From athletes to actors and musicians to TV personalities, the Human Rights Campaign is grateful to include celebrities among its more than one million members and supporters. They have been vocal advocates for equality at every opportunity, whether it’s in a media interview, at a concert, in casual conversations or at an HRC event. The celebrities featured below are among those who have used their place in the public eye to advance the movement for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
"If I had known that there were such a great support structure embracing our community, I would have found the courage to come out a long time ago."
"I've never been one to hide, but if I don't continue to show up I am letting the likes of many Americans get away with being comfortable in their ignorance."
"We’ve made tremendous progress on the legal, political and cultural fronts, but we should not mistake progress for success, because we have a lot more work to do."
“I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people — like all human beings — are born equal in dignity and rights.”
"As all of us know, discrimination doesn't simply fade, it doesn't simply recede on its own accord. It has to be pushed back, challenged, overcome, and then kept at bay."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“You can get married on a Friday and lose your job on a Monday because you’re gay. There’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure equality protection for LGBTQ rights.”
“I want to thank all of you out there who have been brave enough to walk point and force change. To fight for basic human rights that...my son's generation and the generations to follow will so greatly benefit from."
“The younger generation, my generation, we are the ones coming up in the world. And we must continue to push this movement forward and close the gap. We must demand full equality for all.”
"I’m thrilled to be on this ride with you. The community is like a beacon of light, and and we are all better for it.”
"My family and I will help the good fight continue until that long awaited moment arrives - when our rights are equal and when the political limits on love have been smashed."
"This is America ... No one should be discriminated against simply because of who they are or who they love."
"Trans people deserve something vital; they deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society and a better world for us all."
“LGBTQ youth still face bullying, harassment, and discrimination...even for those who do have support, it can feel really difficult at times to face the world. Let’s all work together to pave the way for future generations of transgender youth to live better lives.”
"I am sick and tired of being told that I am less than because I am a gay person. The dominoes are falling. We are winning, and we have a long way to go, but we are winning and we will win."
"It's always wrong to discriminate. I grew up in the civil rights movement. It was wrong then, and it is wrong now."
“There are children who do grow up in these families [with married, same-sex parents] … You want them to know that as long as they are surrounded by love -- that’s the most important thing."
"I believe that love comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Whether you're LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible gift."
"We have a responsibility to use our voices and help ignorant people understand the vicious impact of their bigotry and shape their values to embrace acceptance and equality."
"Loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves...and I draw upon your strength and your support in ways that you will never know."
"Equality, absolutely, that's what defines us. It's what makes us great...We're equal."
“Visibility is not enough. Tolerance is not enough. My trans family needs to thrive. It is critical to ensure that we have the same access to a successful and dignified life.”
“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backward instead of forward.”
"Lives are at stake. The conversation needs to go forward and there needs to be freedom. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is part of our constitutional rights and it belongs to everybody."
"I don't agree with homophobia or discrimination of any kind. I will continue this fight for equality and speak up for the basic civil rights of all Americans."
"It felt like my dreams were foreclosed simply because my gender was less typical than others. If I can be that person for someone else, then the sacrifice of my private civic life may have value."