Powerful LGBTQ+ couples in Hollywood
by Ana Walia | Tue, 05 Oct 2021 17:23:12 GMT
LGBTQ+ community representation matters in Hollywood. Image Source: Pinterest

From being hesitant to disclose connections to studios suppressing same-sex love interests, the representation of the LGBTQ+ community has gone a long way. Despite the fact that the LGBTQ+ population has long been a vital component of the performing arts community, films containing LGBTQ+ characters are often scorned by the censor board and are given lower ratings than films with straight actors.

The level of stigma associated with the LGBTQ+ community that has been depicted on the big screen has prevented LGBTQ+ actors from openly discussing their relationship status. However, times have changed, and performers are now not only portraying LGBTQ+ roles but also proudly embracing their own sexuality.

By sharing their own stories, several celebrities have been able to assist people all across the world to understand and embrace their sexuality. The growing visibility of LGBTQ+ celebrities' issues and stories aids in destigmatizing the LGBTQ+ stigma among those who do not share the same viewpoint.

Some superstars in the industry have not only accepted their sexual identity, but have also given back to the LGBTQ+ community in the best way they know how. Let's take a look at some of the industry's most powerful LGBTQ+ couples who have not only acknowledged their relationship in public, but have also managed to walk down the aisle. 

So, without further ado, here are some of the most well known LGBTQ+ couples.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish 

Sir Elton John and David Furnish first met in 1993, when Elton returned to his Windsor home and had dinner with David. In 2005, Elton proposed to David after 12 years and many dinner dates, and David said YES! Sir Elton John and David Furnish became the first couple in the United Kingdom to enter a civil partnership on December 21, 2005, and they married nine years later, when homosexual marriage became legal.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish with their kids. Image Source: Biography 

David Furnish is a member of the Elton John AIDS Charity board of directors, and the couple has always aimed to utilize their voices for good and to make a difference. Every year, the pair throws a black-tie gala to collect money for the organization. The pair received the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award in 2014. Zachary Jackson Levon, born December 25, 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel, born January 11, 2013, are the couple's surrogate children.

RuPaul and Georges LeBar 

RuPaul and Georges LeBar married in 2017 and are considered one of Hollywood's most discreet couples. RuPaul, 60, has been married to Georges, 48, for 27 years. The two met in a nightclub in 1994 and announced their engagement in 2017. “On his birthday in 1994, I met him on the dance floor at [nightclub] Limelight. This year, on the anniversary of our first meeting, we married,” RuPaul stated.

“He's extremely lovely and funny,” RuPaul replied when asked about his husband. "I want a sweet, compassionate man," I recall praying, "and I got an Australian who's simply amazing." The couple rarely appears on the red carpet, with RuPaul claiming that his hubby 'doesn't care about show business at all.'

RuPaul and Georges LeBar have been together for 27 years. Image Source: Billboard

RuPaul stated in an interview in 2018 that the couple's relationship is based on trust. He went on to say, "He and I both know that on this earth, where there are millions upon millions of people, the person I have found on this planet who I like the most is he." And I'm well aware that the person he adores the most in this world is me. That is beyond a possible doubt in my mind.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi

The first time Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi met was at a party in 2000, but it took Portia De Rossi a long time to tell Ellen how she felt because she was not out as a homosexual woman at the time. After reuniting in 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for VH1's Big in '04 Awards, the couple made their first public appearance as a couple at the HBO Golden Globe Awards Party in 2005.

Portia during an interview, shared how it felt to be a gay woman in Hollywood, "Believe me, I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality. I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman — that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress. I love playing all different kinds of women, and the majority of women aren't gay, so the majority of characters aren't going to be gay."

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi at Golden Globes 2020. Image Source: Film Daily

The couple got married in 2008 after gay marriage was legal in California. Motivational speaker Wayne Dyer officiated the ceremony said, "Today we have taken a giant step forward toward the ideal that all of us, with no exceptions, are not only created equal, but we each have the unalienable right to pursue our own happiness. With your exchange of vows today, you symbolize for many who have gone before you, who were forced to live their lives in quiet desperation, lurking in the shadows, that we as people, are truly better than we used to be.” At Golden Globes 2020, Ellen DeGeneres was honored with Carol Burnett Award and had walked the red carpet with her wife. 

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris met through a common friend, and David was previously involved in a long-distance relationship that was "kind of on the rocks." The couple's first real hangout was at an American Idol viewing party, where Neil claimed he couldn't take his gaze away from him. Following David's breakup with his ex, Neil and David went on their first date to attend a movie, and the rest is history.

