For celebrities, especially those on-camera, it’s harder than one would think to come out of the closet to the entire world. They have to deal with both the public response and subsequent fears of typecasting when it comes to movies and television. But these famous lesbians are not only brave but also awesome in the way they chose to broke the news to the world. Behold this list of the top 10 most badass ways that these female gay celebs announced their sexual orientation.
The list contains comediennes and daytime talk show hosts like Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell, who not only came out of the closet in creative and amazing ways (via sitcom and via standup, respectively) but have since been vocal spokeswomen for the LGBT community. Many of these are also more recent than the ’90s (when one thinks of Melissa Etheridge’s unplanned announcement), such as Ellen Page’s absolutely pitch-perfect coming out speech to the Human Rights Campaign in which she stated clearly, “I am gay.” You go, girls!