Famous Lesbians and Bisexual Women

We keep adding to this list of famous lesbians and bisexual women as more and more celebrities come out of the closet. Also included are famous lesbians from history and some women who may be just under your radar.

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres with Emmy Award
Ellen DeGeneres with Emmy Award. © Vince Bucci

Is there a more famous lesbian than Ellen DeGeneres? She came out on the cover of Time magazine, had a hit sit-com, now hosts a daily talk show and is one of the judges on American Idol. She's won numerous Emmy Awards and is married to actress Portia de Rossi.

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Jane Addams

Jane Addams (1913?). Photo:Lewis Wickes Hine (Library of Congress)

Born in 1860, Jane Addams is known as the mother of social work. She founded the famous Hull House Chicago, which revolutionized the field of social work. She is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and was in several long term relationships with other women.

Christina Aguilera Back to Basics. © RCA Records

A fierce advocate for our rights, Christina Aguilera admits she likes to kiss women. When asked by The Advocate magazine if she supported gay marriage, Christina said, "Yes. My trainer married her girlfriend last weekend and we went. It was beautiful. I was so touched by their vows to each other, I totally cried." So is she lesbian or bisexual? More »

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Jamie Babbit

Jamie Babbit and Andrea Sperling
Jamie Babbit and Andrea Sperling. © Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Jamie Babbit is a television and film director whose films include: Itty Bitty Titty Committee and But I'm a Cheerleader. She has also directed numerous television shows including episodes of The L Word, Gilmore Girls, Nip/Tuck and Ugly Betty. Jamie is also on the board of the POWER UP, an organization to promote the visibility of lesbians in Hollywood.

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Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin is an out elected representative in Congress from Wisconsin. She is a fierce advocate for LGBT  and is considering a run for US Senate in 2012.

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Ann Bannon

Ann Bannon Small
Ann Bannon Small. © Jason Ganwich

Ann Bannon is a celebrated author of lesbian pulp fiction in the 1950 and 1960s. Although she was married and not quite living a lesbian life when she penned her popular books, Ann Bannon, author of Odd Girl Out, Beebo Brinker, I am a Woman, Journey to a Woman and Women in the Shadows, struggled with same-sex attractions and came out later in life. In fact, she calls her books "love letters to the women I thought I would never get to know."

Drew Barrymore is Bisexual
Drew Barrymore is Bisexual. © Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Although Drew Barrymore relationships with men have been public, her bisexuality was kept hidden for some time. Drew Barrymore came out as bisexual in 2003. More »

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Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter. © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The mom on Family Ties is a lesbian. Well, the actress playing her is. When the media found was on a lesbian cruise with her parnter, she decided to come out about being a later-in-life lesbian.

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Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel is the author/artist of Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip and the award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home.

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Gladys Bentley

Gladys Bentley: Lesbian Blues Singer

Gladys Bentley was a popular Blues singer during the 1920s  Harlem Renaissance. She dressed in men's clothing, her signature look was a  tuxedo and top hat. She was very out about her sexual orientation and reputation as a 'bulldagger' or butch lesbian and she openly flirted with women in the audience.

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Bitch with Fiddle
Bitch with Fiddle. © Roberto Portillo

Bitch is a singer/songwriter/actor. My interview with Bitch has stirred controversy because of her statements about the Michigan Womyn's Music festival.

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Michelle Bonilla

Michelle Bonilla Standing
Michelle Bonilla Standing. © ILDK Media

You’ve probably seen Michelle on TV or in the movies. She’s played paramedic Harms on ER for more then ten years, had a role in Star Trek: Enterprise and played Latina teacher Teresa Morales on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, among dozens of other roles. Michelle is an out and proud Mexican Lesbian actor.

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Kate Brown at Portland Pride
© Kathy Belge

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is the highest ranking openly bisexual elected politician in the United States. Kate Brown has sponsored several gay rights bills in her terms in the Oregon legislation, including Oregon's domestic partnership and civil rights ordinances. More »

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Colonel Dr. Margarether Cammermeyer

Margarethe Cammermeyer. © Margarethe Cammermeyer

Margarethe Cammermeyer is the highest ranking military official to come out while in the service. Prior to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" she challenged the military policy banning gays and won the right to serve.

