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Influential lesbian celebrities

Posted by mandyf on October 23, 2008

While we know of many lesbian women that have attained celebrity, who are the influential ones and what makes them influential? Is being famous and out of the closet enough or does it take more? Let’s take a look at some of the most influential lesbians of the past forty years and try to understand why they are important and appreciate their accomplishments.

There are countless celebrities which admit their attraction to women and quite a few that admit to flings with women. There are far more women in the public eye that identify as bisexual than one might think, but when it comes to dyed in the wool lesbians the number shrinks significantly. There are certainly many lesbian celebrities who have yet to come out of the closet that have accomplished great things but I find myself hesitant to speculate on anything so personal as even those in the public eye deserve sensitivity and respect in regards to such a personal matter. What I will do is share information on out of the closet celebrity lesbians that hold great influence either over the public as a whole or a specific genre.

Ellen DeGeneres is one of the best known lesbians in entertainment today. Ellen has won three Golden Globe Awards for her talk show which reaches millions of viewers each day. While she entertains she also uses her position to pass along serious information that helps mold the opinions of not just consumers, but viewers in the way they think and perceive situations and people. Ellen is generally regarded as a very likable person which keeps her ratings consistently among the highest for talk shows of her genre. Ms. Degeneres has consistently been at the forefront of out lesbians on television whether it be her famous “Coming out” episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 1997, or her actual public coming out on the Oprah Winfrey Show in the same year. Ellen recently did a Public Service Announcement for Viacom speaking out against gay hate crimes as well as being involved in and promoting a multitude of charitable organizations such as Second Harvest, Artists Against Racism, ONE Campaign, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to name a few. Some sources cite Ellen as the second “Most powerful lesbian” currently in entertainment. Ellen is currently involved in a relationship with actress Portia Di Rossi.

Amanda Bearse best known for playing the Bundy’s neighbor Marcy Darcy….READ THE REST HERE: http://www.helium.com/items/1037994-influential-lesbian-celebrities

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