As we celebrate Pride Month, let us be more open about how blatant the entire spectrum of colors and sexual orientations have been for a long time as we learn that many of our childhood-favorite celebrities, teenage-heartthrobs and adulthood’s potential spouses were homosexual and bisexual all this time. With time, there has been an increase in the number of people who have finally revealed themselves by defying heterosexuality being the norm by stepping out of the closet. A major influence and motivation, especially for younger people, in being honest about who they are and what they love have been the singers they listen to and the artists they love to watch.
Sometimes, all it takes for someone to gather up the courage and divulge their true self is a single person showing them how being free from the restraints of a conventional society has worked out for them perfectly. Celebrities are privileged to have the right kind and the right amount of access to the public, providing them with an apt platform to help bring the much needed change.
20 Celebrities and Music Artists Who Opened Up about Their Sexuality
Following are some of the celebrities who never shied away from being outspoken about their lives:
1. Megan Fox
Source: Megan's Twitter Account (@MeganFox)
She was born in Rockwood, Tennessee, as Megan Denise Fox. She began her acting training at the age of 5 and later moved to Florida where she finished her school. Having starred in box office giants like “Transformers”, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” etc. She’s incredibly open about her sexuality as being bisexual!
2011, Megan Fox talked to “The Esquire” saying, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual,”
One of her famous quotes about being bisexual is about Olivia Wilde; “I could see myself in a relationship with a girl; Olivia Wilde is so sexy she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox with my bare hands. She's mesmerizing.”
2. Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury's Twitter Account (@MercuryMOTG)
Given the family that he hailed from, the general antagonizing perception by the society about gays and queers, Mercury had tried to beat around the bush about his sexuality. However, fame is the brightest light that can illuminate even the darkest of your secrets. To the world, he had a wife, but the arrangement likened a friendship more than anything else. His sexuality is still marred by ambiguity, many questioning if he was gay or bisexual, but no matter what label we use to describe his persona, he never hid his desires and put up a good show about his inner-self in almost every piece of music and every video that he has ever rolled out.
3. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie doesn’t need an introduction; we all know precisely who she is. Being probably one of the biggest actresses of this era, Jolie sets an example of being fearless about one’s sexuality.
Back in 2003, she was speaking to 20/20 when she said "[I was] surprised when I suddenly found myself having these feelings I always had for men, but for a woman, and wanting to kiss her and wanting to touch her,"
4. Kristen Stewart
@kristenstewartx on Instagram
The killer combo of an RBF and bisexuality makes Stewart the contemporary illustration of how embracing your sexuality is important in life. The Twilight heroin has never been tight-lipped about her inclination towards women, in addition to being in relationships with men. Never to turn down a prospective affiliation regardless of gender, Stewart gives hope to many young people who might be hiding behind a façade in order to conform.
5. Laura Pergolizzi
Laura Pergolizzi's Instagram account (@iamlpofficial)
Better known by her initials, LP, Pergolizzi has given us some of the best tracks of the century, together with the courage to finally be honest about our sexual orientation. The “Lost On You” star has never been ashamed to be true about her being a lesbian. You go, girl!
6. Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Place on Twitter (@evilhag)
How deadly can a funny bisexual be? Meet Plaza, the funniest and the most easy-to-get-along-with celebrity of our time. It took her a long time to finally accept herself and divulge it to people. Well, we guess it is okay to take your time.
7. Daniel Newman
Daniel Newman on Twitter (@DanielNewman)
It took a girl to express her reverence for the Homeland star in return for his support to the LGBT cause to finally coerce him into revealing that he is anything but straight. Two years ago, he uploaded a video to his YouTube channel to clear the air for his fans and others around him by declaring that he is gayest man alive.
Known for her wigs and eerie on-stage personas, the singer and songwriter love to be openly bisexual. We hear you, Sia!
Fergie on Twitter (@Fergie)
The strong vocalist knows how to make everyone crazy about her sultry-self. Not too long ago, she came out as bisexual in an interview, while revealing that she had a girlfriend.
10. Sam Smith
All of his songs relate to the men that this openly-gay singer/songwriter has been with. No wonder his music makes us feel more affectionate than we should be feeling in a rather vapid setting. We stan a gay singer who makes the best love songs.
11. Rita Ora
The British singer has never been the one to stay closeted and has made it very clear, even in her music that she is into both men and women.
12. Elton John
There is no LGBTQ celebrity list that can be complete without this honorable mention. He has been open about his male partners and ended up marrying the love of his life without even an ounce of the undue embarrassment of what the world might think. The only thing that is straight about him is his priorities in life.
13. Wentworth Miller
If one has to assess how hard it is to be open about your sexuality, you need to hear it from Miller who had to stay closeted for the sake of his career, which ultimately affected his mental health in the worst possible way. During and after his recovery, the Prisonbreak star chose to break his silence, come out as gay and now is an active advocate of the LGBT community.
14. Raven Symone
Raven Symone on Twitter (@ravensymone)
Even though most of us remember Raven being the most reliable predictor of the future, we almost did not see her coming out as lesbian later in her life. This has to be the best thing ever for the Disney fans that tend to ignore their identity, that’s so NOT Raven!
15. Jim Parsons
Jim Parson's Instagram Account (@therealjimparsons)
Celebrated as the highest-paid gay star, the Big Bang Theory main role knows better than staying in the closet. You know him as the annoyingly unique Sheldon Cooper, who's deadly particular about his possessions and preferences. Turns out, he's particular about his sexual preferences in real life too, being married to Todd Spiewak since 2017.
16. Miley Cyrus
Our very own Hannah Montana has grown up to become one of the boldest artists to exist by coming out as bisexual in a time where this truth was rarely acknowledged without consequences. She never holds back to put up a show about her sexual orientation and to speak about matters that are pivotal to the LGBTQ community.
17. Bella Thorne
The heartthrob of so many people in their teens came out as bisexual a few years ago and keeps posting on social media to encourage her fans to end the shame and open up.
18. Ellen DeGeneres
The greatest TV show host of all time went on TV to declare that she is a lesbian and had been met with severe criticism only to end up being the most loved host only a few years later. She shares a beautiful home with her Australian wife, depicting how being true to your own self can lead to a fruit that is the sweetest there is.
19. Lady Gaga
Source: Lady Gaga's Twitter Account (@ladygaga)
A singer, dancer, actress, fashion designer, and a total icon of the 21st century – we all know her as Lady Gaga! She’s thrown hits after hits and there’s no need to mention a never-ending list of them, because she’s just that big of a star. But that didn’t stop her from being casually open about her bisexual preferences, and actually even making a superhit song about it.
She told Andy Cohen, a talk show host, that she has taken “a few dips in the lady bond”, and her song about being bisexual is “Poker Face” which you’re probably familiar with.
20. Neil Patrick Harris
Harris is one of the most adored artists of the modern day and shares a beautiful family with his husband. He's mainly known for his role as Barney in the record-breaking TV show, How I Met Your Mother - which is arguably one the best comedy shows we've seen in two decades. But that's not all he's known for, his characters Doogie Howser and Count Olaf are definitely worth notice.
If there is anyone you owe an explanation to it is yourself, as is shown by openly gay, bisexual and lesbian celebrities even from the remote past. Times have changed drastically, with a slight increase in acceptance of ideas that deviate from the rigid and conventional societal expectations. We've listed down some of the most popular stars that found the will to come out, look into them and equip yourself with the qualities you find inspirational. All the best!