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Catie Curtis

Catie Curtis Sweet Life
Catie Curtis Sweet Life. © Compass Records

Catie Curtis is a singer/songwriter who has been out her whole career. From her bio: "With nine albums and recognition that includes a 2006 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize, Curtis has proven that she's the real deal: a musician with the kind of raw talent and artistic maturity that makes her a force to be reckoned with, albeit a sweet force."

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Kate Clinton

Kate Clinton
Kate Clinton. © David Rodgers

Kate Clinton describes herself as a "fumerist," a feminist humorist. She grew up Catholic in New York State and taught high school English for eight years before becoming a comedian. She began her stand-up career in 1981 using her lesbianism, Catholicism and current politics for her jokes.

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Tee Corinne

Cunt Coloring Book by Tee Corinne
Cunt Coloring Book by Tee Corinne. © Pricegrabber.com

Tee Corinne was known for creating beautiful erotic images of real lesbian lovers. Corinne's Yantras of Womanlove (1982) is thought to be the first book of lesbian erotic photographs published in the U.S. Not surprisingly, Tee Corinne was at the forefront of the battle against censorship. Printers sometimes refused to print her works and art galleries would not show it. Fat women, women with disabilities, diverse body types and sizes are all included in Tee Corinne's work.

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Cathy DeBuono

Cathy DeBuono in Then Came Lola
Cathy DeBuono in Then Came Lola. © Sophia Wallace

Cathy DeBuono is a rare actress in Hollywood. While many actresses remain in the closet, or at least “guarded” about their personal lives, she is not only out and proud but is actively seeking out lesbian roles.

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Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi, Ellen's new lover
Portia de Rossi. ©2004 FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY. Cr: Justin Stephens/FOX.

Portia de Rossi is an out lesbian actress. Portia's story is an all too familiar one for many Hollywood actors. She feared she would jeopardize her career if she came out of the closet. When she finally did come out of the closet, many people didn't believe she was gay. She told the Advocate, "I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay--which was so annoying! First of all, you live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, 'I don't think you are gay.'" Portia is married to Ellen DeGeneres.

Marlene Dietrich
Courtesy of Library of Congress

Marlene Dietrich was a bisexual actress married to director Rudolf Sieber in 1923 and they had an open relationship. More »

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Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco. © Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Ani DiFranco is a bisexual rocker who is one of the most successful artists on an independent label. She's known for her energetic live performances and strong political stances. She's released 20 albums.

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Danielle Egnew

Danielle Egnew released five albums with her band Pope Jane. She's currently a solo artist. She is also a talk show host, actor, playwright, and lesbian psychic.

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Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge. © John Moore/Getty Images

Grammy and Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge has been out and proud since 1993. She is as well-known for her activism and being a breast cancer survivor as she is for her music. She's been a strong advocate for the LGBT community.

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Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford
Clementine Ford comes out. © Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

Clementine Ford is the daughter of actress Cybil Shepherd. Both women starred in The L Word. Cybil Shepherd played Phyllis Kroll, Bette's boss and Clementine played Phyllis' daughter Molly, one of Shane's love interests.

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Melissa Ferrick

Melisssa Ferrick
Public Emily

Out lesbian rocker Melissa Ferrick is well known for being frank about her sexuality, her struggles with eating disorders and panic attacks. She spoke to Lesbian Life in 2004.

Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado. © Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Nelly Furtado came out as bisexual and said she'd like to have her own gay pride float. According to Canada.com, Nelly Furtado said, "My dream is to have my own float. I’d have remixes of my songs. We’d all be drinking and dancing, just having a good time. We’d have lounge chairs and a little kiddy pool and we could all dance around and throw champagne on each other." More »

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Janina Gavankar

Janina Gavankar
Janina Gavankar. © Photo: Naomi Kaltman/Showtime

Although she is not a lesbian, she did play one on The L Word. Janina Gavankar played Papi on The L Word. In our interview with her, she talks about how she is like Papi and how working on The L Word changed her feelings about gay and lesbian rights.

