21 people who have come out in 2021

Nationwide Coming Out Day was created in 1988 to commemorate the 1987 March on Washington for Homosexual and Lesbian Rights, which reportedly drew over 200,000 protestors to the nation’s capital that Oct. 11.

Over three many years later, the day has was an annual celebration to acknowledge LGBTQ individuals and to boost consciousness for his or her ongoing struggle for equality. 

To honor Nationwide Coming Out Day 2021, listed below are 21 notable coming-out tales up to now this yr.

Jojo Siwa

Jojo Siwa performs in 2019. Gary Miller / Getty Pictures

Jojo Siwa, the 18-year-old actuality star turned singer, actor and YouTube sensation, broke the web in January when she got here out as a member of LGBTQ group in a collection of posts on social media.

Followers first began to take a position about Siwa’s identification when she posted a video on TikTok dancing to Woman Gaga’s “Born This Manner,” largely thought of a homosexual anthem. A number of days later, Siwa then confirmed that she was LGBTQ when she posted a picture of herself carrying a shirt that stated “Greatest. Homosexual. Cousin. Ever.” and saying that it was a present from her cousin. 

In a September interview with, Siwa stated she’s nonetheless determining how she identifies. 

“I’m courting a lady; that may make me a lesbian. I’ve by no means actually been in love with anyone or discovered attraction to anyone apart from Kylie, and so subsequently it could possibly be demisexual. I’ve by no means minded who I might be with, if it will be a lady, a boy, (somebody) trans,” she stated. “However then I additionally suppose, in order that could possibly be pansexual. … The l-word isn’t my favourite phrase, however I just like the q-word. I like queer; it’s sort of … I’m who I’m. However I’m not like, ‘Oh my God. No, I’m not this’, you understand what I imply?”

The previous “Dance Mothers” star is at the moment a history-making contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” as the primary contestant in 30 seasons to bounce with an individual of the identical intercourse.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato performs on the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Kevin Winter / Getty Pictures for iHeartMedia

Actor and singer Demi Lovato got here out as nonbinary in Could and stated they might be altering their pronouns to they/them.

“Not solely has my life been a journey for myself, I used to be additionally dwelling for these on the opposite facet of the cameras,” Lovato, who obtained their begin on “Barney & Pals” and has had roles on exhibits like “Gray’s Anatomy” and “Jail Break,” wrote on Twitter.

“Right this moment is a day I’m so joyful to share extra of my life with you all — I’m proud to let you understand that I establish as nonbinary & will formally be altering my pronouns to they/them shifting ahead,” Lovato, 28, instructed followers. 

“I really feel that this greatest represents the fluidity I really feel in my gender expression and permits me to really feel most genuine and true to the individual I each know I’m and nonetheless am discovering,” Lovato stated.

TJ Osborne

TJ Osborne of the Brothers Osborne performs on Sept. 16 in Nashville. Danielle Del Valle / Getty Pictures

In a February interview with Time journal, Brothers Osborne singer-guitarist TJ Osborne got here out as homosexual, changing into the primary brazenly homosexual man signed to a significant nation music label and one of many first mainstream nation artists to come back out on the prime of their profession.

“I’m very comfy being homosexual,” Osborne instructed Time. “I discover myself being guarded for not wanting to speak about one thing that I personally don’t have an issue with. That feels so unusual.”

Whereas followers have been largely supportive, a measure in Tennessee to honor Osborne was blocked by the state’s Home of Representatives. The state’s Home Republicans cited a procedural objection, though many believed that its historical past of supporting anti-LGBTQ laws was the likelier motive for blocking the honour.

Gabbi Tuft

Gabbi Tuft.Courtesy of Gabbi Tuft

Former World Wrestling Leisure celebrity Gabbi Tuft introduced on social media in February that she is transgender. In a photograph posted on Instagram, Tuft posed subsequent to a picture of herself previous to her transition.

“That is me,” she wrote within the caption. “Unashamed, unabashedly me. That is the facet of me that has hidden within the shadows, afraid and terrified of what the world would suppose; afraid of what my household, buddies, and followers would say or do.”

Tuft wrestled professionally from 2007 to 2014 and appeared in WWE exhibits “Superstars,” “Uncooked,” “SmackDown” and “WrestleMania.” Since then, she started a profession as a health coach and has gotten to spend extra time together with her spouse and daughter, in keeping with a press release asserting Tuft’s popping out.

