Black Celebrities Who Weren't Shy About Coming Out of the Closet

Brave celebrities who outted themselves.

Wanda Sykes -  (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)

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Wanda Sykes -  (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)

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Jason Collins - (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Jason Collins - (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Sean T - Sean T is a New Jersey born choreographer and fitness trainer. He is known for his Insanity and Hip Hop abs fitness programs. (Photo: Shaun T/Facebook)

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Shaun T - (Photo: Shaun T/Facebook)

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Laverne Cox - The Orange Is the New Black star is hip to the season’s hottest trend; rich color. For fall, her signature blonde is warmed up with honey and caramel tones that are universally flattering on brown skin.  (Photo: Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

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Laverne Cox - (Photo: Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

Raven-Symoné addresses her controversial statements from the Oprah interview: - “I never said I wasn’t Black… I want to make that very clear. I said I am not African-American. I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people. I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.”(Photo: Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for NYLON)

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Raven-Symone - (Photo: Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for NYLON)

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Ariane Davis  -  (Photo: Ivan Nikolov/

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Ariane Davis -  (Photo: Ivan Nikolov/

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Erica Mena - (Photo: D Dipasupil/BET/Getty Images)

Angel Haze Performing at Keep a Child Alive Ball - Host and co-founder of Keep a Child Alive Alicia Keys isn’t the only one confirmed to grace the stage at the organization’s Black Ball. Angel Haze is set to perform at the event, taking place later on this month at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Besides the big announcement, the rapper also dropped some lines on the Nick Jonas track "Numb," which dropped earlier this week. (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Angel Haze - (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)


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Frank Ocean - (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Lee Daniels - (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)

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Lee Daniels - (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)

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Azealia Banks on cultural appropriation in hip hop and Iggy Azalea's skills: - “That Iggy Azalea s*** isn’t better than any f****** Black girl that’s rapping today… I feel like, in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like Black issues or Black politics or Black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kinda like ‘F*** you.' There’s always a ‘F*** y’all n*****. Y’all don’t really own s***. Y’all don’t have s***.'”(Photo: Lionel Urman/Splash News)

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Azealia Banks - (Photo: Lionel Urman/Splash News)

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Meshell Ndegeocello Shakes Up Hip-Hop - Years before it became trendy, neo-soul founding member and singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello came out as bisexual, and even had a relationship with feminist author Rebecca Walker. While Frank Ocean is considered the first male in R&B/hip-hop to “come out” to the public, Ndegeocello is dubbed as the first ever. However, while she stands in solidarity for LGBT rights, she prefers to focus most exclusively on her music. This decision did not mean that the artist had abandoned her LGBT-connection. Her debut album Plantation Lullabies provided a noticeably androgynous persona that the world was not used to seeing from females in hip hop.(Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Meshell Ndegeocello - (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Image)

#DonLemonOn - CNN news anchor Don Lemon is known to be brashly unapologetic about his comments, no matter how controversial. Last November, Lemon became the inspiration of a new hashtag following his support of the New York Police Department's use of stop and frisk. Using this initial comment as ammunition, the Twitter community created their own commentary on how Lemon might address issues like segregation, slavery and more. Thus, #DonLemonOn was born.(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for ADCOLOR Awards)

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Don Lemon - (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for ADCOLOR Awards)

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