34 Celebrities Who Came Out In 2017

"Now it’s time to become a whole person."

With 2018 on the horizon, we’re looking back at more than 30 major personalities who have come out since last year.

Hopefully there will be even more next year!

Brandon Flynn


Brandon Flynn arrives for the 69th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

In September, the 13 Reasons Why actor identified himself as part of the LGBT community in an Instagram post.

Addressing a pilot who had written “Vote No” in skywriting over Sydney during the survey on marriage equality in Australia, Flynn wrote, “Too many of my friends have been kicked out of their homes, kept in the closet, beat up, killed, ridiculed by church and state, institutionalized. And you are scared that if we vote YES, you won’t be able to show your hate for us. Fuck that.”

"We've fought, we've come out bravely even in our fear, and you wrote a message in the sky because you're scared," he added. "Equality takes courage, it worries me that too many people in this world lack the balls to stand up for what is right."

Since then, the 23-year-old has been seen getting close with Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith.

Alia Shawkat

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The Arrested Development star came out casually in a May interview with Out magazine.

"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."

She admits that she used to more reserved, "but as a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet."

Aaron Carter

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In August, the former child star came out as bi in an emotional message on Twitter.

“I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive,” he wrote. “There were years that went by that I thought about, but it wasn’t until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with.”

Carter insisted his sexuality wasn't a source of shame for him, but the secret it was "a burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me.”

Thomas Dekker


The Heroes actor came out in July in an Instagram post where he declared, “I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier.”

But in the same post, Dekker blamed “a prominent gay man” for trying to out him.

“My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to ‘out’ me,” he wrote. “While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots.”

It's believed Dekker was referring to Heroes producer Bryan Fuller, who had recently discussed the difficulty he had in introducing a gay character on the show.

As recently as 2011, Dekker told Out, “I’ve only really had relationships with women."

Dan Amboyer

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The hunky Younger actor came out to People magazine in October, explaining it was his recent marriage to boyfriend Eric Beric that fueled his desire to be more open.

“I want to live my life moving forward with integrity and pride,” the 31-year-old said. “We might start a family one day and I would feel so strangely if I didn’t celebrate that with all of my family and friends and share that with the fans. This is just the beginning of a wonderful future.”

Amboyer admitted that he got a lot of advice from industry insiders to stay closeted. "That was hard to live with,” he said. “But I’ve never played a gay role before and I didn’t want to be limited by some strange perception.”

Anthony Bowens

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Pro wrestler Anthony Bowens came out as bisexual in March, crediting a YouTube video for giving him the courage to be his authentic self.

Several months into dating boyfriend Michael Pavano, the two participated in YouTube's “laughing challenge,” in participants take a big swig of water before watching funny clips and trying not to do a spit-take. At the beginning of the video, Pavano casually introduced Bowens as “my boyfriend.”

“The video was a blast to do, but I worried that someone from the wrestling world would stumble across it and learn my secret,” Bowens said. “I decided to let it be posted anyway. I couldn’t help but cry as I let loose all of the years of stress, anxiety and fear of judgment. It was the best decision I had ever made.”

Several months later, in an interview on Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl, he admitted he was fed up with bi stigma.

“I thought there would be more negativity around the stigma of [a pro wrestler] being part of the LGBT community," Bowens revealed, but most of the negative comments were from people assuming he was too scared to admit he was gay. “You can date a dude or marry a dude and be with him the rest of your life, and that doesn’t change the attraction,” he said. “The LGBTQ community comes in all shapes and sizes.”

Jordan Gavaris

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Actor Jordan Gavaris attends Build Series to discuss "Orphan Black" at Build Studio on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic)

Gavaris plays gay BFF Felix on Orphan Black, but it wasn't until June that the 27-year-old came out as gay in real life. "Nobody ever asks me," he revealed. "I’ve never been asked. Like, the whole course of the series."

“This is a tricky thing to say and I’ve never actually said it out loud before," he added. "But I do believe that jobs will be lost and I do believe jobs will be gained. Maybe not even for the right reasons.”

Gavin Russom

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OTTAWA, ON - JULY 12: Gavin Russom of LCD Soundsystem performs on Day 6 of the RBC Bluesfest on July 12, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Mark Horton/Getty Images)

LCD Soundsystem's resident electronics whiz came out as trans in July, explaining that over the past year-and-a-half, "I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it’s on the front burner.

She added, "Now it’s time to become a whole person."

Greydon Chance

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Greyson Chance performs at his album release party for "Somewhere Over My Head" at YouTube Space LA on May 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

Now 19, Chance became a viral sensation with his performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at a school talent show when he was just 12.

