Gay Homestays is celebrating the L in LGBT. If you’re a lesbian who’s thinking of coming out, you may not have to worry about being famous, but here’s how some of our favourite lesbian celebrities did it. 10-6!
10. Jodie Foster
In a Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech at the 2013 Golden Globes, the actress made light of long-standing speculation about her sexuality: ‘I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never been able to air in public…I’m single.’ She explained that she wasn’t going to do a big public coming out event, as she already came out to her family and friends ‘about a thousand years ago’.
Another celebrity none too keen on making a big deal about her personal business, following a US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, Raven casually tweeted ‘I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you’. She hadn’t even come out! In a follow-up interview with Oprah, she said ‘I’m a human who loves humans… I’m tired of being labelled’. That’s so Raven.
8. Ellen Page
Is there something about the name Ellen? The Juno star made Canada proud with a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Time To Thrive’ conference in Las Vegas. Unlike the first two entries on our list, Ellen she came out in no uncertain terms with those three little words, ‘I am gay’. She continued, ‘I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission’.
7. Rosie O’Donnell
Whereas Ellen Page said ‘I am gay’, Rosie did things a little differently. During her routine at a 2002 Ovarian Cancer Research benefit in New York, the comedienne announced, ‘I’m a dyke!’
6. Wanda Sykes
Another comedienne, Wanda says she came out ‘out of anger’ following the Californian governments ‘Proposition 8′ U-turn to re-ban gay marriage. She says she had no intention of making her coming out speech that day, saying ‘I kind of shocked myself’. She had married her girlfriend Alex a month earlier in a low-key ceremony, but since she has gone public with her sexuality, her relationship with her French wife is often brought up in her hilarious stand-up routines.
What do you think of part one of our top 10 celebrity lesbian comings out? (/coming outs???) Remember there’s no right or wrong way to do it and everyone does things at their own pace. Come back soon for more inspirational moments from our top five celebrity lesbian coming out stories!