Gina Gershon
Gina Gershon. © Adam Rountree/Getty Images

Gina Gershon plays a lesbian in the movies, but she came out recently as straight. When asked about her sexual orientation by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, Gershon had this to say. "The big question. I’m fairly straight. I kinda wish I could be a lesbian. So many girls come up to me all the time, I keep thinking, ‘God, I should be a lesbian.’ But unfortunately, I’m straight." More »

Sara Gilbert
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Sara Gilbert played tomboy Darlene on Rosanne from 1988-1997. She is on the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory on CBS. Sara Gilbert and her partner have two children More »

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Missy Giove

Missy Giove
Missy Giove. © Al Bello/Getty Images

Missy, "The Missle" is a downhill mountain bike racer. She's a World Champion and World Cup winner and one of the fastest women in the world.

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Barbara Gittings

Barbara Gittings
Pioneer Gay rights activist Barbara Gittings at the first homosexual rights demonstration, Philadelphia, July 4, 1965. © credit Kay Tobin Lahusen/Stonewall Productions

Barbara Gittings was an early gay and lesbian rights activist and was instrumental in the forming of Daughters of Bilitis, one of the first lesbian organizations in the United States. Barbara Gittings helped organize gay rights demonstrations in front of the White House and in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1965 to protest federal employment discrimination.

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God-Des of God-Des & She

God-Des & she
God-des (bottom) and SHE (top). © Grace Moon

Part of the hip-hop duo God-Des & She, God-des has appeared on Logo and on The L Word. She was also featured in a documentary on gay and lesbian hip hop artists Hip-Hop Homos.

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Julie Goldman

Julie Goldman - Host of the 2009 OUT Music Awards
Julie Goldman - Host of the 2009 OUT Music Awards. © Stephanie Schroeder

Julie Goldman is a stand-up comedian and star of The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo. She's written for TV and has acted in movies. She performs her comedy routine around the country and spoke to Lesbian Life about where she gets her inspiration for her humor.

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Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner Comes Out
Brittney Griner Comes Out. © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Brittney Griner stands out on a basketball court and now this skilled player is "out" in other ways. Shortly after being picked as the #1 WNBA draft pick out of Baylor, Brittney Griner came out.

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Leisha Hailey

Interrogating Alice
Interrogating Alice. © Paul Michaud/Showtime

Leisha Hailey is a musician and actor. She is perhaps best known for her role as Alice on The L Word. She is also an accomplished musician and started the band Uh Huh Her with Camila Grey.

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Mariah Hanson

Mariah Hanson of Club Skirts
Mariah Hanson of Club Skirts. © Kathy Belge

Mariah Hanson is the promoter of The Dinah, the biggest Dinah Shore Weekend party in Palm Springs every April. The Dinah is a huge lesbian party that attracts thousands of women from all over the world every year.

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Lorraine Hansberry

Cast of a Raisin in the Sun with pic of Lorraine Hansberry
Seans Combs and the Cast of a Raisin in the Sun with pic of Lorraine Hansberry. © Scott Eells/Getty Images

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) is an American playwright, best known for "A Raisin in the Sun", which in 1959 became the first play by an African American woman to open on Broadway. It also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as the best play of the year.

Although Lorraine Hansberry was known as a supporter of equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, it wasn't until after her death that her own sexual orientation was revealed.

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Alexandra Hedison

Alexandra Hedison
Alexandra Hedison. © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Perhaps Alexandra Hedison is best known as Ellen DeGeneres' ex-lover. She starred as Dylan Moreland on The L Word and is also a talented photographer. Alexandra Hedison's photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, People and The Advocate.

Laurel Holloman as Tina in The L Word
Paul Michaud/Showtime

Laurel Holloman is an actress who plays Tina Kennard on The L Word. She has appeared in many independent and feature films including The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995) where she played a cute baby butch Randy Dean. She is out as bisexual. More »

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Janis Ian

Janis Ian

In 1966 at age 15, Janis Ian released her first album. Her controversial song of interracial love, "Society's Child," topped the charts and set the stage for a long recording career.

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Indigo Girls

The Indigo Girls. © Jeremy Cowart

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers make up the folk rock duo The Indigo Girls. Both Emily and Amy are out lesbians and advocates for gay and lesbian rights.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie. © Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Angelina Jolie not only plays lesbian and bisexual roles, she is open about the fact that she is bisexual and has had relationships with both men and women. In a move rare for Hollywood, Jolie is open about her attractions and relationships with women. She was in a relationship with Jenny Shimizu, her co-star in Foxfire in 1996. More »

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Rosie Jones
Rosie Jones. © Kyle Auclair/Getty Images

Rosie Jones is a LPGA golfer. Jones has won 13 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) titles. She has been on the tour since 1982. She had four top-three finishes in 2002. In 2003 she won the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage. More »

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Barbara Jordan

Photograph by Tom O'Halloran, 1976 April 7, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Barbara Jordan was an accomplished politician from Texas. Although she was in a long-term relationship with another woman for more than 20 years, she never publicly came out. It was only after her death in 1996 that the press reported about her sexual orientation.

