National Coming out Day 2018: Eight Celebrities that came out this year.

 

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Today is a celebration for the LGBTQ community as it marks 30 years of National Coming Out Day. A day where the rainbow flag is raised in a salute to all those who have been brave enough to come out and to remind those who haven’t found the courage yet that they are never alone and that every single voice matter. The Human Rights Corporation first marked this day on October 11th 1988 as a day of being loud and proud no matter what your sexuality.

“Coming out can be one of the most courageous acts an LGBTQ person makes, and that courage is inextricably tied to our continued progress toward full equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

The day is to raise awareness that ‘homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence’ and that if everyone was more open it will in turn open up the conversation for more progression. Whether you are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or just an ally of the community your voice still matters. Facebook has even introduced a new rainbow flagged life event in aid of NCOD that allows people to mark the day they came out and we are counting down eight celebrities who will be adding 2018 as the anniversary of the year that they made that bold choice:

 

1.Rita Ora

Following the controversy of the song Girls  that featured Rita along with Charli XCX, Bebe Rehxa and Cardi B, the popstar was forced to come out as bisexual. The song which details the singers love affair with women was branded harmful and tone-deaf by those prominent in the LGBTQ online community as it perpetuates the myth that women only kiss women after they have consumed alcohol. Rita came out as bisexual in the midst of the scandal and said that the song was meant to be an anthem for bisexual women. Read the full statement here

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2.Hennessy Carolina

Growing up as the little sister of one of the loudest women in hip hop, Henessy Carolina might have felt overshadowed at times but she was fiercely loud when she chose to share her sexuality with her 3.8 million Instagram followers. The post featured a photo of Hennessy and her girlfriend Michelle Diaz kissing underneath the romantic setting of the Eiffel Tower accompanied by strong words from the entrepreneur that saw her come out as Bisexual and say on behalf of her peers: “We just want to be accepted for who we are”. Cardi B publicly endorsed her sisters sentiments by commenting “YASSSSS Hennessy🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈”

 

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If you can’t accept the B In (L)LGBTQ..(L)lesbian(G)ay(B)BISEXUAL(T)transgender (Q)ueer, then please don’t speak up for the community if you can’t fully understand ALL of us! A bisexual girl expressing that she sometimes likes to kiss and hook up with girls especially when she gets a little loose when she drinks wine, Sounds human and normal to me! I don’t have a problem with that!! Whether you want to go out, have some drinks and hook up with the same gender for one night or whether you decide to be in a relationship with him/her, it should be no one’s concern or business or even PLACE to tell you how to complete your sexual desire unless you’re a pedophile! You can STILL consider yourself LGBTQ if you to choose too! Bisexual means you’re attracted to both genders. No matter what’s the status of the relationship or what you chose to do with that person … If a woman like to be in a relationship with a man but like to enjoy her sexual desire with a woman from time to time she can still considers herself to be a BISEXUAL! same goes for men….. and please if your still in your confused stage, please don’t talk for the whole community until you can fully comprehend ALL of us! We don’t like to be the judge or to be labeled! We just want be excepted for who we are… Love is love! That being said HAPPY GAY PRIDE MONTH FROM ME AND MY WIFE🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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3. Anne-Marie

The Rockabye singer came out publicly as bisexual in May this year but claims she has always been attracted to both men and women just never felt the ‘need’ to come out. In her song Perfect the chart-topper addresses her feelings with the sweet verse: “and I’ll love who I want; ’cause this love is gender free”. She said she never felt the need to come out because she thought that everyone was like her. She doesn’t believe that love is limited by gender.

 

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4. Paris Jackson

The eldest daughter of Michael Jackson and bohemian-punk trendsetter Paris has grown up different to most girls her age so it’s not surprise that she is very nonchalant when it comes to discussing her sexuality. The model says she has known she has feelings for both genders since she was 14 and has always been vocal about the LGBTQ community referring to her peers as ‘my family’ however she has never explicitly identified to one particular preference (and in some respects still hasn’t). Paris does not like to be labelled and so made sure she shut down Perez Hilton when he commented on her bisexuality.

 

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5. Janelle Monae

Declaring herself as “Queer Black Woman in America”, the singer/actress dedicated her latest album to ‘anyone struggling with their sexuality’. In the past Monae had dodged questions about her love life by saying she would only date an android but is learning to be more comfortable and confident and speaking out proudly on behalf of the black LGBTQ. She originally thought herself to be Bisexual until she read up about pansexuality and now identifies as someone who can fall in love with any gender.

 

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Dehydrated . Happy Black Music & Pride month tho . 💜❤️💛💚

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6. Ronan Farrow

Ronan, the son of actors Mia Farrow and Woody Allen won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his part in the reporting of the Hollywood Abuse Scandal in The New Yorker. He was heavily involved in the #metoo movement. There has been rumours about Farrows sexuality for years but the reporter and activist has never confirmed anything until April this year when after watching victims of the #metoo movement bravely come forward he decided to address that he was a proud member of the LGBTQ community.

 

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7. Brendon Urie

The lead singer of cult emo band Panic at the Disco is no stranger to coming out stories or for being an advocate of equality to his LGBTQ fans. Although unintentional, the singer has often been seen as a champion to the community by openly discussing his past relationships with both male and females in songs such as Girls/Girls/Boys. Despite being happily married to a woman, Urie admitted to Paper Magazine that he feels energy from both sexes and would describe himself as pansexual. An Instagram account ran by fans called @thankyoubrendon  where fans thank the singer for helping them through hardship has over 7500 followers and features a lot of coming out messages from his fans.

 

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8 Andrea Russett

The 23-year-old social media turned actress has a following of over 7.6 million on her Twitter account. Andrea came out as bisexual through a series of tweets on 21st September 2018. The tweets followed an incident with one of Russetts former friends who had shamed her for being bisexual. In a lengthy post she explained the pain and hurt she had felt and how it had stopped her from being public in the past but that she was ready to be true to herself.

 

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