We Salute Pride Month with Our Favorite Lesbian and Gay Actors

happy pride monthJune is a celebration of GLBT Pride and we at Chitownstarconnections are ready. We want to start out our celebration with a series of articles all about actors and actresses and movies and television shows that celebrate pride. There are a lot of great actors and actresses who are part of the family and we want to salute our favorites.

rex lee We start off with the adorable Rex Lee who is reprising his role as loyal and harassed assistant to Ari Gold , Lloyd on “Entourage.” The movie opened recently  nationwide.

jennifer aniston and ellenEllen Degeneres made headlines in the nineties coming out on her own sitcom “Ellen” Today she has the hottest stars and the coolest people on her talk show “Ellen” . Here she is with Jennifer Aniston .

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Portia Di Rossi is married to Ellen DeGeneres but that isn’t the reason we love her. We love her as she plots for power on “Scandal” as Elizabeth North. “Lizzie Bear” just got a promotiion as the new Chief of Staff after President Grant fired Cyrus Beane.  Here she is with former First Lady Mellie Grant  (Bellamy Young)

007 with the girlsTR Knight was the affable George O Malley on “Grey’s Anatomy” . It was a sad day when he became a real hero and gave his life to save a stranger. TR is currently wrapping up a run on Broadway and was reunited with his co star James Pickens Jr. in the movie “42”

sean hayesSean Hayes made us laugh as the very gay Jack McFarland on “Will and Grace” His partner in crime is Karen and his best friend is Will (Eric McCormack) . After the show ended, Sean made his way to Broadway and “Promises Promises’ with Kristin Chenowerth and a certain actor who would be involved in a “Scandalous” White House romance. Sean is also a producer who sees his first hit “Hot in Cleveland ” end this week.

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Dan Bucatinsky is one of the actors we adore. We miss him on “Scandal” in his Emmy award winning role as James Novak . Here he is pictured with his hubby , Jeff Perry. In real life , Dan is an advocate for gay families along with his children and real life husband , director Don Roos

james parsons and kaley cuocoJim Parsons plays it straight as the neurotic braniac Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory” . He has also appeared in the television movie “The Normal Heart” and is also appearing on Broadway. Kaley Cuoco is his roommate Leonard’s fiance, Penny.

niles and daphne craneDavid Hyde Pierce got the laughs as Niles Crane. He originally was cast as Frasier’s younger brother on “Frasier” because of his resemblance to star Kelsey Grammer. Viewers followed the romance between the henpecked doctor and free spirit physical therapist Daphne Moon straight to the altar. Jane Leeves played his wife.

jane lynch as sue with beckyJane Lynch most of the time she plays the evil Sue on “Glee” , but sometimes she shows that she does have a heart. In real life, Jane is an advocate of gay rights as well and host of “Hollywood Game Night.”

dot marie jones as coachDot Marie Jones played the coach with a heart on “Glee” .

chris colfer gleeIn his portrayal of gay teen Kurt Hummel, Chris Colfer has lived a lot of what his character had gone through on “Glee” Chris is an accomplished singer, performer, and author. He also helped his bff Lea Michele get through her fiance’s death.

guillermo diaz as huckGuillermo Diaz plays Diego Munoz aka Huck on ABC’s “Scandal” He is the gladiator to go to when you need someone to talk. Guillermo is an advocate for gay rights.

jussie smollett jamalJussie Smollett plays the middle son Jamal Lyons on new superhit “Empire” Jamal is the gay son of Lucious Lyons and also now the head of Empire records. Jussie is super talented and is on his way as a maker of hit music

nph on himymNeil Patrick Harris first came into the public’s eye as the adorable Dr Doogie Howser . He has performed on Broadway, hosted the Emmys and Tonys, and also is  a cult favorite as Dr Horrible in the web series “Dr Horrible ‘s Sing a Long Blog” . Most notably, he was the lovable louse Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother.” Neil is married to his spouse David and father to two adorable boys.

big boo oinbLea DeLauria is one of the gals in the cell block on “Orange Is The New Black”. As Big Boo, she is the lesbian who has a heart of gold. Lea is from Illinois and is a comic, actor, and musician

nathan laneNathan Lane is a national treasure with his talents. From his comic role in “The Bird Cage” to his theatrical performances. He is truly a consummate performer. I actually have the privilege of seeing him on the stage here in Chicago. He has endeared audiences of all ages with his role in Disney’s “The Lion King” .

george takei from entourageGeorge Takei is truly an icon. He was Sulu in the original “Star Trek” series and made headlines when the actor came out years later. George had a cameo in the new “Entourage” movie as the minister who marries Lloyd at Ari’s house

cynthia nixonCynthia Nixon helped set the style for gals as one of the ladies of “Sex and the City”. Out and proud, she married a gay politician and is also a mother. Cynthia is also a cancer survivor and an advocate for it as well.

rupaul charlesRuPaul Charles has been an entertainer and an actor. She is most known for her glam girl persona and as the host of Logo’s long running hit “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. She remains a role model for boys who want to be glamorous divas.sarah paulsonWe love Sarah Paulson because she is gorgeous and so talented. Plus she got the chance to kiss Matthew Perry on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” . She also played a young Ellis Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy” in a flashback.

modern familyWe end our tribute with Jesse Tyler Ferguson the adorable lawyer Mitchell on “Modern Family” Jesse is also the celebrity advocate for same sex marriage. Him and his husband, Justin  started their own company called Tie the Knot selling bow ties . The company benefits the cause of same sex marriage. Jesse has won many awards for his role on “Modern Family”

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