Some stars come out as LGBT+ to big fanfare, but others may have been out for years or may have come out quietly.

PinkNews brings you a list of 43 iconic stars who, even if they personally avoid labels, are still LGBT role models.



1. Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore with puppies

The Santa Clarita Diet star came out as bisexual in 2003. She has been married three times, to Jeremy Thomas, Tom Green and Will Kopelman.

She told Contact Music: “Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual.”

In February 2017 she said she’d rather be with Kate Middleton than Prince William.

In an interview with ITV’s Loose Women, the star weighed in on which member of the Royal Family she preferred.

But rather than opting for either of the younger Princes, the star who has opened up in the past about her relationships with women, said she’d pick Kate Middleton.

She said: “I’d love to be with Kate Middleton the most – at the risk of sounding controversial. Princesses over Princes!”

2. Kate McKinnon

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The Ghostbusters star was the first out lesbian member of the Saturday Night Live cast. 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.”

The Emmy-winning star of SNL has become known for her impersonations of Kellyanne Conway and Jeff Sessions.
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3. Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart
The Twilight star came out back in 2015. She later responded on SNL to President Trump’s “obsession” with her saying “I’m so gay, dude”.

Before she came out, the actress had an on-again off-again romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson – but they broke up in 2012 amid tabloid rumours of infidelity.

The now-President Donald Trump grew obsessed with Stewart at the time, sending a notorious string of tweets about her spanning several months comparing her to a dog.

While hosting President Trump’s favourite TV show Saturday Night Live, Stewart – who came out as gay in 2015 – directly addressed the show’s most loyal viewer.

She said: “I’m a little nervous to be hosting because I know the president is probably watching and I don’t think he likes me that much. Here’s how I know.

“A few years ago I was dating this guy called Robert, and we broke up and then we got back together, and for some reason it made Donald Trump go insane.”

4. Amandla Stenberg

Amanda Stenberg

Hunger Games star Amandla 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.”

Stenberg made her film debut in 2011 in the film Colombiana before landing the role of Roo in the mega hit Hunger Games series staring alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

The actor, who played the character of Roo in the series, revealed her sexuality almost as an after-thought whilst she took over TeenVogue’s Snapchat profile.

Stenberg subsequently posted the video on her Tumblr page, where she talks about the lack of media representation of women of colour.

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.”

5. Kesha

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Kesha came out as bisexual in 2013, and has since officiated at two same-sex weddings.

Kesha returned to the spotlight in July 2017, and she brought a rainbow with her.

The superstar dropped her new song, Praying, nearly four years after her last single.

The song forms part of her new album, Rainbow, which was released on August 11.

During her emotional video for the song, the Tik Tok star addresses her producer Dr Luke, who she alleged raped her, and talks about dealing with depression during the court battle.

In a Beyoncé-esque intro, she tackles her depression head-on, asking: “Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams, that seem like they last forever?

“If I am alive, why? Why? If there is a god or whatever, something, somewhere, why have I been abandoned by everyone and everything I’ve ever known? I’ve ever loved? Stranded.

“What is the lesson? What is the point? God, give me a sign or I have to give up. I can’t do this anymore.

“Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much.”

6. Gillian Anderson

As well as helping Kate McKinnon to realise her own sexual orientation, Gillian Anderson has also had relationships with women.

Back in 2014, years after revealing she had relationships with women, she said she owed it to a late female partner not to keep their relationship a secret.

Anderson was unrecognisable in a still from TV series American Gods, in which she’s playing David Bowie.

Anderson said of revealing the relationship: “She had died of a brain tumour a year earlier and I had never really spoken about her.

“She was a beautiful person who was very meaningful in my life and I wanted to honour her instead of hiding my experience.

“There was a point years after we split when she phoned to tell me to say she had been offered a large amount of money to sell a photograph of us together and had chosen not to do it.”

7. Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho has included her bisexuality as a theme in her shows.

The comedian says she has had “a lot of experience in the area of polyamory and alternative sexuality in general”.

In the 2002 show Notorious C.H.O., she discussed her sexual orientation.

