Hollywood royalty Laura Dern may have picked up her first Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards, but she was really awarded the prize of a lifetime at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards. The Gay Men's Chorus dedicated nearly a full minute to singing her praises, and she looked truly blown away.
From her work in movies like Mask, Rambling Rose, and David Lynch's cult classic Blue Velvet to her starring role in HBO's gone-too-soon Enlightened and this year's messy Monterey Five of Big Little Lies (plus her own sitcom, Ellen), Dern is well known as a major film and TV star who has won the hearts of millions of fans. But what many people don't know is that she's also a beloved icon of the LGBTQ community, who has earned her status through both her acting and her activism.
Her countless nuanced portrayals of LGBTQ characters have helped to humanize the struggles of the community and evoke empathy and understanding among viewers. And on top of that, she's an outspoken activist who has worked tirelessly to support the rights and safety of LGBTQ people around the world. This combination of talent, advocacy, and authenticity has earned her a huge fanbase in the LGBTQ community and beyond. In this article, we'll explore why is laura dern a gay icon and how she earned this prestigious title.