11. Michelle Bonilla
You’ve probably seen Michelle on TV or in the movies. She’s played paramedic Harms on ER for more then ten years, had a role in Star Trek: Enterprise and played Latina teacher Teresa Morales on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, among dozens of other roles. Michelle is an out and proud Mexican Lesbian actor.
12. Kate Brown
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is the highest ranking openly bisexual elected politician in the United States. Kate Brown has sponsored several gay rights bills in her terms in the Oregon legislation, including Oregon's domestic partnership and civil rights ordinances.
Margarethe Cammermeyer is the highest ranking military official to come out while in the service. Prior to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" she challenged the military policy banning gays and won the right to serve.
14. Catie Curtis
Catie Curtis is a singer/songwriter who has been out her whole career. From her bio: "With nine albums and recognition that includes a 2006 International Songwriting Competition Grand Prize, Curtis has proven that she's the real deal: a musician with the kind of raw talent and artistic maturity that makes her a force to be reckoned with, albeit a sweet force."
15. Kate Clinton
Kate Clinton describes herself as a "fumerist," a feminist humorist. She grew up Catholic in New York State and taught high school English for eight years before becoming a comedian. She began her stand-up career in 1981 using her lesbianism, Catholicism and current politics for her jokes.
16. Tee Corinne
Tee Corinne was know for creating beautiful erotic images of real lesbian lovers. Corinne's Yantras of Womanlove (1982) is thought to be the first book of lesbian erotic photographs published in the U.S. Not surprisingly, Tee Corinne was at the forefront of the battle against censorship. Printers sometimes refused to print her works and art galleries would not show it. Fat women, women with disabilities, diverse body types and sizes are all included in Tee Corinne's work.
17. Cathy DeBuono
Cathy DeBuono is a rare actress in Hollywood. While many actresses remain in the closet, or at least “guarded” about their personal lives, she is not only out and proud, but is actively seeking out lesbian roles.
18. Ellen DeGeneres
Is there a more famous lesbian than Ellen DeGeneres? She came out on the cover of Time magazine, had a hit sit-com, now hosts a daily talk show and is one of the judges on American Idol. She's won numerous Emmy Awards and is married to actress Portia de Rossi.
19. Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi is an out lesbian actress. Portia's story is an all too familiar one for many Hollywood actors. She feared she would jeopardize her career if she came out of the closet. When she finally did come out of the closet, many people didn't believe she was gay. She told the Advocate, "I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay--which was so annoying! First of all, you live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, 'I don't think you are gay.'" Portia is married to Ellen DeGeneres.
20. Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich was a bisexual actress married to director Rudolf Sieber in 1923 and they had an open relationship.