Using the viral 'You know what it never was? That serious' audio on the popular app, Schnapp captioned the post: "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.'"
"Someone would call me 'she' or 'her' and I would think about it, but I knew that if someone called me 'he' it was a bit exciting," they said, also stating they opt for the nonbinary option on a form whenever they have the opportunity. "I'm very much just a person."
"Being gendered isn't something that I particularly like," they continued, talking about being nominated for a Critics' Choice Movie Award (a gender-neutral category) for Best Young Performer. "But in terms of pronouns, I really couldn't care less."
"Being called ‘they’ is the most truthful thing for me. That’s who I am the most," they explained. "You never fully know who you are, it’s ever-evolving. But I certainly think that people have gathered that I’m not 100 percent straight. I’m a little bit wavy, you know? That’s what I like to say."
The Czech professional soccer player made history in February when he became the first active international soccer player to publicly come out as gay.
"Like everybody else, I have my strengths, I have my weaknesses, I have my family, I have my friends," he said in a video posted to social media. "Like everybody else, I also want to live my life in freedom. Without fears. Without prejudice. Without violence. But with love. I’m homosexual and I no longer want to hide myself."
"Welp... this f*cking sucks. TLDR: I’m bi. Not the way I wanted to do this, but the chance to do it when I was ready was taken from me," he said in a statement on social media following the leak. "I’ve tried to keep my dating life private from social media. I’ve dated girls my whole life and suppressed feelings I had throughout high school being on the wrestling team, throughout college pursuing MMA, and even after making part of the dream happen and getting into the UFC."
"I’m a pretty masculine dude and that bro-y banter and [suspect] sense of humor has always been how I am. The thought of my buddies, teammates, and [people] I look up to looking at me different, let alone treating me different, for something I can't control was something I couldn’t fathom. In a sport like this where a majority of the fans being the homophobic c*cksuckers they are, I didn’t see myself doing this during this part of my career. I wanted to be known for my skills and what I’ve dedicated the last 11 years of my life to not and not the 'bi UFC fighter' that I’m sure would just be translated to 'gay UFC fighter.'"
After telling her story about her queer Uncle Tina and the dynamics within her family, especially her conservative, church-going grandmother, Mo’Nique opened up about her journey with sexuality in the comedy special. For years she said she buried her queer desires by ignoring them and sleeping with men. Mo’Nique “didn’t want her [grandmother] to love me privately” but she did come out to her father and recalled the story:
"I said, 'Daddy, I want to be with another woman sexually.' And he looked at me, so beautifully and so patient and so loving, and he said, 'B*tch, me too!'"
During an April interview with Radio Times, the 51-year-old Netflix Obsession star publicly opened up about his sexuality and the fact that he has a male partner, though he says he has been out to his close friends and family since the age of 19.
"[It] happened when I was 19 – to anybody who mattered – and I was always waiting for that question to punch me in the face, and it never did," he said. "I thought, 'Are people being polite, or is it that they don’t want to know?'"
"I believe my upbringing, in the homeschooled Christian niche that we were brought up in, stayed with me, both consciously and unconsciously, for years after leaving home for college," he said. "I always knew as an early teen I was different sexually, I just don’t think I had the vocabulary to articulate what the difference was."
"Where I’ve settled a home in Tennessee, legislators are proposing bills that threaten the freedom of love," he wrote. "It’s imperative that I speak my truth for not only myself, but in hopes to change hearts, minds, and laws in Tennessee and beyond."
"These issues are especially close to my heart as I’ve been in a loving, same-sex relationship with my partner for the past 8 years," he continued, though not labeling himself. "Those close to me are well aware, but it’s important to me to share publicly."
"I’m going through an interesting time, where for years, you may know I’ve struggled with OCD and anxiety really badly," he says in the video. "And one of the things I’ve obsessed about has been my sexuality."
He said that he started thinking about his sexuality in childhood, but really began exploring it in his 20s.
"I don’t really have any particular answers yet, other than it’s something that I’m exploring in my music and exploring in my mind, and I’m going to be exploring in my life."
“The gap is quickly closing between now and June 22: the day that my television series Glamorous will come out on Netflix,” she wrote in the essay. “And along with it, I too will come out as the transgender woman I’ve been privately living as for the last few years.”
In the essay, Benny also mentioned how the HBO series Veneno about a Spanish trans woman named Cristina Ortiz who shot to fame in the ’90s when a newscaster interviewed her, changed the way she looked at herself.
“There’s a scene in the series where the main character, a young queer person, meets their icon, an elder transgender woman who goes by the stage name La Veneno. The young queer person gets to ask her, ‘When did you start transitioning?’ And Veneno answers and turns to her admirer to ask, ‘And when will you start?’” Benny remembers.
“It was a punch to the gut,” she continues. “Because I knew that if somebody asked me that question, I would become painfully aware of how much time I felt I had wasted by not transitioning sooner.”
The Bravolebrity, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Orange County fame, publicly came out as bisexual in a June episode of RHOC, revealing she was in a five-year relationship with another woman before she got married to her first husband Russell Armstrong.
“Most people are surprised to find out that I’m bisexual probably just because of stereotypes,” she explained in the episode. “I mean, it’s not something I broadcast, but I'm open to all people who have great souls that you can love.”
In the episode, Porcella (who has over 2.5 million followers on Instagram) was having a conversation with trans influencer Wendy Guevara and bisexual singer Apio Quijano, who were both encouraging him and offered to hold hands. As the three held hands, Guevara and Quijano said their names and that they accept their identities as a trans woman and bisexual man. That’s when Porcella got the courage to speak his own truth.
