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Out Of The Closet: Gay Black Celebrities  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Djuan Trent

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Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent finished in the top 10 of the Miss America competition in 2011 and recently announced that she’s a lesbian, becoming the first national pageant contestant to come out of the closet.

2. Robin Roberts

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One year after receiving a crucial bone marrow transplant that saved her life, Roberts wrote a heartfelt message of gratitude on her Facebook wall that revealed some previously guarded information–she has a girlfriend! “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber…” she wrote, effectively revealing her same-sex relationship. Read more: http://bit.ly/1ggx5PO

3. Michael Sam

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“I just want to go to the team who drafts me,” Sam told ESPN in a recent interview, “because that team knows about me, knows that I’m gay, and also knows that I work hard. That’s the team I want to go to.” This NFL-hopeful has gotten the attention and support of Michelle Obama after coming out and has become an inspiration to us all.

4. Tracy Chapman

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While Tracy has always been quiet about her sexuality, her link to Alice Walker has been publicized and Walker claims that it’s never been a secret.

5. Le1f

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Le1f is an openly gay New York-based rapper who made a name for himself by calling out Macklemore, not only stealing his song, but profiting off of the struggles of queer communities. He recently made his network TV debut on Letterman.

6. Alice Walker

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“The Color Purple” writer confessed to the Guardian that she shared a love affair with singer, Tracy Chapman and the Guardian writer said, “…I was surprised to see her face light up at the mention of Chapman.” She says Walker claimed, “Yeah I loved it too. Absolutely.”

7. Rebecca Walker

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Alice Walker’s estranged daughter is bisexual and previously had a relationship with neo-soul musician Meshell Ndegeocello, whose son she helped raise.

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