Lesbian Visibility Day: 6 Famous Gay Women Talk About Coming Out


Today, April 26, is international Lesbian Visibility Day. How many of you knew about it? Probably not many: the date has only been celebrated since 2008, and it’s not widely covered by the media.

While there’s no doubt that every day should be LGBT visibility day, today is an important occasion to once again celebrate our diversity and remember some of the famous women who are setting an example and inspiring their followers to embrace their identity.

Here are 5 of our favorite gay women and some of the things they’ve said about their sexuality (which might not be what you expect.)

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“I’m here today because I am gay, and because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.” – Ellen Page

 

 

Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine“[My sexuality is] a part of me that I really like. But it’s not the totality of me. It’s not a passion of mine to become political in any way, but I do think it’s important to see gay men and women having big careers and very full, rich lives.” — Portia de Rossi

 

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“I told some of my friends; eventually I told my mother. “She found me crying and said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And I said, ‘I think I’m gay’, and she said, ‘Fine. Love it. Whatever you want to be.’” – Kate McKinnon

 

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“I didn’t know anyone else that was gay or a lesbian. So I didn’t really know how to word it. So I was just like, ‘I think I should let you know that when I eventually get a boyfriend, they’ll be a girl.’ And she was just like, ‘I know.’” – Ruby Rose

 

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“I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. (…) But now apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime time reality show. (…) No, I’m sorry, that’s just not me, it never was, and it never will be.” – Jodie Foster

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“I never wanted to be “the lesbian actress.” I never wanted to be the spokesperson for the gay community. Ever. I did it for my own truth.” – Ellen DeGeneres

 

This list is by no means complete. Many more famous women are out and proud, and we’re asking you to share your favorite quotes in the comments below. Who knows, maybe they could inspire someone?