Celebrities and public figures who have come out as LGBTQ+ in 2022 (so far)

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Let’s take a quick look at all the celebrities and public figures who have come out and chosen to be visibly LGBTQ+ in 2022 (so far…)

 



 

Adam B

Known for: Youtuber
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: ‘I’m gay. I’ve said it. I’ve finally told you something I’ve meant to tell you for a long time.’

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Anna Paul

Known for: Influencer
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “I’d date any gender as long as they’re nice.”


Ashley Gray

ashley gray

Known for: Singer who appeared on BGT
Identifies as: Trans
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “So, if you didn’t know, I’m trans and I’ve been waiting on the gender clinic waiting list… for quite a while… Yesterday I had my first appointment, which is really exciting.”


Aunjanue Ellis

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “I am a work in progress, and my family and my community are works in progress. I really believe that that is important to say because I’m not alone. We see people on the other side of it, where everybody’s good and fine: ‘Love is love.’”


Ava Phillippe

Known for: Influencer, actress and model. Also the daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe.
Identifies as: LGBTQ+
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Q: “I’m attracted to… people! (Gender is whatever).”

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Bosco

Known for: Drag performer, appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14.
Identifies as: Transgender
Pronouns: she/they

Q: “ I started HRT [hormone replacement therapy] after getting back from Drag Race.  I’m trans, my pronouns out of drag are she/they. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Love, Bosco and her AAA sized titties.”


Charlee Corra Disney

Known for: Science teacher and Disney heir
Identifies as: Transgender
Pronouns: they/ them 

Q: “I had very few openly gay role models, and I certainly didn’t have any trans or non-binary role models. I didn’t see myself reflected in anyone, and that made me feel like there was something wrong with me.”

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Scottish referees Craig Napier and Lloyd Wilson 

Known for: Both Scottish football referees 
Identifies as: Gay, gay 
Pronouns: he/ him, he/him

Q: (Napier) “I don’t think this needs to be a news story, but I think, at the moment, it really does because we need to see the climate change so that people do feel that they can be their true self and live happily and comfortably in their own skin, and that needs to transcend into football.”

Q: (Wilson) “This hasn’t just been on a whim. This has been prepared for quite some time, but I think Josh Cavallo is a name that absolutely has contributed to this, Jake Daniels, too, 17-years-old, that’s absolutely incredible.”


Chris (Redcar, formally Christine and the Queens, singer)

Chris Christine-and-the-Queens

 

Known for: Singer/ artist
Identifies as: LGBTQ+
Pronouns: he/him

Q: “I’ve been a man for a year now – a little more officially in my family and in my relationship. It is a long process.”

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Known for: Actress and Broadway star
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “[Many LGBTQ+ people] still feel the need to be constantly justifying why we deserve to be treated as equal beings, when really the only difference is that we love differently and we express ourselves differently.”

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Daria Kasatkina

Known for: Professional tennis player
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “This notion of someone wanting to be gay or becoming one is ridiculous. I think there is nothing easier in this world than being straight. Why make your life harder, especially in Russia? What’s the point?”


David Barta

Known for: Fitness trainer and reality TV personality who appeared in Ex on the Beach (US) season 5.
Identifies as: Sexually fluid. 
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “A big thing that has been going on for me, behind closed doors, in the past year and a half or so, has been my sexuality. Talking to guys is still pretty new for me. I’ve been interested in men for years now, I just haven’t been honest with myself”, “Call it Pansexual, call it Bisexual, call it Sexually Fluid (my preference), or all of the above. It’s me. Above all these titles, I’m just David. I’m still the same exact person, just a little more honest and open to what life has in store for me.”


Elizabeth Corrigan

Known for: Reality star who appeared on The Bachelor.
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “Am I ready? No. Am I scared? Yes. Will “the right time” come? Qualify it. It’s important to me today to share with you all that I am queer. More specifically, I am, always have been, and always will be bisexual” 


Ellia Green

Rugby star Ellia Green has come out and shared he is trans with the world

Known for: Olympic gold medallist and rugby player
Identifies as: Trans 
Pronouns: he/him

Q: “I’d like to help someone not feel so isolated by telling my story” 

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Emeli Sande, MBE

Known for: Singer and songwriter 
Identifies as: LGBTQ+
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “It’s taken me many years to find the strength to be myself. I’ve struggled for a long time to accept myself as I am. I’m so lucky to have found my soul mate Yoana, she’s such an extraordinary woman! Falling in love with her gave me the strength I needed! Feels so good to be in love and I feel happier than ever. I’m deeply touched by all your messages of love and support. Thank you so much for your acceptance and kind wishes. Feels like a huge weight has been lifted, here’s to a new beginning in truth and happiness! “


Gerard McCarthy

Known for: Actor and writer. 
Identifies as: Non-binary
Pronouns: they/ them, he /him

Q: “Going forward, I’m using the pronouns they/them as well as he/him. I don’t want anyone who has always referred to me as he/him to start overthinking it or worrying about it too much’

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Gina Pareno

Gina Pareno

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: LGBTQ+
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “Yes [I am LGBTQ+]. Why, is there a problem?”


