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These 19 Straight Allies Are Using Their Fame And Influence To Stand Up For The LGBTQ+ Community

Pride Month 2018 may be over, but the fight has only just begun. If you’re not worried about the future of LGBTQ+ rights, then you’re not paying attention. Our Supreme Court may become the most conservative it’s been in half a century, and all we can do is keep speaking up.

This post goes out to the straight celebrity allies who are using their platform to change hearts and minds. Muchísimas gracias!

1. Naya Rivera

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We all know Naya Rivera as the gay icon Santana from “Glee.” IRL, Rivera is just as involved in the community, although she doesn’t identify as queer. The Puerto Rican actor has hosted two GLAAD Media Awards in a row, and continues to speak up for the community on all her platforms. Thank you!

2. Camila Cabello

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Cabello walked on stage in London this month with a rainbow flag draped around her. She raised her fist in the air and wished everyone a “Happy Pride” with images of the Women’s March behind her.

3. Gina Rodriguez

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Some celebrities throw support at the LGBTQ+ community by refusing to ascribe to any label. In a lot of ways, this is awesome because we’re all so much more than our sexuality.

4. Demi Lovato

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Our girl Demi has long been a supporter, even back when she identified as straight. She was even named Los Angeles’s Pride Grand Marshall in 2014.

In her own words, “I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself. He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him.“

5. Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez’s Aunt Myrza was an idol of hers growing up. However, when JLo later realized that Myrza was struggling to feel accepted for being gay, LGBTQ+ issues got personal.

JLo is a producer for the television series “The Fosters,” which features a lesbian couple fostering and adopting five children, several of which are Latino.

6. Mario Lopez

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Mario Lopez made his break by starring in the film “Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story” as the gay, HIV-positive Olympic diver.

“A couple of cousins of mine, who I’m very close to, happen to be gay. Just to rally with them and the family. I’m very close with them and like to support when I can.”

7. Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana partnered with Sia last year to raise HIV awareness by playing an HIV-positive pregnant woman in Sia’s music video “Free Me.” All proceeds from the song were donated to the #endHIV campaign.

Saldana has been active in the LGBTQ+ community for as long as we’ve known her.

8. Gloria Estefan

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In 2012, Estefan specifically thanked the LGBTQ+ community, saying, “I want to thank you so much, because the gay community has been behind me 100 percent,” she said during a speech. “‘Conga’ broke through in all the gay clubs before anybody else noticed it was a hot song. You guys have been close to heart and always will be.”

In 2014, she was named one of the Grand Marshals for the 2014 Miami Beach Gay Pride.

9. Howie Dorough

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Backstreet’s back, baby! Puerto Rican Howie Dorough has been part of the Backstreet Boy’s latest video, “In a World Like This”, which featured a clip of two men getting married. The band has also played in Pride concerts in London’s famous G-A-Y club.

10. Rosario Dawson

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When Rosario was a teenager, she lived with her Uncle Frank and his partner Vincenzo. Her involvement in the community is all for the kids. She told Latina Magazine that when she has kids, she’ll be focused on “trying to make the world a better place for my baby.”

She’s a supporter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and HRC.

11. Romeo Santos

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If you haven’t listened to “No Tiene La Culpa” yet, go buy some tissues first. The song tells the story of a young queer boy who is bullied to the brink of not wanting to live.

The Dominican and Puerto Rican bachata artist released it to raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community, and we love him for it.

12. Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara is most well known for her role on “Modern Family,” but she’s also used her platform to partner with GLAAD in their “Be An Ally and a Friend” PSA campaign. She told The Advocate, “We should all be tolerant and respectful of people’s sexuality. We have to appreciate each other’s differences and accept people who have the courage to accept themselves. That’s beautiful.”

13. Los Tigres del Norte

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Los Tigres have sold more than 37 million albums worldwide and have been around for 47 years. A few years ago, they released “Era Diferente,” a song about a lesbian teenager who falls in love with her best friend.

The band recieved a GLAAD award for the first gay love song ever played in the history of the norteño genre.

14. Sergio Martinez

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Argentine boxer Martinez actually made a video for the “It Gets Better Project.” Watch out bullies, because this bullied kid grew up to be a world-renown boxer, and he’s using his platform for good.

15. Eva Longoria

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We love Longoria for using her fame for a bigger purpose. We see her at Women’s Marches, and pro-immigration rallies, and in the LGBTQ+ community. When same-sex marriage was made law, she tweeted, “This is an incredible day in the history of civil rights in America. I applaud President @BarackObama and all he has done for LGBT Americans. #Equality”.

16. Manu Ginóbili

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Argentina is coming in hot for LGBTQ+ support. It was actually the first South American country to legalize same-sex marriage just a few years ago. He shipped it.