In an Instagram from July, the singer said he had come to terms with being gay when he was 16 but “decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin.”

While he maintained he was less interested in talking about “what type of guy I was into” than talking about politics, music or art, he “figured now was the time to let a few more friends know that I am happy, I am here for you, and I am proud of who I am.”

After his Internet fame, Chance signed to Ellen DeGeneres’ ElevenEleven label and released a debut EP, Somewhere Over My Head, in May 2016.

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Smith, who played cis male roles on shows like Blue Bloods, Girls, Person of Interest, and Gossip Girl, came out as transgender when he appeared on an episode of OWN's Queen Sugar in July, playing police officer Toine Wilkins, a trans man.

“When I saw the breakdown for Toine, I felt this was the role I was looking for,” said Smith, 34. "It was a dream come true in so many ways.”

Sue Bird

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This veteran NBA player didn't just come out in a July ESPN profile, she revealed she was dating soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

“I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend,” said the Seattle Storm point guard matter-of-factly. “These aren’t secrets to people who know me. I don’t feel like I’ve not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you’re not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it’s this secret. That was never the case for me.”

Shepard Smith

The longtime Fox News anchor came out in a subtle way just days after National Coming Out Day 2016.

As the Roger Ailes scandal swirled, Smith denied that the embattled network head forced him to stay in the close. ’That’s not true. He was as nice as he could be to me. I loved him like a father,’ said the 52-year-old newscaster.

Back in 2014, Gawker reported Shepard wanted to come out publicly but Ailes stopped him. Smith denied the claim, as well as reports that Ailes made homophobic remarks in his presence.

“He treated me with respect, just respect. He gave me every opportunity in the world and he never asked anything of me but that we try to get it right every day.”

Jake Zyrus

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Before coming out as trans on Twitter, Jake was best known as Sunshise Corazon, Rachel Berry's golden-voiced nemesis on Glee.

“My first tweet as Jake,” he tweeted on June 19. “Overwhelmed. Saw all your love comments and I’m so happy. Finally. I love you, everyone, and see you soon.”

A powerhouse vocalist from the Philippines, Zyrus rose to Youtube stardom in 2007. Three years later he became the first Asian solo singer to hit Billboard 200's Top 10, with the album Charice.

Zyrus first acknowledged his gender identity in a 2014 interview with Oprah, in which he said his “soul was male,” though at the time he still identified as a lesbian.

Natalie Morales

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CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 15: Actor Natalie Morales attends the screenings of "Becks" and "Swim" during the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival at Arclight Cinemas Culver City on June 15, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)

Morales, best known for playing Tom Haverford's girlfriend Lucy on Parks and Recreation, came out as queer in July.

In an essay on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website, the 32-year-old explained she has dated both women and men.

“I don’t like labeling myself, or anyone else," she wrote. "But if it’s easier for you to understand me, what I’m saying is that I’m queer. What queer means to me is just simply that I’m not straight. That’s all. It’s not scary, even though that word used to be really, really scary to me.”

Keiynan Lonsdale

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Keiynan Lonsdale at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Lonsdale, who plays Kid Flash on the CW’s The Flash, came out as bisexual in a heartfelt Instagram post back in May.

"I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes)," wrote the 25-year-old Australian actor—who’s also appeared in ABC’s Dance Academy, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and The Finest Hours. “I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming.”

"I'm tire of being insecure, ashamed and scared,” he added. “No one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live.”

On Twitter, Lonsdale thanked his fans for their support. “Nothing better than happy tears,” he tweeted. “The love is beyond measurable, thank you. Don’t forget to give that same love back to yourselves.”

Barry Manilow

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Singer Barry Manilow peforms during the curtain call of Manilow On Broadway Opening Night at the St. James Theatre on January 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Manilow addressed his long-rumored sexuality in April, three years after quietly marrying longtime partner and manager Garry Kief.

“I thought I would be disappointing [the fans] if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” the 73-year-old singer told People. “When they found out that Garry 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.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Garry Kief (L) and singer Barry Manilow attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

The couple first met in 1978, an encounter the “Copacabana” singer said changed his life forever. “I knew that this was it,” he said. “I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that.”

The couple finally tied the knot after nearly 35 years in a private ceremony in April 2014 at the singer’s Palm Springs estate.


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This rising hip-hop star came out as gay in January in a series of tweets.

The “Club Goin Up On A Tuesday” singer seemed to be addressing a personal situation, writing, “Someone said to me next time they see me, they was gonna fuck me, I said next time I see me, I’m gonna love me up.”

