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Celebrities Who Have Come Out this Pride Month

by Judy Bokao

Pride month is upon us and though it is different due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is a great time to raise LGBTQ+ awareness and celebrate sexual diversity. This pride month we have welcomed some new celebrities into the LGBTQ+ family and it is always a blessing to see anyone be brave enough to come out publicly. It is liberating and we applaud these stars for their courage in sharing with the whole world their truth.

❥ Lili Reinhart

This gorgeous blonde actress famously known for her role in ‘Riverdale’ publicly came out as bisexual on June 3. The actress used her Instagram platform to make the announcement while speaking up about the Black Lives Matter protest .She encouraged her followers to attend an LGBTQ+ for Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles area. On her Instagram story the actress said ,”Although I have never announced it publicly before ,I am a proud bisexual woman. The 23 year old went on to speak about racial injustice and showed her support for the Black Lives Matter.

❥ Chyler Leigh

The beautiful ‘Supergirl’ actress came out on June 8th as LGBTQ+. She opened up about her sexuality saying her character’s coming out story was extremely relatable to her. She noted that her character as Alex Danvers in ‘Supergirl’ has helped her to learn to embrace and accept her sexuality. She went on to talk about losing friends after the episode of her character coming out aired. She however noted that she is not hold a grudge towards those who chose to distant themselves from her. She explained that she and her husband continue to discover new “depths” of themselves together. “It has been a long and lonely road for both my husband and myself but I can wholeheartedly say that after all these years ,he and I are still discovering the depths of ourselves and each other but throughout our journey we’ve learned to be proud of who we are, no matter the cost,” she said.

❥ Justice Smith

The handsome Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actor released a passionate speech on the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. The actor spoke on his experience at a BLM protest in New Orleans, “We chanted Black Trans Lives matter, Black Queer Lives matter and all Black Lives Matter. As a Black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter but hold their tongue when trans/queer was added.” The actor went on to reiterate his sentiment that if the revolution does not include Black queer voices, it is anti-Black. Justice also included a photo if him kissing Ashe who is believed to be his boyfriend.

❥ Trevi Moran

The 21-year-old YouTube sensation come out as a transgender woman in early June. The YouTuber posted a video, explaining to her 1.44 million subscribers her journey. “I have dealt with this feeling my entire life and I know that I am a woman deep down inside. It is just a feeling, you know.” She discussed dealing with the transition and the pressures she felt as she is someone in the public eye. She said she has been on female hormones for two months and her “brain is just everywhere.” She said she has closely documented the process, which she will reveal in a forthcoming docuseries. She encouraged her fans who may also be struggling with their identity to “Go in and find yourself.”

Celebrities are just people like us and we all go through the internal struggle and acceptance. It is never easy to come out but we owe it to ourselves to lead an authentic life and celebrate our sexuality.

About the Author:

Judy Bokao is 20 years old and was born in Ethiopia but relocated to Nairobi two years ago. She is passionate about everyone having equal rights and is also big on conservation and speaking up for our planet. Judy loves reading and photography and is just a free-spirited young lady trying to grow into a woman her mom can be proud of.

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