29 Celebs Who Support the LGBTQ Community

A salute to stars who speak up for human rights.


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True Allies - While there is still some ways to go, the LGBT community continues to be uplifted by several major power players in the celeb world. With this being Pride Month, we take a look back at those big names who unapologetically advocate for those who are out and proud. From A$AP Rocky to Nicki Minaj, the list of allies is as diverse as one would imagine.(Photos from Left: Craig Barritt/Getty Images, Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)


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Kerry Washington - Kerry Washington has been a vocal advocate for diversity in all forms pretty much from the inception of her career. However, it was her rousing speech at the 2015 GLAA Media Awards, where she was honored, that she honed in on her passion. "When black people today tell me that they don't believe in gay marriage… the first thing that I say is, 'Please don't let anybody try to get you to vote against your own best interest by feeding you messages of hate.' Then I say 'you know people used to say stuff like that about you and your love.'"(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)


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Tank - Tank received a slew of criticism from his heterosexual fans when video footage of him performing at Washington DC Gay Pride in May 2017. Despite being dragged on social media for the decision, the singer took to Instgram to reiterate in a series of posts that he regretted nothing from the weekend. He even posted a photo from the event with the caption, "An amazing moment. #DC Pride."(Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Centric)


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Kim Kardashian - Kim Kardashian, believe it or not, is considered a gay icon, so her stance on LGBT issues is held in high regard. When President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the reality star took to her blog to show her praise for his words and lent her co-sign to the cause. "This is such a huge step forward in our country's fight for civil rights and I hope that today this will give hope to so many young people across the country."(Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)


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A$AP Rocky - It's not every day you hear a major hip-hop star advocating for the LGBT community, so when A$AP Rocky publicly spoke on his role as an ally, he made major headlines. Speaking on his respect for gay men, he said, "I respect men more for coming out... It's a lot of motherf*****s they be out here they be in the closet... I don't respect them." Taking things a bit further, he even commented on the still-controversial topic of being gay in hip-hop, saying, "It's a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited."(Photographer Group / Splash News)

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Rihanna - Being one of the top pop acts today, Rihanna has a pretty large LGBT fan base, so when she took the time to help one of her gay fans come out, it was a pretty big deal. In April 2016, Rih had a DM exchange with a Black male fan, slowly helping him come out to his friends and family. "Baby, it's okay to be scared but it's more important to be who you are," she wrote to him.(Photographer Group / Splash News)

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Jay Z - Jay set a good example for his daughter, Blue Ivy, and the millions of other impressionable young people who worship him, by declaring his support for same-sex marriage on CNN in May 2014. "It's no different than discrimination against Blacks," Jay reasoned. (Photo: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Roc Nation)


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Queen Latifah - Latifah has always been supportive of the LGBT community. The groundbreaking rapper encouraged fans to "conquer hate with love" during a performance at a gay pride event in Long Beach back in 2012. And, of course, she broke barriers when she played a lesbian in Set It Off. Also proving that she is a major ally of the community, the actress officiated a 33 marriage live on air during the 2014 Grammy Awards. (Photo: Donna Ward/WireImage)


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Mary J. Blige - Mary J. Blige has a strong gay fan base and told The Advocate magazine in November 2007, "The majority of my fans are gay. The majority of them are, and I have to really make sure that they know I’m paying attention to the fact that they support me, and I support them."  (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Casa Reale)


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Russell Simmons - Russell Simmons is for equal rights for all and has even faced rumors about his sexuality. Back in 2007, Simmons said, "I'm not gay. If I was, I would have the gift of another burden, and I would probably be instantly out. I fight for gay rights all the time. How about that?" (Photo: Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)


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Mo'Nique - In 2001, the Oscar winner told Advocate.com, "Imagine that if in all of the Black churches they started saying, 'Let’s love each other unconditionally. Let’s not judge.' That’s it! You can have members be openly gay! Not, 'Well, we think Troy is gay, but you know! Yes, he switches, but we’re not gonna say nothing!'"  (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


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Eve - When asked if the rapper was comfortable with her gay following she said, "First of all, the gays, when they love you, they love you. They are very loyal. I have a huge gay men fan base — I love them." (Photo: Matteo Valle/Getty Images)


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Kanye West - In 2005, Kanye West caused a stir when he said, "Everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it.'" (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Live Nation)


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Vanessa Williams - The former Miss America has been a supporter of the LGBT community from the start of her career. In June 2009 she said to Advocate.com, "Every day there is another obstacle that people are confronting — now is the time to have open dialogue. If it's not gay marriage, if it's not gays in the military, there is always something in the forefront and I think that's fantastic. Dialogue with education is how you get power." (Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)


