October 11 was National Coming Out Day, and what better way to celebrate it by appreciating the people in the limelight to publicly declare their sexual orientation to the world? Here are five celebrities that came out this year.
Trey Pearson — Christian Music Singer
“Everyday Sunday’s” Trey Pearson shook Christian music fans back in June after releasing an open letter to fans, friends and family to tell everyone that he is gay.
“Happy #NationalComingOutDay!” he wrote today on Facebook. “I suppose this is my first. I hope my voice can give strength for others that haven't been able to come out yet, and also for those that have. Thanks for all of the love. I wish I could tell you how much strength it has given me in this season.”
He received mixed responses once coming out, with some fans praising him for his courage while others chose to “mourn” and ask for repentance.
“I had never before admitted to myself that I was gay, let alone to anyone else,” he wrote at the time. “I never wanted to be gay. I was scared of what God would think and what all of these people I loved would think about me; so it never was an option for me.”
Aubrey Plaza — “Parks and Recreation” Actress
From “Parks and Recreation” to “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” Aubrey Plaza is known as an actress and comedian, often playing the roles of openly blunt characters. So there was little surprise when she candidly came out as bisexual in an interview with The Advocate back in July.
"Girls are into me — that’s no secret,” she said after being asked if she gets hit on be women. “Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it."
Also in the interview, Plaza admitted she had a crush on co-star Natasha Lyonne, despite the fact that Lyonne is straight in real life.
“[Taking on the role of a lesbian] was less about pretending to be a lesbian and more about portraying a human being with a massive crush on Natasha Lyonne’s character,” she said. “Natasha’s a friend, and she called me up, like, ‘Do you want to come do a movie and make out with me?’ I have a major crush on her in real life, so it was fun.”
David Hernandez — “American Idol” Finalist
Just last month, 33-year-old “American Idol” finalist David Hernandez came out of the closet as gay.
"It was really cool to be part of that turn in history and to be able to celebrate and be on the right side of it" Hernandez said. "It was also incredible to sing next to two of my favorite artists, John Legend and Adam Levine."
And with his sexuality out in the open, Hernandez can just focus on his next full-length album, followed by a tour.
"Love yourself and be who you are unapologetically," he encouraged fans. "If you are going through dark times, I promise you will get through. Hurting yourself or others is never the way to solve your issues and there is always help out there, you just have to ask."
Charlie Carver — “Teen Wolf” Actor
Known in the past for his child-star role with his twin brother on “Desperate Housewives” and more recently “Teen Wolf,” actor Charlie Carver claims he’s never “really ever been in” the closet — but his homosexuality comes as a surprise to most of his fans anyways.
Back in January, Carver took to Instagram with a photo of the text “Be who you needed when you were younger.” In the image description, he told a story of how he came to terms with his sexuality.
Feeling like he was different from the other boys, he experienced “feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: ‘I am gay.’”
“They rang true, and I hated myself for them,” he continued. “It would take me a few years before I could repeat them to anyone else, in the meantime turning the phrase over and over in my mouth until I felt comfortable and sure enough to let the words pour out again, this time to my family.”
Brian Anderson — Professional Skateboarder
Just last month, Professional Skateboarder Brian Anderson shocked the skateboarding community by being one of the first legendaries to come out as gay.
“Hearing ‘faggot’ all the time made me think at a young age that it was really dangerous to talk about it,” he said in an interview with Vice Sports. “I figured out how to balance it to where nobody questioned it and I was a big tough skateboarder, of course they’re not going to question that. Nobody thought anything.”
Despite his fears, his friends and family were overwhelmingly supportive.
“It’s about skateboarding,” said Jake Phelps, Editor-In-Chief of Thrasher Magazine, at the time of the Vice Sports interview. “Who gives a fuck if you’re gay.”