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Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo. © New York World-Telegram Collection (Library of Congress)

1907-1954. Mexican painter Frida Kahlo had affairs with both men and women, including her husband's mistresses. She has also been linked to movie stars Dorlores del Rio, Paulette Goddard and Maria Felix, among others. Her painting Two Nudes in a Forest (1939) clearly shows her attraction and love of women. More »

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Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King. Skip Bolen/Getty Images

Lesbian tennis player Billie Jean King is best known for defeating Bobbie Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973. Riggs was a former tennis pro who was critical of King and women playing sports. At age 55, Riggs bragged that women played so poorly that he could beat the best women's player in the world. In front of more than 30,000 spectators and a television audience estimated at 50 million people, King beat Riggs. The game was considered significant in making strides for women in sports.

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kd lang

kd lang
kd lang. © Kris Connor
Grammy winner kd lang began her career in country music and caused more of a stir coming out as a vegetarian than as a lesbian.
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Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu. © Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

No, actress Lucy Liu is not a lesbian, but she did have some fun things to say about kissing girls and how people think she is a lesbian. More »

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Kristanna Loken

Kristanna Loken
Kristanna Loken. © David Gabber/Photorazzi

Kristanna Loken, star of Terninator 3, Bloodrayne and The L Word came out in a 2006 interview with Curve magazine.

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Karina Lombard

Karina Lombard as Marina
Karina Lombard as Marina. © Paul Michaud/Showtime

Karina Lombard is not a lesbian, but she played Marina on The L Word.

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Audre Lorde

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Audre Lorde is a self-described Black lesbian mother, warrior, poet. She was a feminist and artist who continues to inspire writers, poets, feminists and lesbians. She died of cancer in 1992.

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Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch. © Club Skirts

Out lesbian actress Jane Lynch is one of the stars of Glee. She's one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She’s appeared in more than 100 movies and TV shows including The L Word, The 40 Year Old Virgin, CSI, The Gilmore Girls, Friends and Best in Show. And best of all, this out lesbian actor has never once felt the need to be in the closet.

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Phyllis Lyon

Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin
Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin. © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Phyllis Lyon, with her partner Del Martin were two of the early lesbian rights activists in the United States. They were the first couple married in San Francisco in both 2004 and 2008.​

Rachel Maddow
Rachel Maddow. © Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Out lesbian Rachel Maddow is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Her show has received excellent ratings and a near cult following. More »

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Del Martin

Del and Phyllis exchange vows
Del and Phyllis exchange vows. © Marcio Jose Sanchez/Getty Images

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were a couple for more than 50 years before they were able to marry each other in San Francisco. She worked most of her life for lesbian rights and co-authored the ground breaking book Lesbian/Woman in 1972.

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Heather Matarazzo

Heather Matarazzo
Heather Matarazzo. © Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Heather Matarazzo is an actor who played on The L Word and Exes and Ohs. She came out in 2004 and announced that she is engaged to Carolyn Murphy.

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Corine Mauch

Corine Mauch
Corine Mauch. Sozialdemokratische Partei Stadt Zürich

Corine Mauch is the Mayor of Zurich, Switzerland. She was elected on March 29, 2009. Prior to becoming mayor, Corine Mauch played bass with two rock bands, The Hoover and Fallacy, in the 1990s.

Amelie Mauresmo. © Graffiti Press/Photorazzi

Amelie Mauresmo retired from tennis in 2009, but the out lesbian tennis player was at the top of the world at one point. She reached a #1 ranking in 2004. When she came out at age 19, she experienced some homophobic remarks from other players, but that didn't stop her from winning a silver Olympic medal, Wimbledon and many other tennis matches. More »

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Tammy Lynn Michaels

Tammy Lynn Michaels
Tammy Lynn Michaels. © Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Tammy Lynn Michaels is an actor and wife of Melissa Etheridge. She played in The L Word and several other TV shows including Popular and Committed. On October 17, 2006 Tammy gave birth to twins: a girl named Johnnie Rose and a boy named Miller Steven.

