Top 11 Gayest Things Lucy Lawless Has Participated In

I found out this week that Lucy Lawless will be joining the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and while I am not so much on that comic tip, I was super excited because Lucy “Piercing Blue Eyes” FLawless is going to be in another thing. Despite being (damn near apologetically) straight, Lawless has been a lesbian icon and beacon of ladylove hope for decades, ever since winning everyone’s hearts through her role of Xena: Warrior Princess.

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I know I am far from the only one who was obsessed with Xena, but I was real obsessed from day one. Five year old me just wanted to run around with a chakram and just BE her, or at least that amazing battle yell. At Blazer Laser Tag (don’t judge), I always always made my handle Xena (except when I was feeling surly, in which case it was her dangerously attractive arch nemesis, Callisto).

When I was in second grade I was even Xena for Halloween. They did not have Xena costumes in stores for little ones yet so my mom made me this awesome outfit (of a more PG variety, as I was 8).


In honor of Lawless being in another thing and with great hope that she will be in all the things of the future, here are the Top Ten Gayest and Greatest Things Lucy Lawless Has Participated In

1. Coffee Talk

I told myself that I would not include anything having to do with Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle) on this list because Too Easy, right? But I could not resist. Yes, the Xena & Gabrielle romance was what sparked it all but I wanted to get beyond that, until I found Coffee Talk. This is a little series where they chat at each other in the most adorable way possible: in totally normal clothes on a bed, on a couch outside, on a couch inside. Just chatting it up, about the show, about the mundane things in their lives. This is actually even gayer than their original gay because it is grown up gay; it is Established Lesbian Couple gay. No more hot-tubbing and making out because one of them is near-death on the battlefield gay, but like the boring spells of Bette and Tina gay.

2. Appeared in the final episode of The L Word

Oh my word.

Speaking of Bettina: The L Word. We’ve all watched it. The first time I ever lived alone, I watched the entirety of all 7 crazypants seasons in about a week. When it got to that very last episode and I was like, whatthefuckever are they doing!? and was about to throw my poor, faithful Toshiba across the room, in strolled Lawless to save the day. I realized then and there that I didn’t even care what happened, because Xena was there in a No Nonsense Pantsuit and she was going to fix absolutely everything.

3. Playing Lysia, the Amazon, on Hercules

Before she was Xena: Warrior Princess, she appeared as Lysia, a man hating Amazon who gave Hercules what for. Everyone knows that Amazons are the original lesbians. Big underlined rule in the City of Amazons is No Boys Allowed.

4. Getting all the way down with some ladies in Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

This video is a very PC version of what she gets up to in the show. While Lawless may be straight in 21st century Real Life, she has no problem playing the Sapphic role quite believably. She says of her ladylove in Spartacus, “I thank God that it was Jamie Murray that I have to do a sex scene with because she’s incredibly beautiful and a tremendous and skilled actress.” Ok, ok, all acting. You sure had us fooled.

5. Hanging out at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras/Pride

Not only has Lawless always embraced her lesbian fan base, she is also active in supporting and participating in pride benefits. In a 2008 interview with SheWired she showed some appreciation:

Well, I get lots of support from that community. And I try to return in kind. I’m very grateful to everything they did for the show, for me, for charities, for one another. I feel pro-human being. So gay rights are equal rights. I don’t know what the fuss is about frankly.-

6. Hosted “Warrior Women” for the Discovery Channel

This is yet another example of her propensity to love on important ladies. This series explores women who made a difference in history; many of them were undoubtedly queer themselves. Watching the series, you will delight in seeing Lawless tromp around amazing places all over the world in sensible shoes and get to watch her hair blow magically in the wind while staying ever perfect.

7. Getting arrested for her environmental activism

As you can tell from the twitter, she is completely gay for our Mother Earth. She will even go so far to protect her love as to get arrested for her beliefs. Both the greatest and the gayest.

8. Provided the voice for Wonder Woman

Is this movie for kids?!

