12 Famous Lesbians Who Were Once Married to Men

Ephraim Obare
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Welcome to a tour through time, a journey that takes us across the fascinating lives of some remarkable women who, despite once being married to men, later came out as gay. Now, before your brows furrow in confusion, let’s clear the air. Yes, sexu@lity is fluid, and it’s normal for one’s understanding of sexu@lity to evolve.

These women, celebrated for their contributions to arts, politics, and culture, have shared their experiences of discovering their truth and embracing their identity as lesbians. So sit back, relax, and get into the captivating narratives of these brave and inspiring women and their journeys from heteronormative marriages to living their truth as lesbians.

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi
Oscar 2007, Actress Portia de Rossi smiling on the red carpet via Wikimedia Commons

The talented actress, known for her role in “Arrested Development,” was once married to documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe. She later came out as gay and is now matched to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Based on information from Hollywood Life, Portia was married to documentary filmmaker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999, before she was out as a lesbian. Portia, who is Australian, has admitted that she initially married Mel to get a green card but didn’t go through with that plan.

Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter at the 2014 HRC Gala in LA via Wikimedia Commons

Baxter, beloved for her role in the family drama “Family Ties,” was married three times before coming out as a lesbian at age 62. She’s now happily married to her longtime partner, Nancy Locke.

Alice Walker

Alice Walker
Alice Walker speaks via Wikimedia Commons

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple” was once married to civil rights attorney Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal. She later identified as bisexual, then as a lesbian, and has had relationships with women ever since.

Julie Cypher

Julie Cypher
Julie Cypher at a ceremony for Melissa Etheridge to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame via Wikimedia Commons

Cypher was married to actor Lou Diamond Phillips and Mathew Hale before coming out and entering into a long-term relationship with singer Melissa Etheridge.

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards via Wikimedia Commons

Stand-up comedian and actress Wanda Sykes was married to record producer Dave Hall before coming out publicly in 2008. She’s now married to her wife, Alex Sykes.

Lauren Morelli

Lauren Morelli
Lauren Morelli & Samira Wiley Wedding, March 2017 via Wikimedia Commons

The “Orange Is The New Black” writer was married to Steve Basilone but realized her true sexuality while working on the show. She’s now married to Samira Wiley, one of the show’s stars.

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay via Wikimedia Commons

The famed author and feminist was once married to a man. She later came out as a lesbian and is a significant voice for LGBTQ+ rights.

Evan Rachel Wood

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kim via Wikimedia Commons

The “Westworld” actress was once married to actor Jamie Bell. She later came out as bisexual and has been linked to several women since.

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival via Wikimedia Commons

The legendary tennis player was married to Larry King (not the talk show host) for 22 years before coming out. She’s been in a relationship with her former doubles partner, Ilana Kloss, for decades.

Kelly McGillis

Kelly McGillis
Robert Connolly via Wikimedia Commons

Best known for her role in “Top Gun,” McGillis was married to men before coming out as a lesbian in 2009.

Joey Soloway

Joey Soloway
Photo of Joey Soloway, director/writer/feminist via Wikimedia Commons

The creator of “Transparent” was married to a man for several years before coming out as queer. Soloway now identifies as non-binary.

Dusty Springfield

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The iconic singer had relationships with men and was reportedly briefly married in the ’60s, but in the late ’70s, she came out as bisexual. She’s considered a gay icon today.

These women’s stories are as varied as they are, but they all share a common thread — the courage to live authentic lives.

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  • Ephraim Obare

    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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