Katherine Moennig as Shane Season 3
Katherine Moennig as Shane Season 3. Jaimie Trueblood/Showtime

Kate Moennig won the hearts of many lesbians for her role as Shane on The L Word. Although rumors have circulated, Kate has not come out as lesbian, bisexual or straight. There was even a bit of controversy when it appeared Jennifer Beals outed Kate Moennig in an issue of The Advocate. More »

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Tyria Moore was the lover of serial killer Aileen "Lee" Wuornos. She was portrayed by Christina Ricci in the movie about Aileen Wuornos Monster. More »

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Sherri Murrell

Sherri Murrell with Portland State University Players
Sherri Murrell with Portland State University Players. © Troy Wayrynen

Sherri Murrell is the head coach of Portland State University. As far as we know, she is the only out lesbian or bisexual coach in NCAA Division One Women’s Basketball.

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Martina Navratilova

© Annie Leibovitz

Martina Navratilova is one of the greatest tennis players that ever lived. She came out in 1980 when very few public figures were open about their sexuality.

Meshell Ndegeocello
Meshell Ndegeocello. © Scott Gries/Getty Images

Me'Shell NdegeOcello is a singer and out bisexual bass player. She's released eight albums and was in a relationship with author Rebecca Walker. More »

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Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon. © By: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Cynthia Nixon is an actress who rose to fame on the TV show Sex in the City. She is an advocate for gay and lesbian issues and is in a relationship with Christine Marinoni.

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Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell. Photo by Mary Schwalm/Getty Images

Rosie O'Donnell was one of the first lesbian celebrities to come out. She hosted a popular daytime talk show but didn't come out of the closet until after the show was off the air. She is an activist and advocate for children's rights.

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Suze Orman

Suze Orman
Suze Orman. © Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Suze Orman is a certified financial planner whose no-nonsense advice and empowering message, especially to women, has earned a widespread respect, many fans and numerous awards and recognition. She came out, in part, to shed light on the financial inequity gay and lesbian couples face with out full marriage equality.

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Ellen Page

Ellen Page
Ellen Page. © Mark Davis/Getty Images

Ellen Page courageously came out in 2014. The Juno actress said, "I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered. My mental health suffered. And my relationships suffered. And I am standing here with all of you today on the other side of that pain."

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Gertrude "Ma" Rainey
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey.

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey is known as the Mother of the Blues. Although Ma Rainey was not the first Black woman to sing the Blues, she has been credited with its rise in popularity. She sang about loving women in the 1920s. More »

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Amy Ray

Amy Ray B&W
Amy Ray B&W. © Trevor Morris and Paul Dunlap

Amy Ray is one-half of The Indigo Girls. She also records and performs with her own band. She's released three solo albums and has been part of The Indigo Girls for more than 20 years.

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Sally Ride - Lesbian Astronaut

astronaut Sally Ride
Astronaut Sally Ride was a lesbian. © Getty Images

Sally Ride rode around with another woman for 27 years.

Doria Roberts. © doriaroberts.com

Doria Roberts is a musician from Atlanta who performed at Lilith Faire. Her musical career was stalled when the record company didn't know what to do with her sexual orientation and Doria refused to go in the closet. More »

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Robin Roberts

Good Morning America's Robin Roberts. © D Dipasupil/Getty Images

Robin Roberts came out at the end of 2013 when she thanked her partner for helping her through a rough few years of battling breast cancer and complications from treatment.

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Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez. © David Gabber/Photorazzi

Actor Michelle Rodriquez has not officially come out as lesbian or bisexual, but many people have speculated about her sexual orientation. And a former lover outed her in an interview.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

The First Lady, wife to Franklin D. Roosevelt, was known as "First Lady to the World" for her activism. She also had a long-standing relationship with another woman. More »

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Jane Rule

Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule
Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule. © Pricegrabber

Jane Rule was the author of a dozen books including Desert of the Heart, which the movie Desert Hearts was based on. After Desert of the Heart was published in 1964, Jane Rule was flooded with letters from other lesbians who felt she was the only one who could understand them.

