Four Young Stars Who Came Out In 2022

Ava Phillippe appears with Reese Witherspoon at a photocall. Phillippe is wearing a black gown, and Witherspoon is wearing a strapless black and white gown.
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Aug 17, 2022 4:07 PM ET

2022 has been a good year for LGBTQ+ visibility. At least 35 celebrities have come out since the beginning of the year. News broke this week about Australian rugby player Ellia Greene, who won gold and made history as the first Olympian to come out as a transgender man. Caitlyn Jenner and Quinn are the only other two gold medalists who have come out as transgender. Greene went public August 16th during a summit to end transphobia in the sports industry, and he spoke about wanting to help younger trans people who struggle with self-acceptance.

In addition to Greene, a host of rising celebrities have stepped forward to talk openly about their sexuality. Scroll down to read about four young stars who came out this year.

Ava Phillippe

Ava Phillipe smiles for cameras at the premiere of Sing 2. She is wearing a short black and white dress. Her hair is pink.
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Ava Phillippe, who is the daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, sat for a Q&A session on her Instagram account back in January. A fan asked her if she liked "boys or girls", to which she replied, "I'm attracted to people! Gender is whatever." While she avoided labeling herself, she is fully out of the closet.

Lil Wop

Lil Wop, who hails from Chicago and is known for his friendship with nonbinary rapper Lil Uzi Vert, also used his Instagram account to come out. In February, he posted a selfie in a crop top and declared himself to be bisexual. Like Phillippe, he also said it's "whatever."

Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks tips his black bowler hat to cameras. He is wearing a red checkered shirt and a tweed vest.
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Sawyer Fredericks made a name for himself in 2015, when he won the eighth season of The Voice. The singer-songwriter took to Instagram back in February to come out as bisexual. He talked about his journey and realizing that he was attracted to men and women. He also used the opportunity to encourage his younger LGBTQ+ fans, saying "I am privileged and have never been discriminated against for my sexuality or ashamed of it. I’m truly sorry for any of you who have been, and I hope it gets better."

Peach PRC

If you love TikTok, then you probably have heard of Peach PRC, a singer and content creator with almost two million followers. The singer was promoting her viral single, God is a Freak, when she added a short message to a social media post, telling fans that "now is a good time to tell you all. I'm a lesbian."

The short, casual coming out statements by these young celebrities offer some hope - perhaps it is becoming easier, less complex, and somewhat more acceptable to be LGBTQ+.

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