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.
Country singer T.J. Osborne, half of popular duo The Brothers Osborne, came out as gay in a February 3, 2021 profile in TIME.
"I’m very comfortable being gay. I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange," he told the publication.
Osborne is the first openly gay artist signed to a major country music label.
- Born: 1984-11-18
- Birthplace: Deale, MD
Fans first thought JoJo Siwa came out when she was shown singing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on TikTok, then again when she was spotted alongside other LGBTQ+ creators dancing to the lyrics, "one of us."
For anyone who was still unsure, she took to Twitter on January 22, 2021, to show off a new shirt her cousin gifted her. It read, "BEST. GAY. COUSIN. EVER." The previous day she posted to Instagram wearing a Gucci bomber from the brand's Pride collection. She also retweeted a video of her singing "Born This Way," with the caption, "@itsjojosiwa is on the right track, she was born this way," along with a rainbow flag emoji. That same day she began trending on Twitter.Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store." Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on a second YouTube channel.... more
- Born: 2003-05-19
- Birthplace: Omaha, NE
Eddie Izzard shared on UK TV's Portrait Artist of the Year that she uses she/her pronouns.
"I’m gender fluid. I just want to be based in girl mode from now on," she said, adding, "It feels great, because people just assume that they just know me from before... One life, live it well." Izzard also noted that she decided to appear on that program because "it was the first one I've asked if I can be 'she' and 'her.'"Edward Izzard (born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and political activist. Her comedic style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologue and self-referential pantomime. She had a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in films such as Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen, Mystery Men, Shadow of the Vampire, The Cat's Meow, Across the Universe, Valkyrie and Victoria & Abdul. She has also worked as a voice actor in The Wild, Igor, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Cars 2, and The Lego Batman Movie. He has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music... more
- Born: 1962-02-07
- Birthplace: Colony of Aden
- Photo: John Parra / Getty Images Entertainment
Elliot Page announced via social media on December 1, 2020, that he is trans via a letter to his followers.
The Umbrella Academy star wrote, "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society."
In 2014, Page came out as gay to attendees at the Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas, NV:
"I'm here today because I am gay, and because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility. I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."Elliot Philpotts-Page (born Ellen Philpotts-Page, February 21, 1987) is a Canadian actor and producer. His career began with roles in television shows such as Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys and ReGenesis. He starred in the 2005 drama Hard Candy and his breakthrough role was the title role in Jason Reitman's film Juno (2007), For which he received nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Page played Kitty Pryde in the X-Men films (2006, 2014). He also appeared in An American Crime (2007), The Tracey Fragments (2007), Smart People (2008), Whip It (2009), Super (2010) and Inception (2010). He provided the voice, motion capture and likeness of... more
- Born: 1987-02-21
- Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada