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Coming out is one of the most difficult experiences in a person’s life. It’s even more daunting when you’re a public figure. Many of these famous lesbians who were once married to men were either too afraid to admit their true sexuality or hadn’t yet discovered their sexual preference. These inspirational women prove that being your true self is more important than wealth and fame.

1. Wanda Sykes

The famed comedienne best known for her work in Evan Almighty and The Hot Flashes was married to Dave Hall from 1991-1998. Then, in 2008, Sykes announced that she was gay while at a same-sex marriage rally in Las Vegas regarding Proposition 8. Sykes had just married her partner Alex a month earlier and welcomed fraternal twins.

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2. Portia de Rossi

Before de Rossi met funny lady Ellen DeGeneres in 2004, she was involved in a committed heterosexual relationship. The Australian actress was married to filmmaker Mel Metcalfe from 1996 to 1999. She also dated singer Francesca Gregorini from 2000-2004. Their split was caused by her meeting Ellen. Portia and Ellen wed in August 2008, after four years together. They are two of the most famous lesbians in Hollywood today.

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