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1. Raven-Symone

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Raven finally came out on Twitter, claiming, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you” and when Oprah asked her about it…

2. Djuan Trent

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Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent finished in the top 10 of the Miss America competition in 2011 and recently announced that she’s a lesbian, becoming…

3. Robin Roberts

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One year after receiving a crucial bone marrow transplant that saved her life, Roberts wrote a heartfelt message of gratitude on her Facebook wall that…

4. Michael Sam

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“I just want to go to the team who drafts me,” Sam told ESPN in a recent interview, “because that team knows about me, knows…

5. Mister Cee

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While Mister Cee hasn’t classified himself as gay, he has admitted to having a problem with soliciting trannies. “I know that I love women; any…

6. Andre Leon Talley

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One of the most known editors of Vogue, Andre has credits that span beyond any normal resume. From working as an assistant for Andy Warhol…

7. RuPaul

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Perhaps one of the biggest gay stars of our time, RuPaul has paved the way for many drag queens by making it mainstream. Ru also…

8. Angela Davis

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Angela Davis confirmed that she was a lesbian in 2005 in Out magazine. And as one of the biggest advocates for Black, women’s and gay…

9. Wanda Sykes

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Wanda was married to her husband for seven years before fully embracing her homosexuality. Now married to a woman, Wanda continues to be a strong…

10. Nicki Minaj

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From labeling contestants on American Idol, “my wife” to claiming she’s got what it takes to steal Cassie from Diddy, Nicki Minaj’s sexuality is fluid.…

11. Frank Ocean

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Frank Ocean’s admission of loving a man was the coming out heard ’round the world. Frank said, “I knew that my star was rising, and…

12. Jason Collins

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Jason Collins made history as the first American man in a professional sport to come out.

13. Lee Daniels

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Director Lee Daniels has always been vocal about his marred past and how he suffered at the hands of his father because he knew he…

14. Azealia Banks

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This newbie rapper has never been afraid of her sexuality. Her uber-raunchy lyrics are proof. Banks came out in the NY Times as bisexual. “I’m…

15. Meshell Ndegeocello

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Ndegeocello came out as bisexual when she was in high school and even dated Alice Walker’s daughter, Rebecca Walker.

16. Le1f

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Le1f is an openly gay New York-based rapper who made a name for himself by calling out Macklemore, not only stealing his song, but profiting…

17. Sheryl Swoopes

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Swoopes came out as homosexual in October 2005, publicly announcing her relationship with Houston Comets’ assistant coach, Alicia Scott.

18. Don Lemon

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When CNN anchor Don Lemon came out as gay, he was applauded for being one of a small few of openly gay Black celebrities. Lemon’s…

19. E. Denise Simmons

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The former mayor of Cambridge, Mass., Simmons was the first lesbian African-American mayor in U.S. history.

20. Emil Wilbekin

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This managing editor of has made major moves for the gay community and is even celebrated as one of the most influential gay men…

21. Tracy Chapman

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While Tracy has always been quiet about her sexuality, her link to Alice Walker has been publicized and Walker claims that it’s never been a…

22. Rebecca Walker

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Alice Walker’s estranged daughter is bisexual and previously had a relationship with neo-soul musician Meshell Ndegeocello, whose son she helped raise.