Celesbians: Ten of Australia’s most famous lesbian identities


Australian famous lesbian Faustina Fuzzy Agolley
Faustina 'Fuzzy' Agolley. Image: Instagram

To celebrate Pride, QNews has put together a list of some of Australia’s most recognisable queer women. Many of the celebrities listed in this article have commented on the importance of lesbian viability and representation in their coming-out journey.

Faustina Agolley

Faustina ‘Fuzzy’ Agolley is best known as the host of the Australian music program Video Hits. Agolley said internalised homophobia, cultural taboos and lack of visible lesbian representation left her struggling with her sexuality for decades.

In 2015, Agolley came out publicly on her birthday, and had friends over to celebrate with rainbow cake. In a post on her blog, she wrote, “as black as my skin, as Chinese as my blood, and as Australian and British as my nationalities, I’m also a proud gay woman”.

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Faustina ‘Fuzzy’ Agolley. Image: Instagram

Hannah Gadsby

Tasmanian-born Gadsby rose to prominence after winning the national final of the 2006 Raw Comedy competition. However, it was the 2018 Netflix special Nannette that saw her celebrity skyrocket.

The iconic performance saw Gadbsy explore her experiences with homophobic violence and growing up in the last Australian state to decriminalise homosexuality. It was also Nanette that introduced Gadsby to her now-wife producer Jenney Shamash.

In an Instagram post sharing the news, Gadsby thanked “everybody who voted for marriage equality”. 

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Hannah Gadsby with her wife Jenney Shamash. Image: Instagram

Moana Hope

AFLW star Moana Hope rose to prominence as a professional footballer with both Collingwood and North Melbourne, as well as a fan favourite on Australian Survivor.

Hope has spoken out about the homophobia she has faced both professionally and personally. In a 2020 interview, Hope said she was called a “dyke” on a daily basis. “The whole dyke, lesbian, butch, get back in your kitchen and get a penis in ya – [I hear it] every day, when I’m playing footy or when I’m on Survivor,” she said.

After having two children together, Hope and partner Isabella Carlstrom announced they had separated in May 2023.

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Moana Hope and her ex-wife Isabella Carlstrom with their daughter. Image: Instagram

 

G Flip

Drummer/singer/songwriter G Flip rose to prominence after being featured on Triple J Unearthed in 2018. Only a few years later, their latest single GAY 4 ME has been called a “sizzling queer anthem” by NME.

Identifying as a non-binary lesbian, G Flip has been in the press recently for their relationship with Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause.

In May 2023, in an exclusive article with People Magazine, sources confirmed that the couple had married after a year of dating.

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Image: Instagram

Charmaine Bingwa

Recently joining the cast of The Good Fight, Perth-born Charmaine Bingwa is making waves overseas.

The actress won the 2018 Heath Ledger Scholarship Award- becoming the first woman of colour and openly gay recipient. In 2018 Bingwa also starred, wrote, produced and co-directed the series Little Sista, which won the LGBT Toronto Film Festival.

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Charmaine Bingwa and Christine Baranski on the set of The Good Fight. Image: Instagram

Portia De Rossi 

The star of Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, De Rossi was born in Horsham in regional Victoria.

Initially struggling to accept her sexuality, De Rossi said the lack of lesbian visibility in the media made her feel like an outsider.   

“I just didn’t want to be a lesbian. I’d never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politicians or anybody that I could look to and go, ‘Oh, I could be like that,’” she said in a 2013 interview. 

“There was nobody that I could say, ‘I could date her and I want to be like her.’ I just kind of thought I don’t want to live like this. I don’t have to, I don’t need to…  I was terrified that people would know that I was gay.”

Falling in love with her now-wife Ellen Degeneres was the catalyst for De Rossi to come out publicly, with the couple celebrating 14 years of marriage in August. 

Australian-born Portia de Rossi has seen great success overseas. Image: Instagram

Miriam Margolyes

English-born Margolyes became an Australian citizen in 2013- when she famously referred to herself as a dyke on national television. With a career spanning over 50 years, her most recognisable role has been as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films.

After coming out at the age of 27, Margolyes said she regretted telling her parents about her sexuality as it “hurt them too much”. Despite this, she has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQIA+ issues and said she was “thrilled” to be a lesbian.

“I think it gives you an identity because you can say, ‘I am a lesbian.’ It put everything into place,” she said. “And it was fun. I still think it’s an absolutely terrific thing to be, which is good because it’s not going to change.”

Miriam and her partner Heather Sutherland have been together since 1968 and live between their homes in England, Australia and Italy.

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Miriam Margolyes lives between England and Australia with her longterm partner. Image: YouTube

Ruby Rose

Model and actress Ruby Rose came out when she was 12-years-old. Rose’s career began as a finalist in the 2002 Girlfriend Model Search, coming in second place to Catherine McNeil. McNeil and Rose would go on to become engaged in their early twenties.

After becoming a household name as an MTV VG, Rose was cast as Stella Carlin in Orange is The New Black in 2015. She has since paved a successful career in Hollywood, starring in 2018’s The Meg and the tv series Batwoman

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Ruby Rose has starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters. Image: Instagram

 

Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Rogue Traders singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte recently went public with her relationship with her new partner Pip.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s new relationship began after the singer split from her ex, Rogue Traders bandmate Cameron McGlinchey.

Nat said she was very grateful for her ex-husband’s advice about navigating her fear of revealing her new same-sex relationship.

“He said, ‘It’s okay. This is your truth and you now have to sit in it and stand in it and own it,’” Natalie recalled.

“Now I can speak from my own mouth, on my own truth, and that feels rewarding. We’re in a good space. It feels liberating.”

Natalie Bassingthwaighte and her girlfriend at Melbourne concert
Nat and Pip. Image: Instagram

Magda Szubanski 

Magda Szubanski is an actress, comedian, gay rights advocate and a verifiable national treasure. 

Best know for her role as unlucky-in-love Sharon Strezlecki on Kath & Kim, Szubanski’s advocacy in Australia’s marriage equality debate was recognised as being “crucial” to its success. 

In 2012, Szubanski came out on The Project. 

At the time, she said she wished she had come out sooner but felt pressure to stay in the closest due to her public profile.

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Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski has become a vocal advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights. Image: YouTube

 

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Sarah Davison
Sarah Davison

After working in print and radio, Sarah has joined the team at QNews to expand their coverage into South Australia. Sarah has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Journalism, Media, and Communications. Get in touch: sarah@qnews.com.au

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