“I by no means anticipated to have an ear-to-ear smile for the final 24 hours, however I can’t get the smile off my face,” she instructed NBC Information shortly after popping out. “It’s from the center, and it’s from the soul, and I by no means anticipated to really feel this elated.”


Kehlani performs on the 2021 Governors Ball in New York. Andy Kropa / AP

R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani revealed that she identifies as a lesbian in April after previously popping out as queer in 2018.

“I’m homosexual, homosexual, homosexual. … I lastly know I’m a lesbian,” she stated within the now-deleted video, captured by Pop Crave.

Ronen Rubinstein

Ronen Rubinstein in “9-1-1: Lone Star.” FOX / FOX through Getty Pictures

Actor Ronen Rubenstein, who performs homosexual character T.Okay. Strand on Fox’s “9-1-1: Lone Star,” instructed Selection in April that he identifies as bisexual.

The 27-year-old actor, who was born in Israel and raised on New York’s Staten Island, instructed Selection that he struggled to disclose his sexuality as a result of LGBTQ individuals have been “not welcomed” the place he got here from. 

“It’s both you confronted insane quantities of profanity — just like the F-word was thrown round on a regular basis — otherwise you would get your a– kicked when you have been homosexual. So there was undoubtedly a worry of kind of embracing how I felt. I used to be undoubtedly extra conscious of it in highschool. I used to be conscious of my emotions and the way I began males, however I couldn’t discuss to anyone about it.”

Colton Underwood

Colton Underwood throughout an interview in New York in 2019.Gary Gerard Hamilton / AP

Former “Bachelor” star and NFL participant Colton Underwood shocked followers when he revealed that he’s homosexual in a taped interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in April.

“I’ve ran from myself for a very long time, I’ve hated myself for a very long time. And I’m homosexual, and I got here to phrases with that earlier this yr, and I’ve been processing it and the following step in all of this was kind of letting individuals know,” Underwood, 29, instructed anchor Robin Roberts.

Underwood added that he knew he was homosexual in his freshman yr of highschool, however his Catholic upbringing and affinity for sports activities made him suppress his sexuality.

Shortly after popping out, Underwood was reported to be filming a Netflix documentary on his popping out expertise, which the media behemoth has not publicly commented on.

Gigi Beautiful

Gigi Beautiful attends New York Vogue Week on Sept. 12, 2021.Jeenah Moon / Reuters file

YouTube star Gigi Beautiful got here out as pansexual in April in a video posted to her YouTube account titled “popping out for the final time … ” In her video, the blonde bombshell opened up about popping out for the fourth time.

“I got here out as homosexual earlier than I transitioned. I got here out as transgender after which I got here out as homosexual once more,” she stated. “Truthfully, these are a few of, if not my greatest, favourite recollections. Looking out deep inside myself, discovering out one thing totally different and placing a label on it.” 

Gigi described her interpretation of pansexual as “falling in love with the soul of any person,” she stated. “I feel that that’s one of the vital lovely issues ever. It’s profound and superb to me. Once I lastly clicked with it and felt it … it was undoubtedly a lightbulb second.”

Kayla Braxton

Kayla Braxton, middle, attends the Naked Knuckle Preventing Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 15, 2020.Alex Menendez / Getty Pictures file

WWE’s “Friday Evening SmackDown” correspondent and interviewer Kayla Braxton got here out as bisexual on her now-deleted Twitter account. 

“My complete life, I’ve had to decide on. Are you black? Are you white? Which bubble do you fill in on the SATs? I all the time stuffed in ‘different’ as a result of nothing utilized to me,” Braxton wrote. “Tonight, I select to be over having to decide on. Hiya world. I’m Kayla. Oh. And yeah — I’m Bi.”

David Archuleta

David Archuleta performs on the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Dec. 01, 2019, in Hollywood, Calif.John Wolfsohn / Getty Pictures file

“American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta revealed in June that he’s a part of the LGBTQ group.

“I prefer to preserve to myself but in addition thought this was necessary to share as a result of I do know so many different individuals from spiritual upbringings really feel the identical approach,” Archuleta, 30, stated in an Instagram submit. “I’ve been open to myself and my shut household for some years now that I’m not certain about my very own sexuality.”

