Five openly gay or bisexual celebrities
are up for lesbian entertainment website AfterEllen.com's Out
Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year award.
The website's 2010 Visibility Awards
asks readers to choose their favorite gay or bisexual woman of the
year. The nominees include Lady Gaga, Jane Lynch, Margaret Cho,
Portia DeGeneres and Chely Wright.
Lady Gaga has led a one-celebrity crusade against the military's ban
on open gay service, known as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” She
has been nominated for six Grammy awards.
Jane Lynch appears on the gay-inclusive
Fox musical-comedy hit Glee. Earlier in the year, the
50-year-old actress became one of the few high-profile celebrities to
enter a same-sex marriage.
While currently married to a man,
comedian Margaret Chou says she's bisexual. Her
latest album, Chou
is nominated for a Grammy.
Wright became the first high-profile country music star to come out
gay. In May, she released her memoir of being a closeted
lesbian, Like Me, and her latest album, Lifted Off The
Ground, and told People.com that she's gay.
Actress Portia DeGeneres took her talk
show host wife's surname this year. Portia and Ellen married in
also released a memoir, Unbearable
Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain, in which she wrote that
she originally didn't want to be gay. Early voting results show
DeGeneres with a narrow lead over Wright.
can vote for your favorite lesbian/bi woman at AfterEllen.com.