Coming out as LGBTQIA+ is hard, but what can make it easier is seeing people in the media who have come out, becoming a role model for queer young adults.
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Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker and humanitarian. Throughout her life, Jolie has been very open about her bisexuality, talking about the fact that she's had relationships with women in the past. In a 2003 interview when asked if she would have a relationship with a woman she said “Of course. If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it's okay to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!”
Cara Delevingne is an English model, actress and singer. Delevingne is openly pansexual but has previously identified as bisexual. In May 2018, Delevingne she also came out as genderfluid. She has been on a same-sex relationship before with Ashley Benson.
Miley Ray Cyrus
Miley Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Cyrus came out as soon as pansexual to her mother at age 14 and has said: "I never want to label myself! I am ready to love anyone that loves me for who I am! I am open." Time magazine has also reported her being gender fluid.
Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. Cox is the first transgender person to appear on the cover of a Cosmopolitan magazine, with her February 2018 cover on the South African edition. She is also the first transgender person to have a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds.
Edie Windsor was an American LGBTQ+ activist and a technology manager. Edie fell in love with a female classmate during her engagement to Saul Windsor, but she still married him. After her divorce she realised she wanted to live her life freely and after meeting Thea Spyer in 1963 they began dating.
Hayley Kiyoko is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Kiyoko identifies as lesbian. She knew she was attracted to girls when she was six years old, coming out to her parents in the sixth grade. "If you see two girls falling in love and normalizing that, then [people] can go, 'I can fall in love, too. I can be that person. I can look like that. I can get a girl that looks like that.' If they see that, then they can believe it. It's just how we are."
Dominique Provost Chalkley
Dominique Provost Chalkley is a British- Canadian actress. Provost-Chalkley came out, stating "I am queer. I am into ALL humans", on 24 March 2020, her 30th birthday, through an initiative called "Rainbow Waves" spawned from her organisation Start The Wave. The actor had a starring role in the show Wynonna Earp playing a bisexual character.
Audre Lord was an American writer, feminist and civil rights activist. She was a self-described "Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism heterosexism and homophobia.
Girl in Red/Marie Ulven
Girl in Red/Marie Ulven is a Norwegian singer, songwriter and record producer. “Young LGBT people are deprived of role models because there are not enough gay artists in pop,” Marie Ulven – who at 21 has become a cult figure among young queer women worldwide. Her next album comes out on the 30th April 2021.