The LGBT community still suffers repulsion from conservative religious groups. But some celebrities are coming out to speak up for the community by openly announcing that they are one of their kind. From athletes to actors comedians and journalist, it is a long list of brave stars creating a new path for future generations who might be afraid of prejudice and hide their sexualities. We’ve gathered 10 of such famous black gay celebrities walking out of their shells to both inspire others like them as well as show them how to courageously endure or face whatever people have to say about them.
Famous Black Gay Celebrities
Patrik Ian Polk
The producer and writer of the film Punk, Patrik has been a great influence and motivation to many several people after he came out to announce his sexuality. Most of his works tend to focus on empowering African-American LGBT people. The actor is known for his films Noah’s Ark: Jumping The Broom.
André Leon Talley
A multi-talented journalist in his own right who has grown his career across sports, culture, and politics, Granderson is one of the big names of Hollywood who has a penchant for his fellow men. The award-winning ABC news contributor and ESPN writer kept his sexuality to himself at the early stage of his career especially for being married to a woman and having a son but later came out at some point when he felt he was drowning his personality because of people’s opinion. Since openly accepting he is gay to CNN, he feels open to discuss his sexuality anytime the conversion comes up.
The Emmy-award winner and CNN reporter was still a child when he was sexually abused and was forced to hide this from close family members including his mother. However, in his thirties, the Lousiana-born opened up to his mom and because he wasn’t proud that he had to hide the abuse for so long, he resorted to being a bit more open about his personality. He is openly gay and currently dating Tim Malone.