2017 saw a number of celebrities come out and join the LGBT community. Coming out and LGBT visibility has never been more important, so let’s take a look back at all the famous figures who came out in 2017.
The Riveras reality star Johnny Lopez came out as gay in a heartfelt YouTube video where he explained he was “in a gay relationship right now” and “in love” after a photo of him and his boyfriend went viral on social media (Click here to read more).
Former Team GB swimmer and Strictly Come Dancing star Mark Foster came out as gay in an exclusive interview with Winq Magazine in which he revealed he wanted to “be a bit more authentic” (Click here to read more).
Dynasty star Gordon Thomson came out as gay in an interview with The Daily Best in which he revealed “it’s not something I’ve ever announced” before he said “I’m assuming that people know” (Click here to read more).
13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn came out in an Instagram post in which he spoke out for marriage equality and urged his fans to vote ‘Yes’ for same-sex marriage during Australia’s controversial postal vote (Click here to read more).
Rapper Lil Peep came out as bisexual in a series of social media posts just three months before his death in November. In the posts, he said “Yes I’m bi sexual” before asking fans “Who wants a kiss?” (Click here to read more).
Singer Aaron Carter came out in an emotional message to fans in which he revealed the secrecy surrounding his sexuality had been a “weight and burden” (Click here to read more).
Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles actor Thomas Dekker came out as gay and married in an Instagram post in which he claimed he had been ‘outed’ by Bryan Fuller, a writer on the show, and thanked him because it presented him with a “prime opportunity” for him to come out (Click here to read more).
Former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan came out as gay in an interview with Outsports in which he revealed he had been struggling with his sexuality and saw the NSL “as a way to keep hiding my sexuality” (Click here to read more).
Asifa Lahore came out as a transgender woman in a YouTube video in which she revealed she had been “questioning” her gender identity and had “begun the process of transitioning” (Click here to read more).
The Flash star Keiynan Lonsdale came out as bisexual in a heartfelt social media post where he said he was ready to “take the next step” and be open about his sexuality after spending “years” hating himself (Click here to read more).
Former Stranger Things actress came out as bisexual in response to backlash after reportedly dismissing a relationship between two female characters in Riverdale. On Twitter, Purser said “now is as good a time as any to get personal” before revealing she had “just recently come out as bisexual” (Click here to read more).
Legendary entertainer Barry Manilow came out in an interview with People magazine in which he said he had always been “private” but revealed he’s been in a relationship with his manager for almost 40 years (Click here to read more).
The Walking Dead actor Daniel Newman came out in a video on social media after he realised “how important it is in this day and age to be visible” (Click here to read more).
Professional wrestler Anthony Bowen came out publicly in a video with his YouTuber boyfriend and wrote an op-ed for OutSports in which he revealed that he was worried that someone from the wrestling world would learn his secret from the video but “decided to let it be posted anyway” (Click here to read more).