“I can’t tell u about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it’s time I’ve come out,” he added in followup tweets. “Since y’all love breaking news, here’s some old news to break: I’m gay. And now I’ve told u about my life, maybe u can go life yours”

The Atlanta rapper finished his coming-out social media blitz with an Instagram reading “Thank you for letting me be myself.”

Taylor Bennett


The brother of Chance the Rapper, Bennett came out as bisexual in January just days before iLoveMakonnen.

“My birthday is tomorrow and moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality and being attracted to one sex. And today I would like to openly come out to my fans. I do recognize myself as a bisexual male and I do and have always openly supported the gay community and will keep doing so in 2017.”

Steve Lacy

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 10 : Steve Lacy of the band The Internet performs at The Scala on April 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Frédéric Ragot/Redferns)

The 19-year-old member of the Internet has produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar and Vampire Weekend, and launched his debut solo record, Steve Lacy’s Demo this year.

Lacy opened up about his sexuality this summer in a series of Tumblr posts: Asked if he was straight or bisexual, he replied “I’m human.” In a followup asking if he’d date a guy, Lacy replied “Sure, why not.” But he sparked controversy when he revealed that he has no interest in black men as romantic partners.

“The reason for it all isn’t anti-black at all,” he replied. “Growing up around black males, they were always my competitors ya know? I never viewed or saw myself doing anything sexual with my neighbors. I literally, like I said, see them as brothers.”

Lacy clarified that he didn't "dislike" black people, "I’m just not attracted to black boys, that is it."

On Twitter, he suggested, "let's delete the whole closet concept and just let kids be themselves without having to announce what/who they're into sexually."

Tyler, the Creator

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Rapper Tyler the Creator performs onstage during the 5th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage )

Though he's been accused of homophobia throughout his career—2011's Goblin had 213 instances of the word “fag” and other anti-gay slurs—Tyler has also dabbled with gay innuendo.

His album Flower Boy leaked two weeks before its official July 21 release, and the song “I Ain’t Got Time!” includes the lines, “Next line will have ’em like ‘Whoa’/I been kissing white boys since 2004.”

Just a few weeks later he told Koopz Tunes, “I had a boyfriend when I was 15 in fucking Hawthorne. If that’s not open-minded, I don’t know what the fuck that is.”

Tyler has insisted that his gay fans don’t take offense at his language, and he even put out a line of Pride T-shirts in 2015 as part of his crew Odd Future’s merchandise. When Frank Ocean came out publicly, Tyler was among the first to congratulate him.

“My big brother finally fucking did that,” he tweeted. “Proud of that n*gga cause I know that shit is difficult.”

Gordon Thomson

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Though best known for the 1980s nighttime soap Dynasty, Thomson didn't come out until September, opening up about his struggle with his sexuality to the Daily Beast.

“It was not until I was nearly 30 that [homosexuality] stopped being classified as a mental illness in the U.S. So you’re dealing with that. And the shame, the breathtaking lack of self-esteem, has only just begun to seep out of my soul.”

Haaz Sleiman

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: Haaz Sleiman attends the red carpet event and world premiere of National Geographic Channel's 'Killing Jesus' at Alice Tully Hall on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)

In August Sleiman (Nurse Jackie, The Ski Trip) came out rather bluntly on social media.

“I am a gay, Muslim, Arab-American man,” he said in a video. “And I’m going to take it even further: Not only am I gay, but I’m also a bottom. Not only am I a bottom, but I’m also a total bottom—which means I like it up you-know-where.”

“And I say this to all the homophobes living in the United States of America and across the globe,” Sleiman, 41, continued. “If you ever come to me, to kill me just because I’m gay, I will destroy you. I might be gay and I might be a nice guy, but don’t get it twisted because I will fuck you up.”

Gia Gunn

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The former Drag Race contestant came out as trans in March on International Transgender Day of Visibility.

“I thought I would dedicate today in the spirit of being visible to share my transition with all of you,” Gunn revealed in an Instagram video. “I have been on hormone replacement therapy for about a year and I identify as female and I am indeed transgender.”

Gunn joins fellow transgender Drag Race contestants Sonique, Carmen Carrera, Jiggly Caliente and Peppermint.

Cody Alan

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The CMT host came out as gay in January, telling People, “once I realized it was okay to accept the truth, that it wasn’t my choice, it was a lot easier to start figuring out where to go with my life next.”

The 44-year-old South Carolinian hosts a variety of CMT radio shows, including CMT After MidNite and CMT All Access, as well as CMT’s signature music show, Hot 20 Countdown. Alan was previously married to a woman and has teenage children.

“It’s awesome now because I have a partner, my ex has a boyfriend," he explained. "And with our kids, we have this really beautiful, blended, loving, modern family that works for us."

