Being in the spotlight, celebrities are often asked for their opinion on various subjects, including social issues like gay rights. Whether they speak out on behalf of the LGBT community, chose to work on projects that express their support, or just stand behind their gay friends or family members, many stars show support for same same-sex marriage. Check out the following 15 stars who support gay rights.
Lady Gaga has been one of the most vocal stars when it comes to gay rights. She frequently speaks out about how all relationships are equal and focuses particularly on young people.
Oprah Winfrey recently admitted that she received some of the harshest criticism of her life after supporting Ellen DeGeneres for coming out during her talk show. Oprah said she was so supportive and open to the idea that she didn’t think there would be backlash.
Jay-Z has said that denouncing gay rights “is no different than discriminating against blacks.” “It’s discrimination, plain and sample,” the rapper has said of those who don’t support same-sex marriage.
Anne Hathaway has long been a support of gay rights and often speaks out on behalf of her gay older brother Michael. When Hathaway tied the knot last year, she donated the proceeds from the sale of her weddings pictures to marriage equality groups to support same-sex couples.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may now be engaged, they’ve stated that they don’t place to tie the knot until marriage is legal for all couples. In 2009, he donated $100,00 to fight Proposition 8, the California law that made same-sex marriage illegal. Pitt believes “everyone has the right to live the life they so desire.”
Drew Barrymore also spoke out in response to Proposition 8 to express her support for same-sex couples. She said, “I am who I am because of the people who influenced me growing up, and many of them were gay. No one has any right to tell anyone what makes a family.”
People may think Clint Eastwood is crazy after his empty-chair speech, but he makes perfect sense when he speaks out about gay rights. Eastwood thinks there’s no reason same-sex marriage shouldn’t be legal. He has insisted, “just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”
Kate Winslet has spoken out in support of gay rights because she wants her children to be exposed to diversity everyday. She says “it doesn’t make any difference” whether her son has a girlfriend or a boyfriend someday and would support him either way.
Daniel Radcliffe is a vocal supporter of The Trevor Project, which provides crisis and suicide prevention for LGBT youth. Radcliffe has been featured on the cover of Out, a gay men’s magazine, and is playing gay poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings.
Miley Cyrus got a tattoo of an equal sign on her middle finger to express her support for same-sex couples. She has stated that the thought of someone not being able to marry the person they love makes her feel sick.
Pink threw a wedding for her best friend in her backyard, even though the nuptials between the two women weren’t legal. She said it was “the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever seen” and ended up recreating the event for one of her music videos in order to spread the message.
George Clooney has faced gay rumors himself but refuses to address them because he thinks denying that he’s gay “would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community.” He doesn’t want anyone to believe that being gay is a bad thing.