7 Interracial Queer Couples From The Past & Present

June 15, 2018



Throughout the month of June, the LGBTQ community celebrates years of living their truth in a society that hasn’t always been tolerant towards those who are different. Also, this past Thursday, was the 51st anniversary of the legalization of interracial marriage in the U.S. In my book, My Colorblind Rainbow, two young girls face not only the struggle of coming to terms with their sexuality, but the struggle of maintaining an interracial bond that was also nearly impossible during the 1940’s. Today I wanted to highlight some celebrity interracial lesbian romances, both in the past and present.


Nancy Earl and Barbara Jordan 



Barbara Charline Jordan was an American lawyer, educator and politician who was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. She was romantically involved with Nancy, an educational psychologist whom she met on a camping trip in the late 1960s. Though Jordan wasn’t out as a lesbian, she made no secret of her life companion Nancy. Jordan never publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation, but in her obituary, the Houston Chronicle mentioned her longtime relationship with Nancy Earl.


Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley


Most people know Samira Wiley as her character Poussey from Netflix’s Orange is the New
Black. In 2016 she got engaged to her girlfriend Lauren Morelli, one of the shows writers. They officially tied the knot in 2017, and you’ve probably seen their lovely wedding photos on Instagram. These two are the epitome of adorable LGBT interracial couples.


Wanda and Alex Sykes 


Wanda Sykes has been out of the closet since 2008. Before then, she was in a heterosexual marriage to a music producer for 7 years. Some say, her revealing her sexuality played a part in her career taking a hit, but it has never been confirmed. Regardless, she’s been happily married to her spouse Alex since 2008. The two met in 2006 and tied the knot a month before Wanda came out publicly. The couple now has two children.


Robin Roberts and Amber Laign 


Robin Roberts is a Black American television broadcaster. She’s an anchor on ABC's Good Morning America, that I’m sure you’ve seen representing for not only black women but gay women on daytime television. Robin came out as gay in December of 2014 in a public thank-you note to her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, for helping her through a bone marrow transplant. The two had been together since 2005. Robin has since been very public about her love for her partner.



Angelina Jolie and Jenny Shimizu 


Most people remember Angelia’s wild ways from the 90s. During that time, she dated Jenny Shimizu for a few years, a model and actress that she met on the set of the film Fox Fire. Angelina has always been a known bisexual, although besides Jenny she hasn’t been seen being romantically involved with any women since.


Patricia Velásquez and Sandra Bernhard 


Patricia Velasquez, A supermodel and actress that you may recognize from her role in 1998’s The Mummy, made the decision to come out as a lesbian in her Memoir in 2015. She realized she was a lesbian after falling in love with actress Sandra Bernhard. The two dated secretly for 4 years in the mid 90’s and Patricia admitted that she had a hard time moving on. According to recent sources, Patricia is currently single.


Michelle Rodriguez and Cara Delevingne 


Michelle Rodriguez is a well-known Latina actress in Hollywood, most known for her roles in the Fast & Furious movies and Resident Evil. In a magazine interview from 2013, Rodriguez admitted to being bisexual. One of her known relationships with a woman, was with Cara Delevingne, a British model and actress whom she dated in 2014. The two have since moved on but remain good acquaintances.


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