Teddy Geiger

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18: Teddy Geiger speaks onstage at Chart Toppers: Songwriters/Producers In-The-Round Featuring Busbee, Dave Bassett, Warren "Oak" Felder, And Teddy Geiger at The GRAMMY Museum on October 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for The Recording Academy )

Geiger, a major lyricist in today's popular music scene, came out as transgender in the comments section of an Instagram post this October.

The music maven is something of a behind-the-scenes player, penning chart-topping singles for stars like One Direction and Shawn Mendes. (Geiger started out as a recording artist, making it big with the 2006 hit "For You I Will (Confidence).")

"Love it or hate it, this is who I’ve been for a long time," Geiger wrote.

Lil Peep

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Lil Peep attends the Balmain Menswear Spring/Summer 2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot /Getty Images)

Lil Peep came out as bisexual on Twitter, less than three days after Aaron Carter came out as bisexual, too. Sadly, the 21-year-old rapper died this November. Police are currently investigating his death, originally suspected to be an overdose, following the discovery of "troubling private messages" on his phone.

"I am shocked and heartbroken," Sarah Stennett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, who worked with Lil Peep, told People magazine. "I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing... I have spoken to his mother and she asked me to convey that she is very, very proud of him and everything he was able to achieve in his short life."

Rutina Wesley

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actress Rutina Wesley attends a taping of "Queen Sugar After-Show" at OWN on November 7, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

The True Blood and Queen Sugar star came out in the most exciting way possible: by announcing her engagement to fiancée Chef Shonda, a New Orleans-based chef.

"You are the sunshine of my life..." Wesley wrote on Instagram in reference to Shonda. Awww!


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The fabulous RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 alum came out publicly as a transgender woman earlier this year, making her the show's first openly trans contestant.

She was embraced by her Drag Race co-stars, she told NewNowNext: "Any anxiety I had beforehand melted away... For Ru and the judges it was a total non-issue. I felt totally loved and accepted. Can I get an amen?"

You sure can, girl!

Hanne Gaby Odiele

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Odiele is a stunning runway model who came out as intersex earlier this year. With a slew of credentials under her belt, including walks in shows for Chanel, Dior, and Alexander Wang, Odiele is no stranger to the pressures of the fashion industry to conform.

Regardless, the fierce advocate decided to use her voice to spread the word about the perils intersex people face, including non-consensual genital surgeries as children.

"I feel humbled and privileged to use my platform as model to give a voice to other intersex people across the globe who have felt they have no voice," Odiele told NewNowNext for Intersex Awareness Day this October. "I’ll continue to speak out on this issue and work to persuade the world that intersex people deserve protection, love, and acceptance.

Lauren Jauregui

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

The Fifth Harmony songstress penned an open letter to Trump supporters earlier this year, which included her coming out as bisexual.

"I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it," Jauregui wrote. "I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another."

"I am proud to be the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world with a different language and culture and immerse themselves fearlessly to start a better life for themselves and their families."

Daniel Newman

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Daniel Newman attends the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 1, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for GLAAD)

The Walking Dead and Dark Knight Rises actor opened up about his bisexuality in March. “I don’t want to be hidden and have to dodge the question," he told People magazine. "I’m proud of who I am."

Newman admits he was hesitant to talk about his private life, but says he later realized, “'You know what, this is something that everyone should be comfortable with, being 100% themselves and authentic.'"

Props to you!

Teddy Quinlivan

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 03: Teddy Quinlivan walks the runway during the Louis Vuitton Paris show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

At 23 years old, this show-stopping model has walked in over 150 runway shows for household names like Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. This September, she came out publicly as trans.

Her announcement was a direct response to the current administration's political climate: Quinlivan wanted to use her platform as a public figure for good.

"Enough is enough," Quinlivan told CNN. "We deserve justice, and I will use my voice to help our diverse, vibrant and resilient trans communities overcome these obstacles and thrive."

Shannon Purser

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One of the breakout stars of Netflix's Stranger Things, Purser came out publicly as bisexual on Twitter.

“Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process,” she wrote. "It’s going to be okay. I wish I’d known that sooner… I know what it’s like to have anxiety about it. Especially trying to come to terms with it and my faith.”

Purser's role as Barb on the Netflix Original series earned her an Emmy nomination. Now, the actor appears in the CW’s Riverdale.

Kevin Spacey

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The Hollywood star came out as gay amid accusations of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old 30 years ago. Spacey promptly fell from grace, with everyone from Zachary Quinto to GLAAD expressing their distaste at the actor’s appallingly poor timing.