We’re past the age where coming out stories are published in traditional media, like how Ellen Degeneres appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine to say, “Yep, I’m gay.” Other famous personalities include Lance Bass who was on the cover of People in 2006 and NBA player Jason Collins on Sports Illustrated in 2013.
Now, people are using social media in airing out their own stories. No need for interviews with reporters or writers, and definitely no more buying of magazines just to know the details. In fact, for the past two years, a long list of celebrities has publicly posted their coming out stories.
On January 2017, rapper Taylor Bennett posted on Twitter his coming out post that earned 17,000 likes and almost 7,000 comments.
The younger brother of Chance The Rapper gained confidence in coming out as young as 21 years old because of his fans. In an intimate dinner with some journalists, he shared the reason behind his confession.
“It wasn’t for any media, it wasn’t for anybody or any blogs or anything like that. I put it out there [on Twitter] for the fans because it was the day before my birthday — I was about to be 21 — and I just had certain points in time where I felt like I’m black, I’m a rapper — there’s a persona. You don’t want to do anything that makes your fans not like you anymore, but I realized, ‘F— it! Be yourself.’ You got to be yourself. That’s what I said; that’s what my parents have always told me. The only people I felt like I deserved to tell were my fans because if your fans don’t know you, how can they support you?”
For a music artist like Taylor, it was important to inspire others not just with his music but with every word that comes out from him.
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I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I'm becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different.. which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I've gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I've become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it's fucking inspiring… so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren't exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we're all one. Just love. Keiy. ❤
On the same year, The Flash actor revealed on Instagram a personal message which confirms he’s a bisexual. Part of the post reads, “I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes).”
It ends with an encouragement to everyone: “I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren’t exactly the same as us.”
His post gained likes and support from many, including his friend and British Actor Elliot Night who tweeted, “Could not be prouder of my best friend ♥.”
Another celebrity who utilized Twitter was RnB singer Kehlani. In her now-deleted tweets, Kehlani came out as a queer on her 23rd birthday.
Her tweets contained the following:
“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?”
“and since we on that… i’m the LEAST attracted to straight men, y’all really adorable sometimes tho. bisexual men really are little gifts from god tho”
Her tweets received both some backlash and support from different people.
Major League Soccer player Collin Martin celebrated Pride Month victoriously this year as he opened up, the first time in public, that he’s gay. His exciting tweet says, “Tonight my team, @MNUFC, is having their Pride night. It’s an important night for me — I’ll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall”
Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It's an important night for me — I'll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv
— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018
Martin shared that his friends, family, and teammates have extended their kindness and acceptance on his preferred gender. No wonder it was easy for him to find the push to finally let the world know.
However, not all coming out stories were welcomed warmly by the LGBTQ community. Such is the case with House of Cards actor, Kevin Spacey. Following an accusation from Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp that Spacey made unwanted advances toward him when he was 14 years old, Spacey released a statement on Twitter.
It says, “I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
In fairness to him, though he didn’t confirm the issue, he did say sorry if he acted in such an inappropriate manner.