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Beyoncé - Being arguably the biggest pop star on the planet, Beyoncé has a monstrously large gay following, and she's continued to show her support for them through the years. In 2011, Bey said about gay Beyhive members, "If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it’s my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different — to be brave and be different and be to yourself — is just so beautiful." (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


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Isaiah Washington - Isaiah Washington was labeled homophobic after a scuffle on the set of Grey's Anatomy. Washington told Larry King in 2007, "I am not homophobic, no way, shape or form. I auditioned in full wig and dress to be a part of a film here in New York called Stonewall. A friend of mine picked me up in a car and I was chased by some men — because they actually thought I was a woman — all the way back to Brooklyn." (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


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Janet Jackson - Janet is what you call a "gay icon." In 2008, she said, "I’ve always loved the gay community, and I think they know that. I’m always involved in projects concerning AIDS, and I’ve just always tried to make myself available. We all have a job in this world, and I think that my job that God has given me is to help people." (Photo: Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images for BET)


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Patti LaBelle - Patti LaBelle has love for everyone and said in 2007 to Advocate.com, "I'm very honest with gay people. I’m very honest with calling you out and saying come up to the front of the stage and let the audience know that you're gay. You’re breathing and you're just like them. The only thing that you have is a different sexual orientation."   (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts)


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Brandy - In 2008, Brandy talked the loyalty of her gay fan base, "I think my gay fans are very, very loyal and I really respect them for that. They stick with you through it all. If you are going through an uptime or a downtime, they’re there." (Photo: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)


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Eminem - Once upon a time Eminem was famously homophobic. However, in 2011, he said about gay marriage, "I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want. It’s the new tolerant me!" (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)


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Jennifer Holliday - Tony Award winner and original singer of "And I Am Telling You" said, "If it were not for the gay and lesbian community, I would really not have half the career I've had. Throughout the lows in my career, this community remained loyal, remained faithful, didn't care whether I had a hit record or not. This community supported me, this community fed me and paid my mortgage by letting me sing in the clubs at three, four o'clock in the morning." (Photo: LHarry Langdon/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Hudson - In 2008, the Oscar winner said to Advocate.com, "To have the gay community as a following and to be accepted, that's how I really started performing, singing and coming into my own because the gay community embraced me first. That's how I got my feet wet so I don't take it lightly at all." (Photo: Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)


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Tyson Beckford - In March 2009, the supermodel talked to BET.com about rumors that he is gay: "It's just one hater that put that on me. But don't get me wrong, I work with GLAAD, I work with Gay Men's Health Crisis — I work with all of that. I love my gay brothers and sisters." (Photo: Denise Truscello/Getty Images for DSQUARED2)


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Jennifer Lopez - In 2011, J.Lo spoke to The Advocate on how she would react if one of her children were gay: "I wouldn’t be shocked or anything. Marc even once asked me, 'What if one of the babies is gay?' I said, 'Who cares?' And he was like, 'Yeah, I know. Who cares?' You just love your kids and want them to be happy, because it’s really about love. That’s what this is all about — I sing about it, I do movies about it, and that’s how I live my life."  (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Neiman Marcus)


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Tyra Banks - In Tyra's 2009 speech at the GLAAD Media Awards, the supermodel said, "I embrace you in front of millions to show how beautiful you are, how absolutely amazing you are, how giving you are. And I will continue to do that as long as I have a platform. I will continue to get the message out about gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.” (Photo: Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


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Fat Joe - When Ricky Martin came out in 2010, Fat Joe told VIBE.com, "It’s all about being comfortable with who you are and if you gay, fine, be gay. I’m not gay but fine, you do what you do. I’ll do what I do. I think it’s 2010 and everybody should be allowed to live happy and live their lives and whatever makes you happy, then so be it." (Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)


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Mariah Carey - MC discussed her relationship with the gay community in 2005: "I basically was raised by two gay men, Ernie and Mort, who were best friends. When we didn't have a place to stay, we stayed with them. So I feel like God recognizes us all as human beings and loves us as we are." (Photo: Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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Nicki Minaj - Nicki Minaj has a strong following in the LGBT community. She once said, "I think the world is getting more gay-friendly, so hip-hop is too. But it’s harder to imagine an openly gay male rapper being embraced. People view gay men as having no street credibility. But I think we’ll see one in my lifetime."  (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)


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President Obama and President Clinton - In June 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay and Lesbian Pride Month." In addition, being more inclusive, President Barack Obama declared June 2010 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, stating, “I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.” In 2014 President Obama made history by saying he was in support of same-sex marriage.(Photo: EPA/JUSTIN LANE /LANDOV)


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Hillary Clinton - Politicians are known for straddling the fence on LGBT-related topics, but 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton confidently spoke on her support for the community on multiple occasions. In 2011 she spoke on gay rights being equivalent to human rights. "Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights," she said.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)