This year has been full of moving celeb coming out moments
BY NIC CROSARA, PHOTOGRAPH VIA DREAMSTIME
Tomorrow (11 October) marks the annual observation of National Coming Out Day. It’s a day used to offer support to anyone who is coming out. With that said, it’s not safe for everyone to come out. Everyone has their own journey. You don’t owe anyone a coming out. So if you’re unable to come out this year, I want to say, your queerness is still valid. We, here at Team DIVA, still love you and support you.
In the celebrity world, there has been an abundance of coming out moments in 2023. So if you want to feel inspired, join us in taking a look at some of our favourites…
The Last Of Us star came out as non-binary earlier this year in an interview with the New York Times, they told the publication that their gender has “always been very fluid”. The star went on to say that throughout life when “someone would call me ‘she’ or ‘her’ and I wouldn’t think about it, but I knew that if someone called me ‘he’ it was a bit exciting.”
In a moving personal essay for TIME, the American Horror Story and Glamorous star wrote about her transition for the first time and in turn came out to the world as a trans woman. She opened the essay with: “The gap is quickly closing between now and June 22: the day that my television series Glamorous will come out on Netflix. And along with it, I too will come out as the transgender woman I’ve been privately living as for the last few years.”
From starring in Barbie to reprising his role as Eric Effiong in Sex Education’s final season, it’s already been a big year for Ncuti Gatwa. And of course, he’s about to become our next Time Lord in Doctor Who. Earlier this year, the star also came out as queer during an interview with ELLE UK.
RuPaul’s Drag Race fans were ecstatic when finalist Adore Delano came out publicly as transgender in an emotional video which she shared on Instagram. “I wanted to let everybody know that I am transitioning and I kept it really, kind of hush-hush the first three months because I wanted to go through the beginning stages of the puberty privately,” she said. “I’ve found that it’s been very enlightening and has made me probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my adult life.”
The Stranger Things star came out to the world via TikTok. In the video caption, he wrote: “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was ‘we know'” and in the video, he can be seen lip-syncing: “You know what it never was. That Serious. It was never that serious. Quite frankly, it would never be that serious.”
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Earlier this year, Miss Universe Philippines Michelle Dee came out as bisexual after securing her title and crown. In an interview with Mega, she said: “I definitely identify myself as bisexual. I’ve identified with that for as long as I can remember. I’m attracted to all forms of beauty, all shapes and sizes.”
Beloved comedian and actor Mo’Nique came out as part of the LGBTQIA community in part of her Netflix standup special titled My Name Is Mo’Nique. In it she opens up about her family dynamic and how it caused her to refrain from opening up about her sexuality. She tells the audience, “I promised that I would never tell anyone, that I would take that to my grave. Because I saw how they treated the people in my family with that ‘disease.’ Because they made us believe that it was a disease, right?”
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