Good and Gay: the coming out edition (Part One)

Coming out is a huge moment in many queer people’s lives. And this week for Good and Gay, we’re back with our annual list celebrating celebrities of various stripes who have come out recently. Rather than pulling together our weekly list of the very best and queerest moments in queer pop culture, we’ve gathered the coming out moments from the web that you might have missed recently. And, there are so many this year, that we’re breaking this into two parts! Come back next week for the second half!

We are so proud of everyone on this list. Congratulations on coming out!

Love, Simon’s Alexandra Shipp

This June actor Alexandra Shipp shared her coming out experience on Instagram. Known for her roles in Love, Simon and the X-Men franchise, Shipp shared why she’d waited so long to come out: “I was scared it was too late. I was scared I wasn’t going to be able to get work. I was scared no one would ever love me. Scared. Scared. Scared. It’s exhausting being scared all the time. It’s exhausting chasing other people’s ideas and opinions of who you should be.” She continued, “For the rest of my life, I’ll be celebrating every day. Because I choose me.”

Musician Angel Olsen

In April, Angel Olsen shared a photo of her partner, Beau, on Instagram, writing “My beau, I’m gay.” Olsen is known for her song “Shut Up Kiss Me” and her partner Beau Adele Thibodeaux is a writer on the series High Maintenance.

American Gods’ Yetide Badaki

In January, Yetide Badaki, who plays Bilquis on American Gods, shared her coming out experience in an interview with Digital Spy. The actor said “I feel like this show is always willing to have these conversations, and always willing to open it up. I’ve experienced personally how that kind of open discourse allows for personal freedom.” She continued, “I came out as bisexual last year. I would say it’s very much thanks to this show, and the discussions they’re having.”

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Singer-songwriter Becky Hill

British musician Becky Hill, known from appearing on the first season of The Voice UK, replied to a tweet asking if she was coming out with a sweet response: “I’ve definitely felt uncomfortable branding myself as straight, or anything else for that matter, but queer seems to be the most fitting identity for who I am.”

Teen Wolf’s Adelaide Kane

On Valentine’s Day, Australian actor Adelaide Kane came out as bisexual via TikTok. Since she’s posted images on Instagram of her “lounging” with and kissing Ditch model Marthe Woertman.

Miss Great Britain’s Jen Atkin

Jen Atkin became the first Miss Great Britain winner to come out this year. In an interview with The Sun, she shared about her attraction to women and the girlfriend she had as a teenager. She also discussed coming out to her parents and watching wrestling with her brother: “I was obsessed with the divas in their tiny shorts. I would also fancy his girlfriends which is something I’ve never admitted before.”

Feel Good’s Mae Martin

Known best for their role in Feel Good, actor and comedian Mae Martin shared how their gender and sexual identities have shifted on Instagram: “I’m nonbinary, my pronouns are they/them and she/her…I’m very bisexual and attracted to people of all genders. I experience gender dysphoria sometimes – not always! – and have done since I was a tiny kid.”

For All Mankind’s Krys Marshall

In an Instagram post celebrating Pride month, actor Krys Marshall came out: “Once upon a time, a Pan-girl and a Straight-boy met and fell in love. They got married and lived happily ever after. The end. Happy Pride Month, from our Modern Family to yours.”

Singer Demi Lovato

Singer and Disney star Demo Lovato shared their coming out journey and their nonbinary identity via their new podcast. “I’ve had the revelation that I identify as nonbinary.” Discussing their pronouns (they/them), they said: “This best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering.”

Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Lio Tipton

Taking to Instagram, actor Lio Tipton shared their new name and pronouns while coming out as nonbinary. They wrote: “I am proud to announce I am queer and I identify as non binary. I hope to give as much love and support back to those who continue to show love and support for the Pride community at large.” And, when a follower asked what it all means, Tipton explained further: “I do not identify with the tradition binary gender structure. I do not and have not for a long time, felt whole fitting into one box. It allows me to understand myself outside of how people expect me to. I’ve made the choice to transition to nonbinary. I am pansexual which is separate from one’s gender identity.”

Model Courtney Stodden

Social media influencer and model Courtney Stodden shared their coming out experience and their nonbinary identity via Instagram, declaring that they use gender neutral pronouns. “I don’t Identify as she or her. I’ve never felt like I ever fit in anywhere. I was bullied horribly in school because I was different.”

The Crown’s Emma Corrin

On Instagram, Emma Corrin, who recently played Princess Diana on The Crown, shared a photo from a bridal photoshoot with the caption: “ur fave queer bride.”

Musician Hikaru Utada

J-pop artist Hikaru Utada, known for their work on the Kingdom Hearts theme songs among many other musical endeavors, recently came out as nonbinary in an Instagram Live video, saying “It’s the month of June and I’m nonbinary. Happy Pride Month!” A week earlier, the artist had taken to Instagram to address the use of prefixes: “I’m sick of being asked if I’m “Miss or Missus” or choosing between ‘Miss/Mrs/Ms’ for everyday things…It makes me uncomfortable to be identified so markedly by my marital status or sex, and I don’t relate to any of those prefixes. Every time, I feel like I’m forced to misrepresent myself. I long for an alternative option, one that anybody of any gender or social standing could use.” The artist then shared the gender neutral prefix “Mx” as well as the one Utada came up with “Mys,” as in mysterious.

YouTuber Trisha Paytas

YouTuber Trisha Paytas opened up about being nonbinary via their YouTube channel: “I’m nonbinary…That seems like the perfect label for me.” They also clarified their pronouns on Twitter.

Married At Frist Sight Australia’s Hayley Vernon

During an Instagram Q&A, Hayley Vernon came out as bisexual: “Only after [Married at First Sight was I] confident enough to explore my sexuality. I dated two girls post [the series] but learnt they’re harder to handle than most men.”

Congratulations to everyone on this list! We’ll be back next week with even more coming out moments!

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