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 3 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.
"Even if it feels like everyone is against you, and the rejection surrounds you so much that you don’t feel visible at all, I urge you guys to find it in yourself to evict the judgement from your mind. To know you are in fact seen and that you are more than just special, you are molecularly unique."
"So I implore you, even as you yourselves have been marginalized and discriminated against and have heaps of injustices thrown upon you for who you are, who you love, the color of your skin, what god you worship - if any - where you were born, we are all in this together."
“It is our moral obligation to fight for every single life, and that includes trans lives. Trans lives matter.”
Eugene Lee Yang
"The best thing you can do is be honest with your experience and to express it as creatively as possible. The lifelong coming out experience is different for everybody. Do it at your own pace."
"It was all of you who paved the way for me to reach for the truth inside myself and listen to voice in my heart that wanted me to live a full and open life."
“I was taught that being myself was not only okay, but encouraged—and by being unapologetically yourself, you thrive and inspire others to thrive.”
"If we stay visible and true to our own voices, and we will not disappear into the darkness."
"We are proof that supporting LGBTQ equality is a winning decision, and we’re honored to stand here with you in the fight."
"I’m very optimistic about the changes to come."
"Sometimes we never meet or even know about the people we inspire. If we live authentically, love completely, share openly, people who need to see will see."
"I'm grateful how the queer community has accepted me with open arms, and taught me how to walk unappologetically in my truth."
“As well all know, things have changed. And now is the time for action. A hashtag does not a movement make. You've got to get out and speak the truth.”
Evan Rachel Wood
“I choose to be seen so that we may connect and I choose to use my voice because it would feel selfish to have acquired the platform to represent the underrepresented and to not use it.”
"And myself, as a sexually fluid deaf man, I know that embracing all our identities is the way to thrive and to overcome the limitations and prejudices that surround us. There is no doubt in my mind that human diversity is what colors our world."
Billie Jean King
“I’ve had a hard time feeling safe. That’s why this progress is really important, to help make everyone have the right to feel safe, that is what is happening here.”
"Over the past few years since my own public image has increased tenfold, I have been overwhelmed to witness the profound ways that I am able to make a difference simply by living my life openly and with love.”
“We’ve come a long way, but as you can see, both sides of the aisle have a long way to go. We must stay active. We must stay woke. And that starts with visibility first.”
“Anything I ever did for the rights of this community I did because I believe — with every fiber of my being — that my liberation is bound up in the liberation of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters, and in the liberation of my black brothers and sisters, and in the liberation of immigrants, and refugees, and Muslims, and Sikhs, and women all over the world..."
“The concept of an ally, or the word “ally,” to me is sort of synonymous with the words “human being,” because what else is there to be.”
Asia Kate Dillon
"No one is free until we all are free. Until the most marginalized among us, black, indigenous, and people of color, especially trans, intersex, and genderqueer folks are held up as essential assets toward the survival of us all, no one will be free."
"No matter our background, class, race, religion, or sexual orientation, we are bound by our common humanity, and as relates to this country by our common Americanness."
“Because by being visible you will inspire others to have the courage to walk into the spaces they occupy in their lives and proudly say, “you cannot and will not ignore or cast me aside any longer, because I saw the possibility of my life reflected back at me.””
“I want to remind you, and all of those who are slowly finding their voices, how liberating the truth can be. “
“As Americans…all of us have the human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And if you think people were mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until you see when they try and take away our happiness.”
"When you share who you are with the world, you can find great power."
"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."
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."
“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.”
"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."