10 important celebrity moments helping to pave the way for the LGBTQ + community
June 11, 2021, 10:02 | Updated: Jun 11, 2021 10:08 AM
From Beyoncé to Harry Styles to Demi Lovato, these celebrities are taking action to help represent the LGBTQ + community.
This Pride Month, we take a look at the celebrity moments that helped pave the way for the LGBTQ + community – people like Harry Styles to Lili Reinhart have important conversations online.
Celebrities have huge platforms and many are using them for good, highlighting topics ranging from representation to equal rights to promoting gender norms …
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Artists like Beyoncé, Demi Lovato and Lil Nas X have been pioneering for years while amplifying voices within the queer community.
Let’s dive into the best moments your favorite celebrities championed for LGBTQ + rights …
Demi Lovato comes out as non-binary
In May, pop sensation Demi Lovato announced that she identified herself as non-binary.
Demi took to Instagram to make her statement alongside a clip from her new podcast 4D with Demi Lovato, a project that aims to create a safe space to discuss “identity, activism, philanthropy and beyond”.
The first episode focused on the identity of the “Dancing with the Devil” singer, his journey to self-discovery and the importance of pronouns.
Demi said: “To me it would mean the world if people could start identifying me as them / them. I will also accept if people slip up and say her / her, because I know that being in my place , it’s going to take a while for people to get used to it. “
Lil Nas X Releases During Pride Month
On Pride’s last day in 2019, Lil Nas X confirmed his sexuality online with a tweet stating that he wanted his fans to pay special attention to the lyrics to his track “C7osure (You Like)”.
The track is a confession of love as the “Old Town Road” singer proudly puts his sexuality at the forefront of his art.
Lil Nas sings: “Brand new places that I’ll pick and go, I know. Embracin ‘this news that I see unfolding.”
some of you already know, some of you don’t care, some of you haven’t left. but before the end of this month i want you all to listen carefully to c7osure. 🌈🤩✨ pic.twitter.com/O9krBLllqQ
– no 🏹 (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019
Lil Nas has voiced the fact that homosexuality is not easily accepted in certain genres and continues to speak about the homophobia that can prevail in hip-hop, country, and rap.
The young rapper constantly addresses these issues, in turn making the industry a more tolerant place for queer artists.
Beyoncé speaks to LGBTQ + graduates
Beyoncé celebrated “beautiful queerness” in her opening address to the 2020 graduates.
The legendary singer took moments throughout her Dear class of 2020 tribute to speak to people who feel “different”.
“Your homosexuality is beautiful. Your darkness is beautiful. Your compassion, your understanding, your fight for people who may be different from you – is magnificent.”
Elliot Page turns out to be transgender
In December 2020, Elliot Page publicly introduced himself as a transgender man with a heartfelt post on his social media pages.
Elliot spoke candidly about his identity and his sexuality, writing to his followers, “I love being trans. And I love being queer. And the closer I hold and fully embrace who I am. am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I blossom. “
The actor also used his announcement to shed light on the struggles of the trans community: “Despite feeling deeply happy right now and knowing how many privileges I carry, I’m also scared. fear invasion, hatred, “jokes” and violence. “
He spoke about the alarming statistics regarding hate crimes against transgender people, especially black and Latin members of the community.
Elliot is doing good by bringing trans issues to the forefront of mainstream media.
Joshua Bassett gets candid about sexuality
Joshua Bassett posted a snippet of an unreleased song on his Instagram in May and captioned it with a few heartfelt words about sexuality.
The post came after there had been a lot of speculation in the media regarding Bassett’s sexuality, the Disney star did not appear to officially confirm or deny the rumors, but instead he sincerely explained why he thought that he didn’t need it.
“Love who you love shamelessly. It’s good to always know who you are. Life is too short to let ignorance and hate win. I choose love.”
Billy Porter portrays a genderless character
Billy Porter is well known for the gender-non-conforming outfits he sports on the red carpet, but his refusal to appease the binary is now reflected in his filmography as well.
Porter is set to play a non-binary fairy godmother in the latest live iteration of Cinderella, the film is slated to hit theaters later this year.
In an interview, Porter spoke about the importance of the role in the film: “It struck me when I was on set, how deep I am playing the fairy godmother. no sex. “
Harry Styles helps a fan hang out during the concert
In an unforgettable moment while touring his debut album, Harry Styles took some time out of his set to help a fan reveal his bisexuality to his mother – now he’s an ally!
The grateful fan took to Twitter to gush over the singer and praise him for the way he makes his shows a safe space for the LGBTQ + community.
GottMik becomes first trans competitor on Ru Paul’s Drag Race
The 13th season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race was an important moment for the transgender community: GottMik became the very first trans man to appear on the iconic show.
In the past, the show has faced criticism for its approach to the genre and that it doesn’t always represent a fluid spectrum of contestants.
Judge Michelle Visage said in an interview, “The inclusion of Gottmik is wonderful for trans men who might think they don’t belong on the show; they do.”
Seeing more transgender and non-binary representations on our screens is a long-awaited and welcome change.
Jonathan Van Ness talks about HIV diagnosis
Jonathan Van Ness publicly announced his HIV diagnosis in September 2019, a year later on World AIDS Day he took to Twitter to let his followers know what it means to live with HIV.
This is #WorldAIDSDay – I am HIV positive and have access to my antiretroviral therapy which suppresses my HIV viral load, keeping me healthy and at an undetectable level, making it almost impossible for me to transmit HIV.
– Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) December 1, 2020
Jonathan has always been outspoken throughout his career on topics surrounding homosexuality, prejudice and drug addiction – he even has a book detailing his experiences in helping others, Over the Top: a raw journey towards self-love.
Lili Reinhart on bisexual erasure
Lili Reinhart has been honest with the fans about how “bi and proud” she is – the Riverdale the actress deconstructs the harmful stories that exist around bisexuality.
It was released publicly in June 2020 and has been using its platform ever since to discuss the stereotypes that society has undermined beekeeping.
Lili wants young audiences to feel represented in the media, the actress spoke on the issue:
“I think it’s important to make it more normal, as I feel in movies and TV, the characters are usually gay or straight, there aren’t a lot of bisexual characters – but that should be normalized. “
With giffgaff, we encourage you to pick up the phone to talk, listen, learn and stay in touch with your loved ones, especially those in the LGBTQ + community this Pride Month. Find out more here.