While some stars come out as LGBT+ to big fanfare, there were others who may have come out quietly. Here we are with a list of 6 celebrities that you might have not known were Gay, Bisexual or Lesbian.
1. Amanlad Stenberg
Remember the Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg? She made her film debut in 2011 in the film Colombiana before landing the role of Roo in the mega-hit Hunger Games series starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Stenberg came out as bisexual via a series of Snaps back in 2016.
On the subject of minorities being “silenced” she said: “As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman I’ve been through it, and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable.”
Furthermore, on June 18, 2018, she came out as gay in an interview with pop singer and close friend King Princess for Wonderland.
“I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realized that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women,” Stenberg said. “All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self-deprivation.”
2. Kate McKinnon
The Ghostbusters star was the first out lesbian member of the Saturday Night Live cast. In an interview with Cherrygrrl Kate McKinnon describes what it was like to come out in her Long Island town: “I was like 14 or 15 and it was fine. I mean obviously, it was hard – like it’s hard for everyone – and confusing. And you’re alone – I was the only gay person in my high school. But I had the support of my family and that I think could make anything okay, basically. So I was very, very lucky.”
She revealed that she realised she was a lesbian after watching Gillian Anderson as Scully on the X-Files.
“I figured it out by watching The X-Files and by noticing my physiological reaction to it,” she said.
“I thought at first my physiological reaction was a product of David Duchovny’s face but no, it was Gillian Anderson-who still is the queen of my heart. So I knew then.”
3. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore was born on February 22, 1975, to a famous Hollywood family. She has been married three times, to Jeremy Thomas, Tom Green and Will Kopelman. Drew’s relationships with men have been public, but her bisexuality was kept hidden for some time. The Santa Clarita Diet star came out as bisexual in 2003.
“Do I like women sexually? Yes, I do. Totally,” she admits. “I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful.”
4. Cara Delevingne
Model and actress Cara Delevingne hasn’t made an official coming out announcement, but she did make this post on National Coming Out Day in 2014: “I’m late for National Coming Out Day but better late than never. Don’t be scared to be who you are.”
In July 2017 she said she doesn’t like being “pigeonholed” by people who insist on labelling her gay.
The Suicide Squad star also opened up about her battle with depression, with a view to opening up a dialogue on the subject.
5. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie not only plays lesbian and bisexual roles, but she is also open about the fact that she is bisexual and has had relationships with both men and women.
Speaking to Jane magazine, the readers of which said she was the most attractive star, she said: “They’re right to think that about me because I’m the person most likely to sleep with my female fans. I genuinely love other women. And I think they know that.”
Back in 2014, Jolie, then married to Brad Pitt announced her support for their ten-year-old to self-identify as male.
The former couple were criticised in 2012 after they gave up waiting for marriage equality to marry, despite previously promising they would hold off.
6. Daniel Newman
The Walking Dead star Daniel Newman who plays Daniel in the hit series came out as gay in an emotional reveal in early 2017. The 35-year-old star, who has also appeared in “Sex and the City,” first made the announcement on Twitter Thursday evening.
In a touching YouTube video, he said a chance meeting with a girl at a homeless youth centre he was volunteering at had changed his mind about hiding his sexuality.
The actor, who has also starred in Vampire Diaries, Homeland and Sex and the City, said the girl had thanked him profusely for helping the LGBT community.
After he had questioned why she was thanking him, she said: “Because you’re straight.” That was the moment he said he knew he had to come out.