On October 11, National Coming Out Day, LGBT people around the world are encouraged to share their truth in whatever way feels right. But while bisexuals comprise the largest section of our community, they’re also the least likely to be out.
To help change that, we salute 12 personalities who have come out since last Coming Out Day. Hopefully there will be even more next year!
Alia ShawkatLev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
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 CarterJB Lacroix/WireImage
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.”
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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.”
Natalie MoralesTara 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.”
The Walking Dead actor opened up about his bisexuality in March, telling People magazine, “I don’t want to be hidden and have to dodge the question. I’m proud of who I am.”
Newman admits he was hesitant to talk about his private life, but says he realized, “’You know what, this is something that everyone should be comfortable with, being 100% themselves and authentic.'”
Keiynan LonsdaleSteve 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.”
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.”
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In August, the 20-year-old rapper announced he was bisexual on Twitter. Some fans claimed it “explained a lot” about his lyrics while others made a few even made not-so-subtle advances.
Born Gustav Åhr, Peep has amassed millions of views for music videos like “Gym Class,” “The Brightside” and “BeamerBoy.”
Sadly, the performer died in November of what was initially suspected to be an accidental overdone. Police have opened an investigation, however, after finding “troubling private messages” on his phone.
Shannon PurserChristopher Polk/Getty Images for TNT
One of the breakout stars of Stranger Things, Purser, came out on Twitter, writing that she’s “only just recently come out as bisexual to [her] family and friends.”
“Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process,” she added. 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.”
Buoyed by her acclaim as Barb—which scored Purser an Emmy nomination—she now appears in the CW’s Riverdale.
Steve LacyFrédéric 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.”
Lauren JaureguiChristopher Polk/Getty Images
Shortly after the presidential election, the Fifth Harmony singer wrote an open letter to supporters of Donald Trump, announcing, “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it.”
We are not America indivisible any longer, we are united on two separate sides; Love and Hatred,” she wrote. “We are not ’whining’ about our presidential choice losing, we are screaming battle cries against those whose political and personal agendas threaten our lives and sanity. We are making sure you hear us, no matter how much it bothers you, we EXIST.”
Jauregui lated recored “Strangers,” a duet with bi singer Halsey about queer women.
Tyler, the CreatorScott 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 Tyler 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.”