Nowadays, heterosexual stars no longer monopolize the concept of the celebrity power couple. And over the past decade or so, the LGBTQ+ community has also spawned its fair share of star pairings. So, here’s a look at 40 of the most out and proud.
40. Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison
Speculation about Jodie Foster’s sexuality had been mounting for years until it was revealed in 2014 that she’d walked down the aisle with a woman. Alexandra Hedison – the lady in question – had also pursued a career in acting before switching her focus to the world of photography. Meanwhile, the private pair have proven that it’s possible to maintain a high-profile LBGTQ relationship without the prying eyes of the paparazzi and social media.
39. Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird can perhaps claim to be the ultimate gay power couple in the sporting world. The former helped the United States to lift the Women’s World Cup in 2019, while the latter has been a fixture of the Women’s National Basketball Association since the early ‘00s. Oh, and they also have an impressive shared collection of five Olympic golds.
38. Ellen Page and Emma Portner
Ellen Page and Emma Portner’s early relationship was certainly something of a whirlwind. The pair tied the knot in an unorthodox ceremony just six months after the Juno actress sent the professional choreographer a DM on Instagram. Not only did the happy couple tie the knot in woodlands while wearing jeans, they also kept it entirely secret from all but their nearest and dearest.
37. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – aka Mitchell in Modern Family – and actor-turned-lawyer Justin Mikita became husbands in 2013 at a ceremony in Manhattan. And both had faced challenging obstacles to get to that point. The former initially struggled to be accepted as a gay man by his father, while the latter had dealt with cancer as he entered his teens.
36. Kate McKinnon and Jackie Abbott
Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her actress girlfriend Jackie Abbott first said the L word to each other while attending one of the most fabulous LGBTQ events you could imagine. The touching declaration was shared at a drag race show presented by the one and only RuPaul. Meanwhile, McKinnon has fast become one of the hottest funnywomen in Hollywood, though she and Abbott prefer to keep their relationship private.
35. Tom Ford and Richard Buckley
It’s unlikely that any other LGBTQ couple is as stylish as these two. Richard Buckley is a fashion journalist whose resume includes an editor-in-chief stint at Vogue Hommes International. Tom Ford, for his part, served as creative director for both Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci before branching out into film directing. Heartwarmingly, the pair have been together pretty much from the moment they met in an elevator way back in 1986.
34. Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer
Chely Wright helped pave the way for LGBTQ country music acts in 2010 after revealing that she was gay. A year later she got hitched to another strong advocate for the community: author Lauren Blitzer. Wright then reflected on her coming out story in a documentary shortly before she and her wife became parents to identical twins.
33. RuPaul and Georges LeBar
RuPaul and Georges LeBar prove that sometimes opposites really do attract. The former is, of course, widely regarded as the ultimate drag queen who spends much of his career in the bright lights of New York City. His husband, however, much prefers a quieter life on his ranch in Wyoming. Yet the pair have remained solid ever since they met at a Big Apple nightclub in the mid-‘90s.
32. Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem
Melissa Etheridge discovered in the mid-2010s that her one true love had been staring her in the face the whole time. Yes, after turning to her longtime BFF Linda Wallem during a difficult period, the singer-songwriter realized that her feelings for the Nurse Jackie actress were more than platonic. Thankfully, Wallem also felt this way and in 2014 the friends officially became wives.
31. Ryan Murphy and David Miller
Ryan Murphy has become a one-man TV empire with the likes of Glee, American Horror Story and Pose. And he’s been supported all the way by David Miller – his professional photographer husband. The pair got hitched in 2012 and later that same year they became fathers to son Logan Phineas. They have since added to their family unit with another boy called Ford, who thankfully overcame cancer after being diagnosed with it at the age of just two.
30. Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau
Cheyenne Jackson is best known for his various roles in the American Horror Story anthology, and he has been with businessman Jason Landau since 2013. The pair walked down the aisle together a year later and have since become parents to twins Ethan and Willow. Despite admitting he’s constantly tired, Jackson revealed to People magazine tin 2017 that domestic life has been “really amazing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
29. Robin Roberts and Amber Laign
Good Morning America host Robin Roberts caused quite the stir when she publicly came out in late 2013. By this point, she’d already been in a relationship with her massage therapist other half Amber Laign for eight years. And Roberts received support from none other than Michelle Obama, who tweeted, “I am so happy for you and [Laign]! You continue to make us all proud.”
28. Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef
Ricky Martin shot to worldwide fame singing about living the crazy life, but it’s domestic bliss that he’s enjoying these days. In 2018 the Latin pop sensation revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he’d got hitched to artist Jwan Yosef. The pair have since become parents to daughter Lucia and son Renn – with Martin’s two children born via surrogacy in the late 2000s completing their family unit.
27. Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton
Matt Dallas launched to fame via superhero teen drama Kyle XY, and he has been in a long-term relationship since his late 20s. The actor began stepping out with the singer-songwriter Blue Hamilton in 2010 and five years later the pair said “I do” to each other. Shortly after, the happy couple revealed that they’d become fathers to an adopted son.
26. Matt Bomer and Simon Halls
Best known for his roles in White Collar and Magic Mike, Matt Bomer tied the knot with publicist Simon Halls in 2011. Yet their wedding wasn’t exactly a high-profile affair. In fact, they only made their nuptials public three years later. Bomer went on to tell Out magazine, “It was very chill and very small – just our closest and dear ones.”
25. Denis O’Hare and Hugo Redwood
American Horror Story actor Denis O’Hare is in a fully committed set-up with fellow performer Hugo Redwood – having married the fellow performer back in the summer of 2011. The couple are parents to adopted son Declan, too.
24. Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak
Jim Parsons – aka The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper – has been together with art director husband Todd Spiewak since the early ‘00s. While accepting an Inspiration Award given to him by an LGBT advocacy organization in 2013, he said, “I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out], a regular life, boring love.”
23. Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes Vaughn
Jonathan Bennett found fame playing the boyfriend of Regina George in the classic teen comedy Mean Girls. In real life, his partner is a man who’s also no stranger to the showbiz world. Jaymes Vaughn hosts entertainment news program Celebrity Page and first caught attention as a contestant on the long-running reality show Amazing Race.
22. Robbie Rogers and Greg Berlanti
Robbie Rogers made headlines in 2013 when he became one of the first professional soccer players to come out. Later that same year he entered into a relationship with Greg Berlanti – the screenwriting powerhouse whose work includes Riverdale and Love, Simon. The pair became parents via surrogacy to two children and in 2017 walked down the aisle together.
21. Andrew Rannells and Tuc Watkins
Tuc Watkins and Andrew Rannells certainly aren’t afraid to mix business with pleasure. The pair played lovers in Broadway show Boys in the Band and by the time they reprised their roles for a Netflix adaptation the actors were romantically involved in real life, too. Meanwhile, Rannells and Watkins appeared to make things official when they uploaded several affectionate shots to Instagram in 2019.
20. Tan and Rob France
Like several of his co-stars on Netflix phenomenon Queer Eye, Briton Tan France is in a committed relationship. The fashion expert began dating his illustrator husband Rob almost a decade before finding fame on the reboot of the lifestyle show. In 2020 the pair were pictured with beaming faces after France officially became a U.S. citizen.
19. Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle
Sean Hayes has Ellen DeGeneres to thank for meeting the love of his life. The Will and Grace star was introduced to his future husband when he appeared on the comedienne’s daytime hit show in 2006. Scott Icenogle was working as a DJ on the show at the time and after eight years together the couple said “I do.”
18. Jane Lynch and Jennifer Cheyne
It proved to be second time lucky for Jane Lynch and Jennifer Cheyne. The pair first dated back at the turn of the century but after breaking up the Glee actress went on to marry the psychologist Lara Embry. However, following her divorce, the star reconnected with Cheyne and the rest is history. In 2019 Lynch told Parade, “We’re very different people now. We don’t have the same insecurities we used to have. We live very peacefully.”
17. Brad Altman and George Takei
Star Trek hero George Takei out as gay in 2005 and revealed his sexuality after Arnold Schwarzenegger – then Governor of California – banned a same-sex marriage bill. The actor also shared that he’d been together with Brad Altman for nearly two decades. Three years later, then, they became the premier same-sex pairing in West Hollywood to request a marriage license.
16. Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley
In 2016 Orange Is the New Black’s Samira Wiley declared her engagement to Lauren Morelli – a writer on the series. Funnily enough, though, it was the same year that her character Poussey Washington was written out of the show. Morelli had previously been married to a man but filed for divorce after falling in love with Wiley.
