HRC Story


The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Celebrity Supporters

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 and transgender Americans.

Lance Bass

"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."

Tituss Burgess

"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."

Chelsea Clinton

"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."

Tim Cook

"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."

Betty DeGeneres

“For too long, gay Americans have suffered discrimination. As long as our sons and daughters are excluded from the basic protection of law, we must share that burden as a family.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

"All this movement forward right now really confirms for me that marriage equality is the defining civil rights movement of our time."

Sally Field

“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 son's generation and the generations to follow will so greatly benefit from."

Lady Gaga

“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.”

Whoopi Goldberg

"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.”

Anne Hathaway

"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."

Jennifer Hudson

"This is America ... No one should be discriminated against simply because of who they are or who they love."

Caitlyn Jenner

"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."

Elton John

"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."

Cyndi Lauper

"It's always wrong to discriminate. I grew up in the civil rights movement. It was wrong then, and it is wrong now."

Jennifer Lopez

“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."

Demi Lovato

"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."

Natasha Lyonne

"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."

Joe Manganiello

"That each individual be allowed the basic human right to love whomever their heart wants to love without fear...that to me is seemingly the most simplistic concept that I could possibly think of."


“I don’t want there to be gay marriage, I just want there to be happy marriage, and lasting marriage, and healthy marriage. And I look forward to a day when we don’t have to talk about it anymore.”

Ellen Page

"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."

Brad Pitt

"Equality, absolutely, that's what defines us. It's what makes us great...We're equal."

Sarah Jessica Parker

“I would like for [same-sex marriage] to be legalized. I can’t imagine any real, legitimate reason not to.”

Jeffrey Tambor

"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."

Charlize Theron

"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."

Stanley Tucci

“Why shouldn’t gay and lesbian couples have the right to get married? Marriage is about love and commitment.”

Lana Wachowski

"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."

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