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Michael Turchin and Lance Bass, Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres & Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin - Getty

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The partners of 25 of the most famous LGBT celebrities

You know everything there is to know about the main LGBT stars, but what about those who have stayed with them through thick and thin? 

Michael Turchin and Lance Bass, Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres & Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin - Getty

Michael Turchin and Lance Bass, Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres & Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin - Getty

You know what they say. No one can make it on its own, especially in the ruthless world of entertainment. That’s why we all need someone to lean on, regardless of how famous and wealthy we are.

LGBT celebrities are known for being great and outspoken activists of the movement. That’s why it’s pretty common to see them walk right beside their better halves with pride and satisfaction.

However, most of the time we don’t actually get to know much about their partners’ lives, either because they’re not that famous or because they keep their private affairs to their own. That’s why today, we’re going to let you know about the partners of 25 of the most famous LGBT celebrities:

25. Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

She was formerly known as Amanda Lee Rogers. - Getty

Portia de Rossi may be one of the most famous partners of LGBT celebrities because she also has a career in entertainment. Most people remember her for portraying Nelle Porter and Ally McBeal, among others.

This Australian actress has spent most of his recent time dedicated to philanthropy and as an activist for the LGBT community. She started dating Ellen DeGeneres in late 2004 and got married in 2008.

24. Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley

She was previously married to Stephen Basilone. - Getty

Samira Wiley became a worldwide sensation after her role as Poussey Washington in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, arguably the show that jump-started the streaming’s platform’s popularity.

Well, none of that would have been possible if it wasn’t for Lauren Morelli, one of the lead writers of OITNB. They knew each other on set and got married in 2017 after she finished her divorce.

23. Alexandra Hedison and Jodie Foster

Alexandra Hedison was born July 10, 1969. - Getty

We all know Jodie Foster for her outstanding career as an actress, producer, and director. She’s won multiple awards throughout the years for iconic roles in The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, The Accused, among others.

Her partner Alexandra Hedison is a fine art photographer who has been featured in The New Yorker and many more exhibitions. She used to date Ellen DeGeneres and got married to Jodie Foster in 2014 after a one-year dating period.

22. Holland Taylor and Sarah Paulson

Holland Taylor's full name is Holland Virginia Taylor. - Getty

Holland Taylor and Sarah Paulson are yet another example of a couple of celebrities who are equally as respected, wealthy, and recognized around the world. They’ve been inseparable since they started dating in 2015.

Paulson has been featured in countless films, Broadway and television shows, while Holland is one of the most beloved playwrights of the U.S. Most young fans may remember her for her roles in The L World and Two and a Half Men.

21. David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris

They knew each other in the set of How I Met Your Mother. - Getty

David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris are one of Hollywood’s most beloved and outspoken couples. Ironically, they got to know each other when Neil impersonated ruthless ladies man Barney Stinson and he played Lily’s ex-boyfriend Scooter in How I Met Your Mother.

They’ve been together for five years now and even have a couple of children together. Burtka has had other minor roles in the television and film industry but he’s clearly not as famous as his partner.

20. Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman

They’re always together. - Getty

For those who don’t know them, it’ll be easy to confuse Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman. Not because they look-a-like but because they’re never alone. If you want one, you’ll have to get both.

Bowman and Wayne have made a name for themselves with countless Broadaway hits. They’re a couple of the most hype producers in the entertainment business nowadays and they’re strong activists on the LGBT community.

19. Brad Altman and George Takei

They got married in 2008. - Getty

Most people were shocked when George Takei, known for his role as Sulu in the Star Trek television series, came out as gay. He’s been a huge supporter of the movement ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the same-sex marriage legislation in California.

Brad Altman and Takei were actually the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood. They’ve been together 33 years and are now at the front of the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project".

18. David Furnish and Elton John

Furnish was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed men in Britain in 2015. - Getty

Most people don’t know this but Elton John was actually engaged to a woman in the late 60s. He then - obviously - broke out the engagement as he established a relationship with his then manager. Now, he’s been with David Furnish since 1993.

