18 Celebrities Who Publicly Came Out in 2017

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18 Celebrities Who Publicly Came Out in 2017

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18 Celebrities Who Publicly Came Out in 2017

It’s not easy to come out as anything but straight and cisgender when you’re famous, but the stars in this gallery did just that this year, and we’re as proud of them as they are of their identities.

Here are the celebrities who came out in 2017.

18 Celebrities Who Publicly Came Out in 2017
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1. Cody Alan

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1. Cody Alan

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This CMT host came out as gay in January, telling People, “Wherever you come from, whoever you are, whatever cards you’ve been dealt: You can find the kind of love, peace and happiness in this life you deserve.”

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2. Taylor Bennett

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2. Taylor Bennett

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Chance the Rapper’s brother told fans he’s bisexual in January.

“Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality & being attracted 2 one sex & today I would like to openly come out to my fans,” he tweeted.

“I do recognize myself as a bisexual male & do & have always openly supported the gay community & will keep doing so in 2017.”

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3. ILoveMakonnen

3. ILoveMakonnen

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This Atlanta rapper came out as gay in January, tweeting, “As a fashion icon, I can’t tell u about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it’s time [I] come out.

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4. Gia Gunn

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4. Gia Gunn

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After wowing fans in Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Gia came out as transgender this March.

“I identify as female and I am indeed transgender,” she said on Instagram. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.”

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5. Anthony Bowens

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5. Anthony Bowens

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This WWE wrestling star discussed his bisexuality in a March profile in Outsports and has been posting cute pics with boyfriend Michael Pavano ever since.

“I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” he said. “I realized I have a unique platform to spread awareness about ongoing issues in the world, to break stereotypes and show everyone that they can be themselves and do whatever they put their minds to no matter what their sexuality is.”

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6. Alia Shawkat

6. Alia Shawkat

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Best known for Arrested Development but currently starring in Search Party, Alia told OUT she’s bisexual.

“I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor,” she said in the May interview.

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7. Zeke Smith

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7. Zeke Smith

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This two-time Survivor star was publicly outed as transgender by fellow contestant Jeff Varner in a controversial April episode of Game Changers, the latest season of the CBS show.

“I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story,” Zeke told People. “I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game. I just wanted to be known for my game.”

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8. Shawn Barber

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In April, This Canadian Olympian and track and field champ told Facebook fans he was “gay and proud!”

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9. Barry Manilow

9. Barry Manilow

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Not only did this pop icon come out as gay in April, he revealed his nearly 40-year relationship with manager-turned-husband Garry Kief.

“He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life — and a great guy, too,” he told People.

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10. Kristen Stewart

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10. Kristen Stewart

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K.Stew’s relationships with women have been well-documented, but she only addressed her sexuality this year.

“You’re not confused if you’re bisexual,” she said in a March interview with The Guardian. “It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.”

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11. Daniel Newman

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11. Daniel Newman

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This Walking Dead actor opened up about being bisexual in March on Twitter and on YouTube.

“I don’t want to be hidden and have to dodge the question,” he told People. “I’m proud of who I am.”

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12. Shannon Purser

12. Shannon Purser

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This fan fave from Stranger Things and Riverdale came out as bi in April.

“I don’t normally do this, but I figure now is as good a time as any to get personal,” she tweeted. “I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends,”

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13. Keiynan Lonsdale

13. Keiynan Lonsdale

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Wanna date this star of The Flash? Men and women are welcome to apply!

“I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming,” he wrote on Instagram in May.

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14. Jill Soloway

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14. Jill Soloway

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In a conversation with The Guardian published in May, this creator of Transparent said they themselves are trans and prefer gender-neutral pronouns.

“I identify as trans, which means that I am not seeking to synthesise my appearance with the label assigned to me at birth and instead am opting to live in a space where a label other than male or female is used to define me,” they said.

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15. Diora Baird

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This model and actress — known for her roles in Wedding Crashers and Shameless — revealed she was in a relationship with comedian Mav Viola in May.

“It took me years to accept who I truly was. I tried to be what was expected of me, but I have reached the point where I don’t want to hide anymore,” she told The Advocate.

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16. Jordan Gavaris

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16. Jordan Gavaris

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“Oh, I’m gay,” this Orphan Black star told Vulture in an interview published in June.

“Nobody ever asks me. I’ve never been asked. Like, the whole course of the series.”

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17. Natalie Morales

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17. Natalie Morales

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The former Parks & Recreation star closed out Pride Month by coming out as queer.

"I don't like labeling myself, or anyone else, but if it's easier for you to understand me, what I'm saying is that I'm queer," she wrote in a post on Amy Poehler's Smart Girls website.

"What queer means to me is just simply that I'm not straight. That's all."

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18. Thomas Dekker

18. Thomas Dekker

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The Heroes actor came out as gay in an essay to fans on Twitter Thursday, July 13. The 29-year-old also revealed he married his husband in April!

"My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to ‘out' me,” he wrote, reportedly referring to Heroes writer Bryan Fuller. 

“While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots."

He continued, "While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier."

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It’s not easy to come out as anything but straight and cisgender when you’re famous, but the stars in this gallery did just that this year, and we’re as proud of them as they are of their identities.

Here are the celebrities who came out in 2017.