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Famous Lesbian Actresses

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A number of talented and famous actresses are also proudly gay. Whether these women are known as dramatic powerhouses or comedic icons, their personal stories and advocacy for gay rights make them inspirations to audiences around the world. Hollywood's most famous lesbians includes movie stars, singers who became actresses, TV actors, and young actresses rising in popularity. 

Some famous lesbians came out via very public speeches, while others simply lived their lives and didn't flinch when the news came out. Jodie Foster, and Sarah Paulson are just a few of the famous lesbian actresses. This list also features LGBT celebrities who have never officially came out as gay, like model and actress Cara Delevingne. She did, however, have public relationships with stars like musician St. Vincent, and Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson. Other popular lesbian celebs are SNL's Kate McKinnon and comedian Tig Notaro.

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    Model and actress Cara Delevingne hasn't made an official coming out announcement, but she did make this post on National Coming Out Day in 2014: "I'm late for National Coming Out Day but better late then never. Don't be scared to be who you are." 

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      Sarah Paulson said that she was accidentally outed at the 2005 Tony Awards when her then-girlfriend, Cherry Jones, went up on stage to accept an award. "She won a Tony Award, I kissed her, and all of a sudden I was outed," she said. "I didn’t really think about it in that way at the time — I was just doing what one would do when a person they love has just won a big fat acting prize. What am I gonna do, pat her on the back and say ‘good job, dude?’ It didn’t occur to me to do anything but what I did.”

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      • Jodie Foster came out publicly during a speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. "I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public," she said before cracking jokes and explaining that she had already come out years ago to "trusted friends and family."

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          Rosie O'Donnell announced that she was gay during a stand-up performance at Caroline's on Broadway in 2002. She has been married twice, to Kelli Carpenter (2004) and Michelle Rounds (2012-2015).

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