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10 Queer Superheroes: Entertaining Us While Saving The Planet (No, Really)


WHO IS SHE?: The 1980’s “female Sienfeld” came out to Oprah WInfrey in 1997, dated bisexual space-case Anne Heche until 2000, landed her own talk show in 2003, married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008, and replaced Paula Abdul as an American Idol judge in 2009.
BEST KNOWN FOR HER CHARITY WORK WITH: The Humane Society which fights to end the cruel treatment and suffering of animals.
WHY SHE MATTERS: As a comedian she can deliver messages about animal suffering, breast cancer, and racism with a teaspoon of sugar to make the serious issues go down easy.
QUOTE: (at the 79th Academy Awards) “What a wonderful night, such diversity in the room, in a year when there’s been so many negative things said about people’s race, religion and sexual orientation. And I want to put this out there: if there weren’t blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscars, or anyone named Oscar, when you think about that.”

Just as she’s proved herself to be an able dancer, comedian, and talk show host, DeGeneres is also a versatile humanitarian working with over 20 charities including Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Artists Against Racism, and Musicians on Call (which brings live and recorded music to hospital patients). Most recently, she got turned into a comic book character in Female Force, a series chronicling the lives of influential American women like Michelle Obama and Hiklary Clinton. The comics’ proceeds will go to the Humane Society.