In Character: Stars Who Have Played LGBT Roles

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  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Kerry Washington
  • 120111 celebs pariah gun hill road
  • Lenny Kravitz, Hunger Games
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Michael K. Williams
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Tony Bravado
  • Will Smith
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Queen Latifah
  • Isaiah Washington
  • 062012 celebs black lgbt roles giancarlo esposito waiting to exhale
  • Rockmond Dunbar
  • Ving Rhames
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Taye Diggs
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Taraji P. Henson

Gun Hill Road and Pariah

The two indie films didn't have major star power, but were critical darlings in 2011. Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road starred Harmony Santana as a transgender teen living in the Bronx. Dee Rees' Pariah featured Adepero Oduye as a lesbian teenager from Brooklyn struggling with identity and family. Both films were  honored with various indie awards and proved that LGBT stories are neccassary.  

(Photos: Courtesy MBK Entertainment; Simon Says Entertainment)

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