Every LGBTQA+ Black Celebrity In Hollywood

black celebrities occupy every career in entertainment. Several actors, comedians, journalists, and athletes are both black and gay – or lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning. This list of gay black celebrities is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous African Americans have stated that they had a hard time coming out as gay in their community. This list of African Americans is full of brave celebrities who are blazing a trail for future generations.  

Who is the most famous person who is a gay black celebrity? Wanda Sykes tops our list. The Curb Your Enthusiasm actress and comedian publicly came out at a same-sex marriage rally in 2008. She married her wife, Alex, earlier that year, and the couple have two children together. Drag queen RuPaul has also been a beacon of empowerment since he first emerged in the music industry with the hit “Supermodel (You Better Work).” He has since dedicated his life to promoting LGBT causes with everything he does.

A few black athletes have revealed that they are gay. NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 2013. He is the first active male athlete to come out as gay in any of the major American sports. His announcement provoked mixed reactions from his fellow players and the media. WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes announced that she was gay in 2005. She stated, “it doesn’t change who I am. I can’t help who I fall in love with. No one can.”

Wanda Sykes

Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes publicly came out at a same-sex marriage rally in 2008. She married her wife, Alex, earlier that year, and the couple have two children together.

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RuPaul

Drag queen, actor, and singer RuPaul Charles has been a beacon of empowerment since he first emerged in the music industry with his hit “Supermodel (You Better Work).” He has since dedicated his life to promoting LGBT causes with everything he does.

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Raven-Symoné

“That’s So Raven” star Raven-Symone has stated via Twitter, “I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to.”

Meshell Ndegeocello

Musician Meshell Ndegeocello is bisexual, and she was involved in a relationship with the author Rebecca Walker. Ndegeocello has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards.

Paris Barclay

Emmy Award winning director Paris Barclay has been openly gay since he was in college. He and his longtime partner, Christopher Mason, married in 2008, and they have adopted two children together.

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André Leon Talley

Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley started his career as an assistant to Andy Warhol. He has stated, “I have had very gay experiences, yes, I swear on my grandmother’s grave that I never slept with a single designer in my life. Never, ever desired, never was asked, never was approached, never, ever bought, in my entire career. Never. Not one. Skinny or fat. Never.”

Lee Daniels

Precious director Lee Daniels is openly gay. He says that he was never in the closet. He told Arsenio Hall, “There was never a closet… My earliest memories were coming down the stairs in my mother’s high heels at six years old while my dad’s playing cards with the buddies.”

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Jason Collins

NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine in 2013. He is the first active athlete to come out as gay in any of the major American sports. His announcement provoked mixed reactions from his fellow players and the media.

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Johnny Mathis

Musician Johnny Mathis was quoted in Us Magazine as stating, “Homosexuality is a way of life that I’ve grown accustomed to.” He received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2003.

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Robin Roberts

Newsanchor Robin Roberts publicly announced that she was gay via a Facebook post which stated, “At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health… I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.” She has been with her partner, Amber Laign, for over 10 years.

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Sheryl Swoopes

WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes announced that she was gay in 2005. She stated, “it doesn’t change who I am. I can’t help who I fall in love with. No one can.”

Don Lemon

Newsanchor Don Lemon came out as gay in his memoir,  Transparent. He also said that he suffered from sexual abuse as a child.

LZ Granderson

Sports reporter LZ Granderson openly stated that he was gay to CNN He supported NBA player Jason Collins with his decision to publicly speak about his sexuality.

Tracy Chapman

Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman has never publicly discussed her sexuality, but it is widely known that she was in a relationship with A Color Purple author Alice Walker. Chapman is a gay icon for writing empowering songs like “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution.”

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean penned an open letter on his Tumblr blog stating that he had a romantic relationship with another man when he was 19. He instantly became a gay icon, as there are very few musicians who are open about their sexuality in hip-hop and R&B. Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons said, “Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? […] Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear.”

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Azealia Banks

Musician Azealia Banks is openly bisexual, but she doesn’t want that to define her as an artist. She told the New York Times, “I’m not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don’t live on other people’s terms.

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