The comic, actress and LGBT activist has opened up about the homophobic abuse she receives through social media.

In a Facebook post, the bisexual actress described some of the troubling encounters she has been involved in – both on and offline.

“I’ve experienced numerous breaches of security, a couple of very troubling face to face interactions and so much online trolling I can’t help but believe it’s all somehow connected,” she wrote.

8. Aubrey Plaza

Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza came out as bisexual back in 2016.

The actor who played April Ludgate in the hit TV show, has said that she “falls in love with girls and and guys”.

Her co-star Natalie Morales came out as queer in July 2017.

In an interview with The Advocate, the film and TV star said: “I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy. Girls are into me — that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.”
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The actress, who has also starred in films such as ‘Life after Beth’, ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and ‘Dirty Grandpa’, added that she feels her tastes are like that of an old gay man’s and that she “grew up obsessed with Judy Garland”.

9. Cara Delevingne

The Paper Towns actor and model has had high-profile relationships with women.

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.
Delevingne also revealed her experience of working with disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

The model and performer says she had a “very odd and uncomfortable call” with the movie mogul when she started out as an actress.

Delevingne also claims he told her she would have no future in Hollywood if she is open about her sexuality and relationships with other women.

10. Daniel Newman

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.

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.

“I’m not straight,” the actor, who plays Daniel in the show, had responded, and the girl’s answer floored him.

“Why have you never said that publicly before? You could help change our lives.”

“It hit me like a gut-punch,” Newman said. “It felt like someone knocked the wind out from me.

“And I realised how important it is in this day and age to be visible – to let people who know you are.”

11. Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne

The singer came out in 2015, saying she wanted to be honest with her fans. She later said she didn’t want to put a label on her sexuality and helped a gay couple get engaged.

Glynne had previously spoken of how her debut album was inspired by breaking up with an ex-girlfriend.

However, when the star recently opened up about her sexuality, she claimed she doesn’t want her honesty to mean she is branded as straight, lesbian or bisexual – instead, she wants to avoid labels altogether.

Glynne – who says she is proud of her sexuality – said: “I’ve only ever been with one girl in my life and that’s the girl from my album.

“It was hard at the beginning of the relationship, because until then I had only ever gone out with guys. But I am who I am,” she told The Daily Star Sunday.

“I’m never going to put a label on my sexuality and people should never feel uncomfortable about who they love,” she added.

She later explained why she was so honest with fans over her sexuality and the inspiration for her songs.

“I wanted my album to be as honest as possible. I’ve laid all my cards on the table and gave the truth.

“There was never a question of hiding the story behind it.

“I pray one day we get to a point where it’s no longer a thing.”

12. Holland Taylor


The 74-year-old actor spoke about her sexuality back in 2015, saying she never needed to come out because she lives out.

She and American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson have since confirmed that they are in a long-term relationship together.

On coming out, she said: “No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.”

Taylor described her new relationship as “the most wonderful, extraordinary thing that could have ever possibly happened in my life.”

The 72 year-old actress was also asked why it had taken her such a long time to come out as gay.

“I haven’t come out because I am out,” she replied. “I live out.”

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“I feel at this point in the conversation it feels kind of awkward. Now I feel very very shy of it.

“I’ve been really wrestling with this lately because most of my relationships have been with women and I don’t like talking about them because I don’t like talking about the politics of it all.

“I think we’re ridiculous in this country (the US) about it. Ridiculous.”

13. Michael Sam

Michael Sam
Former NFL star Michael Sam came out as gay and was the first out gay player to be drafted.

After coming out in 2014 and has since had brief spells with the NFL’s St Louis Rams, the Dallas Cowboys, and Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes.

He later said coming out ruined his NFL career, and called out racism in the gay community.

“I think if I never would have came out, never would have said those words out to the public, I would still be currently in the NFL,” he said in an interview.

“But because of me saying those words, I think it could have played a huge part in my current situation.”

Critics have been quick to discredit the star’s claims – with some insisting that the only reason he was ever drafted into the league was because of his sexuality.


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