Love Is in the Air: Famous LGBTQ+ Couples of 2020
In the 21st century, LGBTQ+ romances are no longer hidden in the shadows and are even represented on TV and in the movies. From fashion designers and models to actors and chefs, queer celebrities are gradually starting to own their identities and share their relationships and partners with the world. Some famous pairings are more than just precious — they inspire queer fans to come to terms with their own queer identities.
However, keeping up with who’s dating who is always a challenge. Let’s take a look at some thriving celebrity LGBTQ+ couples and partnerships in 2020.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres was one of the first major celebrities to come out as gay on television. She bravely risked her career to live authentically and inspire others to do the same. As much joy as she experiences on her show, she finds the most happiness in her marriage with model Portia de Rossi.
Kristen Stewart and Dylan Meyer
What young Twilight fan didn't want Kristen Stewart to marry Robert Pattinson? Thankfully, the majority of Stewart's fans were uber supportive when she split from Pattinson and came out as bisexual. Her current girlfriend, Dylan Meyer, is a writer, and Stewart hopes to make Meyer her wife.
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
Actresses Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor are in a happy, long-term relationship — and they also aren't panicking over their age difference. In a New York Times interview, Paulson shared, "My choices in romantic partners have not been conventional, and, therefore, the idea that it's ‘other’ makes it compelling."
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's life is a masterpiece of modern queer love. Their precious family — completed by their twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace — took years to culminate, including the milestones of Harris coming out to People and Burtka proposing (twice) to Harris before the Marriage Equality Bill was passed.
Troye Sivan and Jacob Bixenman
In 2013, Troye Sivan came out on his popular YouTube channel. He couldn't anticipate how much support he would receive from his fans. Fortunately, he was able to begin living as his whole self, and he found love in the process. His long-term boyfriend is model Jacob Bixenman.
Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson
Actress Cara Delevingne has previously expressed sexual fluidity in her relationships and sexual identity, yet she seems to currently only have eyes for one person: Ashley Benson. After the duo met on the set of Her Smell a little over a year ago, they started a relationship that transformed both of their lives.
Kesha and Brad Ashenfelter
Kesha has never shied away from her bisexuality. When it comes to relationships, she doesn't prefer one gender over the other, nor does she practice monogamy. Currently, she is in a loving, open relationship with Brad Ashenfelter. The polyamorous music star has had multiple girlfriends during her six-year romance with Ashenfelter.
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird
During the 2019 World Cup, soccer star Megan Rapinoe helped lead the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to victory. Her unapologetic attitude and celebration of her female/queer identity have helped inspire women worldwide. One major part of Rapinoe's life and advocacy is her relationship with her girlfriend, Sue Bird.
Robin Roberts and Amber Laign
Newswoman and cancer survivor Robin Roberts knows that life is too short to live in the closet. In 2013, she came out as gay in an emotional Facebook post, in which she thanked her "long time girlfriend, Amber" for supporting her through her many health struggles.
Adam Rippon and Jussi-Pekka Kajaala
Adam Rippon saddened his fans when he announced his retirement from ice skating, but he now has more time to enjoy his everyday life, including his relationship with his boyfriend. For a year and a half, he has been in a relationship with a Finnish man named Jussi-Pekka Kajaala.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
This Modern Family star plays a gay character in the sitcom, and he is also out and proud in real life. Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been married to Justin Mikita for the last six years. They are both strong advocates for LGBTQ+ charities and organizations and have been active in helping push forward bills that fight discrimination.
Elliot Fletcher and Danielle Williamson
Fosters star Elliot Fletcher and his girlfriend, Danielle Williamson, have been head over heels for one another for the past three years. The couple seems entirely smitten with one another. In July, Fletcher posted for Adams' 21st birthday, sharing, "you haven't felt real love or known true kindness until you've met Danielle, and that's a fact."
Chella Man and MaryV Benoit
Chella Man is becoming a major figure in the queer community — along with his stunning girlfriend, MaryV Benoit. At 20, the transgender/genderfluid Titans star and artist is a killer advocate for LGBTQ+ issues, deaf culture and the necessity of self-expression. His girlfriend, a photographer, is one of his biggest supporters and greatest inspirations.
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
Actress Samira Wiley and writer Lauren Morelli originally met on the set of Orange Is the New Black. Wiley immediately fell in love with Morelli's talent and brilliant mind. In March 2017, the couple got married, and their gorgeous wedding photos went viral.
