There were many highs and lows over the course of #20GayTeen, but one thing’s for certain: this year was full of exciting celebrity coming out stories. Here are a whopping 26 actors, musicians, and athletes who came out as members of the LGBTQ community during 2018.
Janelle MonáeErika Goldring/FilmMagic
2018 was a big year for Janelle Monáe, who dropped Dirty Computer, her biggest studio album yet, and came out as pansexual in an interview with Rolling Stone. The actress and singer confirmed she’s had relationships with both men and women and described herself as “a free-ass motherfucker.”
Josie TotahJerod Harris/Getty Images for The Trevor Project
In August, this Champions star came out as transgender in a moving essay for Time. “I can only imagine how much more fun it’s going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy,” Totah wrote. “I’m going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female. Because it’s a clean slate—and a new world.”
Abbi JacobsonMatt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix
The Broad City star and co-creator came out as queer in an April interview with Vanity Fair.
KehlaniAndrew Chin/Getty Images
This pop star, who collabed with “Lesbian Jesus” Hayley Kiyoko for “What I Need,” came out as queer, “not bi, not straight,” in April.
Sasha LaneJB Lacroix/WireImage
The Miseducation of Cameron Post star came out as a gay in an interview leading up to the film’s release.
Cory Michael SmithAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival
The Gotham star, who played a closeted gay man in the AIDS drama 1985, came out as queer in an interview with The Daily Beast from March.
The Creed actress, who famously co-starred in Monáe’s super sapphic “Pynk” music video, confirmed that she identifies as bisexual in an interview with Net-a-Porter in June. “I can take things for granted because of my family—it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be,” she revealed. “I’m attracted to men and also to women.”
The 23-year-old Arrow and Scream star came out as non-binary via Twitter in July.
Rebecca SugarAlbert L. Ortega/Getty Images
The Steven Universe creator came out as non-binary earlier this year after previously opening up about being bisexual.
Kevin McHaleDavid Livingston/Getty Images
The Glee star officially came out as gay in May, opening up publicly about his relationship with actor Austin McKenzie for the first time.
Max BemisDaniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images
The Say Anything singer came out as “bi-ish or queer” in August in an emotional letter to fans addressing his sexuality, his mental health, and the band’s indefinite hiatus.
Following a queer-baiting controversy about one of her songs, Ora came out as bisexual on social media in her apology.
Shortly after being named Rookie of the Year, the pro wrestler and California native came out as gay.
Brendon UrieNathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Though the Panic! At The Disco frontman’s sexuality has been the subject of speculation for years, Brendon Urie confirmed he identifies as pansexual in an interview with Paper magazine this July. “I’m very much in love with [my wife] but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person,” he said. “Yeah, 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 just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place…It’s just people that I am attracted to.”
Collin MartinVictor Decolongon/Getty Images
Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin came out as gay in June, making the 23-year-old the only gay male athlete from any of United States’ five major sports leagues (MLS, NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB.)
Lee PaceVCG/VCG via Getty Images
The former Angels in America star has always been relatively private about his personal life, but this year, he confirmed that he “happily owns” being a member of the LGBTQ community.
Felix JaehnIsa Foltin/Getty Images
Superstar German DJ Felix Jaehn came out as bisexual in February, noting that he’s been attracted to both men and women.
Garrett ClaytonMichael Tran/FilmMagic
The Reach star came out as gay leading up to the release of the film in August, opening up to fans about his struggles with mental illness.
Andrea RussettLeon Bennett/Getty Images
In a moving Instagram post in September addressing her friend’s homophobic attitudes, the actress and social media star came out as bisexual.
Derek ChadwickPresley Ann/Getty Images
Actor and model Derek Chadwick (above, far right) came out as gay in a July issue of Gay Times telling the magazine, “I have a very private life, and because I haven’t been out… I didn’t want [people] to jump to conclusions about me without knowing my whole story.”
Amandla StenbergRodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
The Hunger Games star, who previously identified as non-binary and used they/them pronouns, came out as gay in a cover story for Wonderland magazine.
Zander HodgsonEmma McIntyre/Getty Images
This British actor, who appeared in an explicit scene as a gay hustler in an episode of Ray Donovan, came out as gay in a YouTube video this April. “I wanted to tell everyone that I am gay,” he said, “and although that doesn’t change anything for me, and hopefully not for you, I just thought it was a really important thing to share with everyone.”
Alyson StonerSMXRF/Star Max/GC Images
Former Disney Channel star and Missy Elliott video girl, singer Alyson Stoner came out as queer in a moving personal essay for Teen Vogue in April.
Joey PollariParas Griffin/Getty Images
Joey Pollari, who stole our hearts as an adorable Waffle House employee in gay teen rom-com Love, Simon, came out as gay in March.
Hurley HaywoodHoch Zwei/Getty Images
This 69-year-old racing legend came out as gay in his tell-all autobiography, Hurley! From The Beginning, published earlier this year.
Jason MrazTim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
The popular singer came out in an interview with Billboard in July, confirming that he’s had experiences with both men and women—and using the indigenous term “two-spirit” to explain his sexuality, to the dismay of some LGBTQ Native Americans.