Teen Wolf is known for delivering some of the hottest LGBTQ+ sex scenes on a teen television series, which is a HUGE step for representation; not many other TV shows in the same demographic have even touched upon the topic of homosexuality. Teen Wolf is also known for delivering gay icons, courtesy of the coming-out stories by the MTV dramedy’s alums, Colton Haynes & Charlie Carver, last year. That is why when the 28-year-old twin expressed how his late father, Robert Mortensen, helped him come to terms with his own sexuality, we simply had to stop and listen (or, well, read).
Initially, Max Carver‘s brother resented his dad for being queer, which Charlie learned when he was 12. “In the way that sons and fathers can have beef regardless of [sexual] orientation,” he tells Attitude magazine for its June 2017 cover, “it was just something where I wanted to be able to define myself, set my own rules, and I felt like I had all of a sudden someone who I was gonna be forced to become, and I didn’t wanna be like him.”
But, it helped pave the way for him. “I think he taught me, in the way that he lived his life, that your sexuality doesn’t define you,” he continues. “It’s an important part of who you are, but he had such a rich life… And I think because I was frustrated by what I would call some of his own internalized shame, that it almost became this challenge to really get to the bottom of that quickly, for me. It kind of propelled me into being louder and brasher and more experimental. And I think that hurt his feelings sometimes, but I think he was also grateful.”
As for his own decision to publicly come out, he explains, “I didn’t really give a f*ck at that point because, for me, not that I was living under duress, but I’d said to myself if I can’t do this when I’m young, I’m not sure I wanna stay in this business. I think the world is changing, representation is changing, and I wanted to be a part of that and I wouldn’t wanna be in this business if I couldn’t be a part of that.”
Charlie Carver, plus nine other male celebrities who came out last year:
In January 2016, the 28-year-old alum of Teen Wolf & Arrow made headlines everywhere for one small comment on Tumblr: After a fan called pornandmariah said, "when I found out colton haynes had a secret gay past i got so excited even though i know it makes absolutely no difference in my life," he responded with a short, "Was it a secret? Let's all just enjoy life & have no regrets :)"
In May 2016, he clarified that that particular comment was not his coming-out… but his interview with EW was. "People want you to be that GQ image that you put out," he explained, "but people don't realize what it's like to act 24 hours a day. I'd go home and I was still acting. People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don't realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world."
The report also stated that the heartthrob is "in fact gay," so there's no room for mistake.
Colton Haynes isn't the only Teen Wolf alum who opened up about his sexuality this year.
In a handful of Instagram posts containing the same graphic, Charlie Carver, the 28-year-old actor who you may know as Ethan from the MTV series, proudly announced his homosexuality.
He kicked off the series of posts with the following: "As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I knew I wanted to be a lot of things! I thought I wanted to be a painter, a soccer player, a stegosaurus… But the acting thing stuck. It was around that age that I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade."
Soon, he admitted, "Over time, this abstract "knowing" grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: "I am gay."…"
There's been a lot of speculation about James' sexuality, especially after he explored gay themes on screen in Milk and I Am Michael.
So, finally, in an April 2016 interview with New York magazine, the actor said, "If your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I'm a gay c*ck tease. It's where my allegiance lies, where my sensibilities lie, how I define myself."
He added, "Yeah, I'm a little gay, and there's a gay James."
Like his fellow Union J member (well, former, considering George recently pulled a Zayn Malik and left the band), Jaymi Hensley, George is queer.
"I've had girlfriends that I've loved, and they've been amazing periods of my life," he said in a moving YouTube video earlier this year, "but I've also had boyfriends, and I just want you to know that whether I decide to be with a girl next, or be with a guy next, that it's because I love them."
He added, "So yeah, there it is. I've not changed, I'm still me, I'm still the same person I've always been, I'm just becoming a little bit less scared of being myself, and that makes me quite happy."
The hottie from Younger would probably not say he "came out" this year... 'cause he was never in.
"I've never been in any sort of closet," the 28-year-old said during a Pride event with The Infatuation. " I was never really in the house... I think it's one thing to hide … and it's one thing to come out of the closet in a public statement."
Separately, he told Page Six that, while he was dating a woman at the time, he could also find himself attracted to men. "It's just a fluidity," he explained. "We're all kind of moving into this one situation."
Sacha Baron Cohen
The Borat actor has a wife and three children, but he still proudly proclaimed that he doesn't consider himself to be completely heterosexual.
"Straight or gay... they're silly terms because it's a scale, and everyone is somewhere on the scale," he said in a February interview.
"I'm 23 percent gay," he joked. "I've worked it out, I did the calculations. I'm 23 percent gay. There are times I go down to 17, times I go up to 31."
And the former X Factor host echoed Sacha's thoughts. He told The Sun, "I'm probably the same [as Sacha], or maybe 20%."
"I've got a lot of gay friends I get on with really well," he shared. "Everyone's got a bit of campness about them."
When a fan asked the DJ if he's gay back in 2014, he simply replied, "everyone is a lil gay." It wasn't exactly an admission, though.
But on June 14, 2016, in a tweet to rapper Angel Haze, Diplo confirmed that he's, in his own words, "half gay." Many take this to mean that he's bisexual.
June 2016 also marked the time singer Ryan Beatty opened up about his sexuality, after "20 years of suffocating in the closet."
"Proud to be a raging homosexual," the 21-year-old said on Instagram. "Now I can finally breathe. I did it!"
Soon after the Modern Family star opened up about his struggles with body dysmorphia, he also opened up about his homosexuality.
"Saw Eugene Bata on [Good Morning America in the Body Dysmorphia segment connected to my article and I just want to say he is hot af," Reid tweeted.
This prompted a follower to ask, "Did you also just out yourself?"
"I was never in," he clarified.