Pro LGBTQ+ stars who shut down homophobia 🏳️‍🌈

From global superstar Ariana Grande to singer turned actor Harry Styles

Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande and Harry Styles on various red carpets

by Red Edwards |
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Hollywood and TV stars are more than familiar with harsh and cruel comments being spread online. Often, they turn a blind eye and pay the comments no attention.

However, when it comes to homophobic comments and slurs, staying silent isn't an option and these celebrities - including Ariana Grande, Harry Styles and Danny Dyer - were quick to hit back.

Ariana Grande tells legal authorities where to shove it

Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Getty Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Getty Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. ©Getty

It's no secret that Ariana Grande is pro LGBTQ+ and a strong ally to the community. She has shown tremendous support throughout her career, and has always used her platform to encourage acceptance and amplify the community's voice when needed. Billboard even went as far as crowning her a gay Icon back in 2017.

Back in 2015, two days after the Supreme Court finally announced its decision on legalising gay marriage, Ari performed at the NYC Pride event and she didn't think twice before throwing some serious shade at some of America's highest legal authorities.

Ariana Grande performs 'Problem' on stage during the 29th annual NYC Pride: Dance On The Pier at Pier 26 on June 28, 2015 in New York City.
Ariana Grande performs 'Problem' on stage during the 29th annual NYC Pride: Dance On The Pier at Pier 26 on June 28, 2015 in New York City. ©Getty

Part way through her performance, she paused to scream to the crowd, "Make some noise if you think the Supreme Court justices who voted against gay marriage should get their heads out of their f--king a-ses and join the goddamn celebration".

She continued, "Make some noise if you've got one less problem without them motherf--kers".


Harry Styles on gay rights and equality

Harry Styles holds rainbow flags as he performs onstage during Harry Styles: Live On Tour - New York at Madison Square Garden on June 21, 2018 in New York City.
Harry Styles holds rainbow flags as he performs onstage during Harry Styles: Live On Tour - New York at Madison Square Garden on June 21, 2018 in New York City. ©Getty

Global popstar and former One Direction member, Harry Styles, is no stranger to defying gender 'norms' and is all for tearing them down when it comes to fashion.

"Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with," he told Vogue in 2020.

The singer publicly supports the LGBTQ+ community; that's no secret. In an interview back in 2017, he was asked for his opinion on Brexit and in response he explained that he doesn't want to talk politics nor give an opinion on it.

The interviewer then mentioned that Harry has spoken on equality and gay rights in the past, but Harry responded by saying, "That doesn't feel like politics to me.

"Stuff like equality feels much more fundamental. I feel like everyone is equal. That doesn't feel like politics to me."

Lady Gaga: "Arrest me Russia!"

 Lady Gaga at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Lady Gaga at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards ©Getty

Lady Gaga has been showing love to the LGBTQ+ community throughout her entire career. If there's one thing we know about Gaga: it's that she's full of SO MUCH acceptance and love.

She is not afraid to speak up for the LGBTQ+ community and one of her most iconic moments was back in 2012 whilst performing onstage in Russia.

Gaga was voicing her support for the LGBTQ+ community and encouraging acceptance.

"They said 'Gaga when you go to Russia, they may arrest you.' I said 'Arrest me! I don't give a f--k what people say.'

"Arrest me, Russia! I don't give a f--k," she screamed onstage.

Now THIS is what you call a fearless woman.

Jade Thirlwall shuts down homophobe on Instagram

Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix seen arriving at KISS FM UK radio studios on December 04, 2019 in London, England
Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix seen arriving at KISS FM UK radio studios on December 04, 2019 in London, England ©Getty

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall is an absolute goddess - there's no doubt about that. She's another star who has continuously shown support to the LGBTQ+ community and used her platform to speak up for what's right.

When the 28-year-old singer took to Instagram to post her 'Woman Crush Wednesday' who happened to be Drag Race star RuPaul (aka QUEEN of all drag queens), she received some pretty trashy comments.

But being the hero she truly is, Jade was quick to fire back, writing, "How can I support other beautiful people? Quite easily actually.

