LGBTQ+ stars who were told to stay in the closet
But who thankfully came out anyway
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Coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, though it is increasingly celebratory, remains a very difficult thing to do. That challenge is only amplified when your entire career rides on your public image, as it does for so many actors and musicians.
We all know the struggle to come to terms with one's sexuality can be hard enough, but even when a person is ready to share their authentic self with the world, it can be extremely disheartening to feel like the world isn't ready to hear it. Many LGBTQ+ celebrities have even been pressured to stay in the closet, either by agents, casting directors, friends, or family, despite having expressed the desire to come out.
Click through this gallery to see the stars who have been advised at one point or another to stay in the closet for the sake of their career. And let's celebrate the fact that they didn't!
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