There are many actors in the industry, who have portrayed queer characters, and voiced the concerns of the LGBTQ community through their movies. However, some came out of the closet themselves, surprising all their fans!
1. Kaylee Bryant: Kaylee admits that playing Josie inspired her own journey. Bryant came out in 2021 during pride month.
2. Sara Ramirez: She played Callie Torres in Grey’s Anatomy. Ramirez officially came out as non-binary in August 2020.
3. Mae Whitman: After coming out as pansexual, Mae revealed her happiness for being given the opportunity to showcase a part of herself while playing Amity Blight on The Owl House.
4. Adamo Ruggiero: Adamo played a gay character on Degrassi: The Next Generation, namely Marco Del Rossi. He has been able to relate with the character, before he officially came out as gay in 2008.
5. Humberly González: Humberly has played LGBTQ characters on Ginny & Georgia, Utopia Falls, and Jupiter’s Legacy. She later came out as queer, and has been promoting LGBTQ rights ever since.
6. Keiynan Lonsdale: Keiynan is an Australian actor, famous for his role in Love, Simon as Bram. Bram was a gay character, not so different from the actor himself, who came out as pansexual in 2017.
7. Demi Lovato: They played the queer character of Dani, on the show glee. They announced their pronouns as ‘they/them’, after they came out as non-binary. Lovato has been candidly sharing about their journey ever since.
8. Tyler Posey: The actor has worked as a bisexual character in the famous show, Jane The Virgin; and as a gay character in Now Apocalypse. Posey has not officially talked about his sexuality till now, but during a conversation on Only Fans, he openly admitted about having male partners before.
9. Joshua Rush: The actor gained prominence via his role as Cyrus Goodman, on the Disney series, Andi Mack. Cyrus came out in 2017, becoming one of the first LGBTQ characters on Disney.
10. Janet Varney: Janet voiced the famous character of Korra, which was later revealed to be a bisexual character, in the animated series The Legend Of Korra. Varney revealed herself as bisexual in 2018 via an Instagram post during pride month.
11. Maulik Pancholy: Sanjay and Jonathan are the two gay characters played by Pancholy. In 2013, he openly came out as gay via Out magazine.
12. Sean Hayes: Hayes played a gay character on a show called Will & Grace, namely Jack. He officially came out as gay in 2010, apologizing to the community for not coming out sooner.
13. Victor Garber: Garber played the role of a gay musician, which is known to be an extremely bold character for it’s time. It was long after, when he came out in 2013.
14. Tyler Blackburn: After playing the role of a Gay military veteran on Roswell, New Mexico, Blackburn revealed himself as bisexual. The actor related with the character, and said that it had come to him just in time.
15. Zachary Quinto: Quinto came out as gay in 2011. This was years after he had played the bisexual character of Sasan, on So Notorious.
16. Jake Borelli: Borelli revealed himself as gay in 2018, while addressing the queer love story of his character Levi Schmitt via an Instagram post.