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The 30 most inspirational lesbian celebrities

Robyn Exton

Jan 09, 2024

The 30 most inspirational lesbian celebrities

Your honor, the lesbian celebrities are giving! We are living in very iconically gay times, and I couldn’t be happier about it. From the music to the film industry, Hollywood lesbians are proudly embracing their identities and shedding light on the beautiful and diverse landscape of queerness.

So, I thought it would only be right to do a deep dive into some of the most inspirational and badass lesbian celebs out there. It’s our gay-given right. 

First of all, what is a celesbian?

A celesbian is a celebrity in the lesbian world. They can be lesbians who are actually famous, like Ellen Degeneres or Lena Waithe, or D-list dykes like the former cast members of The Real L World (sorry, babes).

Celesbians also include internet celebrities or influencers that lezzies worship. Basically, any widely recognized dyke or dykon (dyke icon) is a celesbian. 

It’s important to note that straight celebrities who play lesbian characters do not necessarily fit underneath the celesbian umbrella, so let’s celebrate the amazing people who identify as lesbians on and off the screen. Let’s get into our favorite lesbian stars!

Who are some famous celesbians?

These twenty-five sapphic celebrities all have something to be inspired by and can help us all to look inward more.

These stories offer the good, bad and everything in between!

Amandla Stenburg

Amandla Stenburg poses for a portrait against a teal blue background in a studio.

Source: Seventeen

The Hunger Games, Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, and The Hate U Give star has been very open about their sexuality and gender identity in interviews. In 2018, they announced via Instagram that they’re out and proud. I mean, we couldn’t kick off the list any other way than with this iconic lesbian actor.

This is in reference to the Wonderland Magazine interview they did simply stating “Yep, I’m gay”. This was the first time confirming their sexual orientation after being very open about being non-binary in previous interviews.

Sinead O’Connor

A black and white portrait of Sinead O’Connor with her hands on her cheeks.

Source: Advocate

Singer Sinead O’Connor was one of the earliest celesbians to come out back in 2000. In a Curve interview, she identified as a dyke and discussed not feeling comfortable with her sexuality despite going out with women.

Since this interview, she has changed to say that she overspoke and doesn’t fit into a particular box when it comes to her sexuality. She’s still worth mentioning because this interview was revolutionary for the time.

Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe posing for a portrait in front of a chalkboard, while wearing a floral top.

Source: Columbia

What would a list of the most inspirational lesbian celebrities be without the multitalented Lena Waithe? The Emmy-winning actress, producer and screenwriter has been out as a lesbian for a while now and has let it inspire some of her art. She based an episode of Master of None on her experience coming out to her mom years ago. 

Waithe is also an LGBTQIA+ activist both on and offline, including during a major part of the New York LGBT Center’s Stonewall riots campaign. She’s never been shy about using her voice. 

Between her impressive catalog of work and her LGBTQIA+ activism, Waithe is doing it for black creatives everywhere!

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon strolling through a park laughing, holding a blue paper coffee cup on one hand.

Source: Harper’s Bazaar

Sex and the City lovers will recognize Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes. A huge advocate for queer rights, Nixon is a regular at gay rights rallies and other activism events. She even met her wife Christine Marioni, who she married in 2012, at a rally. They currently have an adorable son as well! 😊

Though Nixon is in a lesbian relationship, she’s been open about preferring the term queer because it is an umbrella term that also describes her former straight self.

A great actress and a powerhouse in the queer community? It doesn’t get better than that.


A portrait of Kehlani posing with bold white eyeliner at a park, where her shoulder tattoos are showing.

Source: Rolling Stone

Blue Water Road singer Kehlani has been open about her sexuality, out as queer for a while. She announced in a video “she finally knows she’s a lesbian!”. Though they haven’t announced an official relationship, she has many pictures getting cozy with singer 070 shake.

Tegan and Sara

Source: The Guardian

This musical duo has become a household name with their foot-tapping bops, frequently used in popular lesbian shows, including The L Word Generation Q.

They’re openly lesbian and advocates for queer rights as well. Great music and great advocates? Sounds perfect.

Samira Wiley

Samira Wiley as her Organge is the New Black character, Poussey, laying down and smiling.

Source: USA Today

With the infamous role as Poussey on Orange is the New Black, Samira Wiley has been catapulted to superstardom. Her journey with accepting being a lesbian is far more challenging, though.

Not always open about her journey, Wiley is very open about being outed by an OITNB cast member in an interview before speaking on her sexuality publically. Candidly speaking about not coming to terms with her sexuality immediately, she discusses how falling in love with the character Poussey helped her to fall in love with herself.

