Famous Lesbians And Bisexual Women

What do television host Ellen DeGeneres, actress Ruby Rose, and former World No. 1 tennis champion Martina Navratilova have in common in addition to being super successful women in a predominantly man’s world? All of them are lesbians and totally proud of their sexuality! In a world where members of the LGBTQ community are constantly harassed and ridiculed for their sexuality, it is not an easy task to carve a niche for oneself and build a successful life. It is even more difficult for women given the sexist attitudes prevalent in our society. Yet there are women who not only broke through the glass ceilings in male-dominant fields but also overcame the challenges of belonging to the sexual minority. With rising awareness about LGBTQ rights, life is getting relatively easier for lesbians yet we can’t ignore the struggles they go through! In the modern era, several LGBTQ rights activists have emerged on YouTube to spread awareness and offer support to the audience members belonging to such groups. Read on for more information about famous lesbians.
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Evan Rachel Wood
115
Birthdate: September 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
A popular actress, model, and musician, Evan Rachel Wood is also known for her charitable appearances and political work. In 2019, a domestic violence bill called the Phoenix Act, which was written by her, was passed into law in California. Wood, who fights against domestic abuse, revealed that she was raped twice during her early years.
 2 
Dusty Springfield
(Singer, Artist, Cleric)
Dusty Springfield
41
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London,England
Died: March 2, 1999
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 3 
Lily Tomlin
(Comedienne & Actress)
Lily Tomlin
54
Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Tomlin has earned several award nominations for her performance in films and TV series, such as Nashville and Grace and Frankie. An openly lesbian actress, Lily Tomlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 4 
Raven-Symoné
(Actress)
Raven-Symoné
81
Birthdate: December 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlanta
Raven-Symoné began as a child model. She gained fame as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show and then as Raven Baxter in the Disney series That's So Raven and Raven’s Home. At 7, she released her debut album and the Billboard Hot 100-charter That's What Little Girls Are Made Of.
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 5 
Sue Bird
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players in WNBA History)
Sue Bird
40
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Syosset, New York, United States
Sue Bird has won four WNBA championships with the Seattle Storm, four Olympic gold medals, two NCAA Championships with UConn, and four FIBA World Cups, thus becoming one of 11 women to win all four honors. Sue was voted one of the Top 15 Players of All Time by WNBA.
 6 
Fiona Shaw
(Actress)
Fiona Shaw
30
Birthdate: July 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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K. D. Lang
(Canadian Pop and Country Singer-Songwriter)
K. D. Lang
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Grammy-winning Canadian pop and country singer Kathryn Dawn Lang, better known as K.D. Lang, has delivered hits such as Constant Craving. She is openly lesbian and a champion for LGBT rights and animal rights. She performed at the 1988 Winter Olympics closing ceremony and the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
 8 
Meredith Baxter
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Birthdate: June 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Pasadena, California
Meredith Baxter is best known for her portrayal of Elyse Keaton in the sitcom Family Ties. She also delivered Emmy-nominated roles in The Young and the Restless and Family. She is a breast-cancer survivor. After three heterosexual marriages, she started a relationship with and married her lesbian partner, Nancy Locke.
 9 
Clea DuVall
(Actress)
Clea DuVall
17
Birthdate: September 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 10 
Katherine Moennig
(Actress)
Katherine Moennig
21
Birthdate: December 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 11 
Cherry Jones
(Actress)
Cherry Jones
22
Birthdate: November 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, Tennessee, United States

A three-time Emmy Award and two-time Tony Award winner, Cherry Jones is a prominent theater actor. Not surprisingly, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2014. Cherry Jones is quite open about being a lesbian; she serves as an inspiration to millions of gays and lesbians around the world.

 12 
Emma Portner
(Dancer)
Emma Portner
36
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: November 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ottawa

Emma Portner is a popular dancer and choreographer, who has choreographed music videos for celebrities like Justin Bieber. One of the few dancers to have been featured on the covers of both Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit, Portner serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community as she publicly married actress Ellen Page in 2018.

 13 
Brittney Griner
(Basketball player)
Brittney Griner
39
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 14 
Gertrude Stein
(American Novelist, Poet and Playwright)
Gertrude Stein
21
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 27, 1946

Gertrude Stein was an American playwright, novelist, poet, and art collector. She is remembered for publishing works about lesbian sexuality, which was considered a taboo at that time. Over the years, Gertrude Stein has been the subject of several works of art. In the 2011 movie Midnight in Paris, Stein was portrayed by Kathy Bates.

 15 
Anne Lister
(English Diarist)
Anne Lister
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 3, 1791
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Died: September 22, 1840

Apart from being a traveler and a mountaineer, Anne Lister was also known as the world’s "first modern lesbian". Nicknamed Gentleman Jack for her androgynous fashion, which almost always included the color black, she penned diaries that contained many secret codes that were deciphered much after her death.

 16 
Ma Rainey
(Street artist, Musician)
Ma Rainey
25
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: December 22, 1939
 17 
Megan Rapinoe
(American Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Megan Rapinoe
54
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Redding, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 18 
Charice Pempengco
35
Birthdate: May 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cabuyao City, Laguna, Philippines

Born Charice Pempengco, Filipino singer Jake Zyrus came out as lesbian in 2013 and then as transgender later, changing his name in 2017 and going through a chest reconstruction and hormone treatment. Jake had grown up supporting his family by performing and later struck gold with the single Pyramid.

 19 
Sasha Lane
(Actress)
Sasha Lane
14
Birthdate: September 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 20 
Amanda Palmer
(Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Playwright, Blogger, Songwriter)
Amanda Palmer
11
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 21 
Hillary Scott
(singer-songwriter, songwriter, singer)
Hillary Scott
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nashville

Hillary Scott is a singer and songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular American country music group Lady A for which she currently serves as the co-lead singer. Over the years, Scott has played a major role in the success of the group, which has won many awards like the Academy of Country Music Awards and American Country Awards. 

