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Our Fav Famous Queer Actresses, Comedians and Musicians

Jul 02, 2020

Our Fav Famous Queer Actresses, Comedians and Musicians

We’re fortunate enough to live in an age where more and more famous lesbians are speaking out about their sexuality. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most well-known celesbians and dykons that are destroying LGBTQIA taboos for you to swoon over.

1. Samira Wiley 

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After her role as Poussey in OITNB, lesbian actress Samira Wiley had women all over the world fangirling. Surprisingly, she wasn’t out publicly as a lesbian before the show— a fellow cast member accidentally, er, did her the honors. Samira says she owes it all to her character, Poussey, for helping her come to terms with being gay (we’re certainly glad you did, Samira). 

2. Kate McKinnon

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Kate McKinnon is a lesbian actress and comedian who is well-known for her role on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show (which doesn’t exactly call for a grandiose coming out). In fact, she has been out and proud since joining SNL in 1985— she says she never really was closeted. 

3. Holland Taylor

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Known for her roles on Legally Blonde and The L Word, Holland Taylor is a lesbian actress who actually identifies as gay. She is also actress Sarah Paulson’s partner, with whom she has a 32-year age gap. The pair announced they were together back in 2015 and have been working hard to normalize age gap relationships ever since. And it’s working because we can’t get enough of this gay power couple.

4. Sarah Paulson

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Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, Sarah Paulson, has asked fans not to label her as a lesbian. She is simply a woman who’s in love with another woman—who just happens to be 32 years her senior. She claims Holland Taylor slid into her DMs on Twitter and the rest is history. 

5. Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes is a gay rights activist and one of the funniest women in comedy, who has kept us laughing for over 30 years. Although she is very open about her sexuality now, she only came out publicly at the age of 44 in 2008 at a rally against Proposition 8, the law banning same-sex marriage in California. She continues to use her platform as a beloved comedian to help LGBTQ groups.

6. Hayley Kiyoko

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Known amongst fans as ‘lesbian Jesus’, Hayley Kiyoko is a true dykon. With a massive LGBTQIA+ following, she is one of the most influential lesbian singers of the 21st century. She quickly rose to fame after her hit song came out with the line “Girls like girls like boys do—nothing new.” Amen to that, sister.

7. Ruby Rose

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Ruby Rose first stepped into the limelight when she dominated the screen as inmate Stella on OITNB. She was more recently cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman, although the role became somewhat controversial. Apparently because she identifies as both lesbian and genderfluid, that’s too much for some people to wrap their minds around. She says “Maybe I need to make up another term, one that doesn’t step on any toes. One where I can be fluid in my gender, but also a lesbian, because otherwise, I’m not sure what I am.” In all honesty, we don’t care how you identify, Ruby (have you seen those eyes?).

8. Raven-Symoné

Raven-Symoné stole our hearts at the age of four as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show and has gone on to build quite a career for herself. Though she realized she was gay at the age of 12, she came out at the age of 28. She says she doesn’t like labels and she just wants to be labeled as a “human who loves humans”.

9. Katherine Moennig 

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Did you know that Kate Moennig had no idea she was gay before her role as soft butch Shane on The L Word? Yeah, we didn’t believe it either. Just by looking at this lesbian style icon, you’d think she would have known since birth and breaking hearts ever since. It just goes to show us that it’s never too late to realize you’re gay af, so don’t be so hard on yourself!

10. Lea DeLaria

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Not a lesbian, but a self-proclaimed dyke, Lea DeLaria is yet another celeb who made a name for herself on OITNB. She has been open about her sexuality for her entire career and is exactly who comes to mind when we think of the most famous dykons

11. Ellen Degeneres

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Our list of famous lesbians simply wouldn’t be complete without Ellen. Worshipped worldwide, her official coming out story began by dropping hints all over TV that she was gay—including kissing KD Lang. Finally, back in ‘97, she officially came out on the cover of Time magazine, with the words “Yep, I’m gay.” Well, that’s one way to do it!

12. Portia de Rossi

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We can’t mention Ellen Degeneres without including her other half—actress and model, Portia de Rossi. Portia admits she was not comfortable with her sexuality at first, but Ellen helped her come out. Hey, we get it—we could’ve all used a little coaxing out of the closet at one point or another.

13. Jasika Nicole

When she was growing up, Jasika Nicole struggled with the idea of being both biracial and gay. After moving to New York, she felt that she could finally embrace her sexual identity and by 2010, Jasika was the only openly lesbian person of color on Prime TV.

Who Is Your Favorite LGBTQ+ Celebrity?

Each of these lesbian celebrities and gay women is out and proud—and for that, they deserve to be celebrated. Do you have a favorite celesbian you didn’t see on this list?  Let us know

Robyn is the CEO & Founder of HER the world's largest brand for LGBTQ womxn & queer people. Also runs London Queer Fashion Show. Find her on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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