February 1, 2024

Who is Really Gay on Orange is the New Black?

Orange is the New Black is a game-changing series that pushed the envelope on representation of LGBTQ women and incarcerated people. The show ran for 91 episodes, receiving multiple Emmy nominations and winning one. It is still making waves 10 years after its premiere, and many of its actors are now household names. Here is what they have been up to since the show ended in 2019.

Lea DeLaria blew us all away as Big Boo, the butch lesbian who refuses to be ignored. DeLaria has a long history as a stand-up comic and Broadway actress and is a beloved icon in the gay community. After the end of OITNB, she starred in a couple of TV shows and film projects, including the Netflix series Pam & Tommy and Pantheon. She also has a number of voiceover roles and guest appearances on shows like Californication and Friends.

Originally, Uzo Aduba was only meant to appear in one episode of OITNB as Lorna, but she was so popular that the show had to add her. She went on to win multiple Emmys for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren and is now a major Hollywood star. She has a host show on Netflix and has been in films like Blaze and the remake of the musical The Color Purple.

Kimiko Glenn, who played Brook Soso, the pansexual inmate, had a brief arc on OITNB, but she was memorable. Her character pushed stereotypes of queer women and incarcerated people, and she is still an activist for LGBT rights. She has been in a few TV shows and film projects, but is currently voicing several animated characters on BoJack Horseman.

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