19 Bad Ass Lesbian and Bisexual Irish Women

This Friday, the people of Ireland will vote on same-sex marriage. If the referendum passes, the country will be the first to legalize it by popular vote and not in legislature. We love our Irish readers, so what better time to celebrate some of their most well-known lesbian/bi women than before their homeland makes history? (We’re optimists.)

Here are 19 Irish LGBT lasses to discover if you haven’t already.

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The 56-year-old actress has done everything from classic theater to film to TV. Some of her best known work is as Petuna Dursley in Harry Potter, but she also played True Blood‘s head witch in charge, Marnie Stonebrook, in Season 4.

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The Grammy-winning musician is a celebrated songwriter and vocalist who also loves drumming up a little bit of controversy. While she’s changed her tune on her sexual identity several times, at last count, she was professing her interest in both men and women alike. On Twitter: @SineadOconnorHQ

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The X-Factor star lost in semi-finals but has scored two record deals since. Although she wasn’t out on the show, Mary revealed her two-year relationship with a woman in her memoir, This is My Life. On Twitter: @marybyrnemusic

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The singer/songwriter first rose to fame at age 16 after performing on RTE, and she’s recorded three albums since. Leanne came out in 2010 and is actively using her voice to advocate for a vote YES on the referendum. On Twitter: @leanne_harte