Being LGBT+ whilst being in the public eye is not the death knell for careers that it might once have been in the times gone by. More and more celebrities have come out as gay and proud over the past few years and it has helped raise awareness and given role models to many a young teen who was scared to come out. Here are a few celebrities that are out and proud.
Cara Delevigne – Fashion model and actress Cara did an interview with Variety in which she came out as Pansexual, stating “However one defines themselves, whether it’s ‘they’ or ‘he’ or ‘she,’ I fall in love with the person — and that’s that. I’m attracted to the person.” Cara was in a relationship with actress and model Ashley Benson from June 2019 but the couple split after two years of dating in April 2020.
Ruby Rose – According to various interviews ‘Orange is the new black’ star Ruby Rose actually came out to family as a lesbian when she was only 12. She identifies as gender fluid and in an interview with Elle stated “For the most part, I definitely don’t identify as any gender. I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which — in my perfect imagination — is like having the best of both sexes” She has been linked with Demi Lovato, Halsey and Harley Gusman but is currently single.
Ellen Page – Juno, X-Men and Inception star Ellen came out as gay during a very emotional and inspiring speech that received two standing ovations at the Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Time to Thrive’ conference in Las Vegas in 2014.
During the speech she said “I suffered for years because I was afraid 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 that pain.” She has been happily married to choreographer wife Emma Portner since 2018.
Sandi Toksvig – QI and former Great British Bake Off host Sandi is not only a writer, broadcaster, actor and producer but a political activist after co-founding The Women’s Equality Party in 2015. She came out as a lesbian in 1994 and in an interview to The Guardian said, “I came out, and the tabloid press thought that I was Cruella de Vil. I never got that from the public. They’ve stopped putting ‘lesbian Sandi Toksvig’ whenever they mention me, I don’t know whether it’s because it’s a given, or they’ve just given up. I’m still a lesbian.”
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live and Ghostbusters star Kate, although never hiding it, publicly acknowledged she was gay when she was Presenting TV host Ellen DeGeneres with an award at the 77th Golden Globe Awards. She praised Ellen for her brave attitude in coming out even though it could have destroyed her career because of the times and attitudes and said “In 1997, when Ellen’s sitcom was in the height of its popularity, I was in my mother’s basement lifting weights in front of the mirror and thinking, “Am I gay?” And I was, and I still am. But that’s a very scary thing to suddenly know about yourself. It’s sort of like doing 23andMe, and discovering that you have alien DNA. And the only thing that made it less scary was seeing Ellen on TV”.
Sue Perkins – Another Bake off host alumni and comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer, Sue was actually outed publicly by ex-partner Rhona Cameron on ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ in 2007. She had never really hidden her sexuality though and had been ‘out’ to her family and friends for years saying of her parents reaction, “When I was 28, I made a big deal of ringing them and being rather grandiose down the phone, saying: “We need to talk” in a weird, declamatory way. My mum said, “Do you want to tell us you’re gay? Or is there something really wrong?” And I thought: You’ve robbed me of my moment, my big moment!” She has been in a relationship with TV presenter Anna Richardson since 2014.