10 celebrities who are proud to have gay parents

The field of creative arts has always been accepting of the gay and lesbian people, where they are recognised and rewarded for their talents. It was and still is difficult for gays and lesbians (and transgender) to actually find acceptance in society, but they are never judged on their sexual orientation in creative fields.


There are many celebrities like actors, directors, writer and musicians who have been raised by at least one gay parent. The interesting part is that whether gay couple can raise their children with open minded environment, making them solid and well-adjusted members of society.

Here are 10 celebrities who were raised by gay parents and turned out to be wonderful people.


1 Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker is an accomplished author and actor, who is openly bisexual and was raised by a gay parent. Her mother, the author of the color purple Alice Walker is openly lesbian.

The 46 year old artist and author continue to excel in her career and also have a son.

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2 Joe Valentine

Joe Valentine is a major league baseball player who is very proud to accept the fact that he was raised by her mother and her lesbian partner. Valentine never knew who his father was and isn’t too worried about that part.


When asked about his experience being raised by a couple of women, Valentine said that “It’s no different than having a mother and father. These are the two women who raised me, and they are wonderful people. It’s just not a big deal to me. Why should it be?”

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3 Nicole Bobek

Nicole Bobek is a world class figure skater who mesmerised audiences with her dance routines on the ice. Not much is known about her parents apart from the fact that she was raised by her mother and a friend of her mother.

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4 O.J. Simpson

Currently O.J. Simpson is serving time in prison for stealing stuff that at one time belonged to him. Most of people still believe that he was the one who killed his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, though he was acquitted by the trial court.

Simpson was also raised by a gay parent. His father Jimmy Lee Simpson was a drag queen living in San Francisco and he died in 1986 due to complications arising from AIDS.

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5 Robert De Niro

Considered by many as one of the greatest actors in the world, Robert De Niro is the son of a gay man. His parents were married, but his father separated from his mother in 1946 as De Niro Sr. could not accept with the terms of him being gay.


Times were very difficult at the time and gay and lesbian people were not accepted and despite being an artist. Robert De Niro has spoken about the struggles of his father in many interviews and it still remains a very emotional subject for him to discuss.

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6 Natasha Richardson

Late wife of actor Liam Neeson, actress Natasha Richardson was also raised by a gay parent. Her father Tony was reportedly bisexual and Richardson spoke of her father quite fondly. Richardson was killed in a skiing accident in 2009 after she suffered a head injury.

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7 50 cent

Rapper 50 cent whose real name is Curtis Jackson III has been hostile towards gay people. He was raised by his grandparents, after his mother died due to her drug addiction. She was also a lesbian and Jackson has repeatedly talked about not seeing her with a man and has been quite critical of gays and lesbians.

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8 Amy Adams

Actress and star of movies such as the Fighter, Man of Steel and American Hustle, Amy Adams is another celebrity whose mother was gay. Adams was raised in a Mormon household and her mother divorced her father and started a career in body building.

Recently Adams was seen attending events with her mother who was clearly proud of her daughter and her achievements.

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9 Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster who came out as lesbian in 2013 while receiving her lifetime achievement award is married to her partner photographer Alexandra Hedison. It is also rumoured that Foster’s mother was gay as she was raised by her mother and her partner, who Foster referred to as aunt.

Since Jodie Foster likes to keep her personal life away from giltz and glam, not much is known about her family. But she has got the correct upbringing and continues to amaze the audiences with her brilliant performances.

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10 Rene Russo

Actress Rene Russo famous for her roles in Lethal Weapon and the Thomas Crown affair has said that she is proud that she was raised by her mother and her girlfriend. She says that the 2 ladies in her life have given her confidence to battle some her issues in her life.

Her mother and her partner raised Russo after her father left her after she was born. Also Russo was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 10 and her parents raised her with love and full support.

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