In Character: Stars Who Have Played LGBT Roles

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  • 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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  • Rockmond Dunbar
  • Ving Rhames
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Taye Diggs
  • Gabrielle Union

Kerry Washington

In 2009, Kerry Washington wowed audiences playing a transgender woman in Life Is Hot In Cracktown.  She told BET.com about the role, "One of the things I realized in approaching this role was that I actually figured out early on that I was going to learn a lot about being a woman — period. Because, really, what a trans woman is, is somebody who is a woman but whose biology has betrayed them in someway."

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