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 <em>American Idol</em>. She&#39;s won numerous Emmy Awards and is married to actress Portia de Rossi.<p>Born in 1860, Jane Addams is known as the mother of social work. She founded the famous Hull House Chicago, which revolutiozed the field of social work. She is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and was in several long term relationships with other women.</p>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, &#34;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.&#34; So is she lesbian or bisexual?Jamie Babbit is a television and film director whose films include: Itty Bitty Titty Committee and <em>But I&#39;m a Cheerleader</em>. She has also directed numerous television shows including episodes of <em>The L Word</em>, <em>Gilmore Girls</em>, <em>Nip/Tuck</em> and <em>Ugly Betty</em>. Jamie is also on the board of the POWER UP, an organization to promote the visibility of lesbians in Hollywood.<p>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.</p>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 <em>Odd Girl Out</em>, <em>Beebo Brinker</em>, <em>I am a Woman</em>, <em>Journey to a Woman</em> and <em>Women in the Shadows</em>, struggled with same-sex attractions and came out later in life. In fact, she calls her books &#34;love letters to the women I thought I would never get to know.&#34;<p>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.</p><p>The mom on <em>Family Ties </em>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.</p>Alison Bechdel is the author/artist of <em>Dykes to Watch Out For</em> comic strip and the award-winning graphic memoir <em>Fun Home</em>.<p>Gladys Bentley was a popular Blues singer during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. She dressed in men&#39;s clothing, her signature look was a tuxedo and top hat. She was very out about her sexual orientation and reputation as a &#39;bulldagger&#39; or butch lesbian and she openly flirted with women in the audience.</p><p>Bitch is a singer/songwriter/actor. My interview with Bitch has stirred controversy because of her statements about the Michigan Womyn&#39;s Music festival.</p>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.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&#39;s domestic partnership and civil rights ordinances.Margarethe Cammermeyer is the highest ranking military official to come out while in the service. Prior to &#34;Don&#39;t Ask, Don&#39;t Tell&#34; she challenged the military policy banning gays and won the right to serve.Catie Curtis is a singer/songwriter who has been out her whole career. From her bio: &#34;With nine albums and recognition that includes a 2006 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize, Curtis has proven that she&#39;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.&#34;Kate Clinton describes herself as a &#34;fumerist,&#34; 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.Tee Corinne was know for creating beautiful erotic images of real lesbian lovers. Corinne&#39;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&#39;s work.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.Portia de Rossi is an out lesbian actress. Portia&#39;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&#39;t believe she was gay. She told the Advocate, &#34;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, &#39;I don&#39;t think you are gay.&#39;&#34; Portia is married to Ellen DeGeneres.Marlene Dietrich was a bisexual actress married to director Rudolf Sieber in 1923 and they had an open relationship.Ani DiFranco is a bisexual rocker who is one of the most successful artists on an independent label. She&#39;s know for her energetic live performances and strong political stances. She&#39;s released 20 albums.Danielle Egnew released five albums with her band Pope Jane. She&#39;s currently a solo artist. She is also a talk show host, actor, playwright, and lesbian psychic.Grammy and Oscar winner Melissa Etheridge has been out and proud since 1993. She is as well-know for her activism and being a breast cancer survivor as she is for her music. She&#39;s been a strong advocate for the LGBT community.Clementine Ford is the daughter of actress Cybil Shepherd. Both women starred in <em>The L Word</em>. Cybil Shepherd played Phyllis Kroll, Bette&#39;s boss and Clementine played Phyllis&#39; daughter Molly, one of Shane&#39;s love interests.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 came out as bisexual and said she&#39;d like to have her own gay pride float. According to Canada.com, Nelly Furtado said, &#34;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.&#34;Although she is not a lesbian, she did play one on <em>The L Word</em>. Janina Gavankar played Papi on <em>The L Word</em>. In our interview with her, she talks about how she is like Papi and how working on <em>The L Word</em> changed her feelings about gay and lesbian rights.