voting against LGBTQ+ legislation that was met with disdain by the community. In March, Schock ruffled even more feathers by publicly coming out:
“I am gay. For those who know me and for many who only know of me, this will come as no surprise. For the past year, I have been working through a list of people who I felt should finally hear the news directly from me before I made a public statement. I wanted my mother, my father, my sisters, my brother, and my closest friends to hear it from me first.”
Proving that there is no timetable when it comes to speaking your truth, Polish actor celebrated his 100th birthday by coming out publicly during an interview in March:
“For me, the most important thing is the survival of the truth. I’m proud of being an honest person. I didn’t get married, and I had no children, something I regret. But I was born different. I’m gay. Now I have said it all, like in confession.”
The sports world welcomed its first openly gay professional basketball player when the Argentinian came out in March via Instagram:
“When I started to feel attracted to a man, I had a very bad time. I felt shame, guilt, a lot of rejection, but at the same time the desire to be with someone. The most beautiful thing of all is that nothing has changed — on the contrary, it has changed for the better. If I had [come out] five or six years ago, I don’t know if society would have been ready. People are becoming more aware.”
Season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race saw this contestant opening up about gender identity on the show, becoming the first person to identify as gender fluid on the Emmy award-winning 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.”
The actress, who has been linked to Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, kept it simple and with little fanfare, declaring:
“I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.”
These are the brave celebrities that have come out and pledged to live their truth in 2020, and they are welcomed into the LGBTQ+ community with open arms.