LGBTQI+ Pride month is celebrated every June, and, as usual, a number of celebrities added their voices to the rallying cries of the masses. This is what they had to say.
Recruiting a number of other pop stars and celebs to collaborate on the video that led to conversations and the place of allyship – but also caused a spike in donations to GLAAD – Taylor Swift’s pride single made headlines in mid-June. All in all, though, T.Swift’s single “You Need To Calm Down” was hailed a timely gay anthem, and followed an earlier letter the singer posted to Instagram, in which she urged Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander to pass the equality Act, which would protect LGBTQI+ people from discrimination in the workplace, school and at home.
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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.
Just like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga has been a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community. This year, Gaga appeared at the 50-year celebrations of Stonewall in New York, where she gave a speech that touched the hearts of Pride revellers everywhere.
The ‘Queer Eye’ cast
The past year or two has been a good one for the revived makeover show, and the cast of Queer Eye used the opportunity to celebrate Pride.
The bombshell from Benoni kept things simple, posting a picture of her attending Los Angeles Pride to Instagram. Theron recently made headlines after announcing that she was raising her son as a girl, after Jackson told her mother that she identified as a girl at three years old.
During a visit to the Albert Kennedy Trust to learn about LGBTQ youth homelessness, the royal responded to questions about how he would react if one of his children were to come out as LGBTQ by saying, “obviously absolutely fine by me”.