100+ Queer and Trans Women to Follow on Instagram

Do you ever wonder how Ellen Page likes her eggs cooked? What Laverne Cox got up to last night? Whether or not Sara Quin’s old cat is jealous of her new cat? Do you ever wonder how much merch Autostraddle staffers wear, really? Well, now you can know the answers to these questions and so much more because we have compiled a list of 100+ queer and trans women for you to follow on Instagram, so you can peek into their lives and suss out their secrets.

Now, the only question left is: When will Evan Rachel Wood get an account and start posting pictures of her toast?


Ali Krieger

Megan Rapinoe

Seimone Augustus

Brittney Griner


Jasika Nicole

Ellen Page


Samira Wiley

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Laverne Cox

Ellen DeGeneres

Portia de Rossi

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Before #TeenChoiceAwards

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Jenny Shimizu

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im not the jealous type. #hot

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Jane Lynch

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Hanging in Montecito with Livs

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Sara Gilbert




Kate Moennig

Carrie Brownstein

Ruby Rose


Julie Goldman

Heather Matarazzo

Hannah Hart


Lea DeLaria

Samantha Ronson

Cara Delevingne

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😎Thanks again😎 @vintageframes

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Leisha Hailey

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Niece nose kisses

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Raven Symone


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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. Heather, this list is great! You’re on fire this week. :)

    Danielle Brooks is queer?!? That’s exciting.

    Also, a quick correction: I think you meant to write “Andreja” Pejic, not “Andrej.” Thanks!

      • Though they have now broken up and have since scrubbed their accounts of photos of each other, Danielle Brooks and her girlfriend Nneka had one of the most public instagram relationships I remember seeing in a long time (which seems particularly relevant here, since its an article about who to follow on instagram). Lots of pictures, lots of hearts, ewey gooey declarations, lots of “I love yous”. They went on vacation together to Europe and insta-documented the whole thing, complete with heart and kisses emojis, etc. So, while Danielle never did the public interview “I’m gay!” thing- I don’t think she was hiding it either.

        I guess what I’m trying to say, is I’m not sure what constitutes “outing” someone in situation like this, you know? Danielle never gave an magazine cover style interview, but in many ways she was more open about who she was loving in her life than I think we understand to be typical for celebrities who were maintaining their “closet” say, Kristen Stewart or Ellen Page before either of them “came out”.

        I just think it’s complicated in this social media heavy world. If Danielle didn’t want to be out, I don’t think that she or her ex would have been so public on social media. But, what do I know?

        I’m not standing up necessarily for AS here, who I remember calling out for including Robin Roberts on a list of LGBT news anchors YEARS before she actually came out. In fact, I would be interested to know more about their policy here, especially as we get more of these fun “vapid fluff” pieces. I don’t think it’s ok to out a celebrity against their will. Obviously. I’m just saying that I think Danielle in particular is a complicated question that can’t be easily summarized as “AS are being hypocrites”.

        • Related, here are some “Definite-100%-No Grey Area-For Sure” queer black women that could be added to this list in Danielle’s place (since there aren’t a whole lot of black women on the list to begin with)

          Nneka Okurah (who I just mentioned above, she also has a documentary doing the festival circuit about masculine of center queer black women called “The Same Difference” that is getting great reviews and has been becoming more of a known “celebrity” in queer women of color circles. Also also, she’s besties with Raven Symone):


          Az Marie Livingston (black androgynous model, famous for ANTM, also can now be seen on “Empire”):


          Danielle Moodie-Mills (black queer activist, writer, tv media commentator. She’s a lot like Janet Mock, in terms of her mix of media work and activism, she works in beltway politics. She does a lot of MSNBC work. She and her wife were famous for being the first black lesbian couple to be featured in Essence magazine’s wedding section. Her instagram is full of positive/inspirational quotes, if that is your thing):


          • Thanks so much, C.P.! I’ll add these to the post right now!

            As for Danielle Brooks, she was in an openly queer relationship on social media. We’ve reached a place in our culture where when celebrities are out of their own volition on their own social media, and at public events and stuff, we’re going to assume they’re cool with being talked about as queer.

            People don’t have to do “Yep, I’m gay!” stories in People magazine anymore because it’s not such a huge deal to be queer in Hollywood anymore. Like in KStew’s interview where she talked about her girlfriend, she was actually mostly annoyed that people wanted her to make some huge announcement. She was like, “Um, I’m not hiding anything? You know who I’m with.”

            The idea of “outing” someone is becoming a little antiquated in the celebrity world because when we talk about it with that language, we’re saying there’s something wrong with it or that it’s something that should be hidden away. More and more women (even famous ones!) are just getting girlfriends and posting photos of them on Twitter and that’s that. No big deal.

        • I just remember Danielle clearly saying that she was straight in several interviews and refusing to admit she was queer. Rumor has it that her ex-gf leaked pics to MediaTakeout of them together because Danielle broke op over her not wanting to be open about her sexuality.

          If true, it’s apparent that Danielle is hiding her sexuality.

  2. I don’t know, I feel like following any of these would be like mega spoilers for No Filter. I mean, what if I glimpsed a Cara Delevigngngne limb tornado picture before getting Stef’s official Vapid Fluff-sanctioned take on it? Unfiltered sadness.

  3. Cool roundup! Though I feel like the title of this piece could be more inclusive? E.g. ‘queer women and trans people’, not ‘queer and trans women’ … Because a bunch of these people are non-binary.

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