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.
- Photo: The Crown / Netflix
Emma Corrin first came out as queer in April 2021, when they captioned an Instagram photo, “ur fave queer bride.”
Then, in an interview with Vogue shared on July 6, 2022, Corrin said, "I feel much more seen when I’m referred to as ‘they,’ but my closest friends, they will call me ‘she,’ and I don’t mind, because I know they know me. In my mind, gender just isn’t something that feels fixed and I don’t know if it ever will be; there might always be some fluidity there for me.”Emma-Louise Corrin (born December 13, 1995) is an English actress. She is best known for portraying Diana, Princess of Wales, in the fourth season of the Netflix period drama programme The Crown.
- Born: 1995-12-13
- Birthplace: Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power writer Nate Stevenson came out via a comic shared on June 30, 2022.
Stevenson, who previously went by ND, began his comic with, "Hello! I have something to tell you! My name is Nate! And my pronouns are he/him!... But I am not (entirely) a boy.” Stevenson came out as nonbinary in 2020, and underwent top surgery (which he shared on Instagram in December 2020).
- Born: 1991-12-31
- Birthplace: Columbia, SC
Leon Brown, the only child of Sister Wives stars Meri and Leon Brown, came out as transgender via an Instagram post shared on June 28, 2022:
“So here’s me, definitely not having almost any of my sh*t figured out, to let you know that I am trans. My name is Leon or Leo (I love both) and my pronouns are they/them. I remember the first time that I knew I wasn’t a girl. I was pretty young & unfortunately I grew up in a context that was incredibly gendered & restrictive. so I continued to be socialized as a girl & later a woman. And here’s the thing, I’m finally ready to share my favorite self with the world. And that self is incredibly genderqueer, trans, and unapologetic."
Leon is engaged to Audrey Kiss, who also came out as transgender in December 2021.
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Rebel Wilson came out while also introducing her girlfriend - Lemon Ve Limon founder, Ramona Agruma - in an Instagram post shared on June 9, 2022.
“I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess. #loveislove,” she captioned the photo of the couple.
The month before, Wilson had teased that she was in a happy relationship, without divulging with whom. “I was on and off on the Raya app, but this was a friend setup. He had known both of us for at least five years and he thought we would hit it off — and then we did," she said on the U Up podcast.Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson (born 2 March 1980) is an Australian actress, writer, and producer. After graduating from the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2003, she began appearing as Toula on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) comedy series Pizza and the sketch comedy series The Wedge. In 2008, Wilson wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy series Bogan Pride. The following year, she won the Tropfest best actress award for her role in Bargain and made a guest appearance in City Homicide. Shortly after moving to the United States, Wilson was cast as Brynn in the feature film Bridesmaids. Wilson also appeared in A Few Best Men, What to Expect When You're Expecting and ...more
- Born: 03-02-1980
- Birthplace: Sydney, Australia