More than ever before, celebrities have come out as LGBTQ+ people and waved the rainbow flag in the 2020s. While a person's sexual preference or gender shouldn't be front-page news any longer, it's crucial for young people, especially LGBT adolescents who are having a hard time accepting who they are, to have accessible role models in the media.
Read on to learn about every 2022 public outing by actors, singers, musicians, artists, and influencers.
In April, singer and performer Janelle Monáe revealed that she is nonbinary, which means she is neither exclusively male nor female. She talked about what this means to her in an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield-Norris on the talk show "Red Table Talk." Monae claimed she uses both the pronouns they/them and she/her in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Leading Russian sportswoman Daria Kasatkina revealed her sexual orientation as a lesbian in a July interview with vlogger Vitya Kravchenko. The 25-year-old is dating Olympic figure skater Natalia Zabiiako and is ranked as the eleventh-best female tennis player in the world, according to Kravchenko.
"Living in the closet is impossible," she responded when asked why she had decided to come out. No, not in the long run. It's too difficult. It has no use. That is all you will be thinking about until you decide to come out.
In October, Charlie McDonnell, a writer, singer, and former YouTuber, came out as trans. The 32-year-old claimed in an Instagram selfie that she utilizes she/they pronouns. She changed her profile photo everywhere and started posting online more frequently. They still go by Charlie, and the community, especially well-known British YouTubers, welcomed them with open arms.
Disney family member Charlee Corra openly revealed her transgender identity in March and spoke out against laws that discriminate against LGBTQ people. This year, Corra, who uses the pronouns "he" and "them," and their family also said that they would match up to $500,000 in donations made to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the country.
During an episode of MTV's Ex on the Beach, a British reality television program, David Barta came out as pansexual in April. At the time, Barta said that one of his key objectives for working on the show was to understand who he was as a person. He said that he was working on this behind closed doors.
Aunjanue Ellis, 53, the Oscar-nominated star of "King Richard," has long been out about her sexuality to her friends and family, but it wasn't until early this year that she addressed her bisexuality in public. In March, she wore a crimson suit jacket by Dolce & Gabbana with the word "Queer" etched out in rhinestones on the left arm of the garment. The tiny indication went unnoticed by many people, but the performer later spoke about her sexuality in an interview with Variety that was published in June, identifying as both bisexual and queer.