Lea DeLaria announces engagement to longtime girlfriend Chelsea Fairless

Lea DeLaria announces engagement to longtime girlfriend Chelsea Fairless
Lea DeLaria and Chelsea Fairless, in a photo posted to Facebook and Instagram announcing their engagement.
Lea DeLaria and Chelsea Fairless, in a photo DeLaria posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram announcing the engagement.

“Orange is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria is off the market.

The actress, singer and comedienne with numerous stage and screen appearances, including her standout role of prison inmate Big Boo in the hit Netflix series, made the announcement Friday on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages that she is marrying longtime girlfriend Chelsea Fairless.

The announcement was accompanied by an altered photo (above) of DeLaria and Fairless standing beside Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. (The original image was from Liza Minnelli and David Gest’s 2002 wedding.)

“Despite their concerns about the patriarchal confines of marriage, actor / singer Lea DeLaria & editrix Chelsea Fairless of Brooklyn, New York are pleased to announce their engagement. No date has been set for the impending nuptials but it’s safe to say that it will be the event of the season, or, a total shit show,” DeLaria wrote.

DeLaria, who was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois, was the first was the first openly gay comic to appear on a late night talk show with her 1993 appearance on “The Arsenio Hall Show.”

The groundbreaking performer will be honored in Chicago on Valentine’s Day with the Equality Illinois Freedom Award.

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