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. &#34;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.&#34;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 childrenMissy, &#34;The Missle&#34; is a downhill mountain bike racer. She&#39;s a World Champion and World Cup winner and one of the fastest women in the world.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.Part of the hip-hop duo God-Des &amp; She, God-des has appeared on Logo and on <em>The L Word</em>. She was also featured in a documentary on gay and lesbian hip hop artists <em>Hip-Hop Homos</em>.Julie Goldman is a stand-up comedian and star of The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo. She&#39;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.Brittney Griner stands out on a basketball court and now this skilled player is &#34;out&#34; in other ways. Shortly after being picked as the #1 WNBA draft pick out of Baylor, Brittney Griner came out.Leisha Hailey is a musician and actor. She is perhaps best known for her role as Alice on <em>The L Word</em>. She is also an accomplished musician and started the band Uh Huh Her with Camila Grey.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.<p>Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) is an American playwright, best known for &#34;A Raisin in the Sun&#34;, 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.</p><p>&lt;p&gt;Although Lorraine Hansberry was known as a supporter of equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, it wasn&#39;t until after her death that her own sexual orientation was revealed.</p>Perhaps Alexandra Hedison is best known as Ellen DeGeneres&#39; ex-lover. She starred as Dylan Moreland on <em>The L Word</em> and is also a talented photographer. Alexandra Hedison&#39;s photographs have appeared in <em>Time</em>, <em>Newsweek</em>, <em>People</em> and <em>The Advocate</em>.Laurel Holloman is an actress who plays Tina Kennard on <em>The L Word</em>. She has appeared in many independent and feature films including <em>The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love</em> (1995) where she played a cute baby butch Randy Dean. She is out as bisexual.In 1966 at age 15, Janis Ian released her first album. Her controversial song of interracial love, &#34;Society&#39;s Child,&#34; topped the charts and set the stage for a long recording career.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 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.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.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.1907-1954. Mexican painter Frida Kahlo had affairs with both men and women, including her husband&#39;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.Lesbian tennis player Billie Jean King is best known for defeating Bobbie Riggs in the &#34;Battle of the Sexes&#34; 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&#39;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.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.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.Kristanna Loken, star of <em>Terninator 3</em>, <em>Bloodrayne</em> and <em>The L Word</em> came out in a 2006 interview with Curve magazine.Karina Lombard is not a lesbian, but she played Marina on <em>The L Word</em>.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.Out lesbian actress Jane Lynch is one of the stars of <em>Glee</em>. She&#39;s one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She’s appeared in more than 100 movies and TV shows including <em>The L Word</em>, <em>The 40 Year Old Virgin</em>, <em>CSI</em>, <em>The Gilmore Girls</em>, <em>Friends</em> and <em>Best in Show</em>. And best of all, this out lesbian actor has never once felt the need to be in the closet.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.Out lesbian Rachel Maddow is the host of <em>The Rachel Maddow Show</em> on MSNBC. Her show has received excellent ratings and a near cult following.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 <em>Lesbian/Woman</em> in 1972.Heather Matarazzo is an actor who played on <em>The L Word</em> and <em>Exes and Ohs</em>. She came out in 2004 and announced that she is engaged to Carolyn Murphy.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 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&#39;t stop her from winning a silver Olympic medal, Wimbledon and many other tennis matches.Tammy Lynn Michaels is an actor and wife of Melissa Etheridge. She played in <em>The L Word</em> and several other TV shows including <em>Popular</em> and <em>Committed</em>. On October 17, 2006 Tammy gave birth to twins: a girl named Johnnie Rose and a boy named Miller Steven.Kate Moennig won the hearts of many lesbians for her role as Shane on <em>The L Word</em>. 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 <em>The Advocate</em>.Tyria Moore was the lover of serial killer Aileen &#34;Lee&#34; Wuornos. She was portrayed by Christina Ricci in the movie about Aileen Wuornos <em>Monster</em>.