15 Celebrities who came out as LGBTQ+ in 2020

2020 may have been awful, but the LGBTQ+ community grew bigger and is filled with more love this year.

niecy nash, justice smith, auli'i cravahlo, celebrities who came out

It’s almost New Years, and we are all ready to say goodbye to 2020! Now while this year may have been less than ideal (an understatement, I know), there were some good things that happened, like the LGBTQ+ community getting bigger and being filled with more love. Here are the celebrities who came out in 2020.

Elliot Page

Actor Elliot Page smiling wearing a black baseball cap, celebrities came out

Actor Elliot Page, known for The Umbrella Academy and Juno, came out as transgender this year in an emotional Twitter post. Many flocked to social media to show their love and support for Page in this new stage of their life.

“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” Page wrote. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.”

Niecy Nash

niecy nash, celebrities came out

Nash surprised her fans when she announced she married Jessica Betts a few months after divorcing her ex-husband, Jay Tucker. Nash and Betts met on social media five years ago and became friends. Nash told People that after her divorce, their relationship transformed into something else.

“I don’t feel like my marriage is my coming out of anywhere, but rather a going into myself and being honest about who I love,” the “Claws” actress told People. “And I’m not limiting myself on what that love is supposed to look like.”

Lili Reinheart

Actress Lili Reinhart, a young woman with long blonde hair in a plait, looks over her shoulder and smiles at the camera

Reinhart took to social media to show her support for the Black Lives Matter movement and announced she was bisexual.

“Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” she wrote on her Instagram story, just after breaking up with Cole Sprouse, according to E! News.

Nikki Blonsky

nikki blonsky, celebrities came out

Blonsky took to TikTok to announce her coming out. The video she uploaded shows her lying on the grass, while Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” plays in the background. The video ends with the actress dancing around in the grass.

She captioned the video, “Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay.”

Justice Smith

justice smith, celebrities came out

After peacefully protesting in New Orleans for Black Lives Matter, Smith posted on Instagram to talk about the importance of fighting for black queer people, coming out in the process.

“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,” Smith wrote in the post from June. “I want to reiterate this sentiment. If your revolution does not include Black Queer voices, it is anti-Black.”

Auli’i Cravalho

auli'i cravahlo, celebrities came out

Cravalho posted a video of herself on TikTok, lip-syncing to Eminem’s “Those Kinda Nights.” In the video, you can see the voice actress say, “Seriously though, jokes aside, how you doin? You straight?/ She said, ‘No, I’m bi.'”

Braunwyn Windham-Burke

real housewives Braunwyn Windham-Burke comes out as a lesbian.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star sat down with GLAAD’s Anthony Ramos to talk publicly about her coming out.

“I’m just now starting to feel like I’m becoming the woman I’m supposed to be. I’ve always known it, but it took me, personally, 42 years to be comfortable in my own skin to say that.”

Jameela Jamil

jameela jamil, celebrities who came out

The actress came out as queer in February after receiving backlash for being a judge on a new voguing show.

Nikkie de Jager

YouTuber Nikkietutorials poses for Eurovision Song Contest announcement

After 11 years on YouTube, the beauty blogger uploaded a video titled “I’m Coming Out.”

“I’m saying this today to all of you for the entire world to see, but damn, it feels good to finally do it. It is time to let go and be truly free,” she says in the video. “When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means that I am transgender.”

Stacy London

stacy london, celebrities who came out

The What Not to Wear host rang the new year in with a January coming out Instagram post, where she confirmed rumours that she has been dating Cat Yezbak for the past year.

Phillip Schofield

AJ Pritchard wants Schofield on Strictly Philip Schofield in pictured waving a multi coloured cape

Another of the high profile celebrities who came out this year was Phillip Schofield, who has been married to his wife since 1993. He came out in an emotional Instagram post saying: “You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing — 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.”

Witold Sadowy

An elderly man in a jumper and glasses smiles at the camera sitting at a desk in his library

The polish actor came out as gay in his 100th birthday saying: “For me, the most important thing is the survival of the truth,” he said. “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.”

Thomas Beattie

Thomas Beattie, LGBTQ+ celebrities came out

The former professional soccer player publicly came out as gay in an interview with ESPN, making him the third male professional player in British sports history to come out after Justin Fashanu in 1990 and Robbie Rogers in 2013.

Pearl Mackie

Pearl Mackie holds a Pride pillow over her face

The actor is known for her role as Bill Potts in Doctor Who came out as bisexual on Instagram.

Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez non binary

Rounding out our fabulous list of celebrities who came out this year is Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez opened up about their gender identity and publicly confirmed that they are nonbinary in August on Instagram.

We applaud all of these LGBTQ+ celebrities who came out in 2020 for being out and proud and living their authentic lives. They have the support of some pretty high profile allies and fellow celebrities too!

© 2020 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

0 comments. Please sign in to comment.