Gisele Shaw

Known for: Professional wrestler
Identifies as: Trans-femme
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “Today, I’m fully living my life to the fullest; truly authentic, freely,” “I am transgender and I’m very proud.”

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Isaiah Rashad

Known for: Rapper and musician 
Identifies as: Sexually fluid
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “I’m still learning about it myself. I’m putting my head in the books to find out the basics of it, but, basically, like, I’m not in full control of, when I walk into a room, of who I’m attracted to”

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Jack Jablonski

Jack Jablonski

Known for: Hockey player / PR for NHL’s Los Angeles Kings
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “For me it felt like now that I’ve gotten to the point where I’m comfortable and proud of who I am and wanting to move forward in my life – I felt it was time to put that out there.”


Jake Daniels 

Known for: Professional footballer for Blackpool FC
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “It was impacting my mental health. Now I am just confident and happy to be myself finally.”

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Jaiden Animations

Known for: Youtuber, animator and video creator
Identifies as: Aroace
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “This is probably the most open I’ll ever get about my personal life”, “I’ve never been magnetically attracted to the look or shape of a single person in my entire life and did not realize it was a real thing until very recently”,  “I thought if I could help more people become more aware of this, then that would be awesome. I was confused as hell for a while and could’ve used something like this.”


Jamie Wallis MP

Known for: Conservative MP, first publicly open trans MP in the UK. 
Identifies as: Transgender
Pronouns: he/ him (“I plan to continue using he/him pronouns for the time being”)

Q: “I’m trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be”, “For a while it seemed as though I would be able to get on with things and move on. Being an MP and hiding something like this was always going to be tough, but I arrogantly assumed I was up for it. Well, I’m not.”

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Jena Malone

Jena Malone at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” premier in London

Known for: Actress
Identifies as: Pansexual 
Pronouns: she/ her

Q:  “I love humans. So there’s that.”

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Janelle Monae

Known for: Singer and Actress
Identifies as: Non-binary, pansexual 
Pronouns: they/ them, her/ she

Q: “I’m non-binary, so I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely. I feel all of my energy”

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Jasmine Kennedie

Known for: Drag performer who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race (US) season 14
Identifies as: Transgender
Pronouns: she/her

Q: “Growing up I always felt different. I never really fit the mold of what society has panned out for me to be”, “I am proud to say I am Kyle, and I am a trans woman,”


Jerrod Carmichael

Known for: Stand-up comedian
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him 

Q: “I thought I’d never, ever come out. At many points I thought I’d rather die than confront the truth of that, to actually say it to people. Because I know it changes some people’s perceptions of me. I can’t control that.”

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Jessica Phillips

Known for: Actress and Broadway star
Identifies as: Queer
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “It wasn’t about changing identities, rather expanding my identity”, “They [her two sons] were 100 percent on board and supportive and happy for me” 


John Cameron Mitchell

Known for: Actor, playwright, screenwriter, and director. 
Identifies as: Gay, non-binary.
Pronouns:  Outlets sought clarification over which pronouns the actor uses and didn’t get a response, but in features Mitchell frequently goes by he/ they/ them.

Q: Mitchell came out as gay during 1992 in a New York Times profile, then again as non-binary in 2022 during an interview with Pride. “Lately I’ve been getting a little bit of flack from some people saying ‘only trans people can play that role’ because it’s a trans role. I’m not trans, I’m non-binary”


Kat Dubrow

Known for: 15-year-old daughter of Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow
Identifies as: Lesbian
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: ‘By the way, I’m a lesbian’, “kats out of the bag!”


Lil Wop

Known for: Rapper
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “I’m Bisexual I Like Guys & Girls”


Luke Baines

Known for: Actor
Identifies as: LGBTQ+
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “I’ve been lucky enough to have been in love twice – the first with a woman, the second with a man. Label that however you like, but all I know is that… love is love.”

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M.A. Voepel

M.A. Voepel

Known for: Sports writer for ESPN
Identifies as: Trans
Pronouns: he/ him

Q:“In sports media, we’re lucky to tell stories of others’ journeys. We have our own, too. Part of mine is being transgender, and I’m transitioning to male.”


