I’ve ransacked the internet and compiled videos of ten famous femme lesbians recounting their experiences on the way out of the closet – because some days you just need to see someone else face your same battles and make it out alive.
I would just like to mention here that I am very much aware of the lack of diversity in this list. I truly searched and searched for famous femme lesbians of color and simply found none who had confirmed their sexuality and discussed their coming out story. To me, this is both a statement on the lack of diversity in the celebrity sphere in general, as well as in the celebrity gay community. If anyone knows of any femmes of color to add, please attach the video in the comments!
Update: Here are 10 Famous Femme Lesbian and Bisexual Women of Color
In spite of this, here are ten out-and-proud women who will rock your world.
1. Cynthia Nixon
Famous for her starring role on Sex and the City, Cynthia surprised even herself when she fell in love with a woman in 2004. Watch her recount the story on Oprah, surrounded by her Sex and the City costars.
2. Sarah Paulson
Actress Sarah Paulson was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. She came out publicly when she kissed then-girlfriend Cherry Jones when Jones won a Tony Award in 2005. Here Sarah discusses her thoughts on celebrities coming out, as well as her own experience.
3. Amber Heard
Actress Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, The Stepfather, Drive Angry) came out in 2010 at GLAAD’s 25th Anniversary event. Watch her speak profoundly on her coming out process in an interview with Autostraddle.com. (Want to know more about Amber Heard? She was a Featured Femme on a Mission!)
4. Beth Ditto
Lead singer for indie rock band Gossip, Beth Ditto is an outspoken activist for LGBT and women’s rights. Beth was also a Featured Femme on a Mission: click here to find out more!
5. Jill Bennett
Out actress Jill Bennett is famous in lesbian circles for her role in Along Came Lola. She is now producing a webseries entitled “We Have to Stop Now” with partner Cathy DeBuono. Here she tells the story of coming out to family and friends as a young adult.