Gay Celebrities in Interracial Marriages and Relationships

Robin Roberts at the 2009 Academy Awards. Greg in Hollywood/

Interracial marriages occur more frequently among gay couples than they do among their heterosexual counterparts. Data from the 2010 census reveals that 20.6 percent of same-sex couples are interracial. That’s more than two percentage points higher than the amount of unmarried heterosexual couples (18.3 percent) in interracial relationships, and more than double the amount of married heterosexual couples (9.5 percent) in such relationships.

Given the prevalence of cross-cultural relationships in the gay community, it’s no wonder that many of the celebrities who’ve come out as gay in recent years have partners of a different race. Learn more about the gay celebrities in interracial marriages and relationships with this list rundown.

Robin Roberts and Amber Laign

Robin Roberts came out as gay in a Facebook post in December 2013, making her arguably the most famous black lesbian in the country. The co-host of “Good Morning America” has fought breast cancer and a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome in recent years. One of the reasons she chose to finally come out is to recognize the support she’s received from her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, who is white.

“At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude,” Roberts wrote.

I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health.

I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life.I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.

I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold.”

When Robert identified Laign as her girlfriend in a Facebook post, the couple had been involved for a decade, according to reports. Roberts and Laign live in an apartment together in New York, and their relationship was known to the ABC News staff.

Roberts may have decided to go public with the relationship because she’s writing a memoir, to be released in April 2014, about the health problems she’s overcome.

Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon

After 20 years together, comedian Mario Cantone, an Italian American, and Jerry Dixon, an African American, wed in October 2011. He announced his nuptials to the musical theater director on ABC’s “The View,” the chat show where he frequently serves as guest co-host. “We’re older now. We’ve been together 20 years,” said Cantone on  the talk show. “After 20 years you’re like, ‘Thanks for the anti-climactic honeymoon, government!’” Cantone, of course, was taking aim at the government for preventing same-sex couples from marrying. On a more serious note, Cantone revealed that his family members attended the wedding and that Jay Bakker, the son of late evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, conducted the ceremony.

Wanda and Alex Sykes

Comedienne Wanda Sykes, who is African American, wed her white wife, Alex, in 2008. The couple has two children together. Before her marriage to Alex, Sykes was married to a man. Sykes remarked on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that she didn’t come out to her mother until she was 40 years old.

It took several years for her mother to accept Syke’s sexual orientation, the comedienne told Oprah Winfrey. Sykes also said that as a black woman and a lesbian she faces three different forms of discrimination. In addition, she finds objection to same-sex marriage to be peculiar. “I don’t understand why people really get upset about something that doesn’t affect them,” she said. “And I say, do you know how many people got married yesterday? Neither do I and I don’t care.”

Alec Mapa and Jamison Hebert

Actor Alec Mapa of “Half & Half” and “Ugly Betty” fame married filmmaker Jamison Hebert in 2008. Mapa is Filipino and Hebert is white. The two have an adopted African-American son named Zion. Mapa has said that he still faces discrimination because of his relationship. He recalled the time he and his family entered the United States after a jaunt to Mexico and a customs agent behaved rudely toward them.

“He was really brusque — he said, ‘You know we don’t recognize this federally, it’s the United States,’” Mapa recounted. After the customs agent spotted the couple’s young son, however, he relented.

George and Brad Takei

Actor George Takei of “Star Trek” fame married his husband, Brad, in 2008. Takei is Japanese-American and his husband is white. The couple had been together for 26 years before tying the knot. They married when the state of California finally allowed same-sex couples to wed. Takei’s husband, born Brad Altman, decided to take his last name, legally changing it after the marriage ceremony. “I argued with him on that,” Takei explained to “Access Hollywood Live.” “He wanted to become a Takei.”

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