At age 78, Ian McKellen shared on social media his thirty-year anniversary of coming out on a BBC radio show. He was speaking against a controversial British gay ban. It was repealed in 2003. After speaking against the gay ban in 1988, the actor said that’s when he started to get better roles offered to him.
He said that he has never met a person who regrets coming out, and neither does he. According to McKellen, after coming out he became a happier person and a better actor.
When Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian, it was spectacular. She did not only come out on the cover of “Time” magazine with the famous, “Yep, I’m Gay” cover, but she also came out on TV. Her character Ellen on the ABC sitcom “Ellen” came out in an April 1997 episode.
DeGeneres led the way, announcing her sexual orientation before most gay celebrities had the courage. Twenty-five years later, she reflected on how people warned her it would ruin her career. They were right, for a while. She said she lost her career for three years but we all know she bounced back higher than ever.
The “Schitt’s Creek” actor came out at 35. Wanting to make his voice heard, as well as the voices of others who shared his outlook, François Arnaud sent out a lengthy statement via Instagram discussing his process of coming to terms with labeling his sexuality.
The French-Canadian actor made his announcement just ahead of Bi Visibility Day in 2020. He intoned that he has stayed silent too long and came out saying that “Labels are frustrating and words, imperfect. But I’ve always considered myself bisexual.”
Tim Cook came out in 2014 in a Bloomberg editorial proclaiming he is “proud to be gay.” He was the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to do so. The usually quiet corporate leader revealed his sexual orientation in an open letter published by Bloomberg Businessweek.
He said he was inspired to open up about it after being moved by reading letters written by kids who struggled with gay identity, some to the point of isolating themselves from society. Here's to hoping they now know they can be accepted and loved.
Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page came out transgender after coming out as lesbian several years prior. The “Juno” star sent out his news in December of 2020 on his Twitter page. In a lengthy letter, the actor expressed his joy and good fortune to be in the place of acceptance and self-love. He started out his letter by saying, “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot.”
In the missive, he also talked about being fearful. Hate jokes, discrimination, and violence were a few of the concerns he had with coming out publicly. He was, however, embraced, at least by his fans and followers.