Wiley has been married to her wife Lauren Morelli (who she met while on OITNB!) since 2017 😍.

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor holding each other at a red carpet event, smiling lovingly at one another.

Source: People

This famous lesbian couple revealed in 2015 that they’re together (and have been ever since!). Both of them have been in a host of films, including Paulson starring in Ratched, American Horror Story and The People vs OJ. Catch Taylor in The Practice and Two and a Half Men.

The couple posts adorable pictures on their Instagrams and seems to be happy with each other!

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

 Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi posing for a photo together, smiling.

Source: Hello! Magazine

We can’t mention Ellen without discussing awareness of the allegations against the toxic work environment for employees on her show. She’s still crucial to the lesbian celebrities list as one of the first lesbian celebrities to openly come out.

Ellen and Portia have become household names, together since 2008. Ellen openly came out in 1977 with a Time cover simply stating “ I’m Gay”. This was revolutionary because, during this time, lesbian celebrities were not speaking out due to the hostility surrounding being a lesbian. It was radical for Ellen to risk her career and reputation during this time to live her truth. 

She and Portia have been named the most popular couple many times and have helped to normalize lesbian relationships all around us.

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Wanda Sykes

Wanda Skyes smiling at a red carpet event, wearing a black suit.

Source: LA Times

Wanda Sykes is another lesbian celebrity who’s been out for a while. The comedian, actress and writer came out as gay in 2008 at a gay rights rally. She recently married her wife Alex, and judging by their adorable Instagram photos, they are living their best lesbian love life.

Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria holding her hands over her heart while smiling, and wearing a tuxedo.

Source: Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria couldn’t be missed from this list of lesbian celebrities 🙂

You may know her as Big Boo on Orange is the New Black, but DeLaria is no stranger to being out and embracing her identity. A self-proclaimed butch dyke, she’s not shy in talking about her experiences with feeling different from others and often discusses the stereotyping she faced in her life.

DeLaria makes it clear that all butch dykes have a shared life experience due to the othering they face in society. Going even further, anyone that’s part of a group that’s considered “different” has a shared experience.

Felicia Pearson

Felicia Pearson wearing a brown hat at a red carpet event, while looking like the coolest lesbian in town.

Source: Variety

Felicia Pearson may be comfortable with her lesbian identity now, but she gives a lot of credit to her uncle for bringing her to that point. The actress is known as “Snoop” on The Wire and has written a memoir Grace After Midnight, detailing her struggles with growing up in Baltimore foster homes. She’s also been in various R&B videos from artists Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg and more.

When she was twelve, her uncle helped her to accept her sexuality by showing empathy when she came out, bringing a close lesbian friend to be nearby to support her.  

Pearson is now dating her girlfriend, J. Adrienne, and you can catch them both on Love and Hip Hop.

Sasha Lane

Sasha Lane against a pink backdrop, wearing a white jumpsuit and red earrings.

Source: Nylon

Disney+ show Loki star Sasha Lane identified with her lesbian identity in 2018. Originally coming out as bisexual in 2015, she found that gay was more accurate to represent her identity.

Her role as Jane in The Miseducation of Cameron Post resonated heavily with her because she came from a conservative family where she wasn’t accepted. Playing Jane helped her to find freedom in who she truly is.

Candace Parker

Candace Parker against a blue backdrop wearing a blue basketball uniform, smiling, and holding a basketball against her left arm.

Source: Time Magazine

WNBA star Candace Parker is not shy about gushing over her wife Anya Petrakova. She recently announced their two-year wedding anniversary as well as the fact that they are expecting a baby 👼❤️


Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts

Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts attend the 4th Annual Celebration of Black Cinema and Television presented by The Critics Choice Association at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Source: NPR

Niecy Nash never identified as a member of the queer community before “seamlessly” falling in love with her partner Jessica Betts. 

Her extensive acting career is nothing to sneeze at, with some notable roles in Claws and When They See Us on Netflix. 

Nash connected with her wife Jessica on social media in 2015 when facing problems in her previous marriage. The pair remained friends before developing feelings over a seafood dinner. These two will surely show you if you don’t believe in love at first sight!

Madison Bailey and Mariah Linney

Madison Bailey and Mariah Linney smiling and embracing each other, while posing for a photo.

Source: People Magazine

Another couple that can’t stop gushing over each other, Outer Banks star Madison Bailey and her partner Mariah Linney knew it was love as soon as they saw each other. Originally meeting on TikTok, they reconnected on Instagram a little while later, and the rest is history.