Archuleta, who completed second within the seventh season of “American Idol,” stated on the time that he initially got here out to his household as homosexual in 2014, however that he’s undecided how he identifies at present.

In an August interview with, Archuleta stated {that a} dialog he had with God pushed him to come back out publicly. 

“Once I had that prayer, God simply stated, ‘David, you understand I belief you, proper? I would like you to submit about what you’re going by way of proper now.’ And it was simply so clear what I wanted to say. I knew precisely what I wanted to say, however I really feel uncomfortable saying it, as a result of I prefer to preserve to myself — particularly with this sort of stuff. However I simply knew I needed to.”

Michaela Kennedy Cuomo

Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo attends a press convention in New York on Could 25, 2020.Lev Radin / Pacific Press/LightRocket through Getty Pictures

Michaela Kennedy Cuomo, the youngest daughter of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy, got here out as queer throughout Pleasure Month.

“To those that are contending with the compulsive heterosexuality our society power feeds us and innate attraction past cis het of us, please know that you’re not alone,” Kennedy Cuomo, 24, wrote on Instagram, accompanied with two photographs. 

“To those that have but to assert their sexual identification because of worry of bodily, psychological, or monetary security, please know that you’re unconditionally worthy of affection and help.”

In June, the previous three-term governor, who resigned in August after a slew of sexual harassment allegations, instructed NBC Information through e-mail, “I really like, help and couldn’t have extra satisfaction in Michaela.”

Carl Nassib

Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders. Harry How / Getty Pictures

Las Vegas Raiders’ defensive finish Carl Nassib got here out as homosexual in June making him the primary energetic NFL participant to come back out publicly. 

“I simply wished to take a fast second to say that I’m homosexual,” Nassib, 28, stated in a video he posted on Instagram. “I’ve been which means to do that for some time now, however I lastly really feel comfy sufficient to get it off my chest.”

He added, “I hope that at some point movies like this and the entire popping out course of are simply not essential.”

In his first official interview since popping out, Nassib revealed final month that he wished to determine himself within the league previous to popping out and that the choice wasn’t rooted in a want to make historical past within the league. 

“I didn’t actually do it to interrupt limitations,” he stated. “I did it as a result of I felt an obligation to the LGBTQ group to deliver illustration and produce visibility to a really, very fashionable leisure enterprise, to a really very fashionable trade that doesn’t have plenty of illustration.”


Elvira (aka Cassandra Peterson) performs with Academy of Villains in her ‘Elvira’s Sinema Seance’ present in 2013 at Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, Calif. Barry King / WireImage – Getty Pictures file

Queen of Halloween, Elvira, also called actor Cassandra Peterson, revealed in her September memoir that she’s been in an almost two-decade relationship with a lady.

In a September interview with Folks journal, Peterson, who has lengthy been thought of a homosexual icon and began her profession as a drag queen in a Colorado nightclub, stated she was anxious that her LGBTQ followers can be disenchanted together with her when she got here out.

“I used to be pondering, ‘Are they going to suppose I’m a giant hypocrite?’ And that I discuss popping out, being who you’re, after which I’m hiding this gigantic secret,” she stated,

However since popping out, the LGBTQ group “with out exception, has been so supportive and candy,” she added.

Laganja Estranja

Laganja Estranja performs in the course of the second season premiere of “We’re Right here” in Culver Metropolis, Calif., on Oct. 8.Wealthy Fury / Getty Pictures for HBO

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” breakout star Laganja Estranja got here out as a transgender lady in June, throughout an interview with Leisure Weekly.

“There are such a lot of different girls round me who’ve impressed me to come back ahead at present, and it’s due to their struggle and their battle that I’m in a position to actually do that and say that I’m nervous, however I’m not scared,” the 32-year-old instructed EW. “I’m not going to dwell my life in worry anymore.”

Lio Tipton

Lio Tipton attends the SAG-AFTRA Basis Conversations With “Summer season Evening” in Los Angeles on July 10, 2019.Amanda Edwards / Getty Pictures file

Lio Tipton, greatest identified for 2011’s “Loopy, Silly, Love” and for competing in “America’s Subsequent High Mannequin,” got here out as queer and nonbinary in June. 

“I’m proud to announce I’m queer and I establish as non binary,” Tipton shared with their over 140,000 followers on Instagram. “I hope to offer as a lot love and help again to those that proceed to indicate love and help for the Pleasure group at giant.”

