‘Glee’s’ Kevin McHale, YouTube’s Anna Akana, Singer Betty Who and more
Lee Pace, Actor
Pace first attracted attention in 2003 when he was cast as Calpernia Addams, a real life transgender woman, in the TV movie "Soldier's Girl.” The film tells the true story of Addams, who, while working in a drag show in a Tennessee bar, falls in love with a straight soldier who lives on a nearby army base. The two have a brief but passionate affair which comes to a tragic end when the soldier is murdered by a homophobic fellow soldier. The film received a great deal of acclaim, and Pace's future was assured.
The actor has since been cast in a variety of roles, including in high profile films such as "Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” and Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln." He will soon be seen in the Marvel Universe super-hero film "Captain Marvel." He has also appeared on Broadway in classic gay plays such as Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" and Tony Kushner's "Angels In America.”
In a February 2018 interview with W. Magazine, he said that it was important for gay actors to play gay roles.
"I've dated men, I've dated women," he said. "I don't know why anyone would care. I'm an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don't know what to say--I find your question intrusive."
Joey Pollari, Actor
Handsome 24-year-old Pollari was first noticed in 2009, when he starred in the Disney XD original film “Skyrunners,” a science fiction tale about two brothers who stumble upon a spaceship that is sought after by both the FBI and space aliens. He was 15 years old when the film was first shown. At 18, Pollari came out to his family and friends, but remained closeted to the public.
In 2018 he played a supporting role in the gay teen romantic comedy "Love, Simon”— he was seen as Lyle, a potential love interest for Simon. At the time of the film's release, Pollari came out publicly in an interview with The Advocate.
"The only part that was difficult was me coming out to myself," he said at the time. "And I think that is the most difficult coming out."
Australian dance music artist Betty Who has long felt at home within the LGBT community. Her performances have become a fixture at Pride celebrations, and she is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights. According to an October 2018 posting at Pride.com, Who was recently asked by a fan if she ever felt "out of place" in the LGBT community.
Who's response was priceless.
"Not that I should have to justify myself to you or anyone, but I have been in relationships with both men and women,” she said. “I have been deeply, earth shatteringly in love with both men and women. Just because I happen to be engaged to a man doesn't mean that I haven't found a home within the gay community."
Ronan Farrow, Journalist
Son of 1960s/70s film star Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow has made a name for himself as an investigative journalist, reporting for NBC News on transgender issues. He has also been published in New Yorker Magazine.
Farrow's sexuality was long the subject of speculation. He confirmed the rumors in April 2018, when his work was honored by the Point Foundation.
"Being a part of the LGBT community, which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible — that has been an incredible source of strength for me," he said at the time. "LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there."
Kevin McHale, Actor and Singer
Formerly a member of the boy band NLT, McHale rose to stardom when he played Artie Abrams on the LGBT friendly musical drama “Glee."
He later appeared as the late gay AIDS activist Bobbi Campbell in ABC TV's gay historical drama "When We Rise.” In April 2018 he came out on Twitter, citing Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left To Cry" as his inspiration.
"No Tears Left To Cry is gayer than me and I accept," he tweeted.
McHale is currently dating "When We Rise" star Austin P. McKenzie.
Jaden Smith and Tyler The Creator, Media Celebrities
Smith is the son of mega-movie stars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, while Tyler The Creator is a rising star and record producer on the rap music scene. In November 2018 Pride.com reported that Smith made an announcement at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, at which Tyler was serving as host.
Said Smith: "I just wanna tell you, and Tyler doesn't want to say, but Tyler's my motherf***ing boyfriend, and he's been my motherf***ing boyfriend my whole f***ing life!"
Smith's declaration surprised no one, whose sexuality has long been a subject of speculation.
Anna Akana, YouTube Star, Actress, Author
Akana is best known for her YouTube channel, which has over two million subscribers and over two hundred million views. As an actress she appeared in the films "Ant-Man" and "Hello, My Name Is Doris.” She is also a business woman, having launched a clothing line called Ghosts And Stars. In 2017 she authored a book: "So Much I Want To Tell You: Letters To My Little Sister,” in which she comes to terms with her sister's suicide.
In 2018 she came out as a queer woman when she accepted her Streamy Award. The awards are given out to honor excellence in online video.
"People need us more than ever," she said. "Marginalized groups need us more than ever. I'm not only a woman of color, but I'm a Queer woman. Please get out to the polls and vote."
Jake Borelli, Actor
Borelli has become a familiar face on television, appearing on the Nickelodeon series "The Thundermans,” and on the popular ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. He publicly came out as gay on Instagram in November 2018, the same night his "Grey's Anatomy" character, Dr. Levi Schmitt, also came out as gay.
"As a gay guy myself, tonight's episode was so special to me," he posted. "This is exactly the kind of story I craved as a young gay kid growing up in Ohio, and it blows my mind that I'm able to bring to life Dr. Levi Schmitt as he begins to grapple with his own sexuality this season on Grey's Anatomy. His vulnerability and courage inspire me every day, and I hope he can do the same for you. To all of you who feel like little Levis out there, know that I do to, that you are seen, and that we're all in this together."