With June being Pride month, lets take a look at some stars who have come out this year.
Lee had a rough year leading up to his coming out. After initially being outed by a reporter and "at a loss for the right words" when asked about his sexuality, Lee Pace came out in a statement via Twitter. In addition, Lee has been doing interviews in which he revealed he is dating “a fashion executive.” I wont post the persons name here but a google search will give you that information if you are really interested. His good friend Matt Bomer also gave him some advise on coming out. “My counsel to him was, basically, when you decide to make it public, it can feel like you’re operating in a void,” Mr. Bomer said. “Nothing about you has changed, but maybe certain people’s opinions about you have changed. The beautiful thing about that is out of that void come all the people who truly want to engage with you and want to embrace your most authentic self. To me that’s always been far more rewarding than whatever mass appeal you have if you chose not to.”
Lee was asked whether he had anxiety about this coming out impacting his work. “I’m curious to know what it’s going to do to my work,” he said. “I’ve played very different characters, and I don’t think that’s going to change. I guess I’m curious to see if this influences that, and the kinds of roles that come my way. Or in people’s perception of the work that I do.”
But he is confident in the future. “The work speaks for itself,” he said, “and I trust that.”
As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am. That’s how I’ve always lived my life...— Lee Pace (@leepace) March 5, 2018
Alyson Stoner penned a letter in Teen Vogue stating, "I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways. I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other's best journeys." She also shared her experience of falling for a woman for the first time and that first experience.
The actress and singer opened up about warnings she receiving about coming out. “Some people in the industry warned me that I’d ruin my career, miss out on possible jobs, and potentially put my life in danger if I ever came out," she explained. "My dream and all I’d worked tirelessly for since the age of 6 was suddenly at risk by my being true to myself.”
After her story gained traction, Alyson admitted she thought sharing her story about falling in love with a woman would “blow right over.” However, she admits to receiving an outpouring of support messages from fans who relate to her story. “To be completely honest, the non-canned answer is that it's still kind of scary, because I think it's a personal journey of discovery and there's a lot of confusion involved no matter who you are and what you're struggling with," she told ET. “I'm thankful that there's a community of people who want to support and if we're representing it in film and TV that means that many more young people can find themselves in characters,” she continued. “And it's no strange agenda. We're not trying to force any belief system. It's just simply allowing people to be who they really are.”
Abbi Jacobson of "Broad City" says she will date men and women, as long as they are funny. “I kind of go both ways; I date men and women,” she says. “They have to be funny, doing something they love. I don’t know—I’ve never really been interviewed about this before.” When told that by virtue of this conversation, she’s putting herself out there to be approached by potential matches, she replies good-naturedly, “Yeah, who knows? The world is my oyster.”
Kevin McHale was nonchalant about his public coming out.
I love boy(s) Happy #PrideMonth— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) June 2, 2018
Janelle Monae came out as pansexual earlier this year, saying, "Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women - I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker. I read about pansexuality and was like, 'Oh, these are things that I identify with too.' I'm open to learning more about who I am."
In coming out, Janelle hopes she can help young people who are "having a hard time dealing with their sexuality" or "dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves." She added, "I said you. This album is for you. Be proud."
Kehlani identified herself as queer on Twitter when she said, "not bi, not straight. i'm attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions?"
We had an entire post about it and it was a trip. Are you a lil poly pansexual papi?
After releasing her flop song "Girls", Rita officially confirmed her orientation when she told Twitter, "Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey."
Singer Anne-Marie kind of came out in April but its a bit vague. “I’ve never ever just been attracted to men. I’ve never just been attracted to women,” she told The Line of Best Fit. “I’ve never felt the need to tell anyone that I’m bisexual.’ Before adding: ‘I don’t feel like I am. I just feel like I’m attracted to who I like. ‘I honestly feel like everyone is like that.” Anne-Marie opens up more about sexuality on her track “Perfect,” which was created to “normalize and honor perceived difference.”