Coming out can be a unique and exhilarating experience. And in this week’s Good and Gay in lieu of our typical varied list, we’re celebrating celebs who have come out recently. So, rather than gathering the very best of the good and gay internet in one place for you, we’ve gathered the coming out moments from all over the web that you might have missed this month.
Congratulations to every single person on this list and welcome to the family!
Doctor Who’s Pearl Mackie
Pearl Mackie played the first lesbian companion to Doctor Who on the epic science fiction series of the same name—and now the actor has come out as bisexual! Pearl used Instagram to share a very cute series of photos with rainbow heart pillow and declare: “Proud to be bisexual. Proud to be Black. Proud of all my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and everyone in between. We matter. You matter. Big love and nuff respect. Happy Pride everyone!” Pearl, you’re just effervescent!
Outer Banks’ Madison Bailey
Madison Bailey opened up about her sexuality and finally coming out as pansexual during an Instagram Live conversation with her friend Lacy Hartselle. During their conversation about mental health, Madison talked about her coming out process and how positive that experience was for her. “I feel zero shame, and I don’t feel that way because nobody’s ever really shamed me for it and I know a lot of people have had lot of hate and lack of support. I know so many, countless stories of queer people that did not have support.” She continued, “It was worth it [for me]. I feel lighter, I feel happier that I can just be so open and honest. It feels nice.”
YouTuber Tana Mongeau
YouTube and social media star Tana Mongeau opened up about her pansexuality on Instagram. Captioning an image that shows her holding hands with Noah Cyrus, Tana wrote “I never thought I’d be brave enough to publicly share my sexuality in the way I do now. I still struggle with it. I hate the boxes, I hate people telling me I’m straight or discrediting my relationship if I’m with a girl. But I’m proud to be not only a member, but an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community and I’m proud to say I will live my life based on loving people, not for their gender, but their soul.” Make sure to check out the whole post that also declares the star’s commitment to fighting for trans rights.
Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling
Probably best known for her role as Piper Chapman, Taylor Schilling confirmed her sexuality and her relationship with Emily Ritz this month. In her Instagram stories, she shared a post from Emily’s story where the two are shown hugging on a cliff. “I couldn’t be more proud to be by your side,” Emily captioned the post, tagging Taylor.
Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky
In an adorable, celebratory TikTok, Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky has come out as gay. While lip-syncing to Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out,” Blonsky dances around on grass. The video is captioned “Hi it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay.” Coming out to a great song with a shimmy and reference to a meme? Well done, Nikki.
In an Instagram post at the end of Pride month, British singer-songwriter Låpsley came out and shared about her experiences with her sexuality growing up. “My sexuality is something I have struggled with understanding and accepting since I was a teenager and through a mixture of teenage trauma, the local culture and moments of bullying I associated anything to do with my sexual behaviour and sexual identity as being shameful.” She continued, “So although my close friends and some family have been aware. I come out to the world, now, with pride, as a bisexual womxn.”
Anne with an E’s Amybeth McNulty
When actor Amybeth McNulty, known for her starring role in Anne with an E, tweeted: “Well, I think I just accidentally came out hahaha happy pride month lovelies”, followed by a pride flag and a heart emoji, her twitter exploded with fans congratulating her (and more than a few asking her out). What that made many wonder, though, was…what was the accident? It turns out the actor had reposted an edited image of her holding a sign at a pride parade. The fan/editor added to the sign “Anne Shirley is bi as hell.” And, that’s how Amybeth came out in the social media age.
Supergirl’s Chyler Leigh
Earlier in June, Chyler Leigh, known for her roles on Supergirl and Grey’s Anatomy, came out without using a particular label. On her organization’s website, she posted about Alex Danvers coming out and what it mean to her: “What I didn’t realize was how the scene where she finally confessed her truth would leap off the pages of the script and genuinely become a variation of my own. IRL.”
Hip hop star Da Brat
Da Brat came out as a lesbian just in time for Pride month, sharing an emotional Instagram post celebrating a birthday gift from her partner Jessica Dupart. After 25 years in the closet, the famous hip hop star and member of the nationally syndicated “Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” no longer fears the retribution she did in the 90s. Read more about Da Brat and her coming out experience at Variety.
Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart
While declaring her support for a Black Lives Matter protest, Lili Reinhart, who appears on Riverdale and in Hustlers, came out as bisexual. “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman,” she wrote on her Instagram story.
Congratulations to everyone for declaring who they are proudly!