During the pandemic in 2020, they spent a lot of time together inside and have been inseparable since.

King Princess

King Princess posing against a gray background for them magazine, while wearing a pearl mustache, celebrating queerness.

Source: them

Real name Mikaela Strauss, King Princess is also out and proud of who she is. Identifying as a lesbian, she didn’t always feel connected to the term as much as the term gay.

Though she uses the term lesbian “sometimes,” she doesn’t always feel that it describes her. At times, she feels like a girl dating girls, but at times she feels like a gay man.

Strauss is correct in saying,

“There’s no right way to be a lesbian.”


Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson looks stunning in an emerald-colored gown at the ‘Senior Year’ premiere.

Source: Page Six

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson came out in June via Instagram with the most adorable caption about her partner, fashion designer Ramona Agruma.

Stated that she “thought she was searching for a Disney prince, but what she needed was a Disney princess.”

Rebel Wilson

Wilson is living her fairytale.

Nikki Blonsky

Nikki Blonsky wearing a floral cardigan and posing at an event, looking stunning as ever.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

You may remember Nikki Blonsky from her unforgettable role in Hairspray, but she came out as a lesbian in June 2020. By the way, catch her TikTok! Her video with the music “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross is unmissable.

Shalita Grant

Shalita Grant wearing two space buns and a red dress, looking as radiant and beautiful as ever!

Source: W Magazine

NCIS: New Orleans fanatics may recognize Shalita Grant as NCIS Special Agent Sonja Percy. Her career began on Broadway, but she’s gone on to have other notable TV roles, including on Search Party and Sherry on Netflix’s hit You.

In terms of her sexuality, she’s been out for a while, even previously married to director Sabrina Skau. They later divorced.

After the divorce, she met her current partner Jessica Aguilar through a mutual friend. Check out her Instagram for some lovable pictures of the two of them.

Jojo Siwa

Jojo Siwa rocking a short, curly pixie cut, smiling happily, showing off her perfect smile!

Source: Shape

Gen Z is all about their individuality, aren’t they? Dance Moms alum-turned superstar Jojo Siwa is no exception to this rule. She’s gone on to be more than a dancer, recording music, starring on Nickelodeon, competing on Dancing with the Stars, and even being listed as TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. And this is all before turning twenty!

Siwa came out in 2017, though she doesn’t prefer to label her sexuality. She’s been very open about her attraction to women and is currently in a relationship with girlfriend Kylie Prew and playfully calls herself “Ky-sexual.”

Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird

Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird sit on the court at a basketball game, cheering for their favorite team.

Source: Oprah Daily

Soccer and WNBA lovers will recognize this duo for their impressive sports feats, as well as their beautiful relationship. 

Megan Rapinoe is known for her professional career in the Women’s National Soccer League, as well as the United States Professional Team. Sue Bird is a professional WNBA player for the Seattle Storm and has won four impressive WNBA championships.

This sports power couple has been together for over five years, and engaged for about two. Rapinoe proposed to Bird in 2020 in a beautiful way. Though Rapinoe was engaged to someone else when they first met, she instantly felt like being around Bird was “home.”


Raven-Symoné wearing a cool patterned tuxedo on a red carpet, smiling gently and looking radiant.

Source: Today Show

Raven-Symoné is one of the first Disney stars to be open about her sexuality in a time when they were silenced. Disney stars would often have to fit into a heteronormative role, but she dared to challenge that.

Symoné met her partner Miranda Pearman-Maday at a gay bar around 2015. They got married the same year (looks like the U-Haul was already loaded!) in an intimate ceremony in Debbie Allen’s backyard.

Hayley Kiyoko

Hayley Kiyoko posing against a green backdrop, smiling for a photo shoot with Trevor Flores, while promoting a new album.

Source: People Magazine

“Girls like girls” isn’t the unofficial official lesbian anthem for nothing. At a pride summit, she explained how she originally didn’t want to label herself, but when she started releasing music, she realized how much support she had with liking girls. 

Kiyoko confirmed her relationship with Bachelor star Becca Tilley in her music video for “For the Girls,” also confirming their four-year relationship on Instagram. How adorable! 

Learning to embrace her lesbian identity helped her to embrace herself and empower others 💜.

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde standing in front of a chalkboard, where she wrote, “women are powerful and dangerous.”

Source: Poetry Foundation

Audre Lorde’s influence is still impactful after her death in 1992. 

She was one of the most open black lesbians, describing herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Her poetry was dedicated to speaking out on social justice topics, such as racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. Her advocacy for marginalized groups stems conversations that we still have today and continues to raise awareness for those who don’t always have a voice.

