7 LGBTQ Celebrities And Their Empowering Coming Out Stories

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We can't help but recall some of the empowering moments LGBTQ celebrities used their platform to come out.

The term "coming out," according to GLAAD, means a lifelong process of self-acceptance. "People forge an LGBTQ identity first to themselves and then they may reveal it to others. Publicly sharing one's identity may or may not be part of coming out."

Whether they've done it at a public appearance or penned an open letter, these are some of the ways celebs have opened up about their sexual orientation.

1. Ricky Martin

Puerto Rican superstar, Ricky Martin, publicly came out in 2010 via a post on his official website. Despite people telling him that coming out would destroy his career, Martin followed his heart. "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am," he stated.

2. Ellen Page

Juno actress Ellen Page came out in 2014 at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference. "I'm here today because I am gay," she said, "and because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility. I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission."

3. Neil Patrick Harris

The How I Met Your Mother actor came out in 2006. People broke the story, where he said: "I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love."

4. Lauren Jauregui

In 2016, Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui came out as bisexual in an open letter onBillboardtitled: "I Am a Bisexual Cuban-American Woman & I Am So Proud of It." "I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another," the songstress noted.

5. Frank Ocean

Hip-hop artist Frank Ocean publicly came out in 2012 in a post he wrote on his Tumblr page, where he admitted he had feelings for another man when he was 19 years old. "I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite. I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore...I feel like a free man," he wrote.

6. Jim Parsons

That same year, Jim Parsons confessed he had a 10-year relationship with Todd Spiewak in an article for The New York Times. The actor actually opened up to the journalist, a feeling he described as wonderful to be "suddenly out there and official."

7. Ellen Degeneres

Ellen was one of the first celebs to come out back in 1997. She first did it on her self-titled sitcom but also opened up about her sexual preference in a cover story for Time. "Now, I feel completely comfortable with myself, and I don't have to be fearful about something damaging my career if it gets out because now I'm in control of it -- sort of," she noted.

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