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Queer, Gay, Bisexual: 15 Celebs Who Have Fully Embraced Their Sexuality

Stars can have a huge impact on LGBTQ rights awareness. (LGBTQ is often used to include all the communities a part of LGBTTTQQIAA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-spirited, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally). Not long ago it was huge news when a celebrity came out; nowadays it's usually quieter (except for Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover) and much more common. Some celebs have seized the immediacy of social media to share their gender or sexual identities in a retweetable or double-tapped way. But, just because coming out isn't a top headline in a society that has shifted to be more accepting, that doesn't mean it's any less important. Here are 15 celebs fully embracing their sexuality.

Miley Cyrus

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When pop star Miley Cyrus walks into a room, it's hard to ignore her. In 2015, Cyrus opened up to Paper magazine about being sexually fluid. "I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age," she told the publication. "Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult —anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl." Cyrus initially came out to her mother as bisexual when she was 14.

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Lily-Rose Depp

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Johnny Depp's daughter came out quietly on Instagram as sexually fluid in August 2015. The teenager posed for Self Evident Truths project, a photography project that features individuals who identify with being gay, bi, queer—basically "anything other than 100% straight." The project creator iO Tillett Wright posted a photo of the model, saying Depp "falls somewhere on the vast spectrum, and I couldn't be happier to welcome her to the family."

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Ellen Page

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Page took to the Vegas stage in 2014 for Human Rights Campaign's Time to THRIVE conference, held to benefit LGBT youth. She stated emotionally and proudly, "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."

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David Denson

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Denson, a Milwaukee Brewers minor league baseball player, came out to his teammates on the Helena Brewers in the Northwest Rookie league in August 2015. The teammates were incredibly supportive of the young athlete. Denson went public with the news in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. He hit a home run for inclusion in baseball as he's the first active player affiliated with the MLB to reveal he is gay.

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Jim Parsons

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Emmy award-winning actor and Big Bang Theory star came out publicly in a 2012 interview with The New York Times. The article mentioned that Parsons is gay but did not focus or linger on the topic. The piece also noted that Parsons has been with his partner for over a decade now.

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Patricia Velasquez

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After keeping her identity as a lesbian secret for decades, Velasquez became the first Latina supermodel to come out as gay. She detailed her journey to success and keeping her sexuality hidden in her 2015 book Straight Walk. Now in her 40s, Velasquez sad she wanted to be honest for her young daughter Maya.

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Holland Taylor

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In 2015, at 72 years old, the longtime actress (best known for Two and a Half Men and The L Word) discussed her sexual identity as a lesbian with WNYC radio. She left her partner's name out of the conversation but made sure to say this wasn't a "coming out." Taylor stated, "I haven't come out because I am out. I live out."

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Ricky Martin

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Puerto Rican-Spanish pop star Martin came out on his blog in a post stating, "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am." The father of twin boys added that "years of silence and reflection" made him stronger and that he found acceptance within.

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Bob Harper

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The celebrity personal trainer took a heartfelt moment on The Biggest Loser in 2013 to encourage a contestant dealing with his own sexuality by sharing a personal story. It was the first time Harper had ever identified as gay on-camera. Harper told the competitor, "When I came out—when I was 17 years old—it was one of those things where I realized that there [were] going to be so many obstacles but being gay doesn't mean being weak. And being gay doesn't mean that you are less than anybody else. It's just who you are."

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Keke Palmer

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The Scream Queens star, Broadway actress, and singer let her opinions on labels be known ... she doesn't like them. Palmer released a new song, "I Don't Belong to You," and accompanying music video that featured bisexuality. Through an interview with People, she expressed sentiments supporting her modern queer and questioning lifestyle. "The video was to represent the young woman today—it's not the traditional woman anymore—and not the specifics of 'Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I bi?' I'm making the rules for myself, and I don't have to be stuck down to one label."

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Michael Angelakos

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The Passion Pit front man sang a different tune in November 2015 when he came out on Bret Easton Ellis's podcast, B.E.E. Angelakos married his now ex-wife in 2013; that marriage ended in a split in August 2015. He expressed great love for his wife and wanting to be straight so he didn't have to hurt her. He said, "I don't really know what happened, but it's just one of those gut feelings. It's the same gut feeling I had when I said, 'Okay, I kind of just need to talk to people about the fact that I am. I'm gay.' And that's it. It just has to happen."

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Raven-Symoné

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Back in 2013, the actress tweeted, "I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you." in regard to political advances for the LGBTQ community, like when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. However, she doesn't want to classify her sexuality; she told Oprah on TV, "I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I'm tired of being labeled."

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Reid Ewing

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Ewing plays Haley Dunphy's boyfriend, Dylan, on Modern Family, but in real life he's dating men. He tweeted about a man being "hot AF" after watching him do a Good Morning America segment on body dysmorphic disorder (which Ewing has suffered from and is now actively trying to help others with it). One of his Twitter followers asked if he had just come out. Ewing responded with a simple tweet, "I was never in."

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Laverne Cox

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Cox is a force to be reckoned with, in her role as Sophia the stylist on Orange Is the New Black. Cox initially came out as gay in college at Indiana University. Now the actress is a transgender advocate speaking out against the stigmas held against trans people. She expressed in an interview that each time she has had a trans procedure it was followed with a sigh of relief—she was getting closer to her true self.

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Rowan Blanchard

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At just 14 years old, Blanchard knows who she is, and it's not as simple as gay or straight—she prefers the term queer. The Disney Channel series Girl Meets World star took to Twitter to express that she has only liked boys in the past but won't put a label on herself for the future. Blanchard would also like to see her character, or a different character on the show, be written as queer to offer representation.

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