It's been a week since Don Lemon announced that he was gay, becoming one of the few news personalities and high-profile people of color to do so. Lemon's remarks in the New York Times about the black community being homophobic has sparked debate about the vulnerability of being both gay and a minority and discussion about how come more gay celebrities of color haven't come out.
In response to these discussions, I've created a list of famous gay people of color from black, Latino and Asian American backgrounds. More than 20 such celebrities appear on this list. All are living. Actors, writers, bloggers, models, athletes and musicians show up in this compilation. I'll admit that the list has its flaws. More men appear on it than women, and I couldn't come up with one one famous lesbian or bisexual Latina to include, although I identified multiple black and Asian-American women to include. That's where you come in, readers. Please let me know in the comments section of this blog which celebrities I missed. If you can think of a lesbian Latina celebrity or more gay women of color period, I'd love to include them. Why? This list can be a resource for queer people of color searching for others like them in the public eye. This means that the more representative this compilation is, the better.
I just ask that your recommendations include people who are living rather than dead and not be fictional characters on television shows, in movies, books, etc. I may create a list of deceased gay celebrities of color in the near future, but for now I'm interested in living, breathing people. My only other requirement is that these people be publicly out--either because they've announced their sexual orientation in the media or had an acknowledged same-sex relationship. Also, because this blog is U.S. based, I ask that the celebrities you pick be either from the U.S. or famous in this country, if from elsewhere.
I look forward to hearing from you!