Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky comes out as gay during Pride month

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Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky has come out as gay as this year's Pride month draws to a close.

Blonsky, who played the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 movie musical, made the announcement in a TikTok video, which featured the actress lip-syncing to Diana Ross song 'I'm Coming Out' as she dances in a garden.

"Hi, it's Nikki Blonsky from the movie," she captioned the clip, referencing a meme of herself in which she introduces herself as "Nikki Blonsky from the movie Hairspray".

"I'm Gay! #pride #imcomingout #hairspray."

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Many of the actress' followers congratulated her on coming out, calling her a "queen".

"So proud of you Nikki!!!" musician Anthony Amorim added. "I loved you as one of the most true and lovely allies to our community, and now I'm so so so happy to get to know you now as part of it!!!! love you girl."

Blonsky, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Hairspray, has also appeared in TV shows including Huge and Smash.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter recently, Blonsky said that the support she has received from people, including Hairspray cast and crew, since her announcement "means more than they will ever know" and added that she has long felt a part of the LGBTQ+ community.

"The LGBTQIA community has embraced me since the moment I got Hairspray. They welcomed me with open arms and I felt so a part of the community already," she said.

"For me, it was a long time coming. I was wanting to date women and it just was a moment in my life where I was finally just really ready to be myself."

She also revealed that she had told John Travolta, who played Tracy's mother Edna in Hairspray, before she came out publicly, adding: "I did not want the person who played my mother to have to find out about this from anybody else."

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"I felt the need to tell him myself so I texted him and we had a lovely conversation," she continued.

"I love him with all my heart. I couldn't have been more honoured to have played his daughter. He is one of the finest human beings you're ever going to meet."

Doctor Who actress Pearl Mackie has also spoken about her sexuality to celebrate Pride month as she came out as bisexual in a recent Instagram post.

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"Proud to be bisexual. Proud to be Black. Proud of all my LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and everyone in between," she wrote.

"We matter. You matter. Big love and nuff respect. Happy Pride everyone!"

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