Diora Baird

Diora Baird wearing a blue carding, posing in a golf cart, and smiling.

Source: Pinterest

Diora Baird is like the sparkling gemstone of Hollywood’s treasure chest! With a smile that could outshine a thousand sunsets and charisma that makes you wonder if she’s secretly made of stardust, Diora is not your average actress. 

She’s the kind of sapphic icon who can effortlessly juggle a script in one hand and a bag of popcorn in the other while still looking fabulous. Whether she’s gracing the silver screen with her charm or rocking a red carpet in her signature style, Diora Baird is the Hollywood sweetheart who proves that talent and glamour go hand in hand, and she’s here to make sure Tinseltown never loses its shine!

Heather Matarazzo 

Heather Matarazzo posing in a red carpet, wearing her long brown hair down, and dawning a black dress.

Source: E!News

Heather Matarazzo is that delightfully quirky actress who’s been stealing hearts and making us laugh for years. You might remember her as the lovably geeky Lilly Moscovitz from “The Princess Diaries,” where she rocked glasses and delivered one-liners with a sassy flair. Heather’s infectious energy and unique charm have also graced cult classics like “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” where she brilliantly portrayed the awkward but unforgettable Dawn Wiener. 

She’s the kind of talent that leaves you laughing, crying, and pondering the mysteries of life, all in the same scene. In a world of Hollywood glamour, Heather Matarazzo is the down-to-earth star we didn’t know we needed, and we’re lucky to have her quirky magic on and off the screen!

Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz smiling at a Comedy Central red-carpet event.

Source: BBC

Stephanie Beatriz is a captivating force in the world of entertainment, known for her magnetic presence on screen and her commitment to breaking boundaries. 

You may recognize her from her breakout role as Detective Rosa Diaz on the hit TV series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” where she brilliantly balanced deadpan humor and fierce determination. But Stephanie doesn’t stop at comedy; she’s a versatile talent who’s ventured into film as well. In the thought-provoking drama “The Light of the Moon,” she portrayed a sexual assault survivor, delivering a performance that left audiences awestruck by her emotional depth. 

Stephanie Beatriz is more than an actress; she’s a trailblazer pushing the boundaries of storytelling and representation in Hollywood, and her star is only getting brighter.

Katherine Moennig

 Katherine Moennig showing off her perfect short bob at a red-carpet event.

Source: Cosmopolitan

Katherine Moennig is a true trailblazer in Hollywood, and her status as a queer icon is undeniable. 

With an effortlessly cool and androgynous style that defies traditional gender norms, she’s been a beacon of representation for the LGBTQIA+ community. Her role as Shane McCutcheon on “The L Word” wasn’t just a character; it was a cultural touchstone that challenged stereotypes and celebrated authenticity. 

Katherine’s work both on and off-screen has been instrumental in pushing the boundaries of queer representation, promoting acceptance, and embracing diverse expressions of identity. She’s not just an actress; she’s a symbol of empowerment and an inspiration to countless individuals who have found strength in embracing their true selves.

Lauren Morelli

Lauren Morelli wearing bright blue eyeliner, and beautiful pearl earrings, embracing her identity at a photo shoot.

Source: Diva Magazine

Lauren Morelli is a trailblazing screenwriter and producer who has been a driving force for LGBTQIA+ visibility in Hollywood. As the creative mind behind the groundbreaking series “Orange Is the New Black,” Lauren made waves not only for her compelling storytelling but also for her courageous journey of self-discovery. 

She once said,

“Coming out was the first step in living a life that felt authentic to me, and it ultimately led me to a career where I can tell stories that reflect the diverse and beautiful spectrum of human experiences, especially within the queer community.” 

Lauren Morelli

Lauren Morelli’s honesty and creative prowess have made her a role model for queer individuals in the entertainment industry and beyond, proving that embracing one’s true self can be a powerful catalyst for change and artistic innovation. 

What can we learn from these lesbian celebrities?

First things first, please let people come out at their own pace. It’s not your place to tell someone’s story even if it seems “obvious” or you believe it’s for the best. Yes, this goes for your best friend, siblings, coworkers, or whoever. It’s never your place to out someone’s sexuality.

On a lighter note, these celesbians show that there’s a whole lot of love in the lesbian community. In both the supportive bestie and love of your life ways, there’s always love to go around. Whether you’ve been out for ten days or ten years there’s always support and open arms 👭🏿❤️👭

Robyn Exton

Robyn is the CEO & Founder of HER. Find her on Twitter.

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