These 16 famous faces took the brave step of coming come out in 2016. Here’s to the well-known and the unknown that step up to be their honest selves. We are all better for it.
There had been plenty of speculation about the former Arrow and Teen Wolf star’s sexuality and he put those rumors to rest and came out. He told EW,
“I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready.
I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet.
But staying in the closet was painful: People want you to be that GQ image that you put out, but people don’t realize what it’s like to act 24 hours a day. I’d go home and I was still acting.”
Kristen Stewart probably ranks as the biggest star to come out this year. She went public in July with her relationship with girlfriend, Alicia Cargile. The actress told The NY Times,
“I would never talk about any of my relationships before, but once I started dating girls it seemed like there was an opportunity to represent something really positive.
I still want to protect my personal life, but I don’t want to seem like I’m protecting the idea, so that does sort of feel like I owe something to people.”
Charlie Carver played gay on TV’s Teen Wolf but viewers didn’t know that he is also gay in real life too. The former Desperate Housewives actor (whose twin Max Carver is straight) posted an essay on Instagram back in January about coming out,
“I’ve lived ‘out’ not feeling the need to announce so. I was comfortably out in my private life. And for a time, that was enough…
I now believe that by omitting this part of myself from the record, I am complicit in perpetuating the suffering, fear, and shame cast upon so many in the world.
In my silence, I’ve helped decide for to you too that to be gay is to be, as a young man (or young woman, young anyone), inappropriate for a professional career in the Arts (WHAAA???) So now, let the record show this- I self-identify as gay.”
The Younger series star came out publicly as sexually fluid in June and then last month he corrected by saying he now describes himself as bisexual,
“I’ve been so hesitant about using the word for so long, because it does have a negative connotation in our generation. People fought for so long for that B in LGBT, and I refuse to be the person that’s going to throw that away because I think I have a more colorful word.”
Aubrey Plaza played April on NBC’s Parks and Rec for years casually came out as bisexual by telling The Advocate in July.
“I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy.
Girls are into me — that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.”
Just like her to-the-point character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Stephanie Beatriz just used Plaza’s coming out interview as a way to come out too posting a Twitter a message agreeing with Plaza’s comments on loving both men and women. Cool. Done.
For years Sara Ramirez played a bisexual doctor on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, but it wasn’t until early October that she revealed publicly that she is also bisexal. She made the announcement in a speech at the True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Summit in L.A. describing herself as,
“woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American immigrant.”
Lilly Wachowski, half of the famous duo behind the Matrix movies and Sense8, made her first public appearance since coming out publicly as a transgender woman in March at the GLAAD Media Awards in L.A.,
Her sister and directing partner, Lana, came out as trans in ’12 and a reporter from the Daily Mail showed up on her doorstep wanting to do a story which essentially forced her to come out publicly.
ROBIN LORD TAYLOR
Robin Lord Taylor is the Penguin on the Fox series Gotham. Taylor finally went public this year about being gay and married to a man for the last five years. In previous years he’d been vague but in June wished his husband a happy anniversary on Instagram.
Christian rocker Trey Pearson of Everyday Sunday posted a message on Facebook back in May,
“To my fans and friends: I’m finally being honest with myself. I love you all.
I never wanted to be gay. I was scared of what God would think and what all of these people I loved would think about me; so it never was an option for me. I have been suppressing these attractions and feelings since adolescence.
I’ve tried my whole life to be straight. … I know this is how God made me, and I am proud of who I am. I know there is nothing I can do to change it.”
On season 14 of American Idol, Rayvon Owen finished #4, but never let anyone of his fans know he was gay. He saved that big reveal for the video for his debut single Can’t Fight It, released in February.
The video ends with Owen kissing a man who is his real-life boyfriend, Shane Bitney Crone. Owen told Billboard,
“You’d be surprised at the amount of times I tried to pray the gay away from me or tried to tell God to take this away from me. No kid should have to do what I did and pray to not be who they are. That’s why I think it’s important even in 2016 to say this.”
ALEXIS G. ZALL
YouTube star Alexis G. Zall offered “18 tips for 18 years” for her one million plus subscribers. #8 was the BIG surprise.
“It is totally OK to be a girl who likes girl or a boy who likes boys and me personally, I am a girl who likes girls.
[She then added] Did that bitch just come out?’ She did! I can say I feel the most comfortable with myself as a human being that I have ever felt. This year especially I feel like I learned so much.”
BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM
On was his first appearance on America’s Got Talent in June, BJC came out. His personal story of being gay, being bullied and battling his weight won over audience in his corner, but his voice got him all the way to #4. He told GSN,
“It was so intense and amazing. I want to be there for everybody, I want to hold everyone’s hand. So it’s a little overwhelming but I love it and I just want to be there to support my community as much as I can.”
Pro skateboarder Brian Anderson came out in September. He told Vice Sports,
“People ask why are you doing this now and not earlier. Because I was pretty freaked out. I was really scared. And people would have perceived it a lot differently, I think, had I said this 15 years ago.
I think of how I felt when I was younger – totally scared. … You become a happier person (after coming out) and to convey that message was really important to me.”