“Hi, I’m Nicola and I accept that I am pansexual,” he said.
Before joining the Jaguars organization, Maxen worked for the Baylor Bears and the Vanderbilt Commodores. He also played football himself during his college years when he was a linebacker for Western Connecticut State University.
"I don’t want to feel like I have to think about it anymore," Maxen, who also revealed he had been in a relationship with another man for two years, told Outsports. "I don’t want to feel like I have to lie about who I am seeing, or why I am living with someone else. I want to be vocal in support of people living how they want to live, but I also want to just live and not feel fear about how people will react."
"I am a woman," said during their interview. "I've never said that publicly, but I've been fully confident in that decision for over a year now."
In April, Tyson announced publicly that she had begun Hormone Replacement Therapy two months earlier when a "fan" made a tweet asking what happened when her appearance changed.
She followed up that tweet by saying, "Informed consent HRT saved my and many others’ lives. The hurdles GNC people have to jump through to get life-saving gender-affirming healthcare in a 1st world country is wild to me. Just let people make informed decisions about their own bodies."
"For a while, I was trying gender fluid," Tyson then told Padilla. "I was like, what's making me feel like I'm bi-gender? What is tying me to this masculinity? And really, it was after a lot of talking with a therapist and a lot of self-reflection, I realized it was really just the societal pressure of, 'You're Chris from MrBeast. You're the guy that starts the fires. You're the guy that builds the stuff.' And like, my whole life, I've enjoyed doing those things, but I've never really felt like 'the guy.'"
Tyson also announced that she will continue going by Kris on the internet, but has a new name among family and friends.
"For the longest time, even to say it to some of the closest friends, it would make my hands shake. I would get so nervous. But now, I can say I’m a woman. I’m happy to say I'm a woman. It’s something that’s honestly so freeing."
After taking a two-year hiatus from live shows, Atae (who is best known for being a part of the J-pop group AAA, which dissolved in 2021) performed to the crowd and made a surprising but impactful statement to them, saying:
"I respect you and believe you deserve to hear this directly from me. For years, I struggled to accept a part of myself. But now, after all I have been through, I finally have the courage to open up to you about something. I am a gay man."
"There's been a lot of talk about my body and questions about my gender going around the internet and in my comment sections and stuff," Delano said in her Instagram video post. "But yeah I just want to explain everything that's been happening these last few months."
"So yeah, I wanted to let everyone know that I am transitioning," she continued. "It's made me probably the happiest I've ever been in my adult life."
In August, Windey, who is most known for ABC's The Bachelorette, publicly revealed on Instagram that she was in a romantic relationship with another woman, comedian and writer Robby Hoffman.
"It’s hard to get it out all right now but I know everyone’s been really curious about who I’m dating," the realotuy TV star said in an Instagram Story post. "You know I love to stir the pot and tease, but I did want to wait until I was ready, because it is a larger conversation — because I’m dating a girl."
"It’s been honestly truly, like really, the best experience over these last three months," she cotninued. "And I’ve been in a relationship like I feel like I’ve never had before."
During an interview with La Tercera promoting his autobiography, González talked more about coming out, saying, “I suppose it’s no longer an issue. But yes, I’m gay. And if I’m going to make it public, I prefer to do it in this book.”
"In doing my research, both with myself and just with the world, I couldn’t say if I was bisexual, because I had to really see what that was, especially because I really have not gotten a chance to act on anything," he said. "So, I came to pansexual because – and I know that I’m completely messing up the dictionary meaning – but to me, pan means being able to be attracted to anyone who identifies as gay, straight, bi, [transgender], or non-binary. Being able to be attracted across the board. And, I think, at least for me for right now, that is the proper place. I took pan to mean that not only can I be attracted to any of these people or types physically, but I could be attracted to the person that is there."
“When I went on national television for the first time, I was like, ‘Let me definitely bottle this up inside.’ And by doing that, I kind of showed, like, that really aggressive athletic side of me. And I never got to also show the softer side of me, which I feel came from suppressing that again.”
He also told the publication that fellow Big Brother alum Frankie Grande and fitness influencer Shaun T helped him process his feelings and gather the courage to come out.
“They really kind of helped me along the way,” he revealed. “They knew way before everybody else.”
“I remember being at Manchester Pride, going through the streets with all my boys, shaking my cha-chas, living it up when I saw this woman who looked exactly like my auntie,” Gatwa said, recalling a special moment he had with a stranger when attending a Pride celebration in Manchester. “We were holding hands, and she said to me, ‘I don’t really know why I’m here. I’m just here.’ I told her, ‘Honey, you don’t need to know. You absolutely. Do not. Need. To. Know. You’re here. Be proud of who you are.’”
“I had never met another queer Rwandan person before,” Gatwa continued. “I thought I was the only one in the world.”
“This album is dedicated to the light of my life, my beloved partner and best friend Evans Richardson, who passed away in April,” he wrote. “He was an absolute gem of a person, full of life, love, laughter, curiosity, integrity, and joy. He was one of those rare and beautiful ones you find only once in a lifetime—precious, impeccable, and absolutely exceptional in every way.”
In an October post made to X (formerly Twitter), the beloved drag performer (who is most known for competing on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the fourth season of The Boulet Brothers' Dragula) came out as trans and announced that she is "deciding to choose" herself and moving forward with her transition.