In Character: Stars Who Have Played LGBT Roles

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  • Rockmond Dunbar
  • Ving Rhames
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Taye Diggs
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Kerry Washington
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  • Lenny Kravitz, Hunger Games
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Michael K. Williams
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Tony Bravado
  • Will Smith
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Queen Latifah
  • Isaiah Washington
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Anthony Mackie

In 2004, Anthony Mackie was an up and coming actor and already experienced big success for playing Eminem's BFF in 8 Mile. However, he showed off his Julliard-trained acting chops as the lead in Rodney Evans' Brother to Brother. Mackie tackled the role of Perry with grace — an art student who was on the search for love while simultaneously learning the roots of the Harlem Renaissance via an older gay man. The risk paid off, earning Mackie an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.

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