National Coming Out Day was created in 1988 to commemorate the 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights, which reportedly drew over 200,000 protestors to the nation’s capital that Oct. 11. Over three decades later, the day has turned into an annual celebration to acknowledge LGBTQ people and to raise awareness for their ongoing fight for equality. To honor National Coming Out Day 2021, here are 21 notable coming-out stories so far this year. Jojo Siwa Jojo Siwa performs in 2019. Gary Miller / Getty Images Jojo Siwa, the 18-year-old reality star turned singer, actor and YouTube sensation, broke the internet in January when she came out as a member of LGBTQ community in a series of posts on social media. Fans first started to speculate about Siwa’s identity when she posted a video on TikTok dancing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” largely considered a gay anthem. Several days later, Siwa then confirmed that she was LGBTQ when she posted a picture of herself wearing a shirt that said “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” and saying that it was a gift from her cousin. In a September interview with TODAY.com, Siwa said she’s still figuring out how she identifies. “I’m dating a girl; that can make me a lesbian. I’ve never really been in love with anybody or found attraction to anybody except for Kylie, and so therefore it could be demisexual. I’ve never minded who I would be with, if it would be a girl, a boy, (someone) trans,” she said. “But then I also think, so that could be pansexual. … The l-word isn’t my favorite word, but I like the q-word. I like queer; it’s kind of ... I am who I am. But I’m not like, ‘Oh my God. No, I’m not this', you know what I mean?” The former “Dance Moms” star is currently a history-making contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” as the first contestant in 30 seasons to dance with a person of the same sex. Demi Lovato Demi Lovato performs at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Kevin Winter / Getty Images for iHeartMedia Actor and singer Demi Lovato came out as nonbinary in May and said they would be changing their pronouns to they/them. “Not only has my life been a journey for myself, I was also living for those on the other side of the cameras,” Lovato, who got their start on “Barney & Friends” and has had roles on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Prison Break,” wrote on Twitter. “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life with you all — I am proud to let you know that I identify as nonbinary & will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward,” Lovato, 28, told fans. “I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I am and still am discovering,” Lovato said. TJ Osborne TJ Osborne of the Brothers Osborne performs on Sept. 16 in Nashville. Danielle Del Valle / Getty Images In a February interview with Time magazine, Brothers Osborne singer-guitarist TJ Osborne came out as gay, becoming the first openly gay man signed to a major country music label and one of the first mainstream country artists to come out at the prime of their career. “I’m very comfortable being gay,” Osborne told Time. “I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange.” While fans were largely supportive, a measure in Tennessee to honor Osborne was blocked by the state’s House of Representatives. The state’s House Republicans cited a procedural objection, although many believed that its history of supporting anti-LGBTQ legislation was the likelier reason for blocking the honor. Gabbi Tuft Gabbi Tuft. Courtesy of Gabbi Tuft Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Gabbi Tuft announced on social media in February that she is transgender. In a photo posted on Instagram, Tuft posed next to an image of herself prior to her transition. “This is me,” she wrote in the caption. “Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do.” Tuft wrestled professionally from 2007 to 2014 and appeared in WWE shows “Superstars,” “Raw,” “SmackDown” and “WrestleMania.” Since then, she began a career as a fitness coach and has gotten to spend more time with her wife and daughter, according to a press release announcing Tuft’s coming out. “I never expected to have an ear-to-ear smile for the last 24 hours, but I can’t get the smile off my face,” she told NBC News shortly after coming out. “It’s from the heart, and it’s from the soul, and I never expected to feel this elated.” Kehlani Kehlani performs at the 2021 Governors Ball in New York. Andy Kropa / AP R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani revealed that she identifies as a lesbian in April after formerly coming out as queer in 2018. “I am gay, gay, gay. … I finally know I’m a lesbian,” she said in the now- . . . read the full article here.