I don't think it's really a shock to anyone that people come out of the closet each and every year. Sometimes the people who come out shock the world, but I don't think that happens too often. Usually, there's something that gives them away to the public before they make their official statement about being gay (some other letter from LGBTQ+).
And let's be honest. No sane person in the general public really cares about people coming out of the closet unless those people happen to be celebrities. Now, there have already been quite a few outings throughout the year, but there are some that we have yet to mention.
So, sure, we knew that Barry Manilow finally came out. Aaron Carter also left his closet this year (which I'm sure surprised no one). But this article is about some other celebs who are also significant in the tabloid world. Kristen Stewart is now on the list. Kevin Spacey made the list in a very unfortunate and creepy way. Let's not forget the very brief rap star Lil Peep who also passed away this year (not related to coming out, we hope).
16 Teddy Quinlivan
For those of you who don't know the smokin' hot supermodel Teddy Quinlivan, just take a guess at how old she is. She's only 23! I'm not saying she looks old, but she definitely looks like she's got a better head on her than a 23-year-old. Anyway, Quinlivan's outing was something she used to make a statement on behalf of all trans individuals. “We deserve justice, and I will use my voice to help our diverse, vibrant and resilient trans communities overcome these obstacles and thrive.” It's nice to see someone come out in the modeling business and use her public platform to try and make a difference. When this happens in Hollywood, there's not always much of a statement made. Usually, the tabloids out those stars and they beat around the wrong bush for a while before officially coming out.
15 Lil Peep
Lil Peep was only 21 years old when he died. Shortly after Aaron Carter came out of the closet as bisexual, Lil Peep did the very same thing. Some people think that bisexuals are just greedy, but come on now...they just appreciate being able to get a lot more action because they're open to more. You can't really fault someone for that. I mean, unless you're Trump or a part of his government. Anyway, that's not what is important. Unfortunately, not all that long after Lil Peep came out, he died of what seems to have been an overdose. A lot of people don't think it was on purpose, but there were apparently some damning texts that make it seem like he knew what he was doing. One can only hope that it had nothing to do with his coming out.
14 Lauren Jauregui
Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui came out as a bisexual this year and did so in a pretty awesome way. She wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump. She's opened with this “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it...I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another.” While that might not be entirely true (the bit about only projecting love and education), the fact that this singer went out of her way to direct her outing right at Trump is pretty awesome. The fact that she's the child of immigrants also went right into the letter “I am proud to be the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world with a different language and culture and immerse themselves fearlessly to start a better life for themselves and their families.”
13 Rutina Wesley
For those of you who like vampires, werewolves and all manner of weird and supernatural creatures, you might remember Rutina Wesley from True Blood. She was also a star on the show Queen Sugar. I don't know much about that second show other than it was produced by Oprah Winfrey...so I'm sure it was an inspirational show of some sort...Anyway, Wesley came out in a rather grand way. It was rather cute as well. She came out by announcing her engagement to her fiancé. I have a sneaking suspicion though that her fiancé (Chef Shonda) probably told Wesley that she better come out to the public or they would never get engaged. I don't know that for sure, I just know that if I was her fiancé, I wouldn't say yes unless she came out with it.
12 Kevin Spacey
No, this is a bit of a touchy one. Apparently, people in Hollywood had known for a very long time that Kevin Spacey was gay. A lot of people in the general public assumed he was as well, but he had never officially come out of the closet to the world. Not until he was accused of being a bit too naughty with a rather young man. That's a pretty sh*tty way of coming out. And when he did use that accusation to finally officially come out, the gay community was really pissed off at him. They thought that he was using his coming out to try and hide from the fact that he assaulted a 14-year-old boy. And let's be honest, that probably was in his mind a little bit. It did take heat away from him for a little bit, until the gay community basically said: "No, f*ck you Spacey!"
11 Shepard Smith
It's not every day that a Fox host comes out of the closet. And it's definitely not every day that such a host is able to keep his job, considering how people at Fox tend to be. When Smith did come out, there was a lot of controversy over whether or not Roger Ailes had basically told Smith never to talk about it. I don't want to say it's a good thing that a bigot like Roger Ailes died, but it did seem to give Smith the ability to be far more comfortable about his way of life. Though, to be fair to Ailes, Smith did say that Ailes was always very respectful of him and the fact that he is gay. Coworkers don't agree with that though. Apparently, they all witnessed Ailes talking down to Smith simply because he knew that Smith was gay.
10 Brandon Flynn
So, here's the thing. Brandon Flynn has come out, but not in a specific way at all. He made everyone aware that he is definitely a part of the LGBT community, but he didn't say which letter best described him. He did, however, say “too many of my friends have been kicked out of their homes, kept in the closet, beat up, killed, ridiculed by church and state, institutionalized. And you are scared that if we vote YES, you won’t be able to show your hate for us. F*ck that.” If you're wondering just what this is about, it was about a vote to have marriage equality in Australia. The message was directly about a pilot who did some skywriting and gave everyone over Sydney the message that they should "vote no". I'm glad that Flynn decided to be so direct.
