Did JoJo Siwa Maybe, Possibly Come Out? Her “Best Gay Cousin” Shirt Thinks So!

JoJo Siwa, the 17-year-old sensation of Dance Moms fame, just broke the Internet. On Wednesday night, Siwa posted a TikTok in which she lip-syncs to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”


♬ Born This Way Lady Gaga – johanna

She specifically chose to lip-sync the lyrics, “No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life/ I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive.” In the video, Siwa wore one of her signature hair bows, only this one was covered in rainbows. Queer fans rejoiced, but we were still waiting for more explicit evidence.

This afternoon, Siwa seems to have confirmed the rumors by tweeting, “My cousin got me a new shirt,” including a selfie in a shirt that reads, “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”

Congrats, JoJo!JoJo Siwa wears a pink hair bow and black shirt with blue lettering that reads, "Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever."

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  1. My friend just texted me “JOJO SIWA GAY GAY GAY” and my first reaction was vague name recognition + confusion, but my second was to check Autostraddle for more intel. Shout out to the Vapid Fluff team for frequently explaining Gen Z gay stuff to my millennial ass.

    • ahahha my neicelet texted me something very similar and my thoughts went “what on earth is that” followed by “autostraddle will know what to do”

  2. I only know who she is because she was on the Masked Singer, but good for her! Also, on that show her costume was a T-Rex dressed in vaguely Shakespearean garb, which in retrospect? Kinda gay.

  3. Honestly, listening to jojo talk about *why* she wears her hair how she does gave me such strong baby androgynous queer vibes years and years ago. Im paraphrasing wildly but she said like she hates having to think about it or deal with it so she just picked something wacky and stuck to it and made it her signature. Which, who amongst us hasnt.

  4. Ah, so that’s what my 11 year old was talking about last night at dinner when she said JoJo Siwa came out as “LGBTQ but she didn’t say which letter.” Good for her, I hope she doesn’t get too much flack from the parents of her kid fans (because the kids don’t care at all, it’s always the parents who have a problem).

    • My 5 year old niece is a HUUUUUUUUUUUUGE fan of hers. She even has her own collection of bows lol It’s cute.

      This past December, she had a Jojo themed drive- thru party.

      My brother supports me being a lesbian. And his wife is cool with it.

  5. Good news for my 11 year old cousin, who upon finding about about the concept that two women can get married, declared she intends to marry JoJo Siwa when she’s an adult

  6. firstly good for her dot jpeg

    second the number of small children i know who idolize jojo siwa is enormous! this could well be the first time someone they ‘know’ comes out and i’m interested to follow that impact

  7. This is huge! So many kids and tweens love her, and the more people like her they have to look up to the better.

  8. This is huge! So many kids and tweens love her, and the more people like her they have to look up to the better.

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