When you hear the letters LGBTQ used, what do you instantly think of?
You might think of your favorite man on Queer Eye or someone in drag from Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
For some reason, when everyone thinks of this community, the “L” category is sometimes forgotten amongst the others.
Why is that? For some reason, it seems that lesbians were accepted way before their counterparts and this is largely due to the over-sexualization of lesbians by heterosexual men.
Well today, we’re making sure these women are seen for who they are!
You probably didn’t realize just how many ebony women in the entertainment world are lesbian.
Here’s a list of some black female lesbians, and we’ve added a few bisexual women to the mix!
Lena Waithe Is An Ebony Lesbian
If you haven’t heard of Lena Waithe, where have you been?
To be honest, it almost seems like she just popped up out of the woodwork at the beginning of the 2010s.
A jack of all trades, she is a writer, producer, and actress.
Lena has always been open about her sexuality, even basing an episode of Netflix’s Master of None on her coming out story.
Waithe has tons of accolades already tied to her name including producing the original film Dear White People as well as winning an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None.
She is currently engaged to her girlfriend of three years, Alana Mayo.
That’s so Raven – it’s the future she can see!
Now while Raven has had a few ups and downs, especially within the black community, we can’t refute her career.
You might remember her in the early days of her career starring on The Cosby Show and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.
She would go on to have her own TV show on Disney Channel – That’s So Raven.
She even became a part of the Cheetah Girls and would appear in wide screen films like Dr. Doolittle alongside Eddie Murphy and College Road Trip.
Back in 2012, Raven starting sending hints out via Twitter to suggest that she was romantically interested in women.
Unfortunately in 2015, she both introduced her partner and a few months later announced that they were no longer together.
The actress has been pretty adamant about not labeling herself as any particular thing, but she has referred to herself as a lesbian in the past.
Famous African American Lesbian Wanda Sykes
If you need some laughs, Wanda Sykes has got you!
When it comes to coming out, Wanda finally had her chance when she was in her 40s.
In 1991, Sykes married music producer Dave Hall.
They even stayed married for 7 years.
In 2006, Wanda met her wife and married her in October of 2008.
It was a month later in November 2008 at a same-sex marriage rally that she decided it was her time to come out.
While this now wife and mother is known as a stand-up comedienne, she first got her start as a writer.
She wrote for The Chris Rock Show before appearing on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, and her own short-lived sitcom, Wanda at Large.
This is all in addition to starring in movies like Pootie Tang, Monster-in-Law, and Bad Moms.
Meshell Ndegeocello Is A Bisexual Black Woman
Do you ever come across those entertainers who you don’t completely know, but should?
Ebony beauty Meshell Ndegeocello is one of them.
A foreigner on this list, she was born in Berlin, Germany in the late 60s.
Her talents are also boundless.
Not only is she a singer-songwriter, but she also plays numerous instruments that include the bass, keyboards, drums, and guitar.
Not to mention she can also rock the mic as a rapper.
You might think you’ve never heard her music, but think again.
If you’ve listened to the sounds from Love Jones, Love & Basketball, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and The Best Man, you’ve definitely heard this talented woman’s music.
The entertainer classifies herself as bisexual and has been married to her wife, Alison Riley, since 2005.
If you don’t know, now you know!
Alice Walker is one of the biggest names in black culture.
The Color Purple – ever heard of it?
Of course you have!
While Walker has tons of other amazing works under her belt, none of them have come close to shaping the culture than The Color Purple.
The book was published in 1982 and after Walker won the Pulitzer Prize in ’83, the story was made into the popular film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Billionaire Oprah Winfrey.
A writer isn’t all you would be able to call Walker.
She has had a voice for activism ever since she attended Spelman College.
Her activism led her to her husband, Melvyn Rosenman Leventhal, a civil rights lawyer.
The couple was married for 9 years before their divorce.
It wasn’t until the 1990s that Alice would spill her own tea on her relationship status.
She revealed that she was with another woman on this list, Tracy Chapman, and she was in LOVE, girl!
Unfortunately, while they’re relationship was great, it didn’t last.
Angela Davis, An LGBT Activist
Is it possible to accurately talk about activism without mentioning Angela Davis?
While she’s spoken for a number of causes throughout her life, she is probably well-known for her opposition of the Vietnam War and her work with the Black Panther Party.
Her social activism hasn’t always been seen as positive and her actions have even led her to spend time in jail!
In 1980, David married Hilton Braithwaite, a marriage that would only last 3 years.
With this gap in time, it wasn’t until 1997 when the activist came out as a lesbian in the LGBT fashion magazine, Out.