Famous gay-lesbian couples
Daniela Sea and Bitch
Bitch is a musician/performance artist/actor. Daniela and Bitch met at San Francisco’s Gay Pride in 2002. Bitch says she saw Daniela and said – “There’s my new boyfriend”. Daniela said in GoNYC magazine, “I knew there was something about her that was magic. We fell in love and traveled to Canada spur of the moment, living outside and cooking over the fire“.
Iron Chef Cat Cora and her Partner Jennifer
Cat Cora is the first and only female Iron Chef on Food Network’s show Iron Chef America. She is the author of two books, Cat Cora’s Kitchen and Cooking from the Hip. She is also the founder of the charity Chefs for Humanity. Jennifer and Cat Cora have been together for more than ten years and are in a domestic partnership in California.
Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
Cynthia Nixon is an actress who played Miranda on HBO’s hit series, Sex and the City and Sex and the City: The Movie. Christine Marinoni is an education activist from New York City.
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi met Ellen DeGeneres in 2000 and although there was chemistry, she didn’t pursue it. Portia said in an interview in The Advocate “I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot (in 2004) and she took my breath away. That had never happened to me in my life, where I saw somebody [ and experienced] all of those things you hear about in songs and read about in poetry. My knees were weak”.
Elton John and David Furnish
Pop legend Elton John met his Canadian-born husband David Furnish in 1993. The couple tied the knot and entered into a civil partnership on December 21, 2005 in a small ceremony at The Guildhall in Windsor, Berkshire, England with their parents, a few friends and John and Furnish’s dog Arthur. An extravagant reception followed at the couple’s Berkshire mansion. The party was believed to cost upwards of Â£1 million.
George Takei and Brad Altman
After 21 years together, 71-year-old George Takei (Heroes, Star Trek, The Howard Stern Show) and 54-year-old Brad Altman married on September 14, 2008 in Los Angeles California. Two hundred guests, best man Walter Koenig (who played Chekov on Star Trek) and “best lady” Nichelle Nichols (who played Uhura on Star Trek), attended the ceremony at the Democracy Forum of the Japanese American National Museum.
Jamie Babbit & Andrea Sperling
Jamie Babbit is a television and film director whose films include: Itty Bitty Titty Committee and But I’m a Cheerleader. She has also directed numerous television shows including episodes of The L Word, Gilmore Girls, Nip/Tuck and Ugly Betty. Jamie is also on the board of the POWER UP, an organization to promote the visibility of lesbians in Hollywood. Andrea Sperling is a film producer whose credits include: Itty Bitty Titty Committee, D.E.B.S. and The Quiet.
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan
Potter, designer and Top Design lead judge Jonathan Adler and Barneys New York creative director, columnist and author Simon Doonan plan to wed this September at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, off of California’s central coast. Instead of a large lavish event, the creative duo is planning a small discreet dinner party with just two guests: Jonathan’s mom Cynthia and sister Amy. “Big weddings make me nervous,” Simon Doonan told The Los Angeles Times. “Every cyber-fab wedding I have ever been to ended in divorce.” The couple met 14 years ago on a blind date.
Kate Clinton and Urvashi Vaid
Kate Clinton is a lesbian comedian, actor and author. Urvashi Vaid was executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1988-1992 and has been an activist and writer since that time.
Keith Boykin and Nathan Hale Williams
Author, activist, and commentator Keith Boykin and producer Nathan Hale Williams were the first African-American gay couple to appear on a reality show, when Boykin appeared as a contestant on 2004 Showtime series American Candidate with Williams as his campaign manager. The couple currently live in New York City and are involved in various television and media projects, including The Daily Voice, a news site and web-based community resource for African-Americans.
Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson
If you’ve seen a magazine coveror watched any celebrity TV, you can’t miss the fact that Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson have been hanging out a lot and appear to be a cute couple. Lindsay Lohan is an actress who starred in films such as Mean Girls and Herbie Fully Loaded. Samantha Ronson is a musician and DJ. She grew up around music. Her stepfather is Mick Jones from the band Foreigner.
