14 LGBTQ Celebrities You Didn't Know Came Out in 2016

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6. Colton Haynes

Actor Colton Haynes started 2016 by unloading a heavy burden about his sexuality. The 27-year-old actor is best known for his role on the MTV series Teen Wolf, and he chose a subtle way to break the news about his sexual orientation.

Taking to social media, Haynes commented on a Tumblr post that someone wrote which explained how they were shocked to hear about Haynes’ “secret gay past,” and that it got them “so excited.” Haynes then responded to the Tumblr post, writing “Was it a secret? Let’s all just enjoy life & have no regrets.” 

Many people have assumed that this was Haynes’ way to publicly coming out as gay, even though he didn’t say he was gay directly. It is safe to say that he took a nonchalant approach and that he no longer has to worry about his sexuality being a secret. He certainly made the Tumblr world happy!

7. Reid Ewing

If the name Reid Ewing sounds familiar, that’s because he is one of the famed actors from the hit TV series Modern Family. Ewing plays the role of Dylan, who is a recurring secondary character in the show, which is no stranger to exploring societal norms and challenges, such as same-sex relationships. 

The 27-year-old actor stepped forward earlier this year to share some serious information about himself. When writing on a guest blog post for HuffPost Healthy Living, Ewing wrote about his struggles with body dysmorphia before taking to Twitter to tell everyone in the chillest way possible that he is gay. 

His tweet read: “Saw Eugene Bata on @GMA in the Body Dysmorphia segment connected to my article I just want to say he is hot af.” Someone commented and asked “Did you just out yourself?” to which Ewing replied “I was never in.” *Drops mic* That’s the way to do it!

8. Amandla Stenberg

Cutie Amandla Stenberg is best known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games film series. The 17-year-old actress came out in a heartfelt video in early 2016 to tell the world that she was “a black bisexual woman” and that she understands the discrimination and hate that is being flung at the LGBTQ community. 


She said that she feels the pain and that it hurts, and she wants to be an advocate for change and acceptance. Given her reputation and presence in the teenager public sphere, Stenberg talked to Teen Vogue via SnapChat to interact with the magazine and its readers. She feels so much better now that she doesn’t have to hide or limit who she is and how she really feels. 

Citing other black actresses and singers, Stenberg said that she was getting loads of support from the Hollywood community and that she was extremely grateful for that.

9. James Franco

Actor James Franco spoke to People magazine and had something interesting to say about his sexuality. The 38-year-old actor said that he identifies as “a little gay,” meaning that he is not one-hundred percent straight, but he is not one-hundred percent gay either. While he does not find himself sleeping with loads of gay men, he is a bit of a “tease” and does not mind being flirtatious with them. 

Granted, Franco has been a pivotal actor in recent years and he has not been afraid to take on important yet challenging roles, including his character roles in Milk, Howl, and I Am Michael. 


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The actor also spoke out and said that Hollywood and the general public are just a bit too obsessed with figuring out celebrities’ sexuality. It can feel a bit forced, and that is so not how sexuality should be. We’re sure there are others who would agree with him.

10. Ryan Beatty

Another celeb who came out in 2016 was singer Ryan Beatty. The 20-year-old became famous thanks to his stellar YouTube videos that showed off his vocal talent and charming good looks. Beatty then began to break out into the public sphere and could be one of the next great male solo artists. 

A few months ago, Beatty used social media (fittingly enough, since that’s where he achieved fame) to tell his fans that he was gay. His Instagram post included the words “raging homosexual” and “gay power.” Beatty stated that it took him two decades to come to terms with his sexuality, but now he is “comfortable enough to say it” and “can finally breathe.” 

The singer also took to the Twitterverse and Tweeted: “i’m so happy i’m gay” and he also thanked his friends and family for their support. The announcement came right before the release of his single, “Passion.”

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