2021 was a great year for the girls, as tons of women in the spotlight came out and showed us their authentic selves. These are the women who inspire us to be our best selves and help queer women everywhere figure out who they are.
Here are 31 women who came out as lesbian, queer, pan, bi, trans, or sapphic this year!
The Dance Moms alum, social media superstar, and now, Dancing With the Stars runner-up, came out back at the beginning of 2021, posting an image of herself wearing a shirt that said “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” She has since clarified she identifies as pansexual.
Women’s Basketball legend Candace Parker officially came out this year when she made a celebratory post in honor of her second wedding anniversary to fellow WNBA player Anya Petrakova. The couple also announced that they’re expecting a baby!
Alexandra Shipp, known for roles in Love, Simon, the X-Men franchise, and Tick, Tick… Boom! came out as queer during Pride Month. She also starred in a new sapphic music video with Hayley Kiyoko for the song “Chance.”
The Crown star and Golden Globe winner Emma Corrin came out as queer and updated her pronouns to she/they this year. They’ve also posted pics of them binding and talked about former relationships with women.
Whitman, a popular actor and voice actor who’s been in everything from Arrested Development and Good Girls, to Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, came out as pansexual this year. She’s currently starring as the lesbian witch Amity in the Disney show The Owl House, and said she wished she had seen shows like that when she was a kid.
The face behind the viral “Leave Britney Alone” video came out as trans and started her transition this year. “Tomorrow is my appointment for hormone replacement therapy. It’s been 33 years coming and I’m happy to be in a place where I can embrace who I am,” she said.
Balfour, an actress known for her roles in Bomb Girls and For All Mankind, came out on the last day of Pride Month, and then, in December, she and Abbi Jacobson revealed they’ve been in a relationship together for over a year.
23-year-old Dickinson star Ella Hunt came out as “queer and happy to be out,” on social media this year. In Dickinson, she plays Sue Gilbert, Emily Dickinson’s eventual sister-in-law who she had a romantic relationship with.
Singer Ezra Furman had been out as nonbinary for a while, but came out as a trans woman this year, saying “I wanted to share with everyone that I am a trans woman, and also that I am a mom and have been for a while now (like 2+ years).”
Former WWE wrestling star Gabbi Tuft came out as a trans woman this year in a post where she said, “This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do.”
Canadian Ice Dancer and Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver came out as a queer woman. “Over the last year, with a lot of time to think, feel, and connect with myself, I’ve come to a place of acceptance,” she wrote. “I identify as queer woman and this is something I’ve known for a long time but was not ready to face.”
27-year-old WWE star Kayla Braxton came out as bi this year. “My whole life, I’ve had to choose. Are you Black? Are you white? Which bubble do you fill in on the SATs?” It’s a feeling many mixed race people can relate to,” she tweeted. “I always filled in ‘other’ because nothing applied to me. Tonight, I choose to be over having to choose. Hello, world. I’m Kayla. Oh. And yeah – I’m bi.”
At the start of Pride Month, 23-year-old Legacies star Kaylee Bryant came out as queer. On Legacies, she plays Josie Saltzman, a teen witch who is the first pansexual character to appear in the Vampire Diaries universe.
The pro wrestler came out as bisexual when she took over WWE NXT’s Instagram stories during Pride. “I’m bi and it feels good to say it,” she said. “It’s something I’ve been really comfortable with for a long time. I just never expressed it.”
YouTuber and Philosophy Tube creator Abigail Thorn came out as trans this year. “Hello friends,” Thorn wrote and read in an announcement. “I’m delighted to say I’m a trans woman; my name is Abigail and you can refer to me with she/her.”