12 Female Celebrities Who Came Out In 2017

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Coming out scenes in media are often shown as one-time occurrences. As soon as the character says “I’m gay…” or words to that effect, everyone from their mom to their old friend from camp to the guy that runs the deli in the next town knows.

This is, of course, not how things go in real life. Coming out is not a one-time thing (at least for most people) and you’ll likely be coming out over and over every time you move or start a new job or make a new friend. In our society, you’re straight until proven otherwise.

But every time someone comes out- and makes the gay community a little bit bigger- it is good for us and the world as a whole. With that in mind, let’s celebrate some rad women who came out in 2017.

Please note: This list only includes celebrities who actually used the words lesbian, bi, or gay to describe themselves when coming out in the public eye. It does not include outside speculations on a celebrity’s sexuality or when a celebrity’s comments were ambiguous (i.e. Lauren Duca’s “not entirely straight” tweet).

1.     Orion Carloto

This YouTuber came out as bi in a vlog this May aimed at breaking the stigma towards bisexuals and giving advice to her subscribers. Earlier in the year, she also posted pictures of her kissing Brittenelle Fredericks with the caption, “My dream girl”.

2.     Alia Shawkat

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This Arrested Development star came out as bi in an interview with Out Magazine back in May, while explaining how she related to playing lesbian characters- she played Ilana’s lookalike lover in Broad City.

She said: “I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, ’Are you attracted to boys or girls?’ I said I don’t know. Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor.”

When explaining why she chose to come out now, Alia explained that she didn’t want to stay silent in this political climate.

She said: “ I used to be less outspoken. But as a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet.”

3.     Diora Baird

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Diora, who played Meg in the US version of Shameless, came out as a lesbian to The Advocate in May and also revealed that she was in a relationship with comedian Mav Viola.

She said: “It took me years to accept who I truly was. I tried to be what was expected of me, but I have reached the point where I don’t want to hide anymore. In all my relationships with men, I knew something was missing and I finally figured out what that something is … I am meant to be in a relationship with a woman.”

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