This guy came out almost right at the start of the year. It was January of this year that the hip-hop artist decided to rap out of the closet. I guess he had some sort of discrimination before or was dealing with being annoyed or pissed off at the general public always wanting to know more about him. So he took to Twitter and typed: “I can’t tell u about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it’s time I’ve come out,” He continued in another tweet “Since y’all love breaking news, here’s some old news to break: I’m gay. And now I’ve told u about my life, maybe u can go live yours” I guess he's tired of people being so interested in his life. He'd rather people deal with their own lives. And that's a perfectly normal attitude...though not frequent for celebrities.
8 Hanne Gaby Odiele
“I feel humbled and privileged to use my platform as a model to give a voice to other intersex people across the globe who have felt they have no voice,” she mentioned on Intersex Awareness Day. “I’ll continue to speak out on this issue and work to persuade the world that intersex people deserve protection, love, and acceptance. To be fair, this doesn't quite detail in what way Odiele is intersex. But, on the other hand, it's really no one's business to know anyway. The thing that I find interesting about celebrities who come out is that I actually don't really care. They can do whatever with their lives. Unless they go out of their way to hurt people, I'm not likely going to care what or who they do. But I know there are plenty of people who really want to know.
7 Alia Shawkat
Does anyone remember the show Arrested Development? I never really dug into it, but I know a lot of people who love that show. Well, star of that show, Alia Shawkat decided to come out this past May, even though she's been pretty aware of her bisexuality since she was a child. “I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, ’Are you attracted to boys or girls?’ I said I don’t know”. Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.” Shawkat has decided to take a stronger viewpoint in the world, using her platform of celebrity to speak out and help those who may be too afraid to come out of the closet.
6 Greyson Chance
You might recall Greyson Chance from seven years ago when he blew up on YouTube with his performance of Lady GaGa's hit song Paparazzi. He was only 12 years old at the time, which is pretty incredible. Apparently, he was beginning to get comfortable with the fact that he was gay when he was 16, but wasn't quite comfortable enough to fully come out. Last year, he signed up with Ellen DeGeneres' label (which I didn't know she had) to record an EP called Somewhere Over My Head. I guess, with that degree of success, Greyson decided it was time to take the chance of coming out to the public. And why not? He's recording under Ellen's music label. I think he's pretty safe to come out and not worry about much discrimination at work.
5 Kristin Stewart
Everyone knows Kristen Stewart as that forever-nauseous-looking girl who just wishes she could be in vampire love for eternity. Well, that is the character she played that everyone knows her for anyway. It's been a while since Twilight finished though (thank goodness), but Kristen Stewart has never quite gone away from the public eye. That being said, I think if she didn't come out this year, she probably would be on her way out of the tabloids and out of the camera lens of the paparazzi. I'm not saying that's why she came out. I'm just saying that people didn't care much about her anymore until she came out. So, now the two things she's known for this year are buzzing her hair off and coming out of the closet.
4 Haaz Sleiman
Haaz Sleiman probably gave one of the best speeches when he came out. It's pretty incredible actually. He started out by being pretty direct about his sexuality. “I am a gay, Muslim, Arab-American man, and I’m going to take it even further: Not only am I gay, but I’m also a bottom. Not only am I a bottom, but I’m also a total bottom—which means I like it up you-know-where.” If that wasn't direct enough, he also went out of his way to say he'll kick your ass if you mess with him. “And I say this to all the homophobes living in the United States of America and across the globe, if you ever come to me, to kill me just because I’m gay, I will destroy you. I might be gay and I might be a nice guy, but don’t get it twisted because I will f*ck you up.”
“Any anxiety I had beforehand melted away… For Ru and the judges, it was a total non-issue. I felt totally loved and accepted. Can I get an amen?” Peppermint was a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race. She officially came out as a transgender woman, and gave the above statement. I find it interesting that she would say "can I get an amen" though. It's not like religious people have historically been totally cool with people coming out as a gay never mind coming out as transgendered. But hey, if Peppermint's faith keeps her going and she feels like she gets support from it, then good for her. She's not in the majority there, but it's a good thing she has that. Her coming out as she did, made her the first transgendered contestant on the show to that point.
2 Dan Amboyer
Alright, before we even really get too far into Dan Amboyer's coming out story...I just think it's too awesome that he's laying there with a pussycat. Especially considering what he apparently has no interest in. Anyway, Dan Amboyer came out this October when he married his man Eric Beric. “I want to live my life moving forward with integrity and pride...we might start a family one day and I would feel so strange if I didn’t celebrate that with all of my family and friends and share that with the fans. This is just the beginning of a wonderful future.” He was apparently told not to come out before in his career because he might not get the amount or kind of work in Hollywood that he would want. Apparently, he's never played a gay character before, and it seems like people still find him hunky anyway.
1 Brian Michael Smith
Brian Michael Smith is not exactly an A-list actor in the business, but he's been in a bunch of shows and has enough notoriety that people have taken notice of his coming out as transgender in July. He's been in shows like Blue Bloods, Girls, Chicago P.D., Person of Interest, Gossip Girl and Queen Sugar. The last show is the one in which Smith decided it was time to come out. He played the role of a transgendered police officer and exploring that character gave him the courage to publicly announce that he too was transgendered. “When I saw the breakdown for Toine, I felt this was the role I was looking for, it was a dream come true in so many ways.” Toine was the name of the character Smith played on Queen Sugar.