"From the very start of his music career, Troye Sivan has been an out, loud and proud singer, thanks to growing up on YouTube. The Australian YouTuber-turned-singer uses same-sex pronouns but sings and writes about topics and experiences in a way that is so universal that anyone can relate..."
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“The actress made her mark as medium Billie Dean Howard in 2011's American Horror Story: Murder House, the first season in the classic FX horror anthology series…She's become notorious for surviving every season as she turned into an AHS series regular. Without her, the show would not be able to carry on as strongly as it as thus far..."
"He's being asked to play more LGBTQ pride festivals than Christian music ones nowadays, although he says is relationship with God and the church is healthy, if not uncritical. A blog post on his website highlights the hashtag #faithfullyLGBT, encouraging belief and authentic living to proceed hand in hand. 'I truly believe we are hurting people by the toxic theology of condemning same sex relationships, and I believe we have a chance to change this...'"
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"It was through The Internet that Syd made waves for not only her ethereal, synth-laced sounds, but also for her quiet confidence as an openly gay frontwoman in a traditionally hypermasculine space. After coming out via the band's 'Cocaine' video, the songstress remained ever self-assured in her own identity, refusing to be defined as anything or anyone but herself..."
"Yet since becoming loud and proud, Colton Haynes has been a beacon of love and light while being more outspoken about his experiences than ever. Last Pride Month, Haynes began opening up about how he felt his sexuality might have been the reason his father committed suicide and that he was told to be straight if he wanted a Hollywood career..."
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"Yet what makes [Jauregui] so special is that she completely owns who she is, no matter what anyone else may think. In the wake of the intense election season last fall, Jauregui wrote an open letter to Donald Trump voters where she came out as bisexual and also stood up for her fellow Cuban-Americans..."
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"In 2012, McKinnon became the first openly gay woman to join Saturday Night Live's cast. She's one of the crown jewels among an increasingly sharp and magnetic cast, one that just delivered SNL's most-watched season in 23 years..."
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"But as their star continues to rise, Tegan and Sara continue to be a necessary and important voice for LGBTQ people's representation in mainstream media. Last year's Love You to Death album was arguably their most anticipated yet with its lead single 'Boyfriend' being an undeniable anthem that specifically talked to a queer experience..."
"But it wasn't until January 20 of this year that Makonnen opened up and disclosed his identity to the world. The rapper used Twitter to liberate himself and imply he was stepping out with a few tweets alluding to him eventually confirming he was gay. He later expressed to the Willamette Week that his decision to move to Portland, Oregon, gave him the courage to embrace his sexuality..."
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"The 20-year-old was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. and caught positive attention across the country when he came out as transgender to his parents (who were also actors) Julia Fletcher and John DeMita in 2013..."
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"[The singer] debuted in 2002 and soared to a new career chart high when 2014's coming-out album Transgender Dysphoria Blues hit No. 23 on the Billboard 100. The confessional, intense record also garnered the attention of a far broader spectrum of listeners than the punk act had ever seen..."
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"But as a queer woman, the singer is becoming a rare example of a gay person in music for fans and others to relate to and share their stories with—something Gunn never had growing up..."
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"Prior to growing into a heartwarming and funny YouTube star, the Florida native became known as the youngest documented person in history to come out as transgender at age 5. In her book Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen (released last June), Jennings explains that when her mother Jeanette was pregnant, she thought she was having a girl..."
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"Cakes went on to release his critically acclaimed, debut full-length album Hedonism in late 2016, marking a huge moment in his career that continued to showcase himself in his authentic, true light, while collaborating with artists of all walks of life and sexualities like Mykki Blanco, Rye Rye, Peaches and many more..."
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"Berlanti's first job was being a writer and co-executive producer on Dawson's Creek; not too shabby. Fast-forward to 2017, just for a sec, and he's got NBC's Blindspot, The CW's buzzy Archie rework Riverdale, and the same network's four beloved, Berlanti-created DC superhero shows..."
"The Maryland native is well known and respected for making cartoon history. In 2012, she brought the Emmy-nominated Steven Universe to life, ultimately becoming the first woman to create a series for Cartoon Network..."
"In an unassuming airport paparazzi chat in August 2013, en route to the SummerSlam pay-per-view event, Young gave a compellingly low-key coming-out announcement. As the cameraman asked Young about whether a gay wrestler would succeed in the WWE, a big smile spread across his face and he answered, 'Absolutely...'"
"Bianca Del Rio was an instant standout in Season 6 of Drag Race with the insult comic winning over fans with her tough attitude and pristinely executed work, and eventually becoming the series' first Hispanic winner..."
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"'I am gay' can be some of the most empowering or some of the scariest words a LGBTQ person can say out loud, and Kenworthy did so with a high-profile ESPN Magazine cover story..."
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"'That was sort of my human link to [Penguin], the fact that Oswald was bullied and treated like he was different and less than his peers..."
"Dillon continued to quickly rise in Hollywood as they scored a role in Season 2 of Showtime's popular drama, Billions. They play Taylor Amber Mason, a non-binary analyst at Axe Capital. The actor made history as being cast as the first gender non-binary character in a major television show..."
"After scoring roles in television series like The Battery's Down, 30 Rock and Royal Pains, Burgess went on to become the main co-star in Tina Fey's 11-time Emmy-nominated sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt alongside Ellie Kemper in the title role..."
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"Freedia's fortitude to do her own thing and not let others define her is why she's inspiring to so many. While Freedia doesn't identify as trans, she doesn't subscribe to gender norms and doesn't care which pronouns people use referring to her..."
"As of press time, Dawson has raked up an impressive 9.8 million subscribers on his "shane" channel and 8 million on the 'ShaneDawsonTV' channel. Thanks to his witty personality and entertaining videos, he has been able to expand his brand far beyond YouTube..."
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"While she was certainly a standout stunner when she made her television debut, Alaska is the reigning All Stars champion because she pushed forth a new-age initiative for drag queens and queer people in general to continue to be their true selves no matter what..."
"A champion of equality, the 16-year-old actress/activist has written about intersectional feminism, gun violence and human rights as well as delved into more personal issues like self-esteem and how to stop over-apologizing..."
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"Just last month, the 25-year-old shared a personal message on Instagram where he casually and excitedly came out as bisexual. 'I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes),' he wrote..."
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"With lyrics like 'I think I been gay since like the first grade / And shit, I been gettin' bitches since the third grade,' Young M.A wears her sexuality proudly—and, unlike almost any gay rapper operating on a public scale, gets deep into the actual particulars of her sex life..."
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