June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the work and lives of all those in the LGBTQ community. While there have been huge strides for the community as a whole, oftentimes aspects are dismissed or omitted from the larger conversation from the big screen, media outlets, and in various realms of politics.
To celebrate Pride, here are 20 celebrities that are advocates and use their platform to help bring awareness to LGBTQ community needs. Of course, there are certainly more that can be added to this list if we inclusively add all those that are allies, but these are just 20 that are really doing some amazing work on, and off, the big screen.
1. ROBIN ROBERTS
Robin Roberts is not only a “Good Morning America” anchor, but also a huge advocate for LGBTQ rights as well as openly and publicly out as gay.
2. WANDA SYKES
Not only is Sykes a comedian, but she’s also a strong advocate for gay rights after embracing her homosexuality after seven years of marriage with her husband.
3. GABRIELLE UNION AND DWYANE WAYNE
The power couple really showed the Pride when they supported their 11-year-old son Zion when he attended a recent LGBTQ parade in Miami. Thank you for showing that Black parents can and do love their LGBT kids.
4. LAVERNE COX
Laverne Cox slays our life every time she steps on the scene! Not only does she openly discuss her life pre- and post- operation, but why representation, and Trans representation, matters.
5. AMANDLA STENBERGSource:false
Amandla is not only pushing the needle forward for the youth and youth creativity, but uses her fluid sexuality as a discussion tool for LGBT rights.
6. INDYA MOORE
The transgender “Pose” actress not only gives us life as Angel on the hit FX drama, but she also uses her social media accounts to educate the public on issues that impact trans women of color.
7. RU PAULSource:false
Ru Paul is all things singer, actor, and fabulous drag queen. Aside from his work on the visual side of media, Paul is constantly working to promote LGBT causes.
8. RAVEN SYMONÉSource:false
Symoné openly came out on Twitter and has since used her platform to bring light to issues within the LGBT community.
9. JANET MOCKSource:false
Mock has not only discussed and promoted #TransLivesMatter, but has consistently been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community.
10. ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY
Talley isn’t only one of the most known editors of Vogue but also an advocate for LGBTQ rights and visibility.
11. NICKI MINAJ
Minaj’s sexuality is definitely fluid, at one point claiming she was bisexual. Nonetheless, Minaj constantly promotes visibility for the LGBTQ community, even in alliance.
12. FRANK OCEAN
Frank Ocean’s music not only touched us in a way of new creation, but he openly admitted to loving a man through his music and has constantly helped shape #BlackBoyJoy in new ways.
13. EMIL WILBEKIN
Wilbekin has been noted as one of the most influential gay men (from Out Magazine) and continues to push the conversation around inclusivity in the fashion industry.
14. LENA WAITHE
Waithe has shifted the pendulum in more ways than one, but she mostly serves to show that when one doesn’t see themselves represented, make the platform to shine.
Rihanna has constantly proven her allyship with the LGBT community, not only creating inclusive spaces for all to be welcome, but by publicly standing up against others who have tried to shoot down the idea of inclusivity for all.
16. JOHN LEGEND
Very pleased the President spoke up for human rights and marriage equality today.— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 9, 2012
Following President Obama‘s proclamation for same-sex marriage, John Legend showed his gratitude and support of the cause.
17. KERRY WASHINGTON
Honored with the Vanguard Award at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards, Kerry noted the need for LGBT representation and storytelling.
18. STEVEN CANALS
Without this USC grad, we never would have the groundbreaking show “Pose.” His passion for uplifting the voices of Black and Latinx trans women and the LGBTQ community as a whole through storytelling is changing the world, one viewer at a time.
19. BEYONCE AND JAY-Z
There’s a reason why Beyoncé and Jay-Z won the Vanguard Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards this year. The couple has demonstrated what being true allies really is by their hard work in the LGBTQ community.
20. WILSON CRUZ
Afro-Latinx actor and “Star Trek” star Wilson Cruz has been in the business for more than 30 years, tearing down the doors for more LGBTQ representation in Hollywood. And we’re grateful for his work.