Hollywood is the first place to openly accept gay and lesbians. It was an unconventional place for unconventional people and ideas. It shocked the world but the LGBT community celebrated. But that was only the beginning.
Fast forward today, more and more celebrities are coming out of the closet and it is being celebrated. Same-sex marriage is also at an all-time high. It was considered as a milestone and a right to be exercised. Although it may not be everybody’s cup of tea, we can’t deny the rise of the LGBT community, not just in Hollywood but around the world. These celebrities are considered as a role model.
Want to know who these Hollywood LGBT power couples are? Read on to find out. It might just surprise you.
20. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Dory has found her soul mate. The couple has been together for 11 years and married for eight years. Both have successful careers and is considered as one of Hollywood’s LGBT power couples.
But before finding each other, the Ally McBeal star Portia De Rossi had a series of relationships and including a marriage with Mel Metcalfe. Initially, Portia was skeptical about being openly gay due to professional reasons but she ultimately stepped out. Portia even legally changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. Ellen and Portia met backstage during an award’s function and the rest is history.
19. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner may be one of the longest-lived same-sex relationships in Hollywood. The two met back in 1971 before it was even socially acceptable to come out and have been together ever since.
The couple had no formal coming out but has been open about their sexuality. In 2008, Lily said, “Everybody in the industry was certainly aware of my sexuality and of Jane…in interviews, I always reference Jane and talk about Jane, but they don’t always write about it.” It wasn’t only until December 2013 that Lily and Jane tied the knot in a private ceremony in Los Angeles after 42 years together.
18. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Although Neil Patrick Harris was playing the character of a womanizer on the popular show How I Met Your Mother, he is gay in real life. The couple met after David appeared on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. went public about his relationship with David Burtka in an interview to a magazine. The couple openly attended the Emmy awards in September 2007.
Neil went public about his relationship with David in an interview with a magazine. The couple openly attended the Emmy awards in September 2007 and have been together ever since. They tied the knot in 2014 and have two children together. Neil referred to David as his better half and was secretly engaged until they finally made an official announcement via Twitter. They were waiting for same-sex marriages to become legal.
17. Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani
Anderson has been openly gay, in fact, according to The New York Times, he is “the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television” although he avoided discussing his private life in interviews. The anchorman considered coming out to the public when the same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011. In 2012, he came out because he didn’t want to give anyone the impression that he was ashamed of his sexuality. In 2014, the couple purchased the Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut.
16. Cara Delevingne and St. Vincent
Annie Clark or better known by her stage name St. Vincent is a musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She was a member of Sufjan Stevens’s touring band before forming her own band in 2006. In an interview with Rolling Stone whether she identified as gay or straight, St. Vincent replied, “I don’t think about those words. I believe in gender fluidity and sexual fluidity. I don’t really identify as anything. [. . .] I think you can fall in love with anybody. I don’t have anything to hide but I’d rather the emphasis be on music”.
The model and actress Cara Delevingne, on the other hand, is openly bisexual. In June 2015, she confirmed her relationship with the musician. After Vogue reported that Delevingne’s relationship was a “phase,” she shot back saying, “My sexuality is not a phase.” But after a year and a half of dating, the two called it quits.