Stars who came out - June is Gay Pride month in rememberence of the Stonewall Riots which happened in 1969. Thankfully being gay is less and less of a problem and the world as a whole is becoming more accepting and understanding. Of course the goal is to go beyong ‘acceptence’ and allow it to be just so normal it’s not questioned. That is my view anyway!
One thing that is clear is that there are more and more stars who don’t feel the ‘gay’ tag will kill their career and are making a stand coming out to the world, exposing something personal.
Lets take a quick look at a few of those stars.
Frank Ocean comes out
Now what is big news about Ocean is that he is a hip-hop star. Hip-hop and RnB are notoriously homophobic so it takes guts to come out. The Odd Future star came out with a message on Tumblr. Part of it read:
4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost, and on the day we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless.
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Frank Ocean Willy Cartier – The two are rumored to be in a relationship, good for them.
Frank Ocean Chris Brown fight at studio – If Ocean is to be believed he was jumped by Brown and friends. Not over being gay though, over a parking space. Tut, tut, tut, kids!
Frank Ocean to perform at Grammys – He will be performing at the Grammys however it may be one handed due to a cut finger sustained in the Chris Brown fight!
Jodie Foster came out at Golden Globes 2013
From Napoleon and Samantha to her latest movie Elysium. She is one of the nations most respected actresses came out this year with her speech at the Golden Globes, although she said she had been out for many years ‘since the stoneage’.
Jodie Foster Mel Gibson: The pair have a controversial friendship with Gibson being ousted by many in Hollywood for his alleged anti-Semitic remarks.
Cydney Bernard: Cydney was an ex partner of Jodie.
Chely Wright came out in 2010
Country music may well have as bad a reputation for homophobia as hip-hop! So it’s hard work for people to be themselves if gay. However, despite once dating another high-profile star, Country Music Star Chely Wright came out in 2010.
Chely Wright Brad Paisley: Chely and Brad once dated.
Lauren Blitzer: Chely is currently married to Lauren.
Chely Wright twins: It’s reported the couple became mothers with Chely birthing twins.
Wish Me Away movie: Chely made this documentry about her being the first country singer to come out!
Jason Collins coming out
Jason was recognised as the first active male professional sportsman to come out of the closet as gay earlier this year in April with his piece in Sports Illustrated. Jason hopefully started a wave of truth and we respect him for that.
His early days on the andy griffith show and the loveable 60s character Gomer Pyle made this man’s career. He was long known to be gay but came out publicly at age 82 when he married long-term partner Stan Cadwallader in Seattle.
More short profiles of stars who have come out can be found here.
Hopefully one day coming out won’t be anything to raise an eyebrow at or even something that has to be publically done for stars. They will be whatever they are and that won’t be questioned. However with the celebrity culture there is right now that day feels very far away!
What do you think?