Furnish is a Canadian producer, filmmaker, and advertising executive. He’s either produced or directed over a dozen films and musicals. They’ve been legally married since 2014. They also have a couple of children.

17. Miranda Maday and Raven-Symoné

She’s a social media manager. - Entertainment Tonight

Raven-Symoné has been pretty outspoken regarding the equality of rights for the LGBT community and same-sex marriage. Gladly for her, she was finally able to use that right to marry her new love, Miranda Maday.

Raven used to date model and actress AzMarie Livingston until late 2015. Now, however, she decided to share the rest of her days with Maday, marrying her on a private ceremony that had only six guests.

16. Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

They have a dog named ‘Leaf’. - Getty

Most people may remember Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the comedy show ‘Modern Family’. Well, ironically, he’s got a bit of a modern family of his own after he married his two-year boyfriend Justin Mikita.

The couple got married in Manhattan in mid-2013 and are currently expecting their first child together. Notably, they didn’t ask for wedding presents. Instead, they required their guests to donate to ‘Tie the Knot’, a same-sex marriage charity.

15. Lance Lepere and Michael Kors

They’re a pretty fashionable couple. - Getty

Michael Kors is one of the most respected people in the fashion industry. And even if his better half Lance Lepere isn’t nearly half as recognized as him, he’s had plenty to do with his recent success.

Lepere and Kors tied the knot in 2011 after almost 20 years together. They had an intimate ceremony in Southampton, New York, in The Hamptons with the creme of the crop of the fashion world in attendance.

14. Michael Turchin and Lance Bass

Turchin is a recognized painter. - Getty

There were a lot of rumors and speculation regarding the sexuality of Lance Bass pretty much since his first days in show business. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that he finally came out to shut those stories around him down for good.

Bass and Michael Turchin have been together since 2011 and got engaged a couple of years later. They finally got married in 2014 and have been trying to have children via surrogate since 2018. They were the first same-sex couple to exchange vows on TV.

13. Brian Hargrove and David Hyde Pierce

Brian Hargrove's full name is David Brian Hargrove. - Getty

Mostly known for his role as Dr. Miles Crane on Frasier, David Hyde Pierce came out in 2007 after years of speculation about his sexuality. Most importantly, he’s been dating Brian Hargrove since he made the announcement.

The couple has been together for almost 40 years but finally got married in 2008, days before the infamous Proposition 8 that banned same-sex marriage. Hargrove was the co-creator of TV series Titus, among many other TV hits and musicals.

12. Alex Sykes and Wanda Sykes

Alex Sykes was formerly known as Alex Niedbalski. - Getty

Wanda Sykes has been quite outspoken about same-sex marriage. In fact, she came out as a lesbian in a rally opposing Proposition 8, even though she had been married to Dave Hall for 7 years.

Shortly after in 2008, she married Alex Niedbalski, who she had been dating privately since 2006. Sadly, her parents didn’t approve such thing and weren’t in attendance at the wedding, but they’ve buried the hatchet now. They have a couple of twins.

11. Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe

Bird is the starting point guard for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. - Getty

Megan Rapinoe has gained a lot of recognition lately not only thanks to her outstanding performances for the USWNT, but also because of her stance on equal payment rights for women and men, and her activism in the LGBT community.

However, she’s not the only standout athlete in the family, as she’s been dating 3-time WNBA Champion Sue Bird since 2017. They became the first same-sex couple to be featured in the ESPN Magazine Body Issue.

10. Penny Taylor and Diana Taurasi

Taylor had a 19-year career in the WNBA. - Getty

If you’re a fan of basketball there’s a huge chance you’ve heard about Diana Taurasi 'The White Mamba', arguably the greatest women basketball player of all time, and the leading scorer in WNBA history.

Her better half, Penny Taylor, wasn’t as coveted as her, but she still managed to build quite a successful career in women’s basketball, winning 3 rings. They’ve been married since 2017 and have a son together.

9. Rainer Andreesen and Victor Garber 

They’ve been married for 5 years. - Getty

Victor Garber is one of Hollywood’s most respected characters. You may remember him for his roles in Sleepless in Seattle, Glee, Alias, Frasier, The First Wives Club, and even Legally Blond. Thus far, he’s won four Tony Awards.

