Before it was a show, the L word was love. And lesbians. Lesbians and love. So for this very special holiday that happens every year, we wanted to get in the spirit with some of both. Lesbians in love.
Jenny Shimizu and Michelle Violy Harper
Model/actress Jenny Shimizu is as famous for having dated Angelina Jolie as she is for her androgynous fashion appeal, but she doesn’t seem to mind. As to if she’ll ever get married, Jenny told Diva, “You know, that’s a hard one. Either we get the same laws as heterosexual couples, or I don’t want it at all. But I’d like to settle down and get married. I feel like, as gay people, we date each other and being girlfriends has always been enough for me, but I’m not sure. It might be one of those hetero luxuries, and we jump right in on it. With my girlfriends I’ve always felt committed without needing marriage.”
Jane Lynch and Lara Embry
The Glee actress married her psychiatrist partner in 2010, telling People, “It’s a great and wonderful thing at the tender age of 49 to have finally found somebody that I want to be with. I’m so lucky … I’m looking forward to spending every day with this woman all the time and we’re making that happen.” Three years later, they’re still happy in love.
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry
Last January songwriter/musician Linda Perry was asked if she and Sara would ever get married. Her response? “We gotta get through a year first. It’s been eight months. We’re going on nine.” Now that it’s almost year two, we wonder if things have changed, as the two seem to be even more serious than before.
Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin
In the 2012 book We Killed, legendary comic Lily Tomlin told the story of how she’d wanted to come out about her relationship with writer Jane Wagner at the height of the career in ’70s, but was told she couldn’t because it would ruin her career. “And then, after that, we had to go outside to the car, which was in front of the theater,” Lily said. “There was a huge audience, and when we got in the car, her fans were rocking the car back and forth. And the idea that somebody’s career could actually be ruined and that their lives could get ruined was astonishing. To go from that to ‘You can’t let out that you’re gay or they’ll hate you’ struck me.” Forty years later, they are out and people still love Lily.
Dani Shay and Ali Stroker
When Dani Shay released her new music video for “One,” she was also showing off her new girlfriend in her Glee Project co-star, Ali Stroker. “Like I say in the song, the first five days of knowing her… within the first five days it grew from being immediate connection and friendship, laughing hysterically together to talking deeply and understanding each other in a way that felt like — it literally felt like meeting someone you had known for so long,” Dani told us. Aw.