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.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.Me&#39;Shell NdegeOcello is a singer and out bisexual bass player. She&#39;s released eight albums and was in a relationship with author Rebecca Walker.Cynthia Nixon is an actress who rose to fame on the TV show <em>Sex in the City</em>. She is an advocate for gay and lesbian issues and is in a relationship with Christine Marinoni.Rosie O&#39;Donnell was one of the first lesbian celebrities to come out. She hosted a popular daytime talk show, but didn&#39;t come out of the closet until after the show was off the air. She is an activist and advocate for children&#39;s rights.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.Ellen Page courageously came out in 2014. The Juno actress said, &#34;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.&#34;<p> </p>Gertrude &#34;Ma&#34; 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.Amy Ray is one half of The Indigo Girls. She also records and performs with her own band. She&#39;s released three solo albums and has been part of The Indigo Girls for more than 20 years.Sally Ride rode around with another woman for 27 years.<p> </p>Doria Roberts is a musician from Atlanta who performed at Lilith Faire. Her musical career was stalled when the record company didn&#39;t know what to do with her sexual orientation and Doria refused to go in the closet.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.<p> </p>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.The First Lady, wife to Franklin D. Roosevelt, was known as &#34;First Lady to the World&#34; for her activism. She also had a long-standing relationship with another woman.Jane Rule was the author of a dozen books including <em>Desert of the Heart</em>, which the movie <em>Desert Hearts</em> was based on. After <em>Desert of the Heart</em> was published in 1964, Jane Rule was flooded with letters from other lesbians who felt she was the only one who could understand them.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 <em>The Edwardians</em> (1930),<em>All Passion Spent</em> (1931), and <em>Family History</em> (1932) which were bestsellers, portraying English upper-class manners and life.A Greek poet from the Isle of Lesbos, Sappho penned love sonnet to women. She lived from 610-580 B.C.Daniela Sea is a lesbian actor who played Max on <em>The L Word</em>. She is in a relationship with queer musician Bitch.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: <em>Awkward</em>. 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 <em>Potential</em> into a screenplay directed by Rose Troche (of <em>L Word</em> fame).Sarah Shahi is not a lesbian, but she played one on T.V. Sarah played the popular role of Carmen on <em>The L Word</em>. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Sarah about what she learned about lesbian culture from working on <em>The L Word</em> and her relationships with the other <em>L Word</em> actors.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.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.Wanda Sykes is a stand-up comedian and actress who stars in the show <em>The New Adventures of Old Christine</em> with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has been called one of &#34;25 Funniest People in America&#34; by <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>. She came out at a rally in protest of Prop 8.Guinevere Turner is one of the most recognizable faces in lesbian cinema. She was producer, as well as star, of the classic lesbian film <em>Go Fish</em>. She&#39;s appeared in <em>The L Word</em> as Alice&#39;s ex-girlfriend and has written numerous screenplays, including <em>Blood Rayne</em>, <em>The Notorious Bettie Page</em><em> and American Psycho</em>.Jackie Warner is a personal trainer and star of Bravo’s hit reality show <em>Work Out</em>. She is a personal trainer who works with others to help them achieve their very best.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.Cris Williamson is a lesbian pioneer. Cris Williamson paved the way for many independent women and lesbian artists with her legendary album <em>The Changer and the Changed</em> released in 1975. <em>The Changer and the Changed</em> is still one of the best selling independent albums of all time. Shop for Cris Williamson music.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.Executed in 2002, Wuornos was known as the &#34;Lesbian Serial Killer.&#34; The 2004 movie <em>Monster</em> portrays her life. Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her role as Aileen Wuornos.Lily Tomlin is an American actor and comedian best known for her character sketches on the 1970s TV show <em>Laugh In</em> and numerous movies including <em>9 to 5</em> with Dolly Parton in 1980, <em>The Incredible Shrinking Woman</em> in 1981 and <em>I Heart Huckabees</em> in 2004.