It can be a difficult and emotional decision to come out, particularly as a celebrity. However, many stars still own their truth and share that part of themselves with their fans. Bookmark this page as your guide to all of the celebrities who came out in 2020.
Whether it’s actors who came out, athletes who came out, or singers, etc. this list will shine a light on the celebrities hoping to help their fans feel more accepted, because, as we know, representation is important.
In February 2020, The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil came out in a lengthy and emotional Twitter post following criticism for her casting on HBO MAX’s vogueing show Legendary. Actor DJ Qualls also came out, in January 2020, after starring on The Jim Jeffries Show.
Read on below to learn more about stars who came out in 2020.
After being criticized for her casting on HBO Max's show Legendary, Jameela Jamil shared a lengthy message on Twitter about her sexuality, clarifying that she has never hidden the fact that she identifies as queer.
"This is why I never officially came out as queer. I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it's not easy within the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight-up asked about it on Twitter," Jamil wrote. Speaking about her casting on the vogueing show (about a style of dance/expression spearheaded by New York's Black and Latinx queer and trans communities), she also wrote, "I know that my being queer doesn't qualify me as ballroom. But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Thee Stallion), and it's beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts."
In this message, Jamil also announced that she would be taking a break from Twitter following the backlash.
- Age: 34
- Birthplace: Hampstead Heath, London, United Kingdom
DJ Qualls came out as gay in January 2020. First, he came out on an episode of Comedy Central's The Jim Jeffries Show. Then, the actor - known for starring in Road Trip and The Core, tweeted, "It is 11:20pm. I just came out on stage at a @jimjefferies show in San Diego. Yep, I’m gay. Been gay this whole time. Tired of worrying about what people would think of me. Tired of worrying about what it would do to my career."
- Age: 42
- Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America