Coming out stories shared by those in the LGBTQ+ community can bring tears of joy and pain to the audience that consumes them. And while some of those experiences can trigger our own individual trauma with coming out, it can also bring positivity, love and hope to a community that continues to grow and embrace all walks of life and love. To celebrate, Slice.ca wanted to pay tribute to celebrities coming out stories that will fill your heart with emotion, understanding, and more importantly, pride.
During her nearly ten minutes long speech, Page reflects on her time in the spotlight following the success of her breakout role in Juno, and how the attention forced her to hide even further from her true identity. The actress and activist highlighted the harsh industry standards that often impact those in the LGBTQ+ community while acknowledging her inner battle with her sexuality outside of the complications Hollywood life brings. Among the many emotional moments of her speech, Page delivered her most powerful (albeit tearful) declaration by stating, "I am tired of hiding, and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."
Brian J. Smith
Lil Nas X
"If for me, the 'cool dude with the song on top of everything,' to say this at any other time, I'm doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you're doing this while you're at the top, you know it's for real. It's showing it doesn't really matter, I guess."
“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me. And once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”
Eugene Lee Yang
Riverdale has been accused of “queerbaiting” on more than one occasion, often pushing the boundaries of characters' sexuality identities, but never fully coming through on the subject matter. As many fans began to come for Purser and call her out for tone-deaf tweets, the star took the opportunity to come out.
"I don't normally do this, but I figure now is as good a time as any to get personal," Purser tweeted. "I've only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends. It's something I am still processing and trying to understand, and I don't like talking about it too much. I'm very, very new to the LGBTQ community." She dove a bit deeper by expressing, "Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process. It's going to be ok. I wish I'd known that sooner. Another thing I wish I'd known about sexuality is to take it slow. It can define you as much as you want it to."