Happy National Coming Out Day – Celebrate with the Celebs!

Written by | The Lens

Straight people often swap stories about how they proposed to one another or the birth of their first child. Yawn. Well, the gays have coming out stories full of capital-D Drama! Every LGBTQ individual remembers that transformative moment when they preferences and passions boiled over for the very first time. Internal feelings became external intentions and truth began to ripple from their souls and out into the great, gay universe.

2020 has been a mélange of frustration and empowerment. In the past, many queer people may have felt alone when they came out, but now they have celebrities to show the public that we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re on every network and streaming service available – so get used to us!

After dominating the Emmys, Schitt’s Creek returned the favor by awarding us a new member of the tribe. François Arnaud revealed that he is bisexual and we are fashionably flush with joy. Pikachu and Jurassic World alum Justice Smith roared into his own, announcing his sexuality along with his support for Black Lives Matter. Inclusion is served.

The music world raised their gay voices this year, including sexy Spanish crooner Pablo Alborán and pop Swede sensation Darin.

Although his name sounds musical, actor DJ Qualls has been a fan fave ever since his breakthrough role in Road Trip. Other pop-culture icons came out in fierce force this year, including Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky, Grey’s Anatomy performer Sara Ramirez, and Niecy Nash, who dug her Claws into married life alongside her longtime partner Jessica Betts.

The sports world got all hot, sweaty, and gay with the news that rugby star Levi Davis is bisexual. Former pro soccer player Thomas Beattie came out of the closet, and we almost came out of our speedos!

Sebastián Vega became the first Argentinean pro basketball player to announce himself as a member of team LGBTQ.

Leading ladies professed their love of same-sex inclusion this year. Everyone from Orange Is the new Black star Taylor Schilling to Suicide Squad vixen Cara Delevingne to The Good Place stunner Jameela Jamil. Riverdale star Lili Reinhart announced her bisexuality at the beginning of Pride Month, and we couldn’t be prouder to include her!

But perhaps the most notable celebrity announcement wasn’t so much a coming-out declaration as it was a note of harmony. Multi-talented icon Donald Glover told UK’s GQ magazine that he questioned his “label” back in college, adding that when asked if he was gay, he would respond, “I sort of feel like I am because I love this community.”

What a perfect note to end on. This Is America, and thanks to visionary humanitarians like Glover, we stand a fighting chance of surviving together. Sending you virtual queer hugs, DG.

Photo: Seba Vega – Monoco 

Last modified: October 12, 2020