As time goes by, the world is becoming more and more supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals and this has paved the way for these 2018 celebrity coming out stories. From models to actors to musicians, plenty of stars came out as gay, bisexual, pansexual, and more in 2018. Coming out publicly can be very powerful. Despite the fact diversity is on the rise across television, movies, and other mediums, many groups still feel their experience is not touched on as often as it could be. The stories below helped many other LGBTQ+ people feel more accepted and represented in the media. Here, you’ll find a chronological list of people who came out this year with the most recent celebs to come out listed first.
Who are some famous people who came out in 2018? After a poem he penned caused widespread speculation about his sexuality, singer Jason Mraz confirmed he was attracted to both men and women in a Billboard interview. Amandla Stenberg, best known as Rue in The Hunger Games, came out as a lesbian in 2018. While Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monae would not confirm whether they were dating, they both opened up about their respective sexual orientations this year. If you’re curious to learn about more celebrities who came out in 2018, browse the list below!
I would identify now as gay…I think I realized vaguely at school that I was gay, like officially. There was a point that I just knew. I have a very private life, and because I haven’t been out, I’ve been nervous about people seeing my personality because I didn’t want them to jump to conclusions about me without knowing my whole story.
But I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, “Wow, does that mean I am gay?” And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it “two spirit,” which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.
How many times have I publicly referred to the community as ‘my fellow LGBTQ+’? Like, even on stage. I’ve been apart of the community for years. I even mentioned having crushes on girls when I was eight in a magazine before. I’ve been caught kissing girls in public.
I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care. If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place. I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I am attracted to.
I always was a bit hesitant when it came to relationships and romance growing up. I was never the friend in a relationship or talking about crushes, and I think that came from my own insecurity and feelings. I realized that the term “bisexual” is fluid and the label fit me perfectly and the feelings I was scared of in high school.
Thompson is rumored to be in a romantic relationship with Janelle Monae, but Thompson did not directly confirm or deny the relationship in the interview. She only stated that the two loved each other deeply and she understood why people speculated about their relationship.
Today, I’m proud that my entire team and the management of Minnesota United know that I am gay. I have received only kindness and acceptance from everyone in Major League Soccer and that has made the decision to come out publicly that much easier.
I struggled with self-harm growing up, and a lot of that stemmed from trying to mitigate my attraction to other women. I was destroying myself over something I can’t change. Maybe this will be the wake up call to someone who is homophobic or hateful, to show that who I love doesn’t change who I am.
“Girls” was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.
While rumored to be dating actress Tessa Thompson, Monae refused to discuss the specifics of her love life.
Cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. Not bi, not straight. i’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions.
Kevin Michael McHale
This is something that I thought was important to do for my own growth, for myself, to be unashamed, to connect to others, to connect to you more. I wanted to tell everyone that I am gay, and although that doesn’t change anything for me, and hopefully not for you, I just thought it was a really important thing to share with everyone.
Being a part of the LGBT community, which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible — that has been an incredible source of strength for me. LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there.
I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways. I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys.
Cory Michael Smith
I’m not prepared to go on my future journey alone,” he said, referencing his male partner in an interview, “I’m not going to do it ashamed or afraid or not proud of who I am as a person. And I hope, I hope people will not allow that to cloud who I am as a politician either.
Model Reece King came out as bisexual in a January 2018 Gay Timesinterview. He stated:
I think a lot more creative LGBTQ people have taken the limelight, especially on social media. We see them on mood boards at shoots for inspiration. If people just keep doing their thing unapologetically, it breaks down the barriers in more homophobic environments.
Thankfully, the reaction has been incredibly positive from close friends, peers, and promoters. I have had the opportunity to share stories with others in the same community and find support to help me embrace my sexuality.