16 Celebrities Who Came Out in 2019 – NewNowNext

This year maintained the momentum of #20GayTeen, with a slew of high-profile queer people proving that no amount of hostility from an anti-LGBTQ presidential administration could squash their sense of pride.

Below, we salute 16 celebrities from the worlds of music, television, film, sports, and modeling who came out in 2019.

  1. Anthony Bowens

    In January, the pro wrestler (above left, with his BF Michael Pavano) took to social media to announce that he now identifies as gay, not bisexual.

    “As people move on in their lives, the way they view the world and themselves tends to change, and I’m no different,” Bowens wrote. “Which is why if you are to label me, I prefer to identify as gay.”

  2. Tyler Blackburn

  3. Dan Howell

  4. Tess Holliday

  5. Eugene Lee Yang

  6. The chart-topping country rapper came out as gay in July via Twitter, making the smash-hit success of his “Old Town Road” remix even more meaningful to his LGBTQ fans.

  7. Juan Pablo Di Pace

  8. Joshua Rush

    In August, the 17-year-old Disney Channel star followed the lead of his Andi Mack character Cyrus, coming out as bisexual.

    “I saw so many of you watch Cyrus come out and said ‘Hey! I can be me!’” Rush tweeted. “How ironic, isn’t it, that me, playing that character, never had mustered up that courage?”

  9. Ryan Russell

    The NFL free agent came out as bisexual in August. “Out of love, admiration, and respect, I want the next team to sign me valuing me for what I do and knowing who I truly am,” Russell wrote in a revealing and emotional essay published on ESPN.com.

  10. Kerron Clement

    The track star and two-time Olympic gold medalist came out as gay in October.

  11. Brian J. Smith

    In November, the 38-year-old Treadstone star opened up to Attitude magazine about feeling isolated and uncomfortable while growing up gay. However, working on a show as inclusive and welcoming as Netflix’s Sense8 was a game-changer for him.

    “I remember being so relaxed,” Smith said of filming with his co-stars. “I thought, Finally, I can just be myself. I don’t have to put on airs for any of these people.

  12. Brigette Lundy-Paine

    The Atypical star revealed that they are nonbinary and use they/them pronouns in an Instagram post in November.

  13. Jonathan Van Ness

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.


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