11 Celebrity Women on Being Out and Proud

Every time a public figure acknowledges how proud they are of being a part of the LGBT community, it’s a major step for visibility. We’ve been lucky to have so many incredibly talented, smart and beautiful queer women come forward to talk about not only being a part of the community, but happy to be represent it.

For the month of June, we’re celebrating pride and all of those who have it all-year-round. Here are some inspiring quotes from celebrity women who are glad to be living out and proud.

Wanda Sykes, stand-up comic, producer and actress468495128

“I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life. Everybody that knows me personally, they know I’m gay. But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives. We took a huge leap forward and then got dragged 12 feet back. I felt like I was being attacked, personally attacked—our community was attacked. Now, I gotta get in their face. I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”

Portia de Rossi, actressLos Angeles Times Envelope Screening Of "Scandal"

“There aren’t too many outwardly gay actors playing straight on network television. It’s important to be one of them, and I’m proud to do it.”

Patricia Velasquez, model and actress"Straight Walk: A Supermodel's Journey To Finding Her Truth" Celebration With Patricia Velasquez

“It’s very difficult to face your past, so I put off doing anything like this for a long time. But as my daughter started growing up and I was teaching her to be honest and proud, I knew it was time for me to set an example—and that meant facing my truth. For me, living life with truth and honesty is the one thing I want to make sure she understands.”

Tegan Quin, musicianTegan And Sara With Waters And The Courtneys In Concert - Hollywood, CA

“I know so many people who are closeted, and I make fun of them. I’m like, ‘You’re so ridiculous. What career are you protecting? You’re supposed to be selling your art. You’re supposed to be projecting this image, and you’re just clouding your image because you are not proud of who you are.’ You have to be proud. In the end, who cares if I was cool or not. Did I make change? Did I help the world? That should be more important.”

Chely Wright, musician10th Annual Family Equality Council Night At The Pier

“I’m proud that I’m about to live my life honestly. I won’t be a whisper. I’m too proud of who I am.”

Jane Lynch, actress2015 CBS Upfront

“I’m glad that this show and the fact that I’m out and open about it will perhaps ease the hearts and minds of some kids where it’s not so easy”

Amber Heard, actress2015 Tribeca Film Festival - World Premiere Narrative: "When I Live My Life Over Again"

“I didn’t want to look like I was hiding anything. I’m not, and wasn’t ever, ashamed. I don’t imagine myself, my work, or my life, fitting into any kind of standardised path. In fact, the idea of there even being a standard freaks me out a lot.”

Evan Rachel Wood, actressHammer Museum 12th Annual Gala in the Garden at the Hammer Museum

“Well, there was always the ‘Should I, shouldn’t I’ make it public. There’s a part of that says “Is it people’s business? Should I make it a big deal about it? Maybe it shouldn’t be a thing and I don’t have to talk about it.” But I think because of the state that society is in right now, especially on this issue, I felt a real need to come out and speak out for equal rights and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual community. I think if there was ever a time to come out, now would be the time. And if I can use my status to draw awareness and get people talking about it, then that means the world to me. So that’s really why I did it. And it was such a relief, you know? It’s a part of who I am and it has been for so long and I was proud of it and I wanted people to know that side of me.”

Brittney Griner, WNBA playerPhoenix Mercury Media Day 2015

“It definitely feels great to break the mold. I’m definitely not the silent one and one to conform. If I can be an example and show younger African American women and little girls that we have a voice, that’s amazing to me.”

Anna Paquin, actress"True Blood" Press Conference

“Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender.”

Mary Lambert, musician10th Anniversary Of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

“I’m a proud Gay Christian!”