"If you don't 'support' these kind of 'things' (assuming you mean drag queens or the gay community) then I suggest you go and comment on somebody else's Instagram. Someone just as homophobic, ignorant and as warped as yourself. SASHAY. AWAY."

SASHAY AWAY. She really went there. Ugh, we love her!

Lil Nas X shuts down comments on his Nicki Minaj costume

Lil Nas X attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Lil Nas X attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. ©Getty

American rapper, singer and songwriter Lil Nas X is a legend to the LGBTQ+ community. He isn't afraid to be himself and amplify the community's voice when something isn't quite right.

"I 100% want to represent the LGBT community", Lil Nas X told The Guardian, and he's doing exactly that.

On October 2020, Lil Nas basically WON the whole of halloween with his recreation of Nicki Minaj's super-bass look, gaining over 460,000 likes on Twitter - it was a booming success.

We're literally gobsmacked! 😍

Unfortunately he received a lot of rude messages but he decided to respond by simply writing, "Bro I don’t bother a soul in this industry. All I do is tweet and make bangers. Leave me alone damn."

Can't they leave the man be? He slays!

Danny Dyer slams homophobes on Twitter

Danny Dyer attends TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019
Danny Dyer attends TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 ©Getty

British actor Danny Dyer (mostly known for his iconic EastEnders role as Mick Carter), has also shut down homophobic comments on Twitter.

After hearing the news that EastEnders had been shortlisted in the category of the British LGBT Awards, in 2016, Danny tweeted, "Honoured honoured honoured."

However after one user responded with a homophobic comment, Danny didn't hold back and wrote, "Piece of advice… If you wanna get all homophobic on me probably best not to go for the George Micheal look. x"

The 43-year-old actor also replied to another rude comment and wrote, "Hahahaha. Just come out. You'll be so much happier. I promise."

In-between replying to trolls and calling out the homophobes, Danny then took the opportunity to tweet a pic of him sporting his new shoes.

Yass - it's a look!

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is a huge ally of the LGBTQ+ community around the world, having taken part in many marches, including the National Equality March in America, and has been praised for her compassion towards her LGBTQ+ fans.Back in 2011, she released 'Born This Way', which was once described as the "new gay anthem" by the legend Elton John. Many have said the lyrics are symbolic of living your true self and finding happiness in the body you were born in. Alongside this, Gaga volunteers at an LGBTQ+ homeless youth centre in New York and encourages her fans to volunteer when they can.And let's not forget, Gaga convinced the director of A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper to make a drag bar the initial meeting point for her and his character in the Oscar-winning film in order to increase diversity onscreen. When accepting her Oscar for the film, Gaga paid homage to her LGBTQ+ fan base, saying she hoped more award shows will become more inclusive of all gender identities.

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Sam Smith

Sam came out as gay in 2014, and as non-binary in 2019, telling Jameela Jamil, "Non-binary genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of different things, you are your own special creation. I'm not male or female."Since then, Sam has won various LGBTQ+ related awards, including, Person Of The Year Award 2019 at the LGBT Attitude Awards. Having written songs about same-sex relationships and falling in love, the LGBTQ+ advocate was recognised for their work in transforming understanding around global identities. Discussing the win, Sam quipped, "In the words of Cheryl Cole, 'We have to fight, fight, fight, fight... fight for this love. And I have. Am I am."In 2020, Sam was nominated for the MTV Music Artist Award at the British LGBT Awards 2020, alongside Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Kim Petras.

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Known to his fans as a trailblazer LGBTQ+ artist in the music industry, MNEK pays homage to his sexuality and LGBTQ+ fans in most of his music and TV work.Part of that is being a role model to the younger generation, who turn to his music for escapism and guidance. Speaking about growing up MNEK stated, "I didn't always see someone that I could relate to, that would tell me that being black and gay is OK."MNEK is also an advocate for diversity in the music industry. In 2019, the star set up writing camps dedicated to helping emerging LGBTQ+ singer-songwriters. The Grammy Award winning singer says the writing camps help to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ artists to work in, offering support and lack of judgement - something he says artists like himself didn't receive when starting out.

