It’s PRIDE month, and throughout the month of June, the LGBTQ community celebrates their culture with events, marches, speeches and more.
Although there are countless famous advocates of LGBTQ rights, we’ve rounded up 12 celebrity allies to the LGBTQ community who have used their power and fame to bring support and awareness to the community.
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The iconic singer has been marked as a recurring gay anthem creator, speaking to hundreds of thousands with her iconic songs “Vogue” and “In This Life”.
In the 80s, Madonna was a huge advocate for the AIDS Project, having two close friends diagnosed with HIV. It’s also been said that singer even helped Ellen Degeneres go public with her sexual orientation.
The 80s pop star is the Co-Founder of the True Colors Organization, named after her iconic song by the same name.
“True Colors” quickly became a gay anthem, as it inspired many to begin living their lives without fear and encouraging them to embrace who they truly were and are today. Her organization focuses on the LGBTQ Youth and the fight to end homelessness within the community.
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Cher is seemingly worshiped among gay men and is even sometimes viewed as the caring and understanding mother some never had.
Her son, Chaz Bono, came out as transgender in 2009 which lead her to become a leader in the fight for equal rights. She has been a keynote speaker at the PFLAG convention and has received a GLAAD award for her work within the community.
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Lady Gaga has always been vocal about advocating for LGBTQ rights.
She’s the founder of the Born This Way foundation which helps LGBTQ children and youth deal with bullying.
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Singer Grace Jones became an activist in the 70s when she performed at gay nightclubs in New York City.
Whether she was belting out “I Need a Man” or defying how people perceive beauty with her androgynous style, she paved the way for many be fearless when it came to expressing themselves.
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Spears has publically joined forces with other celebrities during important LGBTQ moments like Spirit Day, speaking out after the Orlando gay nightclub shooting and signing two anti-LGBTQ bills for transgender youth.
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Garland’s famed role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Ozprojected her popularity within the gay community with her timeless song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as the rainbow flag is the official LGBTQ symbol.
Garland was in the spotlight for nearly her whole life, which took a toll on her physical and mental health. Her struggles were easily relatable within the gay community.
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During his time in office, former POTUS Obama made one of the biggest strives for the LGBTQ community.
Known for being the first president on many occasions to speak directly about his support for gay rights, the Supreme Court passed the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states on June 26, 2015.
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Midler’s career began with her performing in gay bathhouses in New York City which earned her respect within the community off the bat. From then, her music and various roles on Broadway and in movies continued to boost her popularity in the LGBTQ community.
Midler is also outspoken about gay marriage, and is known for sharp critiques of President Trump’s lack of support of LGBTQ rights on Twitter.
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All hail Queen Bey. As one of the most powerful women on the planet, Beyonce has spoken out countless times in support of the LGBTQ community.
“#LGBTQ students need to know we support them,” wrote the singer via Facebook with a link to donate to the GLSEN “100 Days of Kindness” organization.