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45+ LGBTQ+ Celebrities Who've Come Out Since 2000

Updated July 23, 2021 4.5m views49 items

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender people started to gain more support in the 2000s. Actors, writers, and musicians have all publicly come out since 2000. Many famous LQBTQ+ people came out in the media, while others used tools like Facebook and Twitter to make their announcements. This list of celebrities who came out in the 2000s has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous celebrity who came out in the 2000s? Rosie O'Donnell might be a candidate. She publicly came out in 2002 at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Carolines Comedy Club and has since been a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, marriage equality, and adoption rights.

Jodie Foster publicly came out in 2013 during her Golden Globes acceptance speech, saying, "I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the stone age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met."

Other celebs who came out since the new millennium include Wentworth Miller, Neil Patrick Harris, and Colton Haynes. 

  • Tommy Dorfman

    13 Reasons Why star Tommy Dorfman revealed in a July 22 interview with Time that she is transgender, and uses she/her pronouns. 

    “We’re talking today to discuss my gender. For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman - a trans woman," Tommy said. She wanted the interview so that she could "reintroduce" herself, following surgery that was part of her transition. “Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.”

    • Born: 1992-05-13
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
  • Photo: Crazy, Stupid, Love / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Crazy, Stupid, Love star and America's Next Top Model contestant Lio Tipton came out as queer and nonbinary on Instagram on June 3, 2021. 

    "Hi. My name is Lio. My pronouns are they/them. I am proud to announce I am queer and I identify as non binary. I hope to give as much love and support back to those who continue to show love and support for the Pride community at large," Tipton wrote. 

    Lio Tipton (born Analeigh Christian Tipton; November 9, 1988) is an American actor and fashion model. Tipton is known for placing third on Cycle 11 of America's Next Top Model and for their roles in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Warm Bodies (2013), and Two Night Stand (2014). Tipton is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns....  more
    • Born: 1988-11-09
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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  • Larry Saperstein

    Larry Saperstein of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series came out as bisexual in June 2021 on TikTok. In the video, the text on the screen read, "plays a character with a girlfriend on TV... is bi irl." The caption added, "Is it really that unexpected though? #pride."

    • Born: 1998-04-12
    • Birthplace: Islip, NY
  • Demi Lovato revealed in a video shared on social media on May 19, 2021, that they are nonbinary and will use they/them pronouns going forward.

    "I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression, and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering," they said, adding that they came to the decision after "a lot of healing and self-reflective work." 

    Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She made her debut as a child actress on the children's television series Barney & Friends. She rose to prominence starring as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel musical television film Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010). Lovato has released six studio albums: Don't Forget (2008), Here We Go Again (2009), Unbroken (2011), Demi (2013), Confident (2015), and Tell Me You Love Me (2017), all of which debuted in the top five of the Billboard 200. She has earned seven top-20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with "This Is Me", "Here We Go Again",...  more
    • Born: 1992-08-20
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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