Stars who came out

Wonderwall.com is taking a look at all the ways celebrities have told the world about their sexual or gender identities, starting with this activist and television star… Jameela Jamil came out as queer on Feb. 5, 2020. The star of “The Good Place” took to to social media with her personal reveal after HBO Max announced that she’d be a judge on the voguing competition series “Legendary” — news that irked some members of the LGBTQ community who felt the show should feature its own. “Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer,” Jameela wrote. “I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it’s not easy within the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight-up asked about it on Twitter. But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid.” She continued, “I didn’t come from a family with *anyone* openly out. It’s also scary as an actor to openly admit your sexuality, especially when you’re a brown female in your thirties. This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out. I’m jumping off this hell app for a while because I don’t want to read mean comments dismissing this. You can keep your thoughts.” She went on to explain that she’s long been an ally of the community and urged people to focus on the show’s contestants instead of her.

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