Unless you have been living under a rock, you have most likely heard about Jojo Siwa’s coming out. Joining the likes of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Zaya Wayde as young LGBTQ+ icons , the YouTube personality confirmed that she too is a member of the community through her social media accounts. From tomboy to teen supreme: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s 2021 transformation Since Siwa’s revelation, many fans and celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Perez Hilton have offered their support to the Nickelodeon star, who is famous for her giant hair bows and vibrant personality. Here’s why this 17-year-old online superstar’s coming out announcement is so important. 5 game-changing LGBTQ+ politicians shaping the world in 2021 She came out on her own terms Like many celebrities who use online platforms to take control of their narratives, Siwa used her accounts to tell the world about her identity – at her own chosen time and place. The Dance Moms alum initially posted a video of her on TikTok singing along to Lady Gaga’s LGBTQ+ anthem Born This Way . Queens of Covid: Lady Gaga to Blackpink – 15 albums that got us through 2020 She also uploaded a photo to Twitter of her wearing a T-shirt that says “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.” This was a breath of fresh air, since other public figures have been outed before they were ready. It’s no wonder Siwa’s Instagram bio now says she is the “happiest human alive”. Meet Elliot Page, The Umbrella Academy star who just came out as trans Many LGBTQ+ kids and teens are out there are watching View this post on Instagram A post shared by JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) Siwa’s decision to share her sexuality is not only a significant move for herself, but also for her young fans. There are plenty of LGBTQ+ kids and teenagers out there who would feel less alone and more comfortable with their identities knowing that they are in a similar situation to Siwa, who is one of the most popular children’s entertainers in the world. With more than 30 million TikTok followers and 12 million YouTube subscribers, Siwa’s coming out would make many LGBTQ+ people out there feel more represented in the entertainment industry, and would help others become more open-minded. During an Instagram Live session, Siwa encouraged other members of the LGBTQ+ community out there to be true to themselves. Siwa is not alone; many other famous LGBTQ+ icons hope to be role models in their community, too, whether they’re K-pop idols or fashion models . Before BL K-drama Color Rush: 5 more Korean LGBT movies and shows She is fighting the stigma associated with coming out “I think a lot of people are afraid of being different, but that’s something we should never, ever be afraid of. That’s something we should be proud of and we should celebrate,” Siwa stated during an Instagram Live session. She reflected on the stigma of coming out, explaining that it is not a scary thing any more. Still, this was a still bold and risky decision, considering Siwa’s position as a public figure. View this post on Instagram A post shared by JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) Despite her coming out possibly not sitting well with conservative parents, or losing her subscribers and brand deals, Siwa chose to be brave and honest with herself and her fans. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .