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50 People You Might Have Or Probably Didn't Know Came Out In The Last 10 Years

From Tim Cook to the guy who sings "Shut Up and Dance With Me."

1. DJ Qualls

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The actor came out in early 2020 on Twitter as gay.

It is 11:20pm. I just came out on stage at a @jimjefferies show in San Diego. Yep, I’m gay. Been gay this whole time. Tired of worrying about what people would think of me. Tired of worrying about what it would do to my career.

Twitter: @theonlydjqualls

2. Tim Cook

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Tim Cook came out in 2014 in a Business Week op-ed. He said, "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

3. Elvira

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Last month, she revealed that had been with a woman for 19 years. She doesn't identify as lesbian or bisexual and says, “I think pansexual might be a good label for it possibly. Just fluid."

4. Carole Baskin

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She told Pink News in 2020, "I have always considered myself to be bisexual. Even though I’ve never had a wife, I could just as easily have a wife as a husband."

5. Alyson Stoner

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She came out in an essay in Teen Vogue in 2018. She said, "I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways."

6. Rebecca Black

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She came out as queer on the Dating Straight podcast in 2020.

7. Stacey London

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In 2019, Stacey posted a lengthy Instagram post responding to a meme about her being gay.

8. Abbi Jacobson

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She told Vanity Fair in 2018, "I kind of go both ways; I date men and women."

9. Brendon Urie

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He came out as pansexual in 2018. In a Paper Magazine interview he said, "I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don't care. If a person is great, then a person is great...I guess this is me coming out as pansexual."

10. Nikki Blonsky (from Hairspray)

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She came out as gay on TikTok in 2020.

11. Lilly Singh

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She came out as bisexual in February 2019.

12. Tess Holliday

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She came out as pansexual in a Nylon magazine interview from 2019.

13. Niecy Nash

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Niecy got married to Jessica Betts in August 2020.

Mrs. Carol Denise Betts 💍 @jessicabettsmusic #LoveWins🌈 📸 @robertector

Twitter: @RobertEctor / Via Twitter: @NiecyNash

14. Da Brat

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She came out in March 2020 with this Instagram post dedicated to her girlfriend.

15. Tinashe

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The underrated chanteuse and Britney stan came out as bisexual in a Gay Times interview from 2019.

16. Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon

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He came out as bisexual on Instagram in 2020.

17. Taylor Schilling

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Her girlfriend posted this picture last year during Pride.

18. Danell Leyva

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The gymnast came out on Twitter as bi/pan in October 2020.

A thread for #NationalComingOutDay For a long time I’ve known that I wasn’t straight. But because of certain very personal reasons, I always rejected that side of me. Earlier this year I finally understood that I’m bi/pan (still trying to figure that one out) but...

Twitter: @DanellJLeyva

I also realized that, as of now at least, I’m not attracted to cis men. (That comes with those personal reasons I just mentioned). But I felt that it was time for me to finally share this with you all. As most of you can imagine, this is absolutely terrifying....

Twitter: @DanellJLeyva

19. Julianne Hough

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She came out as "not straight" in 2019.

20. Tessa Thompson

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She came out as bisexual in 2018. 

21. Nikkie Tutorials

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Nikkie Tutorials came out as trans in a YouTube video from early 2020.

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22. Kehlani

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She came out as a lesbian in April 2021, like this week, in an Instagram post: "I am gay guh-gay gay gay!"

23. Braunwyn Windham-Burke

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The Real Housewives star came out as gay to GLAAD in December 2020.

24. Stormy Daniels

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She came out as bisexual on Twitter in 2019.

@BoroPark85 Nope...I like to fuck men and women. It's called bisexual.

Twitter: @StormyDaniels

25. Lil Peep

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The rapper came out as bisexual shortly before his death.

Twitter: @lilpeep

26. Tyler Blackburn

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He came out as queer to the Advocate in 2019. He said, "I've identified as bisexual since a teenager. I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”

27. Lee Pace

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As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am. That’s how I’ve always lived my life...

28. Kevin McHale

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He came out in 2018, saying in a Facebook Live, "I think there was zero surprise."

29. François Arnaud from Schitt's Creek

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He came out as bisexual on Bi Visibility Day in September 2020. 

30. Clive Davis

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The music executive came out as bisexual in his 2013 autobiography.

31. J. August Richards

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He came out as gay on Instagram in August 2020.

32. Barry Manilow

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He talked about his sexuality for the first time in 2017. He told People, "I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything. When they found out that Garry (Barry's husband) and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”

33. Billy Gilman

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No, he doesn't look like that now. But it's just for reference.

The country singer came out in a since-deleted YouTube video in 2014.

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34. T.J. Osborne of the country duo Brothers Osborne

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He told Time last year, "People will ask, ‘Why does this even need to be talked about?’ And personally, I agree with that. 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!’”

35. Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe

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The Australian Olympic gold medalist came out as gay in 2014. 

36. Alia Shawkat

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She came out as bisexual in 2017. Alia told Out, "I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, 'Are you attracted to boys or girls?' I said I don’t know. Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor."

37. Teddy Geiger

38. Janelle Monae

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She came out as pansexual to Rolling Stone in 2018.

39. Keiynan Lonsdale

40. Dove Cameron

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Earlier this year, she came out as bisexual in an interview with Gay Times Magazine. 

41. Aubrey Plaza

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She came out as bisexual in a 2016 interview with the Advocate. She told them, "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."

42. David Archuleta

43. Wentworth Miller

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He came out as gay in 2013 in a GLAAD blog abut rejecting an invite to a Russian film festival. 

44. Matt Dallas

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He came out on Twitter in 2013 by mentioning his fiancé, Blue Hamilton.

Starting off the year with a new fiancé, @bluehamilton. A great way to kick off 2013!

Twitter: @themattdallas

45. Charlie Carver

at a GLSEN function
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The Teen Wolf star came out as gay in 2016. 

46. Rowan Blanchard

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The Girl Meets World star came out as queer on Twitter in 2016. She said she's "open to liking any gender in [the] future [which] is why I identify as queer."

47. Mara Wilson

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In 2016, she said she was bi/queer on Twitter.

.@__SonjaLouise__ I said I *used* to identify as mostly straight. I've embraced the Bi/Queer label lately

Twitter: @MaraWilson

48. Paris Jackson

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She identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2018, she responded to a tweet that said she was bisexual with this:

how many times have i publicly referred to the community as “my fellow LGBTQ+”? like even on stage. i’ve been apart of the community for years. i even mentioned having crushes on girls when i was 8 in a magazine before.
@parisjackson / Via Twitter: @ParisJackson

49. Rita Ora

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The singer said she had romantic relationships with men and woman in a Notes App apology about her song "Girls" in 2018.

Twitter: @RitaOra

50. Jason Mraz

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In 2018, Jason called his sexuality "two spirit" because he's had experiences with men and women. 

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