5 Influential Celebrities Who Are Mad Supporters of the LGBTQ Community
Madonna would never have even pursued a career as a pop star without the encouragement from her gay ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn. “I didn’t really know what a gay man was. He was the first man-the first human being-who made me feel good about myself,” she told Gus Van Sant in an interview. But she became a prominent supporter of the LGBT community—in particular she spoke out about the AIDS crisis in the 80s—when her best friend, Martin Burgoyne tested positive for HIV.
She supported him emotionally and financially and cared for him up until the day he died, and she has spent the rest of her career as a fierce advocate for gays and trans folks. In ’87 she donated all of the proceeds from her Madison Square Garden concert to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. She also had educational comic books made that explained how to protect oneself from AIDS and dispelled many of the myths surrounding the disease. These were passed out to concertgoers.
Since then she has continued her AIDS advocacy and condemns the stigmatization of and discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS.
2. Lady Gaga
Mother Monster has always been an icon to the gay community. She has not once faltered on her commitment to LGBTQ people. In fact, back in 2012 she was arrested and fined $50,000 for sending an anti-homophobia message at a concert in Russia.
Lady Gaga created an anti-bullying nonprofit organization called the Born This Way Foundation and she uses her fame as a platform to spread her support for the LGBT community. Her goal is to “inject gay culture into the mainstream.” She feels that they have committed themselves to her, owing her success to the gay community for making her who she is today.
3. Prince William
Prince William made history when he posed for the cover of the gay magazine Attitude. He is the first royal ever to do so. The Prince was inspired by a group of kids who had told him about being bullied for their sexuality. His empathy for their struggle sparked this outpouring of support.
“No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason, and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives,” Prince William said. “You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.
4. Daniel Radcliffe
In 2011 Daniel Radcliffe was given the Hero Award by the Trevor Project, which supports sexual minority youth. He was given the award for being an inspiration to LGBT teens.
Then in 2015 Radcliffe was named Celebrity Straight Ally at the British LGBT Awards. He was honored by the recognition, but also saddened that the award needs to exist in the first place. “It is odd and bizarre that I am essentially getting an award for displaying basic human decency in a sort of high-profile way," he said. “I feel like a wonderful thing about our future will be that there will be nothing remarkable a straight actor saying that he supports gay rights."
5. Justin Timberlake
Since 2011 Timberlake has been speaking out for marriage equality. When the gay marriage law passed in New York, he tweeted #LoveWins. He was “stoked” he said. “I’m proud that New York has balls to stand up for what’s right.” He and Jessica Biel employ two gay nannies for their kid, which means that boy will hopefully grow up prejudice-free. He has also performed at same sex weddings for their friends.