17. America Ferrera

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Ferrera posed with her “Ugly Betty” co-stars, Tony Plana and Ana Ortiz in a PSA to urge Latino Californians to oppose Prop 8. Needless to say, she tweeted all the support and joy when Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were overturned.

18. Enrique Iglesias

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Iglesias loves his LGBTQ+ fans and he has no problem showing it. He has pulled gay fans on stage and serenading them, performing at gay clubs and festivals.

Imo, one of the best ways to be an ally is just to recognize us, and we love that he puts our love on stage on the reg.

19. Roxanne Vargas

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If you live in the Miami area, then you recognize Vargas from her reporting on NBC. This year, she was the Miami Beach Pride Parade’s Grand Marshal Ally, and we ship any reporter who will report real news about the LGBTQ+ community.

20. Snooki

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Before the Chilean even became a mother, she’s on record saying, “I’m praying I have a gay little boy one day.”

She’s also posed for the NOH8 campaign, and has used her own air time to support gay rights and even host LGBTQ+ events. Thank you!

21. Hennessy Carolina (Cardi B.’s Sister)

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Cardi B’s sister has a heartwarming message for the LGBTQ+ community, but we’re all still waiting to hear Cardi B officially come out in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Caption: If you can’t accept the B In (L)LGBTQ..(L)lesbian(G)ay(B)BISEXUAL(T)transgender (Q)ueer, then please don’t speak up for the community if you can’t fully understand ALL of us! A bisexual girl expressing that she sometimes likes to kiss and hook up with girls especially when she gets a little loose when she drinks wine, Sounds human and normal to me! I don’t have a problem with that!! Whether you want to go out, have some drinks and hook up with the same gender for one night or whether you decide to be in a relationship with him/her, it should be no one’s concern or business or even PLACE to tell you how to complete your sexual desire unless you’re a pedophile! You can STILL consider yourself LGBTQ if you to choose too! Bisexual means you’re attracted to both genders. No matter what’s the status of the relationship or what you chose to do with that person … If a woman like to be in a relationship with a man but like to enjoy her sexual desire with a woman from time to time she can still considers herself to be a BISEXUAL! same goes for men….. and please if your still in your confused stage, please don’t talk for the whole community until you can fully comprehend ALL of us! We don’t like to be the judge or to be labeled! We just want be excepted for who we are… Love is love! That being said HAPPY GAY PRIDE MONTH FROM ME AND MY WIFE🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜”

‘Fuller House’ Actor And Certified Daddy Juan Pablo Di Pace Comes Out And Yasss

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‘Fuller House’ Actor And Certified Daddy Juan Pablo Di Pace Comes Out And Yasss

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Argentinian actor Juan Pablo Di Pace recently came out in a TEDx video recorded in March. The video was released in late June giving Di Pace’s coming out story a special place in the 2019 Pride Month calendar. Social media erupted in applause and praise for the actor living his truth after so much time hiding in the closet.

Juan Pablo Di Pace came out of the closet as a gay man and is already living it up.

That’s right. Di Pace was living it up in Madrid during pride not long after the video of his talk coming out of the closet was publish. Honestly, it is something everyone should be celebrating. Someone being able to live their life fully is something that some people will never be able to understand. There is an attitude of in the Latino community that tries to shun and silence the LGBTQ+ community. Seeing a prominent member of the Latino community sharing his coming out story is such a positive example for younger people struggling to come out.

Di Pace’s coming out via a TEDx is one of the greatest moments of Pride Month 2019.

Not only did Di Pace come out of the closet, but his story about coming out and learning who he is is also very relatable to most members of the LGBTQ+ community. It wasn’t like he figured out that he was different. It had to be told to him.

“My mother says that I came out of her womb with a paper and pencil in my hand and that I used to draw until I fell asleep, which is why I had very few friends. But, actually, the truth is that, unlike most of the boys in my class, I preferred to play with girls. I was more comfortable. They were more fun,” Di Pace told the audience at his TEDx talk. “So, I didn’t think anything of it, right? Until I heard a word that I had never heard before. It started like a thunder that got closer and louder to me as it exploded like egg in my face: marícon, faggot. Well, I didn’t really understand that word at first but the word was here to stay for years. A little know book, as you might know as the Bible, starts with, ‘In the beginning, was the word and the word was made flesh and it dwelt among us.’ So, after failed attempts to fight against this word and try to make friends, my only option was to make friends with white sheets of paper. Paper would not shout or kick me. Paper was kind and on paper everything and anything was possible, just like in the movies.”

The moment of being made to feel and know that you are different from everyone else is something most people deal with at the beginning of coming out. It is a harsh, and some times dangerous, moment that starts the process of coming out and learning who you are as a person.