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Kim Petras

27-year-old Kim Petras currently has the undivided attention of millennials in 2020, becoming a huge hit on streaming sites like Spotify, as well as in the LGBTQ+ community, predominantly from her transgender identity.Kim says she is keen to help other young people wanting to come to terms with their gender identity. Speaking to The HuffPost, "I'm super proud of being transgender, and I love the rest of the community. I want to be a good example."However, the star has also made it aware that she doesn't want to be simply known as "the transgender pop star". Kim is keen to prove to the world transgender people are not "tokens." Speaking about potential music collaborations, Kim told iNews, "I've said no to a lot of collaborations where it was obviously like: 'We need to get this person a gay fanbase, so we'll put Kim Petras on their track. I'd like to be written about because I'm good at what I do."

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Olly Alexander from Years and Years

Olly has been outspoken in his views, pushing pro-LGBTQ+ messages in his interviews with the media and through his music.In 2016, the band re-released their number one single Desire with Tove Lo, accompanied with a pro-LGBT video in order to "celebrate all different kinds of sexuality and queer identities."The following year, Olly released a documentary with the BBC called Growing Up Gay, which shed light on mental health issues among LGBTQ+ youth.

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Lizzo says her music is meant to be enjoyed by those who have felt shunned by society, because that is the experience she has had throughout the course of her life.Lizzo wrote 'Good as Hell' to celebrate what it means to be different from the norm and to embrace that difference.Lizzo argues she is an ally for the LGBTQ+ community, telling Teen Vogue, "I've always stood up for the underdog and the underrepresented because I can't escape from that myself," she said. "I can't wake up one day and not be black. I can't wake up one day and not be a woman. I can't wake up one day and not be fat. I always had those three things against me in this world, and because I fight for myself, I have to fight for everyone else."She has also been open about her own sexuality, telling Billboard, "When it comes to sexuality or gender, I personally don't ascribe to just one thing. I cannot sit here right now and tell you I'm just one thing. That's why the colours for LGBTQ+ are a rainbow! Because there's a spectrum, and right now we try to keep it black and white. That's just not working for me."

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Ariana Grande

In 2013, Grande teamed up with Seventeen Magazine to raise awareness around homophobic online bullying.Grande has taken to Twitter to tweet her support following the US Supreme Court's ruling to make gay marriage legal. 'YAAAAAAS AMERICAN. LOVE WON. LOVE WINS. AND IT ALWAYS. WILL'(sic). She then celebrated the success during her Dance On The Pier set, where her backing dancers had body paint in the style of gay art legend Keith Haring.Ariana also wrote an open letter for Billboard Pride in 2018, saying she was "eternally indebted to and inspired by the LGBTQ community" for her success.

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Kylie has championed for LGBTQ+ rights as a straight ally, and even has a Drag night in Australia dedicated to her. Kylie has been extremely critical about Australia's 2013 court ruling against same-sex marriage.In her Kiss Me Once show, which toured the UK and Europe in 2014, the song 'All The Lovers' was performed against a backdrop of footage showing heterosexual, gay and lesbian couples, symbolising male-female, male-male and female-female relationships.

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Harry Styles

Harry is a hugely popular straight ally within the LGBTQ+ community. Firstly, he created t-shirts with the slogan, "Treat People With Kindness", with the profits going to GLSEN, an LGBTQ+ education charity.He helped a woman come out to a mother at his concert after she wrote on her sign, "I'm gonna come out to my parent's because of you."Harry waves Pride flags at concerts. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2019, Styles said that he waves the flag at his shows to help fans feel less alone. "I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be," he said. "Maybe at a show you can have a moment of knowing that you're not alone."The singer continued, "I'm aware that as a white male, I don't go through the same things as a lot of the people that come to the shows. I can't claim that I know what it's like, because I don't. So I'm not trying to say, 'I understand what it's like.' I'm just trying to make people feel included and seen."He even donated his Gucci rainbow shoes to a British-based LGBTQ and mental health charity.

