In a time when LGBTQ people are facing extraordinary challenges , queer visibility is as important as it has ever been. After years of progressive strides , felt in many ways like a giant step backward for LGBTQ equality at the national level. Against that political backdrop, seeing queer actors, artists and other celebrities share their authentic selves was all the more empowering. The year saw some celebs, like legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow , express who they truly are in high-profile, impactful interviews.
But that has never been the way I think of myself. After kissing Demi Lovato onstage at a concert, fans bombarded Kehlani with questions about her sexuality. Not bi, not straight. The former Disney Channel and Step Up actress shared her struggle to embrace her sexuality in a powerful and moving essay for Teen Vogue about how she fell in love with a woman for the first time in her life. We were an example of true love. It can define you as much as you want it to.
Love has no boundaries, and these gay celebrity weddings remind us of that. From longtime-favorite lesbian couples, like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi , to recent newlyweds, like Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black , gay couples in Hollywood are celebrating their nuptials left and right—and rightfully so. As Lin-Manuel Miranda says, love is love is love.
Kristen Stewart is "like so gay, dude. Thorne came out as bi after kissing a girl in her Snapchat story, announcing her sexuality on Twitter. She has since become outspoken about bisexuality on the platform.