Top 7 Gay Black Stars

The growing support for the LGBTQ and the black community is one of the best things to be proud of living in the twenty-first century. With the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, we could equate the struggle of the Black people with the LGBTQ community. But fear has never been an option for the courageous! And it’s no wonder that LGBTQ black stars are ruling almost every industry, from entertainment to sports. Music, visual arts, acting, sports – there are so many gay black stars rocking their professions!

There are so many LGBTQ stars to celebrate, but in this list, but we are celebrating the top 7 gay black stars here!

1. Karamo Brown (Actor)

Houston, Texas, United States

40 years

If you have watched Karamo Brown’s interview with NowThisNews, you’ll know how amazing he is at being fearlessly gay and black. If you’ve watched the 2004 season of The Real World, you may recall Karamo Brown. He has given massive support to the entire gay black community worldwide by telling them how it’s never about ‘coming out.

His role in The Real World: Philadelphia was one of the first to go down in history for casting a gay black man. To this day, Karamo remains determined, and his spirit remains unbroken. And we agree with Karamo; there’s nothing wrong with being black and gay, so why give someone else the power to accept or deny you?

2. Paris Barclay (Director)

Chicago Heights, Illinois
64 years

The 64-year-old Paris Barclay is known for his excellent single-camera style in directing television shows. And he is no ordinary director indeed! He is also associated with the Directors Guild of America as the President, serving for four years from 2013 to 2017.

What do we love about Paris Barclay? Well, he has been very open about his LGBTQ sexual orientation ever since his college days. Not just that, but he also fearlessly married Christopher Mason in 2008, with whom he had a long-term relationship before marriage!

3. Jason Collins (Athlete – NBA player)

Los Angeles, California
42 years

Do you love the NBA? So do we, and we bet Jason Collins is not a new name for you in basketball. The way he swings the basketball and throws it into the hoop, it’s no wonder he’s among the top NBA names ever. But that’s not all.

 We also applaud Jason Collins for being one of the first American athletes to be open about his LGBTQ orientation. You could read up about what he had to say in a Sports Illustrated magazine interview back in 2013. Although his boldness was dealt with both critique and appreciation, he didn’t hesitate a bit about it!

4. Johnny Matthis (Musician)

San Francisco, California, United States
85 years

Johnny has been clear about how comfortable he has been with homosexuality all his life. He started off his career with singles but eventually turned into a phenomenal album artist. It’s no wonder his music makes us feel the same, accept ourselves and believe in who we are.

Being from San Francisco, one of the top gay cities in the United States, Johnny Matthis has always accepted his sexual orientation. Regardless of the critical reaction, he may have gotten from the people around him, he continued to flourish. And guess what? Many of his albums have attained gold and platinum levels, topping the Billboard charts with at least 73 of them.

5. Don Lemon (News anchor)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

55 years

Donald Carlton Lemon has been in the American journalism industry since 2006. He started off his career in Pennsylvania and Alabama, as an anchor in local tv stations. His independent and fearless journalism style has been appreciated by many, within the industry and the audiences alike.

 If you want to learn more about Don, he has been vocal about his life experiences in his memoir, ‘Transparent’. Not only has he discussed being gay and a person of color, but he has also talked about facing sexual abuse as a child.

We root for Don Lemon for being one of the most brutally honest, bold, and straightforward news anchors ever! He is one of those few journalists who have been awarded thrice with the Emmy and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

6. Frank Ocean (Musician)

Long Beach, California

33 years

Do you love to groove to hip hop beats and R&B? You cannot simply miss Frank Ocean and his music, for he has been one of the most talked-about gay black icons. You probably already know how he openly wrote about his romantic relationship as a 19-year old if you’re a Frank Ocean fan.

Frank is both a songwriter and a producer. And not just that, but he is also a visual artist and a photographer. He has been applauded for his works and boldness so much that he made it to the 2013 list of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and also for Forbes 30 Under 30 when he was 30 years old in 2017.

7. Lil Nas X (Musician)

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States
22 years

Ever heard of ‘Old Town Road’? Lil Nas X (full name Montero Lamar Hill) had ultimately blasted the Billboard Charts in 2019 with this song with his country and hip hop fusion. His success not only made him burst with joy, but he also opened up about his LGBTQ orientation. The extraordinarily young and talented 20-year-old star wishes for other musicians in the industry and the hip hop genre to never be afraid to stand up for who they are.

In 2019, Lil Nas X was named a media personality by the Times magazine as he was included in the list of 25 most influential Internet personalities. Just last year, Forbes also listed him down in the 30 Under 30 list. He also made history as the first LGBTQ black artist to have been awarded the Country Music Association award.

Indeed, our progress is incomplete without supporting the LGBTQ and black community throughout. Have you ever heard of any of the above or are familiar with their work? Let us know about your favorite LGBTQ black stars; we’d love to hear from you!