Kaitlyn Weaver

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada compete within the Ice Dance Free Dance on April 12, 2019, in Fukuoka, Japan.Atsushi Tomura / Worldwide Skating Union through Getty Pictures

Canadian determine skater Kaitlyn Weaver introduced in a June submit on Instagram that she is queer.

“I’m shaking scripting this message, however realizing that I’m shifting in a loving, genuine, and compassionate approach feels proper,” the 32-year-old stated. “You all know me — I comply with my coronary heart, and that all the time leads me to the fitting place. I’m prepared to maneuver ahead dwelling, loving, and being sincere with all of my identification.” 

A number of days later, Weaver defined in an interview with media outlet that her stepmother’s passing in 2020 had a powerful affect on her choice to come back out.

“It was surprising, and it jogged my memory that the world is altering and shifting rapidly, but I’m nonetheless sitting right here afraid of what persons are going to say, or how that’s going to vary my trajectory, or what individuals may consider me,” Weaver stated. “I’ve dreamed about telling her, however sadly, she handed away, and I knew one thing needed to change.”

Tommy Dorfman

Tommy Dorfman attends Paris Vogue Week on Oct. 1.Daniel Zuchnik / Getty Pictures file

Tommy Dorfman, who stars within the present “13 Causes Why,” got here out as transgender in an interview with Time in July. Dorfman, 29, instructed the journal that she sees the idea of “popping out” as humorous, as a result of “I haven’t gone wherever.”

“I view at present as a reintroduction to me as a lady, having made a transition medically. Popping out is all the time seen as this grand reveal, however I used to be by no means not out. Right this moment is about readability: I’m a trans lady,” she defined.

Dorfman, who performs the male position of Ryan Shaver within the controversial Netflix present, instructed the journal that she’s excited to tackle feminine roles sooner or later.

Luke Prokop

Luke Prokop of the Calgary Hitmen, on Feb. 17, 2020, in Kelowna, Canada.Marissa Baecker / Getty Pictures file

Nashville Predators’ Luke Prokop introduced he’s homosexual in July, making him the primary brazenly homosexual energetic NHL participant when the season started this month.

“It has been fairly the journey to get up to now in my life, however I can’t be happier with my choice to come back out,” Prokop, a 19-year-old Canadian, stated in a post on Twitter on the time. 

“From a younger age I’ve dreamed of being an NHL participant, and I consider that dwelling my genuine life will permit me to deliver my complete self to the rink and enhance my possibilities of fulfilling my desires.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman thanked Prokop on the time “for sharing his reality and for being so courageous.”

“I share his hope that these bulletins can grow to be extra widespread within the hockey group,” Bettman stated. “LGBTQ gamers, coaches and employees can solely carry out at their best possible in the event that they dwell their lives as their full and true selves. We don’t take the which means and significance of this announcement calmly.”

Emma Corrin

Emma Corrin arrives on the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in central London on Sept. 19.Joel C Ryan / Invision/AP

Emmy-winning actor Emma Corrin, greatest identified for her position as Princess Diana in Netflix’s “The Crown,” got here out as queer in April. In a submit on Instagram, Corrin captioned a picture of her carrying a Miu Miu marriage ceremony robe: “ur fave queer bride.”

Corrin stated in an August interview with ITV’s Granada Studies that she’s “nonetheless undecided” how she identifies. 

“There’s no mounted identification, particularly for, like, individuals within the queer group,” she stated. “It’s going to be an ongoing journey, however yeah, I hope that sharing (my reality) helps individuals.”

Cara Cunningham 

Cunningham, greatest identified for her viral “Depart Britney Alone!” video, wherein she tearfully defended pop singer Britney Spears in 2007, got here out as transgender in August.

“Tomorrow is my appointment for hormone substitute remedy. It’s been 33 years coming and I’m joyful to be in a spot the place I can embrace who I’m,” Cunningham stated on Instagram. “I’ve put my identification and private happiness apart for thus lengthy, out of worry of rejection or me not desirous to embarrass my household.”

Mr. Grim

Skilled wrestler Chris Lewis, higher identified by his wrestling stage title, Mr. Grim, told fans on Twitter in January that he’s pansexual.

“For years, I’ve struggled with my identification, too anxious about how others would really feel or take into consideration me,” Lewis wrote. “I’ve lastly gained the braveness to brazenly specific that I’m pansexual.”

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