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Year-End Roundup: Top LGBTQ+ Celebrity Allies of 2021

We've rounded up the top LGBTQ+ celebrity allies of 2021 who have shown their support of the queer community

This year, many celebrities have stood up for what they believe in. Certain celebrities have been incredible allies for the LGBTQ+ community, in particular. We’ve rounded up the top celebrities of 2021 who have been supportive of the queer community.

Zendaya 

Zendaya made herself known as an LGBTQ+ ally when she answered an interview question this year. When asked what quality she likes most “in a man,” the Euphoria actor responded: “I most like in a person, how about that?”

In addition, Zendaya said her passion project would be a queer love story between two Black girls. She explained that she understands how essential it is to show joy for marginalized communities.

Rupert Grint

Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint showed his support for the transgender community the year prior, which he continues to pursue into 2021.

In June 2020, he released a statement about how he disagreed with J.K. Rowling after she voiced her opinions in various posts that were dangerous to the transgender community.

In an interview with Esquire, Grint said that even though he is thankful for the opportunity Rowling gave him, that he doesn’t agree with every opinion she has.

He said:

“I am hugely grateful for everything that she’s done. I think that she’s extremely talented, and I mean, clearly, her works are genius. But yeah, I think also you can have huge respect for someone and still disagree with things like that.”

He also said that he felt he had a responsibility to speak out and support the trans community.

Furthermore, the actor admitted that he isn’t “an authority on the subject;” however, his decision to speak up was “out of kindness and just respecting people.”

Harry Styles

Harry Styles is renowned for making his concerts a safe space and inclusive for his fans to be their authentic selves.

In 2021, during his Love On Tour show, he was seen dancing with flags like rainbow, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, pansexual, and Black Lives Matter. Also, he gave some speeches that promoted audience members to do what makes them happy.

One of the most iconic moments from his tour was when he played a role in helping a gay fan come out to her mom.

The fan, McKinley, attended his Milwaukee show and held up a sign that said: “My mom is in section 201. Help me come out?”

Styles said: “What would you like me to tell your mother?” and then stated, “Lisa, she’s gay!” to her mom and the rest of the fans.

McKinley shared that she felt this act “meant the world” to her and that he’s someone who “feels like safety” to her.

The mom was also emotional after the show and said: “I feel really blessed and very honored to have been in that moment. It’s very rare that you get to have these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, so I’m very honored and blessed that I was able to be a part of it.”

Eugene Levy

Canadian actor Eugene Levy has been acting for a long time before launching to further success with Schitt’s Creek. As a proud father to his LGBTQ+ child, Dan Levy, Eugene has continually advocated for the LGBTQ+ community and is an excellent ally. Schitt’s Creek itself, which both Dan and Eugene Levy created, has been known to bring up LGBTQ+ content. It even won a GLAAD Media Award for its representation of LGBTQ+ people.

Eugene Levy was nominated for the British LGBT Awards 2021. The results will come in on Friday, August 27th.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez showed her support and gratitude to the LGBTQ+ community in 2021 when she thanked them for launching her music career.

Gomez knows the extent that her LGBTQ+ fans had on getting her music out there into the mainstream when she was previously known for being a Disney star.

She also said that queer folks embraced this song before anyone else: “I remember when it was released, it truly started getting played in gay bars before anywhere else. I would hear from older friends that they heard it when they went out. I was so jealous that I was too young to be out and dancing to it with everyone.”

In addition, she stated, “The LGBTQ+ community has been there for me and I don’t take them for granted. Growing up in Texas, I remember when I was a kid, my mother had a group of gay friends and I loved being around them. There was no talk about anyone being ‘different.’ It was all pure and genuine love for one another and I’ll never forget that.”

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda is known as both an actor and activist. She has continually aimed to include and represent the LGBTQ+ community, environmentalism, and feminist causes. During the 1970s, there wasn’t much mainstream support for the queer community. However, Fonda used her influence in Hollywood to champion LGBTQ+ rights. Fonda continues her activism to this day through the ‘You Are Not Alone’ campaigns that support LGBTQ+ youth. In addition, in her role in Grace and Frankie, she has given a voice to older LGBTQ+ people.

Fonda has also been nominated for the previously mentioned British LGBT Awards 2021.

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