Asia Kate Dillon and Corinne Donly
Asia Kate Dillon left an impact on queer Hollywood when they came out as nonbinary. They were able to star as the first nonbinary character in an American television series (Billions). Despite their massive achievements, they spend tons of time hyping up their partner, Corinne Donly.
Elton John and David Furnish
At one point, Elton John felt that he must hide his sexuality to succeed. However, embracing his queerness helped bring him immeasurable joy. One of his greatest sources of happiness in life is his husband, David Furnish. They have been together for 25 years and have adopted two sons together.
Jane Lynch and Jennifer Cheyne
Jane Lynch may have played the cold-hearted Sue Sylvester on Glee, but in the real world, she is all about love. The actress is not only a shelter dog activist and mother to a daughter named Haden (shared with ex-wife, Lara Embry), but she is also in a committed relationship with girlfriend Jennifer Cheyne.
Wanda Sykes and Alex Niedbalski
When comedian Wanda Sykes divorced her husband in 1998, she didn't immediately consider how the right partner might transform her views on love. However, when she saw French designer Alex Niedbalski on a 2006 ferry ride, the stars seemed to align in Sykes' head.
Kevin Hale and Austin P. McKenzie
Glee star Kevin McHale and stage/screen actor Austin P. McKenzie are living every couple's dream. After meeting in 2017, the pair mutually developed crushes on one another. In 2018, they announced their relationship status and began spending a ton of time together. That summer, you could find them on the beach, walking their dogs and just cuddling.
RuPaul and Georges LeBar
RuPaul is one of the most significant figures in the modern LGBTQ+ community. The drag queen/show host/singer extraordinaire met his future hubby, Georges LeBar, on the dance floor at a since-closed club called The Limelight. The rest was history. The duo has been in a committed relationship for more than two decades.
Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak
This Big Bang Theory star scored a big win when he met his husband, Todd Spiewak. After 15 loving years together, they decided to tie the knot and make their union official. While Parsons didn't expect an emotional ceremony, it ended up being extremely affirming.
Halsey and Evan Peters
A few years back, Halsey tweeted about wanting to date Evan Peters — and it turned out to be prophetic! Her current boyfriend is none other than Evan Peters. They seem to have a sweet, silly, solid relationship. Still, Halsey doesn't want her bisexual identity to be erased.
George Takei and Brad Altman
Star Trek actor George Takei and his producer husband, Brad Altman, first met at a gay Los Angeles running club, unaware that they were the loves of one another's lives. At the time, Takei was involved with LGBTQ+ organizations but was not out publicly. However, he knew he was in love with Altman early on.
Michael Kors and Lance LePere
Designer and Project Runway judge Michael Kors has produced many masterpieces during his career, including the perfect relationship with Lance LePere. The couple met in 1990 when LePere joined Kors' team in France as an intern. Soon, they were grabbing meals together.
Lance Bass and Michael Turchin
Lance Bass of NSYNC and actor Michael Turchin are a queer power couple. Bass told People, "Out of all my past relationships, I’ve had no one who could really handle my lifestyle. But Michael understands my crazy life, and he fits perfectly into it. He’s the support system that I need."
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
Professional diver Tom Daley has been successfully breaking records since the tender age of 15. After meeting writer Dustin Lance Black at a dinner party, Daley took on a new challenge: navigating love. Fortunately, he scored the film writer's number and dove into a stellar relationship.
Jodie Foster and Alexandra Hedison
Foster is best known for her chilling role in Silence of the Lambs. For the most part, she has successfully veiled her private life. Still, after decades of speculation about her queerness, she owned her identity in a coming-out speech at the Golden Globes. At one point, she even dated Ellen DeGeneres.
Matt Bomer and Simon Halls
Movie star Matt Bomer and Hollywood publicist Simon Halls have been together for more than a decade, and they've killed it as a couple. The duo was married at a small, private wedding in front of friends and family in 2011, but their relationship wasn’t made public until 2012.
Darren Young and Niccolo Villa
When WWE wrestler Darren Young came out as gay, he was terrified of potential backlash. However, he was desperate to share his boyfriend with the world (and take him to wrestling matches). He and his boyfriend, Niccolo (Nick) Villa, have been dating for almost a decade.
Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau
Glee actor Cheyenne Jackson was so sure he was in love with actor Jason Landau that they tied the knot four short months after announcing their relationship. Their union only blossomed after the wedding, and they have since added two adorable twins to their family, Ethan and Willow.