 22 
Bex Taylor-Klaus
(Actress)
Bex Taylor-Klaus
21
Birthdate: August 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 23 
Janis Ian
(Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Author)
Janis Ian
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farmingdale, New Jersey, United States
 24 
Camille Paglia
(Cultural critic)
Camille Paglia
13
Birthdate: April 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Endicott
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 25 
Suze Orman
(Author, Television Personality, Motivational Speaker)
Suze Orman
13
Birthdate: June 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 26 
Anita Pallenberg
(Actress Best Known for Her Romantic Links to Three of the 'Original Rolling Stones')
Anita Pallenberg
16
Birthdate: April 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 13, 2017

Known as the Rolling Stones muse, for her affairs with at least two of the iconic rock band’s members, Anita Pallenberg was an actor-model. The Rolling Stones tracks such as You Got The Silver and Angie were inspired by her. She had also studied fashion designing after recovering from drug addiction.

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Mary Oliver
(Poet, Writer)
Mary Oliver
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Listed In:
Birthdate: September 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maple Heights
 28 
Syd
(Singer-songwriter)
Syd
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 29 
Adrienne Rich
(American poet)
Adrienne Rich
14
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 27, 2012
 30 
Paula Pell
(Screenwriter)
Paula Pell
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
 31 
Nicola Adams
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Nicola Adams
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Retired British boxer Nicola Adams scripted history as the first female boxer to earn an Olympic gold and retain the gold at the following Olympic event. Openly lesbian, she is also an LGBT icon. Though shortlisted for Strictly Come Dancing, she withdrew after her partner tested COVID-positive.

 32 
Ethel Smyth
(The First Female Composer to be Granted a Damehood.)
Ethel Smyth
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sidcup, England
Died: May 8, 1944

Ethel Smyth was an English composer whose compositions include songs, chamber music, works for piano, orchestral works, operas, and choral works. She was the first female composer to be granted a damehood. Ethel Smyth was also involved in the women's suffrage movement and is credited with composing The March of the Women, which became the anthem of the movement.

 33 
Kate Schellenbach
(Drummer)
Kate Schellenbach
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
 34 
Cameron Esposito
(Stand-up Comedian)
Cameron Esposito
10
Birthdate: October 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 35 
Ethel Waters
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor)
Ethel Waters
6
Listed In:
Birthdate: October 31, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chester County
Died: September 1, 1977
 36 
Alla Nazimova
(Actress, Director, Producer Best Known for Her Film ‘Salome’)
Alla Nazimova
4
Birthdate: June 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yalta, Crimea, Russian Empire
Died: July 13, 1945

Alla Nazimova was a Russian-American actress who had an extensive career on Broadway. She acted in the classic plays of playwrights like Ibsen, Chekhov, and Turgenev. She eventually moved on to films and had an equally successful stint in cinema as well. She was openly bisexual and had sexual relationships with women while being married to a man.

 37 
Val McDermid
(Writer, Novelist, Journalist)
Val McDermid
6
Birthdate: June 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy
 38 
Gabriela Mistral
(Chilean poet)
Gabriela Mistral
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vicuña, Chile
Died: January 10, 1957

Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet and educator Lucila Godoy Alcayaga was better known by her pseudonym, Gabriela Mistral. The suicide of her first love inspired her poem Dolor. Her diplomatic assignments later took her to places such as Madrid and Lisbon. She is remembered for her emotional verses and her feminism.

 39 
Kathleen Wynne
(Politician)
Kathleen Wynne
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

Kathleen Wynne is a Canadian politician who took office as the 25th premier of Ontario in February 2013 and served for a term of five years. She is the first female premier of Ontario. During her tenure, she implemented reforms to increase the minimum wages and bring down the unemployment rate. She is openly lesbian. 

 40 
Jessica Clark
(Actress)
Jessica Clark
6
Birthdate: April 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 41 
Ingrid Nilsen
(YouTuber, Beauty Guru & Makeup Artist)
Ingrid Nilsen
8
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: February 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rowland Heights, California, U.S.
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 42 
Shannon Beveridge
(YouTube Star)
Shannon Beveridge
10
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: March 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carrollton, Texas
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 43 
The Blessed Madonna
(DJ)
The Blessed Madonna
15
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
 44 
Judee Sill
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist)
Judee Sill
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: November 23, 1979
 45 
Rhea Butcher
(Stand-up Comedian)
Rhea Butcher
9
Birthdate: August 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
 46 
Berenice Abbott
(American photographer)
Berenice Abbott
3
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: July 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio
Died: December 9, 1991
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Mary Renault
(Writer)
Mary Renault
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 13, 1983

Mary Renault was a British writer best remembered for her historical novels. Some of her historical novels, such as The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea were adapted into a BBC Radio 4 serial. Although she is renowned for her fictional portrayals of prominent real-life characters like Alexander the Great, Mary Renault also wrote Alexander's non-fiction biography.

 48 
Denise Ho
(Hong Kong Cantopop Singer and Actress)
Denise Ho
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Denise Ho is a singer and actress best known for advocating LGBT rights in Asia. In 2012, she became the first popular female singer from Hong Kong to come out as a lesbian. Also a human rights activist, Denise Ho took part in the 2014 Umbrella Movement for which she was blacklisted by the Chinese government.

 49 
Maia Brewton
(Actress)
Maia Brewton
3
Birthdate: September 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 50 
Brace Face Laii
(Instagram Star)
Brace Face Laii
13
Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: May 29, 2004
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America