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Jade Thirlwall

Jade supports and campaigns for LGBTQ+ charities, including Stonewall. She took time out of recording LM5 to present at the charity's awards show.One fan came out to their family because of the support they received from Jade - she tweeted them with congratulations, saying how proud she was of them.Jade is also a huge drag fan, celebrating her birthday in 2019 in LA surrounded by drag queens and attending Drag Con. Her fellow band-mates are also huge fans of the drag scene, with many drag stars like Courtney Act appearing in their 'Power' music video.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor's music video for 'You Need to Calm Down' featured some of America's most prominent queer celebrities. The end of the video ended with a plea for fans to sign the Equality Act, to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools and other public accommodations.In her latest 2020 album, Folklore, one song titled 'Betty' is said to be a song for those in the LGBT community.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry's 'Firework' video was dedicated to the It Gets Better Project, a worldwide movement against harassment of LGBTQ youth. The video's storyline is about a gay teen boy who embraces his sexuality.Her 'Swish Swish' music video was in homage to Drag Queens, and her performance of the song on SNL only featured New York Drag Queens. Additionally, Katy made it her mission to meet a victim of the Orlando Club Shooting after he said her song 'Rise' played on repeat during his recovery.And like the icon she is, Perry teamed up with Taylor Swift after Trump banned transgender military personnel.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z

In 2011, Beyoncé told Pride Source her LGBT fans were her inspiration, and seven years later, at her 2018 Global Citizen Festival performance, Queen B lined up in a row with her dancers, each wearing a different colour, to make a human Pride flag.In 2017, she and her husband Jay-Z were announced as the recipients of the Vanguard Award from GLAAD for their continued support of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Demi Lovato

In 2016, Demi Lovato was announced as the recipient of the Vanguard Award from GLAAD for their continued support of the LGBTQ community. She then went on to become the face of the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality Initiative before same-sex marriage was legalised.Two years before her GLAAD award win, Demi's 2014 hit song 'Really Don't Care' was filmed during her performance at LA Pride and featured a lesbian couple kissing and dancing transgender activists.

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Cheryl joined the debate around plans to legalise same-sex marriage in 2012, conducting interviews with The Evening Standard around the topic.She then performed at Manchester Pride 2019 to hit reviews, alongside Todrick Hall. Performing iconic Pride songs, as well as her own, Cheryl dressed in a LGBTQ+ flag which had "Fight For This Love" written on - a nod to her debut single, which many believe has LGBT undertones.

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Charli XCX

Charli XCX makes it known she wants to collaborate with LGBTQ+ artists. In her third studio album, she collaborated with Troye Sivan, Christine and the Queens, Kim Petras, Big Freedia, Pabllo Vittar, Brooke Candy and Clairo.To celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, Charli threw a queer music festival with her friend, and artist, Troye Sivan. It was specifically for queer people. It is common for LGBTQ+ festivals to book straight artists to perform, so every artist was from the LGBTQ+ community, with the events profits going to GLAAD.Charli XCX attributes her success to her LGBTQ+ fans, writing in an open letter to Billboard, "The LGBTQ community has shaped who I am as an artist today. I am thankful every day for my friends, fans, and collaborators, who belong to this very special community. Without you I'd be nothing."

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Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson shut down a homophobic troll

Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne arrive at the Boss fashion show on February 23, 2020 in Milan, Italy.
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After an Instagram troll told Ashley Benson, aka Hannah from Pretty Little Liars, that she should "date men", despite (at the time) being in a relationship with Cara Delevingne, the actress was quick to hit back.

"You need to mind your own business. Stop making things up," she wrote.

Cara then defended Ashley by saying, "You are f--king disgusting! If you have a problem with true love then come and say this sh-t to my face instead pathetically hating through Instagram.

"I genuinely feel sorry for you both, you are clearly not happy in your lives and have far too much time on your hands. Maybe get a hobby that doesn’t involve being homophobic and hating others for being happy."

YES CARA! No one could've said it any better.

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