In a heteronormative world where straight, cisgender orientation is the majority, for some, it’s never easy to come out about your own journey. Thankfully, over time the entertainment industry has steadily been putting LGBTQ+ artists, actors, and writers at the forefront, giving the community the representation it deserves, particularly when it comes to African Americans and other people of color.

From Javicia Leslie portraying a bisexual Black superhero on The CW’s Batwoman to singer Kehlani opening up about being a queer musician and mother, Black women and gender non-conforming individuals have created a space for other young girls and nonbinary persons to feel seen and heard in these spaces.

Ahead, see a list of thespians, entertainers, and musicians who have come out about their sexuality and gender identification and are proud advocates for the LGBTQ+ community.


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