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.
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“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.”
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Ben PlattRodin Eckenroth/WireImage
The Dear Evan Hansen alum and star of Netflix’s The Politician spoke publicly about his sexual orientation for the first time this March.
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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.
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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?”
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The track star and two-time Olympic gold medalist came out as gay in October.
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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.”
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The Atypical star revealed that they are nonbinary and use they/them pronouns in an Instagram post in November.
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