Maybelle Blair

Maybelle Blair

Known for: Baseball player
Identifies as: Lesbian
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “I hid for 75, 85 years, and this is actually basically the first time I’ve ever come out.”


Maria Thattil

Known for: TV personality and Miss Universe Australia 2020
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “I’m grateful that I could model how to have a feared, big conversation in a gentle, simple way with no shame or stigma. I’m grateful for everyone who shared their own stories with me after last night and bloody proud of some who came out – on the spot – to family members after witnessing the convo.”


Nick McCarthy

Known for: Professional rugby player
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “I struggled with coming out for a while and it was starting to impact on me and my happiness so it was the right decision. It affected me so much that I agonised over my future and contemplated walking away from rugby altogether, because I just didn’t think I could come out while playing rugby.”

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Nicole Serrano

Known for: Singer, Christian music 
Identifies as: Non-binary, lesbian 
Pronouns: she/ they

Q: “I just started slowly coming out to myself, basically, and realising this is how I’ve always been and that there was nothing I could do to like, earn or lose worthiness or love.”


Ola Hoftun Lillelien

Known for: Norwegian professional handball player
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “About half a year ago, I told my family, friends and teammates that I most likely do not end up with a sweet girl, but a handsome boy. The response was exclusively positive!”


Ozzy Lusth

Known for: Reality show star and Onlyfans creator who appeared on Survivor
Identifies as: Bisexual 
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “And for my Republican Colleagues, and anyone else who matters, Yeah I’m Bisexual.”


Peach PRC

Known for: Singer
Identifies as: Lesbian
Pronouns: she/ her

Q:  “Since this song has been blowing up, I guess now is a good time to tell you all: I’m a lesbian.”


Rae Williams

Known for: Reality star who appeared on The Ultimatum
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “I have been with one person, she’s amazing, and I had a really good connection with her but we kept it casual and I’m kind of figuring out myself and my sexuality, because I was very uncomfortable with being bi for a very long time.”


Ranboo

Known for: Twitch streamer
Identifies as: Unlabelled, but “okay with the gay label”
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “For those confused basically I guess I am technically unlabeled as the way I have kinda always gone around life just being attracted to whoever I am attracted to it just so happens that most of them line up with a ‘certain type’ you could say”


Rebel Wilson

Known for: Actress and comedian
Identifies as: LGBTQ+
Pronouns: she/ her

Q:I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess”

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Sanjaya Malakar

Sanjaya Malakar

Known for: American Idol contestant/ reality star  
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “At this point, I don’t care what people know of my sexuality”

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Sawyer Fredericks

Known for: Singer-songwriter who appeared on The Voice 
Identifies as: Bisexual
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “Since I have not publicly said this in a post, I wanted to say that I am bisexual”, “When I was younger I thought I was straight, because I was more attracted to women, and I didn’t know there were more options besides Gay and Straight,” 


Solomon Bates

Minor League Baseball player Solomon Bates

Known for: Baseball player. 
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “ I want to open up doors for gay athletes like me.”

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Tevin Campbell

Known for: Singer, songwriter and actor. 
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “There are a lot of kids, especially young Black boys, that need to see representation”

Read more: here


Tobin Heath

Known for: Olympic footballer 
Identifies as: Gay/ LGBTQ+
Pronouns: she/ her

Q: “I am GAY” (painted)

Read more: here.


Toby Rudolf

Toby Rudolf

Known for: Professional Rugby player. NRL.
Identifies as: LGBTQ+
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “Sexuality is very fluid. I’ve been out and kissed many gay men, kissed many straight women and kissed many gay women.”


Trinity The Tuck

Known for: Drag and recording artist who appeared on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and All Stars season 4.
Identifies as: Trans non-binary
Pronouns: she/ they

Q: “I still don’t know where my journey will take me but I am trans-NB. I wanted to share my feelings in hopes that others who felt like me would know they aren’t alone. Sending out love! I hope it finds you.”


Willow Pill

Known for: Drag artist who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race and All Stars season 14.
Identifies as: Trans femme
Pronouns: she/ they

Q: “I want to share this because I have felt so lonely keeping this to myself. I’ve rarely been able to talk to other people with similar stories, though I know there are many out there”, “I’m so tired of holding my pain in… I’m starting to finally feel bits of happiness with my face and body, and that’s a start. I love ya’ll so much!”


 

Zander Murray

Zander Murray

Known for: Professional footballer
Identifies as: Gay
Pronouns: he/ him

Q: “I knew I was different for many years, but with other people in the game coming out, it’s been amazing.”

Read more: here.