15. Wanda and Alex Sykes
Comedienne Wanda Sykes was married to a record producer called Dave Hall before realizing that she was gay. Then, at a Las Vegas rally against Proposition 8 in 2008, she both came out and revealed that she had wed Alex Niedbalski a month previously. The pair now have two children and continue to advocate and raise money for LGBTQ causes.
14. Gary Janetti and Brad Goreski
Gary Janetti and Brad Goreski are arguably one of the most stylish LGBTQ power couple around. The latter, of course, is the outspoken co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, while Janetti is a writer for Will & Grace and Family Guy. The snazzy duo got engaged in 2014 – 13 years after they first started dating.
13. Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus
When it comes to style in the home, these two can’t be beaten. The host of The Nate Berkus Show and fellow interiors stylist Jeremiah Brent began dating in 2012. Then two years later they got married in Manhattan – adding daughter Poppy to their family in 2015.
12. Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon made headlines in 2004 when she revealed that she was dating Christine Marinoni. The actress – who has two kids from a heterosexual relationship – later wed the education activist. Nixon then became a vocal advocate of same-sex marriage in her wife’s home state of Washington. And the pair now also have a son, who was born to Marinoni in 2011.
11. Catherine Shepherd and Brandi Carlile
Marriage equality activist and country music singer Brandi Carlile publicly came out in 2002. Ten years later she then walked down the aisle with Catherine Shepherd in Boston, Massachusetts. The couple subsequently had a daughter called Evangeline Ruth in 2014.
10. Grant Shaffer and Alan Cumming
Scotsman Alan Cumming rose to fame in the ‘90s thanks to minor but memorable parts in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and the James Bond flick Goldeneye. Meanwhile, in 2007 he married Grant Shaffer – a graphic artist who worked on the storyboards for Beyoncé’s iconic “Single Ladies” promo video.
9. David Hyde Pierce and Brian Hargrove
One of the most enduring couples on the list, Frasier star David Hyde Pierce and screenwriter Bryan Hargrove began dating way back in the 1980s. And the pair wed in California in 2008 shortly before the law banning same-sex marriages in the state was adopted. Pierce later conveyed his anger over Proposition 8 while guesting on The View.
8. Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro
After meeting during filming of 2013 indie comedy In a World…, comedienne Tig Notaro and actress Stephanie Allynne became one of the coolest LGBTQ couples on the block. They married in 2015 and now have twin boys Max and Finn – conceived through a surrogate utilizing Allynne’s eggs.
7. Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Team GB diver Tom Daley announced that he was in a relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black in the most modern of ways – via YouTube – in 2013. The tabloid-friendly pair have an age difference of 20 years, and they formally declared their engagement in British newspaper The Times two years later.
6. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson and Two and a Half Men star Holland Taylor have been together since 2015. Interestingly, Paulson – who was previously set to wed male writer Tracy Letts – is 32 years younger than Taylor. The Emmy-winning People v. O. J. Simpson star has even admitted herself that she sometimes finds the gap shocking.
5. Lance Bass and Michael Turchin
Former *NSYNC star Lance Bass and painter Michael Turchin achieved a significant first in 2014 when they became the first gay couple to marry on American cable television. Staged at the Los Angeles Park Plaza Hotel, the ceremony was recorded for E! special Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding.
4. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Despite being the most high-profile lesbian power couple ever, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi wed in front of only 19 guests. DeGeneres revealed her plans to marry her long-term actress girlfriend during an episode of her eponymous talk show. That admission, meanwhile, came following California’s Supreme Court’s reversal on the same-sex marriage ban.
3. David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka may have arguably had the most star-studded LGBTQ wedding to date. The How I Met Your Mother actors were wed by the sitcom’s director Pamela Fryman, while Elton John served as the reception performer. Meanwhile, the 2014 ceremony actually took place eight years after the pair got engaged.
2. Sir Elton John and David Furnish
Elton John wed in 2014, although given his rather extravagant reputation, the much more intimate affair may have come as a surprise. The legendary singer-songwriter married David Furnish nine years after their civil partnership. The latter explained to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, “We feel it’s really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation.”
1. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner have enjoyed a long-running relationship – both romantically and professionally. The actress and writer have worked together on the likes of comedy album And That’s The Truth and documentary An Apology to Elephants. What’s more, they got married in 2013 – a whopping 42 years after they first got together!