It was a progressive year for many areas of the LGBTQ community.
Whilst there’s clearly still a lot of work to do, it was empowering to see even more famous faces step out and embrace their sexuality publicly, and here’s just ten who did that.
From music stars to TV actors, many decided 2016 was the year to speak out.
In July 2016 Twilight hero Kristen Stewart revealed that dating girlfriend Alicia Cargile allowed her to be able to “feel again,”.
Speaking about her bisexuality, while dating men because “everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialised”
Singer Colton Haynes came out as gay officially in May after months of speculation from fans and after a Tumblr post accused him of having a “secret gay past”.
“I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet.” he said at the time.
“But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said,” he said.
“People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realise that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.”
The 27-year-old said that it allowed him to be “happier than I’ve ever been, and healthier than I’ve ever been”
Actor Nico Tortorella came out as sexually fluid in June, but later revealed that he was comfortable using the term “bisexual” to define himself
Explaining that he doesn’t “see the world as gender binary,” he described himself as “label-less”
“I think it’s one thing to hide and it’s one thing to come out of the closet in a public statement. But I’ve always done me and never been shy and have been vocal about it.”
The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star spoke about her bisexualty in July, explaining that she falls “in love with girls and guys.”
She also spoke about her LGBT fans ““I feel like I operate in an old-school way that only gays truly understand. So for me it’s the ultimate compliment. My tastes are like an older gay man’s, and I think that’s who I really am.”
“I have a gay aunt and a gay uncle and I grew up thinking that everyone had a gay aunt or uncle. My younger sister is a lesbian, so it’s just in my blood, I guess.”
Ex-Union J singer George Shelley refused to be labelled when he came out in Feburary of 2016.
He called traditional sexual categories as “a little bit old-fashioned,” and “what is important to me is that I can be myself”.
“I just want to know that whether I decide to be with a boy or a girl next, it’s because I love them, and it shouldn’t be a big deal. I’m still the same person. I’m still me. I’m just a little bit less afraid of being myself.”