Being raised by gay parents in this day and age is very common in the United States; between six to 14 million children live in a household with a least one gay parent. For many celebrities out there, growing up with one or two gay parents gave them a wider perspective of things, which aided them in the real world. We take a look at 12 celebrities that were raised by gay parents.
The first person featured on this list was inspired to become a Golden Globe-nominated actress after being in awe her mom’s theatre performances as a kid.
12. Jena Malone
Jena Malone, who gained a ton of praise for her 1996 film debut Bastard Out of Carolina, was raised by her mother and her mother’s girlfriend. The actress stated that this upbringing helped her see things differently. She took an interest in acting after watching her mom perform at the local theatre.
11. OJ Simpson
Before dealing with a massive whirlwind of legal troubles leading to jail time, football player OJ Simpson grew up in San Francisco, California with his father Jimmie, who was a popular drag queen in the area. Sadly, his father died from AIDS in 1986.
While OJ’s father proudly displayed his sexuality, this next celeb’s father lived in fear because of it.
10. Robert de Niro
Robert De Niro’s parents got a divorce after his father Robert De Niro Sr. announced that he was gay. Growing up, the iconic actor had no clue about his father’s sexuality. De Niro honored his late father with the documentary short Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
9. Anne Heche
Anne Heche made headlines in the ’90s with her relationship with comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Her father tried to keep his gay lifestyle a secret until his death from AIDS in 1983. Unfortunately, Heche has a horrid childhood with her father sexually assaulting her from the time she was born until she was 13 years old.
This next individual wrote a book about living with a gay parent.
8. Alison Bechdel
When acclaimed cartoonist/author Alison Bechdel sent a letter to tell her parents that she’s gay, it prompted her father to also come out. She wrote a book about the experience titled Fun Home, which became a Tony Award-winning musical.
The next father was forced to hide his sexual preference for work purposes.
7. Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli’s father Vincente was openly gay before he arrived in Hollywood, but he was pressured into hiding his sexuality from the suits because it would’ve affected his work. It has been reported that he simply described himself as bisexual. He had two children from his four marriages.
6. Rebecca Walker
Rebecca Walker got the inspiration to become a writer from her openly gay mother Alice, who is best known as the author of The Color Purple. The Los Angeles, California resident, who is bisexual, is the author of several acclaimed books, including 2007’s Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence.
The next star wished their parent publicly came out like they originally wanted.
5. Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave and the rest of her siblings knew their father Michael was bisexual. The iconic actor wanted to announce his sexuality in an autobiography but decided to cut that part out of the final product. His son Corin wrote about it in his memoir titled Michael Redgrave – My Father.
4. 50 Cent
Growing up, 50 Cent lived with his bisexual mother until her death. In the song “Hate It Or Love It,” the rapper briefly explained this situation with the lyric “comin up I was confused, my mama kissin’ a girl.” He was one of the most vocal celebrities supporting Barack Obama for his goal of making same sex marriage legal across the United States.
The following Oscar-winning star grew up with two lesbians in the household.
3. Jodie Foster
As a kid, Jodie Foster grew up with her mom Brandy and her girlfriend “Auntie” Jo. In 1993, the actress started a relationship with Cydney Bernard, but she never publicly came out as a lesbian until a speech at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment event back in 2007.
2. Ana Lynch
Scissor Sisters singer Ana Lynch, who is best known by her stage name Ana Matronic, has a deeper understanding of gay culture because of her father. When she was a kid, her parents got a divorce because of his homosexuality.
The final star on this list gave up on religion due to feeling abandoned.
1. Amy Adams
At the age of 11, Amy Adams’ parents got a divorce, and her mom Kathryn ran off to live with her lesbian lover. This prompted the two-time Golden Globe Award winning actress to walk away from the Mormon Church. Amy still keeps in touch with her mother to this day.
As you can see from the list, a handful of these celebrities that already came out to the public really understood the struggle their parents had with trying to do the same thing. While it often led to scrutiny and having the door closed on you in the past, coming out today will only lead to support and praise from those around you.
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