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.
Sir Ian McKellen
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 It was repealed in 2003.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.
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.
Supermodel actress Cara Delevingne said in 2015 that she identifies as bisexual. The “Suicide Squad” star reiterated her position with “The New York Times” to quell the backlash that lit up after her coming out story with “Vogue.” She said that her sexual orientation is not a phase, it is who she is.
She discussed dating musician St. Vincent and attributed her happiness to the relationship. Later, in an interview with “Variety” in their Pride issue, Delevingne said she identifies as gender-fluid. The label she chooses is pansexual.
Rosie O’Donnell’s coming-out announcement happened after 9/11. She said, at “Red Table Talk,” she came out at a stand-up gig. She was 32. Since the disaster dominated the media, her outing was like a “blip.” Onstage at the comedy club, she said flat out that she is gay. No one cared. Before, however, it mattered.
Initially, after landing her talk show, she disclosed to a boardroom of Warner executives that she is lesbian. They asked if she is going to come out. At the time she said no way. She couldn’t imagine it in 1995, two years before Ellen DeGeneres made the move.