The LGBTQ+ community has been an integral group to performing arts since the beginning of entertainment itself—even if they sometimes refused to admit it. Over the years, there's been a steady increase in LGBTQ+ representation in movies, TV, and music. Actors, actresses, and musicians who bring entertainment to life are risking it all to be who they really are.
There's been a stigma around the LGBTQ+ community, especially on the silver screen, and that's made it hard for celebrities who identify as LGBTQ+ to speak freely about themselves and their identities. While there has been progress in the entertainment industry, there's still a long way to go. We found 50 stunning celebrities who have come out as a part of the LGBTQ+ community. These celebrities are providing hope for their community and showing that members of the LGBTQ+ community truly are everywhere and can do anything.
Lil Nas X
The break-out rap-country star Lil Nas X became an almost overnight global sensation with his song Old Town Road, which featured Billy Ray Cyrus. Not only that, Lil Nas X made history as the first openly gay musician to be nominated for a Country Music Association Award. He was the first musical artist to come out as gay while his record was sitting at number one, where it stayed for over 19 weeks.