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.
Even though the artist came out publicly early in his career, he worries about the well-being of his fans who may still be indecisive about coming out. In April of 2020, during an interview, he told the Guardian “I 100% want to represent the LGBT community. I don’t want to encourage them to do something they don’t 100% want to do.”
Did you know...
- After her role as First Lady came to an end, Jackie Kennedy went into the publishing business. She became an associate editor at Doubleday and worked mostly on autobiographies. In fact, she was one of two original editors for Michael Jackson's 2009 autobiography Moonwalk, a #1 New York Times bestseller.
- In the summer of 2007, Joh Hamm became a household name when Mad Men premiered to critical acclaim and strong ratings. Just over a year and a half later, Ellie Kemper stole America's hearts (and Dwight's and Andy's) when she became the new receptionist on The Office. Before they were famous, Hamm was Kemper's high school drama teacher!
- In February 2020, Jeff Bezos bought the most expensive property in California: a $165 million mansion. It was designed for Jack Warner (the former president of Warner Bros. entertainment company). It took a decade to construct (spanning the 1930s and 40s). It comes complete with 9 acres of Beverly Hills land, a main house, a guest house, a tennis court, a golf course, and terraces.
- Björk created a media sensation when she wore her iconic white swan dress to the 2001 Oscars. At the time, many derided it as hideous and a publicity stunt, but it has since gone down as one of the most memorable dresses of all time—even if it isn't exactly beloved. She says David Bowie was the inspiration behind the dress.
- When Rihanna debuted her famous red locks in 2010 (around the same time she was featured on Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie"), she started a red-hair trend. Over the next twelve months, she changed her hairstyle 13 times—more than once a month! But that came at a pricey cost. Sources say the annual price tag came out to $1,168,000 on just her hair.