Fans of the actor showered him with praise and love for coming out.

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Coming out, no matter how old you are or how successful you are, is a terrifying experience. You have to be prepared for people to shun you. You need to be ready for people to speak down to you. It is not an easy or fun process for a lot of people.

The emotional reception to Di Pace’s coming is filled with love and appreciation.

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This is something the Di Pace should be so proud of. It is so important for people to come out of the closet. By coming out of the closet, you force others around you to confront their own ideas of the LGBTQ+ community. When people know someone personally who is LGBTQ+, they tend to become more accepting of the community allowing for more people to come out in a safer environment.

You are with your chosen family now, Juan.

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All people in the LGBTQ+ community understand the importance of a chosen family. Even if your family accepts you, it is important to have a chosen family. It is a way to learn what it means to be gay and how to live life open in a world that can sometimes be really cruel. Your family will want to help but it is hard for your mom and dad to teach about LGBTQ+ culture.

Congratulations on coming out Juan. Sending lots of love.

READ: Grab The Tissues! These Latinas Told Us Their Coming Out Stories And We Have Been Sobbing In Pride

AOC Went To A Drag Show And It Is The Most Beautiful Moment Captured On Social Media

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AOC Went To A Drag Show And It Is The Most Beautiful Moment Captured On Social Media

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a champion of the people and the biggest villain according to Republicans. Whenever AOC does anything, conservatives have a lot to say about it. AOC’s latest outing to a drag club in New York City is the latest moment of celebration.

Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez proves that Pride is not just one month but all year long.

“You are special. You are beautiful. You are accepted and let’s give a big round of applause for our artist,” AOC tells the crowd as they go wild for her.

All the performers who had a chance took their photo with the most recognizable Congresswoman currently serving.

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“Activist & politician @ocasio2018 was @bartschlandfolliestonight & we all couldn’t have been more thrilled! I felt ultra #patriotic performing my #patriotact for this special audience that was chanting her initials,” Dirty Martini wrote on Instagram. “Fight that good fight for what this country deep down is really about- equality, liberty & peace! ❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸”

The drag queens and kings could feel themselves becoming more and more patriotic.

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“Equality and social justice for all with a dash of showgirl❤️
AOC @ocasio2018 in the house at the @bartschlandfollies last night! I admittedly was majorly fan girling!!!! One of the most present and beautiful audiences I’ve experienced to date, they were screaming her initials as she cheered us on front and center all night, even telling us all how much we were loved and welcome and accepted when Joey arias invited her on stage,” Marcy Richardson wrote on Instagram. “And I just thought, man, what a reason to actually feel patriotic this weekend. She’s not afraid to be here with us. ALL of us. You give us all hope❤️❤️
#alexandriaocasiocortez #bartschland #bartschlandfollies #aoc #mckittrickhotel #happyfourth

It’s fair to say that AOC had a great time with the performers and her allyship with the LGBTQ+ community is unquestionable.

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“The inspiring and formidable @ocasio2018 attended the @bartschland Follies show @themckittrick last night in NYC. She brought hope to the room and showed us 🇺🇸 future! Her choice words, ‘Be who you are. You are beautiful. You are accepted.’ 🏳️‍🌈,” Murray Hill wrote on Instagram. “In this pix, I’m saying, ‘I’m standing next to a future president!’ The 2nd pix, I’m thanking her for her work, speaking out, and fighting the good fight. #aoc #4thofjuly #resist #showbiz

AOC’s actions since taking office show that she is an unapologetic LGBTQ+ rights activist.

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The Congresswoman from New York was there for Queens Pride despite a cold that she was battling. She explained that she just couldn’t let her exquisite crushed velvet suit hide during the pride celebrations.

She is here to support the LGBTQ+ community no matter what she is doing, like just attending pride.

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Honestly, just look at how excited she is to be out and about among the LGBTQ+ community at Pride. AOC has set herself apart from other members of Congress with her unapologetic fight for the LGBTQ+ community.

She even made an impassioned speech for LGBTQ+ rights in a post-marriage equality world that has energized the community.

AOC is fighting a fight so many don’t realize needs to be fought. The fight to make PrEP free to the public is one that more people need to get behind. The U.S. taxpayers paid for the research that created Truvada, a daily pill with a 99 percent success rate in preventing the transmission of HIV. Gilead, the pharmaceutical company selling Truvada is selling it back to the people who funded the research at $2,000 a month because of a patent. The price point is forcing many people vulnerable to the disease unprotected and risking lives needlessly.

Oh, and she is a major “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan so we hope to see her at more drag shows in the future.

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Thank you for standing up for our community, AOC.

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