Influencers and Celebrities Come Out for Equality in 2021

by Jesse St. Andre

In honor of National Coming Out Day, here are a few of the standout coming out moments in pop culture from the last year.

Actor and activist Elliot Page came out as trans and non-binary on December 1, 2020 in a Twitter post. They wrote: "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."

Bollywood fashion designer Saisha Shinde came out as a transwoman on January 1. Her name means “a meaningful life.”

Professional wrestler Mr. Grim - also kown as “Hitman for Hire” - came out as pansexual on January 1st.

Jojo Siwa came out on January 22nd while showing off a shirt that was a gift from her cousin. She’s since gone on to compete on Dancing with the Stars as half of the show’s first same-sex competing pair.

Country singer T.J. Osborne came out as gay on February 3rd, saying that he wants “to get to the height of my career being completely who I am.”

Former WWE Wrestler Gabbi Tuft came out as trans on February 5. She wrote: “I am no longer afraid and I am no longer fearful. I can now say with confidence, that I love myself for WHO I am.”

Model and actress Lux Pascal came out as trans in an interview with Ya magazine.

Singer Demi Lovato came out as pansexual on March 30. They then came out as non-binary on May 19, just over a month and a half later.

Nikki Hiltz, an elite runner from the United States, came out as non-binary April 2 in an Instagram post.

Singer-songwriter Kehlani came out as lesbian in a TikTok video on April 22.

Reality TV star and dancer Zackery Torres came out as transgender on June 1 in a TikTok video.

Jason Brown, champion figure skater, came out as gay on June 11 - also via an Instagram post.

On June 21, Carl Nassib became the first NFL player to come out as gay. He came out in an Instagram video.

Japanese singer Hikaru Utada came out as non-binary on June 26 in a Twitter video.

Stevie, an online celebrity and Eminem’s child, came out as gender fluid on June 17 in an Instagram post.

NHL player Luke Prokop came out as gay on July 19 via an Instagram post.

Lucilla Boari of Italy’s Olympic team came out on live TV when she got a video call from her girlfriend during a post-victory interview.