Out And Proud: Prominent LBTQ Black Women Part Two
It’s the end of Pride Month, which in New York City is known as Gay Pride Weekend and where the Gay Rights Movement started on June 28, 1969 with the Stonewall Riots. MadameNoire has a list of more black women who have helped paved the way for being gay, black and woman.
These famous black women are out and proud and some are major LGBTQ advocates and activists.
Like 15 previous famous and prominent black women MN covered who have broke down barriers, these black women are part of a growing list of out and proud celebrities, gay celebrities of color and celesbians.
This socialist and Black Panther Party activist came out to Out Magazine in 1997 — at the time, already a feminist and black icon. Since then, Davis endorsed gay marriage. Speaking in Detroit in October of 2012, “I think it’s about time that we stood up…”
The “Good Morning America” anchor came out late last year and thanked her girlfriend as well. She said, “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” while talking about her recovery from breast cancer.
Smith is one of the most significant black lesbian feminists. As a young activist, she was turned off by the sexism in the Black Nationalist groups. She started the Boston chapter of the National Black Feminist Organization. She once said, “One of the greatest gifts of Black feminism to ourselves has been to make it a little easier simply to be Black and female.”
Griner came out last year and when she did she gave great advice for anyone struggling with their sexuality. She said to ESPN, “Don’t worry about what other people are going to say, because they’re always going to say something, but, if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.”
Coming out wasn’t as hard for her as an athlete as folks would have expected, “It really wasn’t too difficult,” she said. “I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.”
She not only came out of the closet last year, she revealed she was in a five-year relationship with another woman. She even revealed she was attracted to the Spice Girls, “Always. They’re my homies.” She added, “I kissed all of them, yes. I got my tongue pierced and I wanted to try out my tongue piercing and so I kissed them all.”
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Not only is she out and proud. She’s not afraid to talk about sex, baby. She did an “AfterEllen” and “SheWired” webseries called, “Cherry Bomb” — talking about women who like to have sex with other women. She told paperblog.com, “I don’t know if worry is the right word. I felt strongly that standing in my truth everywhere is important, and more over, when you’re in the entertainment industry and you try and hide stuff like that it inevitably becomes rumor.”
Banks might be known for her fights and being outspoken — even with making controversial comments about the F-word — you know, the derogatory F-word. She said, “I’m not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms.”
Garner was a contestant on “The Voice” where she developed her voice and artistry. Since, she’s released plenty of LGBT-friendly music including, “Coming Out Looking Good.” She told Patch, “I had never mentioned the words ‘I am gay’ before. You can look at me and assume, and I had been living that type of lifestyle, but it was needed. Somebody needed to step up to the plate and I find myself in that position and, the gay thing is overwhelming but at the same time it was a big relief so I’m actually happy I said it.”
She wrote and directed the coming-of-age lesbian film, “Pariah.” She told Colorlines about the difficulties making the film, “We’d go to pitch meetings and the moment we said ‘black, lesbian, coming of age,’ they would turn around, validate our parking and hand us a bottle of water.”
She’s a musician– a fusion of reggae, dancehall and R&B. She worked with other artists like Biggie. She appeared on “The RuPaul Show” and “Soul Train.” Also, she covered “I Say a Little Prayer” for “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” But it was in 2012 she revealed to her fans on Facebook, “Yes, I am a lesbian. I answer now, not because it’s anyone’s business BUT because IT FEELS RIGHT WITH my SOUL and I believe by not answering or hiding it all these years somehow makes it appear as if I AM ASHAMED OF IT or THAT I BELIEVE IT IS WRONG. I FEEL NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS … or I would have grown my hair.”
Davis is known as a contestant on “American Idol” and “The Voice” as well as being in the Broadway production of “Rent” for four years. She revealed she’s bisexual with, “I wasn’t out before the relationship, but I wasn’t in,” she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I dated men and women, though lesbians weren’t feeling the bisexual thing. Now I’m in love with a woman I think I can be with forever.”
This young rapper has a different take on coming out. And it’s better to hear it from her on Vice, “I don’t have a coming out story because I don’t think anyone needs to come out. I don’t get the fascination with being gay, lesbian, bisexual. There’s no separation between gay rights and human rights, it’s just f**king stupid.”
Robinson is a screenwriter of “D.E.B.S” fame. She also wrote for “The L Word,” “Hung” and “True Blood.” She told Gay Voices, “At the start of my career, I wasn’t really worried that being openly gay would affect my career; I just kind of went with it, because for me it wasn’t really an option. I suppose there were some lesbians I knew that could pass for straight, but I was never really one of them. And I had a really specific political goal that I had articulated to myself and others, which was to try to insert gay themes and characters into mainstream Hollywood fare, which is pretty much what I’ve done for the last decade, with a few exceptions.”
McKenzie intersects race, gender and sexuality in her writings. Also, she the editor of Black Girl Dangerous. But she’s more focused on other gay issues than gay marriage. She wrote on her site, “As someone who doesn’t personally or politically feel connected to so-called ‘marriage equality’ and, frankly, can’t fathom so much time and energy and money being poured into getting one more privilege for one group of people– especially since the people within that group who will benefit the most are mostly very privileged already–at the expense of countless other really important and much more urgent issues facing the queer community and our society as a whole (bullying and suicides of queer and queer-perceived youth, violence against transgender people, invisibilization of disabled queers..,” she wrote.
Golde was the first black women featured on the “The Real L Word” series. She produces music videos and launched her site, BlackOUT magazine. She told Elixher, “After being a part of ‘The Real L Word’ I learned of many other young LGBTQ people of color who were also in need of LGBTQ role models, a role I certainly couldn’t take on alone. So I wanted to create BlackOUT as a space where LGBTQ individuals can see themselves, people like them, experiences like theirs.”
This “R&B Diva” recently tied the knot with her girlfriend Terez in Hawaii, one of the 20 states that allow same-sex marriage. But her daughter doesn’t support her union. Monifah said back in April, “She’s fine, it’s personal stuff. We respect one another and we love each other through. My life is going to continue. I’m going to live it how I see fit. I respect her, but she’s not the ruler.”
Her daughter didn’t attend her wedding, but Monifah was very happy on her wedding day. “It’s something I’ve never done before,” Monifah told ESSENCE. “It’s all new and wonderful. My life is merged and my spirit has merged with somebody else.”