It’s been a great year for gay rights in many ways, with landmark same-sex marriage decisions in the US and Ireland.
Of course, there’s still much to be done. But to celebrate the success of 2015, we wanted to mention our three most influential lesbians of the year. So take a bow Ellen Page, Ruby Rose and Ellen DeGeneres!
Ellen Page – An Inspirational “Coming Out”
We loved the way Ellen came out last year. Ellen was asked to speak at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time To THRIVE conference for LGBTQ youths in February 2014. Ellen came out as being gay for the first time in this public speech, and said she hoped her news might help others struggling with their sexuality.
Ellen’s revelation came shortly after it was announced that Ellen would play a gay woman in film drama Freeheld. Find further information on Ellen’s announcement and watch the video on the BBC.
Since then, the 28-year-old star of smash hit movie Juno has been nothing short of inspirational, especially as far as younger gay women are concerned.
Not long ago, for example, she got into a heated debate with Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair, where she wore a hat and sunglasses so the issues involved were the focus, not her stardom. She quizzed the ultra-conservative politician about his stance on gay rights and accused him of discriminating against the LGBT population.
What’s more, her next movie, Freeheld, depicts the battle of a dying police officer with terminal cancer (played by Julianne Moore) to secure her pension benefits for her female partner (Ellen Page).
Page stepped out in style on the red carpet with her girlfriend, Samantha Thomas, in mid-September. Far from hiding away, the actor has embraced her sexuality, and told a newspaper recently that homophobia was “an unfortunate, ignorant way to view the world, and it does cause pain”.
We couldn’t agree more, and can’t wait to see the new movie!
Ruby Rose – Stealing Hearts in Orange Is the New Black
Another lady we love is 29-year-old Ruby Rose, the Australian DJ, model, actor, recording artist and TV presenter. It’s just been announced that on 25th October, she’ll be joining co-host Ed Sheeran in presenting the MTV European Music Awards in Milan.
She’s had to deal with so much in her life, and we love the way she handles it all along with her renowned gender fluidity. It’s no wonder she’s previously won 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians accolades.
And, of course, since joining the cast of Orange Is the New Black, the US prison-based comedy drama that has become Netflix’s most-watched series, she’s become more prominent than ever! There’s no denying this lady has caught the attention of gay and straight women everywhere.
Ellen DeGeneres – Long-Time Loved LGBT Activist
Of course, everyone loves Ellen and has done for ages, since the sitcom she first aired just over two decades ago. And her syndicated talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has been a staple of the schedules since 2003. She has fingers in other pies too, and this year Forbes named her the 50th most powerful woman in the world. She also came second on the World Pride Power list.
She’s been openly gay since 1997 and married long-term partner Portia de Rossi in 2008.
We love how she took Caitlyn Jenner to task recently over the issue of gay marriage, insisting Jenner “still has a judgement” about it despite having claimed to have changed her mind to agree with same sex weddings “if the word marriage is really that important to you”.
For that reason alone, Ellen, and even after all these years, we salute you!
Are there any other inspirational lesbians that you think should be on our 2015 list? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @LadyGoDating.