Here’s some great things that happened in 2020 🌈

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

Happy National Coming Out Day! We love to see that so many celebrities have come out this year, despite 2020 being one of the most difficult years for the LGBTQI community.

Pride events all over the world have been cancelled due to lockdown restrictions and queer people everywhere have been disproportionately affected. However, that hasn’t stopped some of our favourite celebrities from flying their rainbow flag. 

Whether they’ve come out for the first time, changed their pronouns or have changed the way they identify, we are proud of everyone on this list who has shown the bravery and courage to be exactly who they are in the public eye.

Here, we round up all the stars who have proudly – and publicly – come out this year to provide great representation and to inspire us all.

Sara Ramirez 

Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez opened up about their gender identity and publicly confirmed that they are nonbinary in August on Instagram!

Although Samira has already had she/they pronouns listed on their Instagram and other social media bios, they recently added their non-binary human identity to their profile as well. 

Nicola Adams 

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As various outlets reported on Nicola Adams OBE joining the Strictly Come Dancing line-up for 2020, Nicola was referred to as both bisexual and lesbian, with many clearly unsure of how Nicola identifies. 

Nicola took to Twitter to clarify her sexuality, announcing: “I’m lesbian not bi, just saying.”

SOAK

To celebrate Pride in June, singer-songwriter SOAK told fans on their Instagram that their preferred pronouns are they/them. 

Kae Tempest 

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Hello old fans, new fans and passers by – I’m changing my name! And I’m changing my pronouns. From Kate to Kae. From she/her to they/them. I’ve been struggling to accept myself as I am for a long time. I have tried to be what I thought others wanted me to be so as not to risk rejection. This hiding from myself has led to all kinds of difficulties in my life. And this is a first step towards knowing and respecting myself better. I’ve loved Kate. But I am beginning a process and I hope you’ll come with me. From today – I will be publishing my books and releasing my music as Kae Tempest! It’s pronounced like the letter K. It’s an old English word that means jay bird. Jays are associated with communication, curiosity, adaptation to new situations and COURAGE which is the name of the game at the moment. It can also mean jackdaw which is the bird that symbolises death and rebirth. Ovid said the jackdaw brought the rain. Which I love. It has its roots in the Latin word for rejoice, be glad and take pleasure. And I hope to live more that way each day. Funny because I know this is much more of a big deal to me than it is to anyone else, but because of my role as artist, it is in some ways a public decision as well as being a private one. So, here is my announcement. Sending my love to you all and wishing you courage as you face whatever you must face today. This is a time of great reckoning. Privately, locally, globally. For me, the question is no longer ‘when will this change’ but ‘how far am I willing to go to meet the changes and bring them about in myself.’ I want to live with integrity. And this is a step towards that. Sending LOVE always Photo by Julian Broad

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Along with an announcement of a new non-fiction book, Kae Tempest took to Instagram to announce that they would be changing their pronouns to they/them and would officially be known as Kae going forward. 

Jameela Jamil 

The Good Place star publicly came out as queer in February on Twitter after her casting as an MC and judge on HBO Max’s voguing competition show Legendary sparked controversy.

Jacqueline Wilson 

74-year-old children’s author Jacqueline Wilson came out publicly in April after living with her partner for 18 years.

“I’ve never really been in any kind of closet,” she told The Guardian. “It would be such old news for anybody that has ever known anything much about me. Even the vaguest acquaintance knows perfectly well that we are a couple.”

Lapsley 

The British singer-songwriter came out in an Instagram post, commemorating the end of Pride Month.

Dominque Provost-Chalkley

On her 30th birthday in March, Wynonna Earp star Dominique Provost-Chalkley publicly came out as queer in a heartfelt essay for Start the Wave. 

“I am queer. I am into ALL humans. I guess maybe I am just really into love? Who knows? But finally…I am OUT.”

Lilli Reinhart 

Known mostly for starring in The CW’s teen drama series Riverdale and in 2019’s critically-acclaimed Hustlers, publicly came out as bisexual at the beginning of June while publicly voicing her support for the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.

Chyler Leigh

Though she didn’t specifically label herself or her sexuality, in a recent post on the Create Change website, actor Chyler Leigh opened up about how the journey and coming out story of her openly-lesbian Supergirl character Alex Danvers helped her start to realise her own path.

Trevi Moran 

YouTube personality and former X Factor contestant Trevi Moran publicly opened up about her gender identity in early June, coming out as a trans woman.

Pearl Mackie 

The actor —who played lesbian character Bill Potts on Doctor Who’s 10th season back in 2017—took to Instagram to come out as bisexual.

“Proud to be bisexual. Proud to be Black. Proud of all my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and everyone in between,” Mackie wrote. “We matter. You matter. Big love and nuff respect. Happy Pride everyone!”

Taylor Schilling 

The actor, best known for her main role as protagonist Piper Chapman in Orange Is the New Black, confirmed her sexuality and her relationship with girlfriend Emily Ritz during Pride Weekend. She took to her Instagram stories, resharing a post from Emily’s Instagram story where the two are embracing each other on a foggy cliff. 

Rebecca Black

In an April appearance on the Dating Straight podcast, YouTube personality and viral Friday singer Rebecca Black opened up about her sexuality, confirming that she identifies as queer.

Niecy Nash 

Though she had never publicly addressed her sexuality before, beloved actress Niecy Nash confirmed her queerness when she revealed her marriage to her new wife Jessica Betts in August. 

Cara Delevinge 

During an interview with Variety for their “Power of Pride” issue, the supermodel turned actress opened up about how she identifies on the LGBTQI spectrum. “I always will remain, I think, pansexual,”

Nikki Blonsky 

The Hairspray star took to TikTok over Pride Weekend to open up about her sexuality in an adorable video where she can be seen lipsyncing and dancing to Diana Ross’  queer anthem I’m Coming Out. “Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie,” she said. “I’m Gay!”

Auli’i Cravalho

In an April TikTok video, the Moana and The Little Mermaid Live! star opened up and publicly confirmed her bisexuality.

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