Coming out to friends and family can be a tricky enough process, but celebrities also have to deal with coming out to the press and public. But thankfully there are more and more non-straight celebs speaking out and showing that when it comes to your sexuality, honesty is often the first step on the road to being your true, happy self.
Here are 10 of our fave LGBTQ+ celebs talking about their experience of coming out.
“When I was 20, I fell in love with somebody who happened to be a woman. I was open about it because I wanted people to know that I had been with a woman.”
Angelina Jolie was happy to shout about her feelings.
“I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are.”
Shailene Woodley’s love isn’t bound by gender.
“As far as I’m concerned the difference between being straight or gay is as simple as whether you prefer dogs or cats, or coffee or tea. There is no better or worse, no right or wrong, and if there is a why, who cares?’’
Sexuality is NBD for chat show host Graham Norton.
“It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person.”
Kesha’s all about what’s in your soul. Not your pants.
“There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.”
Singer Frank Ocean, on sharing an open letter about his own sexuality.
“Now, I feel completely comfortable with myself, and I don’t have to be fearful about something damaging my career if it gets out, because now I’m in control of it.”
Back when Ellen DeGeneres came out, it helped her take back career control (and become mighty successful in the process).
“I’m tired of hiding. Tired of lying by omission.”
Keeping her sexuality closeted was hard work for Ellen Page, who came out to the public in a defiant speech at an LGBT youth conference.
“It freaked me a little bit initially, but then it was like, “okay, this makes sense”. Lots of things started to make sense.”
Once Olympic diver Tom Daley realised he was gay, he felt more like himself.
“I am who I am, your approval is not needed.”
Cara Delevingne does not care what you think of her sexual preferences.
“Right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend.”
And at the end of the day, Kristen Stewart knows it all comes down to love.
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