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Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West
Vita Sackville-West. William Strang

English poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West lived at the turn of the century and kept both male and female lovers. In the 1930s Sackville-West published The Edwardians (1930),All Passion Spent (1931), and Family History (1932) which were bestsellers, portraying English upper-class manners and life.

Sappho of Lesbos
Sappho of Lesbos.

A Greek poet from the Isle of Lesbos, Sappho penned love sonnet to women. She lived from 610-580 B.C. More »

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Daniela Sea

Max in Green Shirt
Daniela Sea. © Paul Michaud/Showtime

Daniela Sea is a lesbian actor who played Max on The L Word. She is in a relationship with queer musician Bitch.

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Ariel Schrag

Ariel Schrag
Ariel Schrag. © Robert Sebree

After her freshman year in high school, Ariel Schrag had so many cool experiences, she decided she had to document it, comic book style. She ran off copies of her first graphic book and sold them out of her backpack at school. The result: Awkward. She wrote three more, after each year of high school, and they caught on, well beyond the walls of Berkeley High School. Ariel Schrag is currently adapting her third book Potential into a screenplay directed by Rose Troche (of L Word fame).

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Pics of Sarah Shahi from The L Word
Sarah Shahi was interviewed by Lesbian Life. © Kathy Belge

Sarah Shahi is not a lesbian, but she played one on T.V. Sarah played the popular role of Carmen on The L Word. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Sarah about what she learned about lesbian culture from working on The L Word and her relationships with the other L Word actors. More »

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Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein. © Photo by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy of The Library of Congress

Gertrude Stein was a writer and out lesbian who lived her life with Alice. B. Toklas 1874-1946. She was an avant-garde writer and poet, the center of a circle of artists and writers living in or visiting Paris.

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Sheryl Swoopes

Sheryl Swoopes
Sheryl Swoopes of The Houston Comets signs autographs. © Kathy Belge

Sheryl Swoopes is an American basketball player and three-time MVP of the WNBA and an Olympic Gold medalist. She was one of the first professional African American athletes to come out. She is in a relationship with Alisa Scott.

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Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes. © Toby Canham/Getty Images

Wanda Sykes is a stand-up comedian and actress who stars in the show The New Adventures of Old Christine with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has been called one of "25 Funniest People in America" by Entertainment Weekly. She came out at a rally in protest of Prop 8. More »

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Guinevere Turner

Guinevere Turner
Guinevere Turner. © Getty Images/Mat Szwajkos

Guinevere Turner is one of the most recognizable faces in lesbian cinema. She was producer, as well as star, of the classic lesbian film Go Fish. She's appeared in The L Word as Alice's ex-girlfriend and has written numerous screenplays, including Blood Rayne, The Notorious Bettie Page and American Psycho.

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Jackie Warner

Jackie Warner practices yoga
Jackie Warner practices yoga. © Bravo Photo: Vivian Zink

Jackie Warner is a personal trainer and star of Bravo’s hit reality show Work Out. She is a personal trainer who works with others to help them achieve their very best.

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Suzanne Westenhoefer

Suzanne Westenhoefer
Suzanne Westenhoefer. © Indie PR

Suzanne Westenhoefer has been making her living as an out lesbian stand-up comedian since 1992. At the time, there were a few other out gay comedians, but none were performing for straight audiences. When Suzanne decided to go pro, she decided she wanted to do gay comedy in regular straight clubs. That was considered completely taboo at the time. She was the only out gay comedian on David Letterman and to have her own HBO special.

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Cris Williamson

Photo Credit: Irene Young

Cris Williamson is a lesbian pioneer. Cris Williamson paved the way for many independent women and lesbian artists with her legendary album The Changer and the Changed released in 1975. The Changer and the Changed is still one of the best selling independent albums of all time. Shop for Cris Williamson music.

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson. photograph by Marty Umans © 2006

Jacqueline Woodson is an author who writes books for children and young adults. Jacqueline Woodson creates great characters and tells stories of real-life issues that many of us face, especially those of us who don’t feel like we fit into the mainstream. It’s good reading at any age.

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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin. © Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

Lily Tomlin is an American actor and comedian best known for her character sketches on the 1970s TV show Laugh In and numerous movies including 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton in 1980, The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1981 and I Heart Huckabees in 2004.