October 11: Coming Out Day

Come Out Well

National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil rights awareness day celebrating individuals coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and civil rights movement – which MTV is happy and proud to support.



Stars as Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen Page and Frank Ocean are a few who bravely announced their sexuality while the world was watching. Even today people fear that coming out can be harmful to their lives or careers. And that’s also the reason why it’s so important to take the step to be who you are. And remember: it took Ellen Degeneres, Tom Daley & co took a well long time to come out. Take your time, but don’t be scared. In the end it will all become better.

To celebrate MTV-style we’ve gathered the most “Coming Out” songs in the playlist attached and collected some inspirational coming out speeches by different celebrities below. Have a gay Coming Out day everyone <3

Friday, 10. October 2014

  • Ellen Page: 'I'm here today because I am gay and because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.'

  • Neil Patrick Harris: 'I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.'

  • Jodie Foster: 'I hope you guys weren't hoping this would be a big coming out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, co-workers, and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. But now apparently, I'm told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime time reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child.'

  • Adam Lambert: 'I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay. I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me.'

  • Lance Bass: 'I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything. I'm more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I'm just happy.'

  • Anderson Cooper: 'The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.'

  • Tom Daley: 'Come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. And that someone is a guy... My whole world just changed, right there and then.'

  • Ellen Degeneres: 'Yep, I’m gay. Now, I feel completely comfortable with myself, and I don't have to be fearful about something damaging my career if it gets out, because now I'm in control of it - sort of.'

  • Frank Ocean: 'In the last year or 3 I've screamed at my creator, screamed at the clouds in the sky, for some explanation. Mercy maybe. For peace of mind to rain like manna somehow. 4 summer ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost… Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping.'

  • Matt Bomer: 'And I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.'

  • Ricky Martin: 'I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with.'

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