16 Celebrities Who Came Out in 2019

#20BiTeen truly delivered.

This year maintained the momentum of #20GayTeen, with a slew of high-profile queer people proving that no amount of hostility from an anti-LGBTQ presidential administration could squash their sense of pride.


Below, we salute 16 celebrities from the worlds of music, television, film, sports, and modeling who came out in 2019.

  1. Valentina

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    The RuPaul’s Drag Race alum kicked off the year by coming out as nonbinary in an interview with Out magazine.

  2. Anthony Bowens

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    In January, the pro wrestler (above left, with his BF Michael Pavano) took to social media to announce that he now identifies as gay, not bisexual.

    “As people move on in their lives, the way they view the world and themselves tends to change, and I’m no different,” Bowens wrote. “Which is why if you are to label me, I prefer to identify as gay.”

  3. Tyler Blackburn

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    The 33-year-old Roswell: New Mexico star came out as bisexual in an interview with The Advocate in April.

  4. Ben Platt

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    The Dear Evan Hansen alum and star of Netflix’s The Politician spoke publicly about his sexual orientation for the first time this March.

  5. Dan Howell

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    The British comedian and internet darling broke a yearlong silence on YouTube during Pride Month to announce that he’s “basically gay.”

    “One thing’s for sure,” he quipped. “Whatever heterosexual is, I ain’t it.”

  6. Tess Holliday

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    In June, the plus-size model and activist spoke for the first time about being pansexual in a cover story for Nylon magazine.

  7. Eugene Lee Yang

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    The Buzzfeed “Try Guy” and former Logo30 honoree came out again in June, this time clarifying that he identifies as gay.

  8. Lil Nas X

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    The chart-topping country rapper came out as gay in July via Twitter, making the smash-hit success of his “Old Town Road” remix even more meaningful to his LGBTQ fans.

  9. Juan Pablo Di Pace

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    The Fuller House actor and former Dancing With the Stars contestant spoke publicly about being gay for the first time this July at a TedX event.

  10. Joshua Rush

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    In August, the 17-year-old Disney Channel star followed the lead of his Andi Mack character Cyrus, coming out as bisexual.

    “I saw so many of you watch Cyrus come out and said ‘Hey! I can be me!’” Rush tweeted. “How ironic, isn’t it, that me, playing that character, never had mustered up that courage?”

  11. Ryan Russell

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    The NFL free agent came out as bisexual in August. “Out of love, admiration, and respect, I want the next team to sign me valuing me for what I do and knowing who I truly am,” Russell wrote in a revealing and emotional essay published on ESPN.com.

  12. Kerron Clement

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    The track star and two-time Olympic gold medalist came out as gay in October.

  13. Sam Smith

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    The British-born nonbinary singer-songwriter announced in September that they now go by gender-neutral pronouns.

  14. Brian J. Smith

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    In November, the 38-year-old Treadstone star opened up to Attitude magazine about feeling isolated and uncomfortable while growing up gay. However, working on a show as inclusive and welcoming as Netflix’s Sense8 was a game-changer for him.

    “I remember being so relaxed,” Smith said of filming with his co-stars. “I thought, Finally, I can just be myself. I don’t have to put on airs for any of these people.

  15. Brigette Lundy-Paine

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    The Atypical star revealed that they are nonbinary and use they/them pronouns in an Instagram post in November.

  16. Jonathan Van Ness

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    The Queer Eye beauty and grooming guru and recent Cosmopolitan U.K. cover star came out as nonbinary in a June interview with Out.

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