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Ellen DeGeneres is by far the most visible lesbian in US, according to new poll

Ellen DeGeneres is by far the most visible lesbian in US, according to new poll

It should come as no surprise that Ellen DeGeneres is by far the most visible lesbian in America, according to the results of a Pew Research Poll released this week.

Her syndicated daytime talk show remains a strong ratings hit after more than a decade on the air five times a week.

But it is a bit a surprise that Jason Collins, an NBA player most people had not heard of until he came out publicly last month, is already the most visible gay man – even more visible than Elton John.

The Pew Research Center conducted a national sample of 1,504 adults, 18 years of age or older, on a variety of gay-related topics including who is the most visible gay or lesbian figure.

DeGeneres easily came in first with 32% naming her as most visible. In second place was Collins with 7% of the vote followed closely by Elton John with 6%.

Tied in fourth place with 3% each were Rosie O’Donnell, Anderson Cooper, retired US Congressman Barney Frank and the late Rock Hudson. Ricky Martin and the late Liberace each got 2% while Neil Patrick Harris was mentioned by 1%.

Despite that increased number of famous actors and TV personalities who have come out in the past few years – Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Sam Champion, among others – 38% of the public could not name any gay or lesbian public figure. This includes 61% of those age 65 and older and 57% those with no more than a high school education.