12 Celebrities Who Came Out in 2021

"I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary."

Another year of pandemic-related chaos didn't stop LGBTQ+ celebrities from living their lives authentically. 2021 saw a number of public figures speak publicly for the first time about how they identify and why it matters to them.

From the NFL's first out active player to country music's biggest openly gay recording artist, here are 12 celebrities who opened up about being a member of the LGBTQ+ community in 2021.

T.J. Osborne

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne performs at The Masonic on October 17, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

The country crooner of Brothers Osborne fame first opened up about his sexuality in February, joining the genre's elite few openly LGBTQ recording artists. In fact, he is the only out artist signed to a major country-music label.

Adelaide Kane

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Adelaide Kane attends Entertainment Weekly Celebrates Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees sponsored by L'Oreal Paris, Cadillac, And PopSockets at Chateau Marmont on January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

The Reign alum came out as bisexual on TikTok. She follows in the footsteps of bi actresses Auli’i Cravalho and Nikki Blonsky, who also used the platform to open up about their queerness.


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Ahead of releasing her Grammy-nominated album If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey quietly changed their pronouns to "she/they" on Instagram in March.

Colton Underwood

The former Bachelor opened up about his sexual orientation in April, making for one of the year's most explosive and talked-about coming out stories. In early December, he sat down with Logo Live host Johnny Sibilly to reflect on what he has learned about himself and his privilege from the critiques he's received.

JoJo Siwa

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 13: JoJo Siwa attends Vulture Festival 2021 at The Hollywood Roosevelt on November 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

The Nickelodeon alum revealed she had a girlfriend and is pansexual back in April. "I've never gotten this much support from the world," the 19-year-old actress, dancer, and social-media star told People. "I think this is the first time that I've felt so personally happy."

Since then, Siwa made a splash as the first contestant to dance in a same-sex duo on the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars.

Demi Lovato

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Demi Lovato performs onstage during Global Citizen Live on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

The singer, actor, and UFO enthusiast spoke publicly about identifying as nonbinary in May.

"I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am, and am still discovering," Lovato explained in the inaugural episode of their podcast, 4D With Demi Lovato.

Tommy Dorfman

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10: Tommy Dorfman attends the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards at The Grill & The Pool Restaurants on November 10, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

In a soul-baring July interview with transgender author Torrey Peters for Time, the 29-year-old actress opened up about privately "transitioning and living as a woman" during quarantine.

"It’s funny to think about coming out, because I haven’t gone anywhere," Dorfman said. "I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically. Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman."

Laganja Estranja

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The RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 alum has always been a sickening performer, but this Pride Month, she was more vulnerable than ever, revealing she is transgender in an intimate interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"I do want to be able to express this at all times," she told the magazine. "I just got my haircut — a very feminine cut — and in one week already, my life has changed. I'm able to come off stage and take my makeup off and still see a beautiful woman in the mirror. It's powerful."

Joshua Bassett

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: In this image released on March 13, Joshua Bassett speaks onstage during Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on March 13, 2021 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/KCA2021/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

After a video of him thirsting over Harry Styles went viral, the 20-year-old Disney star confirmed he is a member of the LGBTQ+ community...and "anti-coming out."

"I am anti-coming out in the sense that there’s no need to," he told GQ. "People are welcome to have boxes if they want them."

Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 29: Cassandra Peterson, best known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark poses for portrait at Julien's Auctions Icons & Idols: Hollywood & Sports Preview at Julien's Auctions on November 29, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

In a win for gay goths everywhere, the Mistress of the Dark star revealed she has been in a relationship with another woman for almost 20 years. She dropped the bombshell in Yours Cruelly, Elvira, her memoir published in September.

Although Elvira kept the relationship under wraps for so long, she said she finally feels "safe, blessed, and truly loved."

Carl Nassib

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 14: Defensive end Carl Nassib #94 of the Las Vegas Raiders walks off the field the team's 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Football history was made in September when Nassib, a defensive lineman for the Las Vegas Raiders, became the first openly gay active NFL player. He buttoned his coming-out announcement on Instagram with a $100,000 donation to The Trevor Project.

"I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming-out process are just not necessary," he said, "but until then I’m going to do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate."



LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 13: Kehlani attends the Los Angeles Premiere of "The Harder They Fall" at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on October 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Kehlani came out as a lesbian in early 2021, and as of December, the R&B singer uses they/she pronouns.

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