18 Stars Who Go Out In 2015( But You Likely Didn’t Hear About It)

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In 2015, coming out still matters.

The more people who share their true and authentic identities, the more chances to erase outdated and false stereotypes about what it means to be queer.

When celebrities and public figure open up about who they are, their visibility can be especially useful in changing hearts and minds. Still, coming out today often isn’t the dramatic affair it has been for many people in the past. More and more starrings now choose to make declarations about their sexual or gender identities in understated routes, like discussing a partner in an interview, rather than opting for splashy cover-up stories.

In fact, of the 19 notable people below, we’re willing to bet that “youre supposed to” didn’t even know a good handful of them had come out. Check out our list below and add any other important coming out stories from the last 12 months you think people should know about in specific comments section.

Michael Angelakos

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Michael Angelakos, the lead singer of the band Passion Pit, came out as gay in November during aninterview on author Bret Easton Ellis’spodcast.

Angelakos told Ellis, “I don’t really know what happened, but it’s just one of those gut feelings. It’s the same gut feeling I had when I told, OK, I kind of merely need to talk to people about the fact that I am. I’m gay. And that’s it. It merely has to happen. This was exactly the type of situation where I don’t feel like I’m being threatened.”

Lily-Rose Depp

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The model and daughter of Johnny Depp came out as sexually fluid in August via a friend’s post on Instagram.

In November, Johnny Depp opened up about his daughter telling, “I already knew because she tells me everything — shes not afraid to say anything to me. Were super-tight and Im very proud of our relationship.Lilys really together — shes a sharp kid and one of the smartest human beings I have ever met.”

Jussie Smollett

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The actor, vocalist and starring of the hitting series “Empire” came out as part of the queer community in March. Smollett stopped short of using a label to define his sexuality, instead stating, “It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet.” He added, “Theres never been a closet that Ive been in. I dont own a closet, I got a dresser, but I dont have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”

Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus came out as pansexual in August while speaking with Elle UK.

The pop star, who has long been an advocate for the queer community, told, “”Im very open about it Im pansexual…But Im not in a relationship. Im 22, Im going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who Im with.”

Nyle DiMarco

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“America’s Next Top Model” winner Nyle DiMarco came out as sexually fluid in October.

He made the proclamation on Twitter after a fan asked him whether he was into “boys or girls.”

DiMarco is the show’s first openly sexually fluid win and also its first deaf win.

Reid Ewing

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The “Modern Family” star announced he is gay in November.

After a fan on Twitter asked if he “just came out” in a previous Tweet, Ewing reacted, “I was never in.”

While Ewing may have been out to his family and friends and coworkers, it was the first time he publicly addressed his sexuality.

Angel McCoughtry

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WNBA star Angel McCoughtry came out via Instagram in April telling: “Yes we been discriminated against! We lost friends! Family members are upset! They said i dishonored my religion! One thing i do know is that LOVE is a great feeling! My last overseas squad threatened my job if i didnt write a fake letter on social media telling my relationship was a lie. But all i know, Love is a great feeling! ”

Joel Grey

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The “Cabaret” star came out as gay in January at the age of 82.

Grey, who was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years, and is father to “Dirty Dancing”star Jennifer Grey, said his sexuality was not a secret to family members or friends, but that “it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”

Gus Kenworthy

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The world champion freeskier and Olympic silver medalist came outin October on Twitter, telling followers of his sexual orientation in a straight-to-the-point message which read simply, “I am gay.”

Trevor Moran

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YouTube star and former “X-Factor” hopeful Trevor Morancame out as gay in October.

Moran, 17, released a music video for his new ballad, “I Wanna Fly, ” in Septemberthat hinted at his sexuality, but he opted to make a more formal proclamation in a clip which made YouTube Oct. 9.

“Basically — if its a shocker to any of you — Im gay, ” Moran told his nearly one million subscribers in the six-minute video. He then elucidated, “I dont feel like I was ever in the closet. I feel like I was in a glass closet.”

Austin& Aaron Rhodes

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YouTube stars, models and “Scream Queen” performers Austin Rhodes( L) and Aaron Rhodes came out to their father at the same time in January— and taped the emotional moment, thereby creating what became one of the most viral coming out videos of the year.

Yusaf Mack

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The professional boxer firstcame out as bisexualin November after claiming he was drugged and forced into performing in a gay porn filmbut two days later said that he is, in fact, a gay human.

Ingrid Nilsen

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YouTube sensation Ingrid Nilsen made a huge reveal in June, telling fans in an emotion-filled videoposted to YouTube, “I’m gay. It feels so good to say that! ”

“I’m shaking right now because this moment is real and it’s here. And I’ve been waiting for this.”

Tamal Ray

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Great British Bake Off“contestant Tamal Raycame out as gay in September.

The baker and reality starring was a breakout contestant onthe beloved British Tv competition.When quizzed about how the depict has impacted his dating life, he told: I wouldn’t have a girlfriend, I would have a boyfriend But I am single at the moment .

Adam Rippon

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The figure skater came out as gay in 2015 inSkating publication.

“I want to be a relatable instance, ” Rippon told. “And I want to say something to the father out there who might be concerned that his son is a figure skater. I mean look at me; I’m merely a normal son from small-town Pennsylvania. Nothing changed. I’d just like to be a good role model. I’ve been honest with myself the whole hour. I worked hard and loved what I did.”

Janae Marie Kroc

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Theworld champion and world record holding powerlifter came out as transgender in July.

Kroc, who is also the first transgender person to be featured in Muscle& Fitness publication, told The Huffington Post: “Whats important here is that this isnt about being a boy or a girl or something in between — its about being who you are, your true authentic ego and there are a lot of people in this world that feel like I do and theyre afraid to be themselves for dread of abhor and discrimination.”

Eliot Sumner

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Thechild of Sting and Trudie Styler came out asnon-genderedin December 2015.

“I guess forever I was trying to figure out maybe what I am, ” Sumner said inan interview with The Evening Standard. “But I dont guess anyone should feel pressured to have any kind of label or tag on them … Me, I dont like to be put down to a specific thing. Were all human beings.

Holland Taylor

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The star of “Two and a Half Men” and “Legally Blonde” opened up about her sexuality in November.

The 72 -year-oldactress, who gota 2013 Tony Award nomination for her solo Broadway play, “Ann, ” exposed she’s in a longterm relationship with a woman, who sources have said is “American Horror Story” star Sarah Paulson, when WNYC’s Anna Saleasked her if she’d ever consider marrying.

Caitlyn Jenner

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Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender in April during an interview with Diane Sawyer.

In June, Jenner presented as female for the first time and exposed her new first name on the cover-up Vanity Fair publication .

The Olympian and reality prove starring was also named Women of the Year by Glamour publication and the most fascinating person of the year by Barbara Walters. Still, not everyone was happy with many of Jenner’s political and social moves and she faced criticism for her conservative positions, meeting with an anti-LGBT preacher and more.

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