12 of Your Favorite YouTube Stars Who Came Out in 2017
Coming out takes a lot of work, no matter who you are. Whether you’ve known about your sexuality for years or are still struggling to figure out where you fall, there’s a lot to consider when you’re making the announcement to the people love. It isn’t just a matter of deciding who to tell first and what exactly to say, but making sure that someone else doesn’t reveal the info first. It sucks, but it happens. Just look at all these celebs who were forced out of the closet before they were ready! And, even worse, some people face a lot of backlash when they open up about their sexual orientation.
Of course, the stakes are automatically heightened when it’s a Hollywood hottie that’s trying to be honest. A lot of celebs feel a responsibility to their fans, like they owe it to them to be honest about who they’re attracted to or what gender they define themselves as. Making an announcement like this in the public eye opens the door for waves of support — but it’s a double-edged sword and can lead to a lot of negativity as well. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but oftentimes, it is. When Colton Haynes came out and said that was the reason why his dad killed himself, it was all anybody could talk about.
So how do you think YouTubers feel? With hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, of people looking up to them and following along with their lives, it must be hard to hide your sexuality from supportive subscribers. That’s why so many of our fave YT stars have taken it upon themselves to come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community officially with videos or social media announcements. There were a lot back in 2016, and this year was no exception. See for yourself!
Looks like Elle goes hard or goes home! When she came out as bisexual this year, she didn't simply come out. She decided to share the news by describing her crush to her friends and telling them to draw a picture. Then she shocked them all when the version shedrew was of a girl. A few days later, she had her friends help her come out to her family by decorating her house with an LGBTQ rainbow flag.
While the Canadian YouTuber had repressed her feelings about women for a long time and tearfully told her subscribers she was afraid her relationships with her loved ones would change after she came out, she just couldn't hold it in any longer. "Sometimes feelings are so strong, they cannot be repressed," she said in her coming-out video.
We're so glad her friends and fam weren't the only ones who took the news incredibly well — the Internet did, too. Her fans were super supportive, and even John Green and Logan Paul reached out on Twitter.
Photo: Instagram (@elle.mills)