In 2018, many celebrities came out to social media.
Steve Lacy is a 19 year old artist who is a member of the band, The Internet. While he does produce music with the band, he also produces music with other artists like Goldlink, Kendrick Lamar and Kali Uchis. When Lacy was questioned on social media about his sexuality, Steve replied, “I’m human.” Along with this, he also mentioned that he would date a man. Lacy feels that people should not have to stay in the closet then make known their sexuality. Steve said on Twitter in July 2017, “let’s delete the whole closet concept and just let kids be themselves without having to announce what or who they’re into sexually.”
Shannon Purser is an actress that has been featured in many Netflix Originals, including “Stranger Things” and “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.” On Twitter in 2017, Purser opened up about her sexuality and came out as bisexual after having a twitter feud with fans about a lesbian ship. Purser wrote, “I don’t normally do this, but I figure now is just as good a time as any to get personal. 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 LGBT community.” Shannon hoped through this she will be able to help others come to terms with their sexuality. Purser tweeted, “Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process. It’s going to be ok. I wish I’d known that sooner.”
The artist and actress is well-known for her songs that talk about sexuality. Kiyoko’s most popular song, “Girls Like Girls,” conveys the story of two girls falling for each other. The music video received millions of reviews on Youtube, spreading to more than just fans. Through her music, she is able to help fans and people in general to know that “being queer is beautiful.” Not only did it help her fans, but it also helped her open up about her own sexuality. In an interview, Kiyoko said, “I was shocked at how people weren’t judging me. I was ready to be judged, and I was ready to be labeled. That was a moment for me where I was like, I can be myself and people are okay with that.” Junior Isabelle Jones mentioned how celebrities helped her, “I don’t have a celebrity who has helped me but I know quite a few that are out and expressive of their sexuality and it gives me confidence in my own.”