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.
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In February 2021, on TikTok, Reign star Adelaide Kane revealed that she is bisexual.
In April of that year, Kane also used TikTok to show off her new relationship with Dutch model Marthe Woertman.Adelaide Victoria Kane (born 9 August 1990) is an Australian actress. She gained recognition for her roles as Lolly Allen in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Cora Hale in the third season of MTV's Teen Wolf, Tenaya 7 (later Tenaya 15) in Power Rangers RPM, Mary, Queen of Scots in the CW period drama series Reign and Drizella in the ABC series Once Upon a Time.... more
- Born: 1990-08-09
- Birthplace: Claremont, Australia
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Singer Kehlani came out in a video on TikTok. "I am gay, gay, gay … I finally know I’m a lesbian,” she said on April 22, 2021. She noted that when she finally told family, they said, "We know, duh," adding, "I want you to fall on the floor and be like, ‘Congratulations! We had no idea!'”
“So I guess I just wanted ya’ll to know that everyone knew but me,” Kehlani said.Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial fame as a member of the teen group Poplyfe. In 2014, she released her first commercial mixtape, Cloud 19. The mixtape was listed as one of the Complex's "50 Best Albums of 2014." In 2015, Kehlani released her second commercial mixtape, You Should Be Here. The mixtape debuted at number 5 on the national R&B/Hip-Hop chart, preceded from her sold-out North American promotional tour. In 2016, she was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for You Should Be Here. Kehlani released... more
- Born: 1995-04-24
- Birthplace: Oakland, CA
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Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood came out as gay in an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on April 14, 2021.
"I've ran from myself for a long time," Underwood said in the pretaped segment. "I've hated myself for a long time. And I'm gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know."Colton Underwood is an American football defensive lineman for the Illinois State Redbirds.... more
- Born: 1992-01-26
- Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana
Ronen Rubinstein revealed in April 2021 to Variety that he is bisexual, which he was inspired to share thanks to his role as a gay man on 9-1-1: Lone Star.
"I fully identify as bisexual," he said. "I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it. The biggest thing for me is where I come from, it’s like people like me and people who have identified as bisexual or gay or as any part of the community, you’re just not welcomed. It’s as brutally honest as that... So there was definitely a fear of sort of embracing how I felt. I was definitely more aware of it in high school. I was aware of my feelings and how I started looking at men, but I couldn’t talk to anybody about it."
- Born: 1993-11-07
- Birthplace: Rehovot, Israel