Lisa Thrasher and Stacy Codikow
Stacy Codikow is Founder & Executive Director of POWER UP, an organization whose mission is to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts, and all forms of media. Stacy is also a feature film producer whose credits include Under the Hula Moon and Fatal Instinct. Lisa Thrasher is a movie producer whose credits include Promtroversy and Itty Bitty Titty Committee. She is President of Film Production & Distribution of POWER UP.
Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs and Brazilian advertising executive Lorenzo Martone have kept the official status of their relationship off the media radar. Rumors have circulated that the couple married in France in September, but have yet to be confirmed. The couple have been together since the beginning of 2008. They made their relationship public at the Costume Institute Gala in New York in May 2008.
Melissa Etheridge & Tammy Lynn Michaels
Melissa Etheridge is a lesbian rock-n-roll singer who grew up in Kansas. She moved to Los Angeles where she made her big break in 1988 with her first album released on Island Records. She came out in 1993 at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004 at age 43. Tammy Lynn Michaels is an actress who starred in the TV show Popular from 1999-2001. Tammy has also appeared on The L Word, Committed and the short movie D.E.B.S..
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have been together since 2004. The couple’s relationship was made public after Burtka’s guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother stirred rumors that he was involved with show regular Neil Patrick Harris. Harris came out soon after in an interview with People and later publicly announced his relationship with Burtka. The couple’s first public appearance was at the 2007 Emmy Awards. They’ve made several public appearances since and in 2008 performed a duet on stage at Broadway Backwards 3.
Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon are early American lesbian activists. Del Martin (1921-2008) was married for four years and had a daughter before coming out. She studied journalism and human sexuality. Phyllis Lyon (1924- ). She was a writer and reporter for several different newspapers in her career.
Quincy LeNear and Deondray Gossett
Filmmakers Quincy LeNear and Deondray Gossett have been together for over 11 years. The couple created the film and now TV series DL Chronicles. Quincy and Deondray also host the MySpace relationship blog OUTside of Relationships about sustaining same-sex relationships.
Rosie & Kelli O’Donnell
Rosie O’Donnell is a comedian, talk show host, actress and lesbian mom activist. Her partner is Kelli Carpenter and together they run a cruise line for GLBT families called R Family Vacations. Rosie and Kelli O’Donnell were married in San Francisco on February 26, 2004 during the brief time when San Francisco was allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Boyzone’s Stephen Gately and Andy Cowles
After only dating for a few months, Boyzone’s Stephen Gately (L) and businessman Andy Cowles tied the knot in a civil partnership at a private London ceremony. The couple was introduced by friends Elton John and David Furnish. Gately met an untimely death in October 2009 while on vacation on the Spanish island of Majorca.
Suzanne Westenhoefer & Jennifer Houston
Suzanne Westenhoefer is a lesbian comedian. She has been performing as an out lesbian since the early 1990s. She is the first open lesbian to be on Comedy Central, Evening at the Improv., Caroline’s Comedy Hour, to have her own HBO special and to be on David Letterman. Jennifer Houston is a marketing executive and executive vice president of Sweet lesbian travel company. Jennifer competes in triathlons in her free time.
Sheryl Swoopes & Alisa Scott
Sheryl Swoopes is a WNBA basketball player. She has won the Most Valuable Player Award three times in the WNBA. She was MVP in 2000, 2002 and 2005. Sheryl Swoopes also won three Olympic Gold medals. As a member of the Houston Comets, Swoopes has won four WNBA championships. Alisa Scott was an assistant coach for the Houston Comets when the two met.
T. R. Knight and Mark Cornelsen
Grey’s Anatomy star T.R. Knight met boyfriend Mark Cornelsen in early 2008 through the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Cornelsen is a Matthew Shepard Point Scholar. Their 16 year age difference has caused some controversy, but Knight told Extra, “It’s bound to raise some eyebrows, but we love each other. He’s an amazing guy.”