However, none of those awards mean as much as the love of his significant other Rainer Andreesen, a Canadian artist and model who’s been with him since 2000. They got married after 15 years together.

8. Brandon Flynn and Sam Smith

Flynn attended Rutgers University. - Getty

Sam Smith keeps rising as a pop star. His incredible voice is only topped by his heartfelt lyrics and iconic performances and he’s quickly become a very active member of the LGBT community over the past couple of years.

And apparently, Smith has been dating 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn for quite some time now, and even though tabloids claimed they stopped seeing each other in 2018, it seems like they’re back at it.

7. Richard Buckley and Tom Ford

They have one child together. - Getty

Tom Ford is a very successful man. He’s created a name for himself in the filmmaking industry for his outstanding directing work in films like Nocturnal Animals and A Single Man but clearly, his biggest strength is the fashion industry.

Most importantly, he’s been a strong advocate for LGBT rights since he started dating Richard Buckley, an editor and gay activist in 1986. They had a son in 2012 via surrogate and have lived all over the world.

6. John DeLuca and Rob Marshall

DeLuca made his debut in 2009. - Getty

Rob Marshall is the ultimate Broadway man. He’s got the touch of Midas as a producer, director, and choreographer, and he’s mostly known for his biggest success, the film version of Chicago.

Moreover, Marshall has been together with John DeLuca since, at least, 2003. DeLuca is mostly known for impersonating Butchy in Teen Beach Movie, as well as his appearances on 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, General Hospital, and American Horror Story.

5. Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin

Jane Wagner was born February 26, 1935. - Getty

Even though Lily Tomlin has been the face of this couple for most of the time and is clearly the most popular of the two, one could even argue that Jane Wagner has a more impressive resume under her belt.

Wagner is a comedy mastermind. She’s won one Annie award, 6 Emmys, 2 Peabody Awards, 2 Sundance Film Festival awards, among many other accolades. Also, she married Tomlin in 2013 after 43 years together.

4. Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons

Spiewak is an art director. - Getty

Jim Parsons rose to stardom after impersonating Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. He was so popular that he even became the world’s highest-paid television actor in 2018, according to Forbes.

Moreover, Parsons was never shy about his sexuality and openly admitted in 2012 to being in a relationship for over 10 years with Todd Spiewak, an art director. They got married in a small ceremony in 2017.

3. Garry Kief and Barry Manilow

Kief is also Manilow's manager. - Getty

Barry Manilow put together the ultimate soundtrack for seduction. He was a major sensation among females, and that’s why he kept his sexuality a secret until 2017. Gladly for him, his fan base was quite supportive of his decision.

As a matter of fact, Barry had been together with TV executive Garry Kief since 1978 and they got secretly married in 2014 shortly after California approved same-sex marriage. He’s now his friend, husband, and manager.

2. Georges LeBar and RuPaul

LeBar is a painter and businessman. - Getty

RuPaul is perhaps the most famous member of the Drag Queen community. He’s been challenging the status quo for decades and is one of the most iconic members of the LGBT movement as well.

He’s been together with painter and ranch-owner Georges LeBar since 1994 and they got married in early 2017. However, they claim that they won’t "put restraints” on each other in terms of being sexually exclusive. 

1. Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin

Jwan Yosef Syrian, Swedish, and Kurdish. - Getty

Ricky Martin broke thousands of millions of hearts when he finally came out as gay in 2010. Tabloids have been speculating about his sexuality for almost two decades until he decided to put an end to it and just let the world know about his feelings.

He’s been romantically involved with artist and painter Jwan Yosef since 2016 and they got married in 2017. It didn’t take them long to announce the birth of Lucia Martin-Yosef and most recently got their second child, Renn Martin-Yosef.

Topics:

  • Offside
  • RuPaul
  • Ricky Martin
  • Elton John
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Jodie Foster
  • Sam Smith
  • Megan Rapinoe
  • Sue Bird

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