When Neil Patrick Harris was cast as Barney Stinson on 'How I Met Your Mother,' the pair relocated to Los Angeles, California. Neil made his public debut in a 2006 interview with People magazine. He stated, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Image Source: Page Six

David Burtka proposed to Neil in 2007, and Neil proposed to David the following year in Santa Monica. On October 12, 2010, the couple welcomed fraternal twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace into the world. The pair married in an intimate ceremony in Italy in 2014, surrounded by their closest friends. According to sources, Pamela Fryman, the veteran director of “How I Met Your Mother,” married the couple and Elton John performed live at the celebration.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita met in a West Hollywood gym during the early days of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family," where Jesse played "Mitch," a gay man in a monogamous relationship. Justin stopped to compliment Jesse as he was leaving. Mikita, who works for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, recruited Ferguson's support to advocate for homosexual marriage after the couple started dating in 2010.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita. Image Source: She Knows

In 2013, the couple married in New York City's downtown district, with Tony Kushner officiating. Beckett Mercer Ferguson-Mikita, the couple's first child, was born on July 7, 2020. The couple is frequently spotted hanging out with Modern Family members, and Justin Mikita appears to be completely immersed in Jesse's world.

Matt Bomer and Simon Halls

Matt Bomer and Simon Halls married in 2011, although their relationship remained a secret until 2014. Matt Bomer's sexuality and marital status were only revealed when he acknowledged his partner and their children during an award speech for his work in the HIV/AIDS fight at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2012, also known as the New Generation Arts and Activism Award. Matt Bomer's sexuality was the subject of many suspicions, which he eventually put to rest in his 2012 speech.

Matt Bomer, Simon Halls and Kit. Image Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

 Sources later confirmed that Matt Bomer's partner is his husband, and the two married in a tiny and intimate ceremony in New York. Matt stated, "When it comes to my marriage there’s a security, a validity of knowing that it’s legal. It’s hard to put into words. It’s just a feeling, I guess — something about saying vows in front of the surrounding people who love and support you. I think it was good for our family. “

On his decision to come out as ‘gay’, Matt mentioned "I felt a responsibility to Simon and to our kids to be able to live with integrity and not have some strange split psychology of, 'This is who my dad is at home, and this is who he is to the public.'"

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef met online, believe it or not. Jwan Yosef is a Swedish artist who piqued Ricky's interest when he saw his work. He revealed, “I saw his art, and I'm like, “Who's the artist? Jwan Yosef. That's such a cool name, but I want to see his face. And then when I saw his face, I said, 'Okay, this is over. What a beautiful man.'" The couple exchanged texts for six months before finally meeting in London. 

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef. Image Source: Parade

Ricky recalls the moment he knew that the two will end up together, “When I got out of the car and I saw him, I said, 'Whoa. Wait a minute, I think this is the man of my life and I think I am going to marry him.'" The pair married in 2017 and has four children together. "I call him the witchcraft," Ricky says in the Behind the Music clip, "because I felt the magic, then I was in his arms." Martin confirmed their relationship with the easiest of Instagram captions: "Yup." The couple made their red carpet debut as a couple in April 2016 at the amFAR Inspiration Gala in São Paulo, Brazil.

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni

Cynthia Nixon and her activist wife Christine Marinoni are one of New York's power couples, well known for their roles as Miranda Hobbes on 'Sex and the City.' After New York legalized homosexual marriage in 2011, the couple began dating in 2004 and married in 2011. Christine Marinoni is a notable LGBTQ+ rights activist, and the power couple shares a strong desire to make a difference in the world.

Surprisingly, Christine Marinoni is the first woman Cynthia Nixon had dated. She shared, “I have been with men all my life and had never met a woman I had fallen in love with before. But when I did, it didn't seem so strange. It didn't change who I am. I'm just a woman who fell in love with a woman."

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni. Image Source: New York Post 

Cynthia stated that falling in love with Christine was one of her biggest joys and surprises in life, and that she had transformed into a new person as a result of her arrival. Max Ellington, the couple's kid, was born in 2011. In a nice post on social media, Cynthia revealed that her son Samuel Joseph Mozes (nicknamed Seph) with ex-husband Danny Mozes is transgender. 

When celebrities come out and share their sexual identity and experiences with the world, it offers fans hope and power to embrace themselves as they are. Although there are still some roadblocks and challenges, the entertainment industry is finally embracing the LGBTQ+ community in the greatest way it should be. We are confident that with love and support from all around the world, the LGBTQ+ community will be given the space and representation they deserve.