Tammy Bruce is a contributor to Fox News and host of Get Tammy Bruce on Fox Nation. Like most Fox News contributors, Bruce has no qualms about speaking her mind, no matter who she offends in the process.

She’s stuck to her defiant style through the decades: Tammy resigned her post at the National Organization for Women (NOW) after it censured her for making ‘racially insensitive comments’ during the O.J. Simpson trial.

Bruce limits her outspoken nature to matters politics: she is much more reserved when it comes to her personal life. Tammy Bruce is proudly gay, but she’s kept her dating life secret.

Tammy’s ex Brenda Benet committed suicide weeks after they broke up

Tammy and Days of Our Lives actor Brenda Benet started dating after Benet’s second divorce in 1980. They broke up in early 1982, and a few weeks later, Brenda committed suicide

The tragic event thrust the then 19-year-old Tammy into the limelight. She then got involved in the feminist movement as an openly gay woman. In a 2006 interview with C-SPAN, Tammy stated that she was technically bisexual and identified as a lesbian by choice. 

Bruce is proud to be a gay conservative woman

Tammy was an outspoken Democrat during her early life, but she started to embrace conservative ideals as time went by. As an openly gay conservative, she claimed that same-sex couples didn’t uniformly support same-sex marriage and that only heterosexual couples should be allowed to marry. 

Bruce later explained that her sexuality and political views were separate entities. She also stated that she found greater acceptance as a gay person among the conservatives than among liberals. In an article for The Guardian, Bruce wrote:

“So, when it comes to my comfort level as a conservative who happens to be gay, here’s what I know: while many conservatives are people of faith and their religion promotes a very different point of view than mine on homosexuality (and a few other things!), I have found conservatives to be more tolerant, more curious, and more understanding of those who are different to them than I ever did when ensconced in US liberal leadership.”