Here Are All the Out, LGBTQ+ 'Real Housewives' Cast Members
While the Real Housewives franchise is beloved by the LGBTQ+ community, not many members of the community have actually been able to become cast members on one of the many Real Housewives shows.
Though there still haven't been any gay male "Housewives," there have been several bisexual women, and in recent years, several more queer women have joined the ranks. In fact, another LGBTQ+ Housewife was announced to be a new cast member for an upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York!
Here are the out LGBTQ+ women who have been cast members on a Real Housewives show.
In 2020, Braunwyn Windham, a member of The Real Housewives of Orange County during seasons 14 and 15, came out as a lesbian. While on the show, she was married to Sean Burke, with whom she has seven children.
"I like women, I'm gay. You know, I'm a member of the LGBTQIA+ community," Windham said in an interview with GLAAD. "I'm a lesbian and it has taken me 42 years to say that but I am so proud of where I am right now. I'm so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice."
During BravoCon, the network announced that queer former J.Crew president Jenna Lyons will be a cast member of the upcoming revamped new season of The Real Housewives of New York. Lyons joins an all-new cast for the 14th season of the show.
Burruss confessed to being sexually attracted to both men and women when she was starring on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Burruss joined Atlanta in its second season, and has had several of her own spinoffs, including Kandi & the Gang.
Back in 2015, Scott should've become the first trans woman to be a cast member of a Real Housewives franchise, on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but unfortunately, she left the show and producers cut her scenes and claimed her trans identity was "not enough to make her interesting." However, Scott said that she left because she felt she was being exploited as a trans woman and didn't want to do some of the things producers wanted her to. We'll forever mourn the loss of what would've been an iconic Housewife.