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51. Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde is a self-described Black lesbian mother, warrior, poet. She was a feminist and artist who continues to inspire writers, poets, feminists and lesbians. She died of cancer in 1992.

52. Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch
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Out lesbian actress Jane Lynch is one of the stars of Glee. She's one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She’s appeared in more than 100 movies and TV shows including The L Word, The 40 Year Old Virgin, CSI, The Gilmore Girls, Friends and Best in Show. And best of all, this out lesbian actor has never once felt the need to be in the closet.

53. Phyllis Lyon

Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin
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Phyllis Lyon, with her partner Del Martin were two of the early lesbian rights activists in the United States. They were the first couple married in San Francisco in both 2004 and 2008.

54. Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
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Out lesbian Rachel Maddow is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Her show has received excellent ratings and a near cult following.

55. Del Martin

Del and Phyllis exchange vows
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Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were a couple for more than 50 years before they were able to marry each other in San Francisco. She worked most of her life for lesbian rights and co-authored the ground breaking book Lesbian/Woman in 1972.

56. Heather Matarazzo

Heather Matarazzo
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Heather Matarazzo is an actor who played on The L Word and Exes and Ohs. She came out in 2004 and announced that she is engaged to Carolyn Murphy.

57. Corine Mauch

Corine Mauch
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Corine Mauch is the Mayor of Zurich, Switzerland. She was elected on March 29, 2009. Prior to becoming mayor, Corine Mauch played bass with two rock bands, The Hoover and Fallacy, in the 1990s.

58. Amelie Mauresmo

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Amelie Mauresmo retired from tennis in 2009, but the out lesbian tennis player was at the top of the world at one point. She reached a #1 ranking in 2004. When she came out at age 19, she experienced some homophobic remarks from other players, but that didn't stop her from winning a silver Olympic medal, Wimbledon and many other tennis matches.

59. Tammy Lynn Michaels

Tammy Lynn Michaels
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Tammy Lynn Michaels is an actor and wife of Melissa Etheridge. She played in The L Word and several other TV shows including Popular and Committed. On October 17, 2006 Tammy gave birth to twins: a girl named Johnnie Rose and a boy named Miller Steven.

60. Kate Moennig

Katherine Moennig as Shane Season 3
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Kate Moennig won the hearts of many lesbians for her role as Shane on The L Word. Although rumors have circulated, Kate has not come out as lesbian, bisexual or straight. There was even a bit of controversy when it appeared Jennifer Beals outed Kate Moennig in an issue of The Advocate.
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