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Celebrities have come out to their fans in heartfelt social media posts and interviews this year.
Singers JoJo Siwa, Kehlani, T.J. Osborne, and Demi Lovato have all come out.
Former "Bachelor" star Colton Underwood came out as gay on "Good Morning America."
In January, pop star JoJo Siwa came out as queer in a viral TikTok video.
JoJo Siwa — the "Dance Moms" breakout star who turned into a teenage pop star — posted a video of herself dancing to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on TikTok in late January. The 17-year-old followed the video up with a photo on Twitter in which she was wearing a T-shirt that read, "Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever."
Siwa later said her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, inspired her to officially come out to her fans after they met on a cruise ship.
"I like queer," Siwa told People in April. "Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that's how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human."
In February, Country music star T.J. Osborne announced he is gay.
T.J. Osborne is the lead vocalist in the country music group Brothers Osborne, which he formed with his brother. Osborne told Time magazine in February that he is gay and has known for years, but he kept it a secret because of country music's mostly conservative fan base.
"People will ask, 'Why does this even need to be talked about?' and personally, I agree with that," Osborne told Time in February. "But for me to show up at an awards show with a man would be jaw-dropping to people. It wouldn't be like, 'Oh, cool!'"
In March, Demi Lovato came out as pansexual.
Demi Lovato has been very open about their private life, including their sexuality, but in March, they revealed they are pansexual. In May, Lovato came out as nonbinary and said they use they/them pronouns.
During an interview on "The Joe Rogan Experience" in March, Lovato talked about their fluid attraction.
"I also don't know if I'm going to end up with a guy, so I can't really see myself maybe getting pregnant," Lovato said. "I'm so fluid now — and a part of the reason why I am so fluid is because I was super closed off."
When Rogan followed up asking if pansexual was the right term to use, Lovato said, "Yeah, pansexual."
During an Instagram Live in April, Kehlani came out as a lesbian.
Kehlani has long been a queer icon, coming out as pansexual in the past and using she/they pronouns. This year, though, the singer announced on a friend's Instagram Live that she identifies as a lesbian.
"You wanna know what's new about me? I finally know I'm a lesbian," she said.
In an interview with Advocate, Kehlani explained that coming out isn't easy for every artist.
"I have a lot of privilege," Kehlani told the publication in April. "I think a lot of artists who we talk about and say, 'Oh, they had to come out or they had to do this,' a lot of them can't hide it. A lot of it is very [much] in how they present. It's tougher for trans artists. It's tougher for Black gay men. It's tougher for Black masculine gay women."
Star of "9-1-1: Lone Star" Ronen Rubinstein came out as bisexual in April.
Ronen Rubinstein's gay character on "9-1-1: Lone Star" helped him get comfortable with his own sexuality. After realizing that the fans and his family accepted his character, Rubinstein came out to Variety.
"I fully identify as bisexual," Rubinstein told the publication in April. "I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it."
He went on to explain that his current girlfriend helped him confront his sexuality and helped him with the coming out process.
"I want people to know that this is a hopeful and a happy story," he told Variety. "I want people to know that they're not alone and it's definitely okay. Trust me, I know that it is not easy. My path has not been easy at all, but it's just one more thing that I can share with people to help them and let them know that I'm here for them."
In April, YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous came out as pansexual.
Gigi Gorgeous is no stranger to coming out.
"I came out as gay before I transitioned. I came out as transgender and then I came out as gay again," she said in a YouTube video in April. "Honestly, those are some of, if not my best, favorite memories. Searching deep within myself, finding out something different and putting a label on it."
Now, she has come out as pansexual, which she describes as "falling love with the soul of somebody."
"I think that that's one of the most beautiful things ever," she said. "It's profound and amazing to me. When I finally clicked with it and felt it ... it was definitely a light bulb moment."
Former "Bachelor" star Colton Underwood came out as gay on "Good Morning America."
Underwood came out to Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" in April after previously denying his sexuality to the public.
"I've ran from myself for a long time. I've hated myself for a long time," Underwood said on the show. "And I'm gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know."
He explained he's known since he was a teenager but prayed he would be straight. Underwood said there were even moments he had suicidal thoughts prior to coming out.
In 2019, Underwood started dating Cassie Rudolph from his season of "The Bachelor," and the pair broke things off in 2020 after Rudolph filed and then dropped a restraining order against the reality star. Underwood told Roberts that he did love Rudolph but wishes he could have "been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else."
"I'm still the same Colton everybody met on TV. I'm still the same Colton to my friends and my family, I just happen to be able to share with people now all of me," he said. "And I am proud of that, you know? I am proud to be gay."
Joshua Bassett, from "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," said in May he is "figuring out" his sexuality.
Bassett became even more popular this year as the rumored subject of Olivia Rodrigo's hit song "Driver's License." He made headlines again in May when he mentioned how he's attracted to Harry Styles in a video interview with Clever News. He followed up his comment with, "I guess this is also my coming out video."
Shortly after, Bassett released a statement on Twitter, writing, "Love who you love shamelessly. It's ok to still be figuring out who you are."
He ended his statement with the words, "I choose love."
His costar, Larry Saperstein, came out as bisexual in June.
Saperstein, who plays Big Red in "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," revealed he is bisexual in a TikTok video shared on June 1, the start of Pride Month.
The video shows Saperstein's face on camera with the words "Plays a character with a girlfriend on TV" across the screen. The text then changes to "Is bi irl."
He captioned the video, "Is it really that unexpected tho #pride."
"X-Men: Apocalypse" and "Love, Simon" star Alexandra Shipp came out publicly during Pride Month.
Shipp, who is best known for playing Storm in the X-Men franchise, came out as a member of the LGBTQ community in a heartfelt post on Instagram on June 1.
"I didn't come out until I was 28," wrote Shipp, now 29. "Though I don't believe in regrets, this would definitely be #1 for myself. I denied denied denied. I struggled with not only my sexuality, but my femininity. I was scared it was too late. I was scared I wasn't going to be able to get work. I was scared no one would ever love me. Scared. Scared. Scared."
But she said that constant worry was "exhausting."
She continued, "I'm not denying anything anymore. I'm not scared anymore. I have #pride in who I am and what I'm doing on this planet. I am myself and I love LOVE. Sure, we get a month. But for the past 3 years and for the rest of my life, I'll be celebrating every day. Because I choose me."
Actor Kaylee Bryant wrote on her social media pages on June 1: "My name is Kaylee and I'm queer!"
Bryant, who plays Josie on The CW's "Legacies," shared the message on Twitter and Instagram alongside a photo showing her waving a rainbow flag and wearing a T-shirt that says, "Be the bold queer you needed to see in your youth."
"Happy Pride Month," she added.
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