No more cover up
Cover Girl brand ambassador and YouTube personality, Ingrid Nilsen has vlogged her way out of the closet with a coming out confession. Straying from her usually lighthearted demonstrations, filled with “beauty, fashion and healthy food how-tos”, the 26-year-old made an emotional announcement to her 3.3million followers that she was gay, and said “I am proud of who I am and I am not going to apologise for who I am anymore.” The 20-minute video raked up over 900,000 views in eight hours, with thousands of netizens congratulating her on
her coming out.
Can’t stop, won’t stop
Pop star and activist Miley Cyrus comes in like a wrecking ball with the news that there have been times in her life when she’s had relationships with both men and women. The 22-year-old, who recently launched The Happy Hippie Foundation to support the homeless, underprivileged and neglected LGBT youth, says that she came out to her mother as bisexual at the age of 14, and now claims she doesn’t want to label herself as anything. “I’m not hiding my sexuality,” she tells Paper Magazine. “I’m open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal, and everyone is of age.”
Hodor speaks out
His role as Hodor in Game of Thrones might not have got him many lines, but actor Kristian Nairn has been quite vocal about his sexuality, ever since he came out back in March 2014. In an interview with WinterIsComing.net, the 39-year-old Irish actor said, “When you’re talking about ‘the gay community’, you’re talking about my community,” insisting that he’s never tried to hide his sexuality. And though he doesn’t make a big fuss about it, he says that “in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted.”
Though he plays the openly gay Jamal Lyon on Empire, Jussie Smollett only admitted to being gay in March, when he opened up about his sexuality in a backstage interview with popular American chat show host Ellen DeGeneres. The Brazilian-American actor and singer-songwriter denies ever having rejected gay rumours, and insists that “there’s never been a closet that I’ve been in.” In a further interview with Variety, the 31-year-old went on to say, “I did talk to her [DeGeneres] so that people understand that they’re not alone,” and strongly believes that his coming out isn’t a big deal.
Out and proud since Valentine’s Day last year is 28-year-old Ellen Page, who took to the stage at the Human Right’s ‘Time to Thrive’ conference in Las Vegas to make her confession. With powerful words like “I am here today because I am gay” and “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” the Juno star garnered even more internet fame since then by foul-mouthing the Queen of England’s decision to honour homophobic Northern Irish politician Maurice Mills. And now with multiple movies in the pipeline, it’s clear that her sexuality hasn’t changed the course of her career.
— Compiled by Sakshi Kaushik