Again with the Amazons! Wonder Woman is a wonderfully gay comic book character. She hails from Themyscria, also known as the all-female Amazon home of Paradise Island. She is also a warrior princess and the Xena of comic book characters. In the 2008 cartoon movie Justice League: The New Frontier, Lawless lends her voice to Wonder Woman and is, once again, our hero.

9. Performed in the Vagina Monologues

The out and proud thespian acted in a production of The Vagina Monologues to rave reviews.

10. She got a Planet and then a Moon named after her

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Lawless inspired a scientist to name a planet after Xena. Of course, the Xena planet was such a Badass Amazon Planet that it gave astronomers a huge existential crisis about the status of Pluto as a planet and got that poor guy straight up kicked out of the exclusive planet club. Although the Xena planet’s name was eventually changed to Eris, its moon was named Dysnomia. In mythology, this is the demon goddess of lawlessness (get it!?).

11. Last but not least, Lawless had this amazing daughter with an enviable Alternative Lifestyle Hair Cut!


Word on the street (the internet street) is that her daughter is not gay but Lawless would be happy if she was. Of course she would!

Look how great they are!


Listen to how great they are!

Go forth and crush!

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Layla Benitez-James is from Austin, Texas. She received her BA in English, Spanish and Creative Writing from Trinity University in San Antonio, and then continued her Texas tour by completing her MFA in poetry at the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She enjoys traveling, lacrosse and riding her horse, Tonka.

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  1. Not sure if this is common knowledge (or if they’re going to actually mention it on screen) but Lucy Lawless’ Agents of SHIELD character is actually queer. Isabel Hartley is the girlfriend of Victoria Hand who was played by Saffron Burrows in season 1 & was sadly killed [maybe…this is comics] without any mention of her comics-canon homosexuality. I am HOPING that Hartley’s inclusion in season 2 means that Hand didn’t actually die/will come back to life or at the VERY least we’ll get confirmation of her sexuality & maybe a flashback or two.

    I mean, really, how could ANYONE pass up the opportunity to have Lucy Lawless & Saffron Burrows be badass girlfriends killing bad guys & making out. And who could be cruel enough to hint at that & then not show it?

    • Everywhere I’ve read mentions that Lawless’s Isabel Hartley is an original character. That said, Victoria Hand did once date a SHIELD agent named Isabelle (no last name given), though she only appears in a single comic and even then only in flashbacks. I’m hoping the near-same name is more than a coincidence — I was so sad when Hand died without her sexuality being confirmed! Maybe calling Isabel Hartley an original character is a smokescreen so her relationship with Vic can be a surprise? After all, comic-Isabelle wasn’t much of a character, so they wouldn’t necessarily be lying…

      • *sigh* on further hunting, you’re right. I have been lead astray by tumblr & my own enthusiasm again. I wish people would be more direct about what’s a headcanon & what’s fact. I hate giving Marvel credit for representation they haven’t actually provided. Still, of all the female names there are they just HAPPEN to choose the one that is the same as Hand’s girlfriend? I live in hope!

  2. and didn’t her character on Battlestar Galactica have a threesome with Tricia Helfer’s character? okay, I’ll stop now.

    • She had a threesome with Tricia Helfer’s character??!
      What season of BG did that happen Rebekah?
      I need the season and the name of the episode…PLEASE!

  3. Bless this list and bless you beautiful radiant humans whose linkage hath led me to Lucy Lawless singing Total Eclipse of the Heart in chaps, some lace, a bra and then the Lucy and Renee duets.

  4. Actors and Actresses are paid to bring a fictional character to life so trying to make someone into a gay person, in real life, to satisfy some strange fetish is moronic and close to libel. Why do you need to have a role model like this in the first place? Is your own self worth so lacking that you need to feel that other people are the same as you that you make up a fantasy that crush is just like you? A fairly weak way to go through life from someone that likes to push feminism onto the world.

  5. I really enjoyed this article. I have lesbian friends who told me about Xena. I didn’t watch the show until much later. I enjoyed this article much more than Xena.

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