TravelGuides – Megan Fox celebrates ‘placing the B in #LGBTQIA for over two a long time’
It’s the queerest time of the yr – sure, the entire month of June – when the LGBTQ neighborhood comes collectively to have a good time being out and proud. Pride began as a protest exterior the Stonewall Inn in 1969 in New York, and the neighborhood would not be as outspoken as it’s at this time with out the work of Black and Latinx transgender girls.
The coronavirus pandemic thwarted conventional Pride parades and different debauchery final yr. With the nation reopening once more, members of the LGBTQ community can extra readily collect safely this time round.
But how are LGBTQ celebrities partaking in Pride Month this yr, and what does it imply to them? We requested some – and are monitoring many others’ social media accounts all through June – to inform us their ideas.
Megan Fox has been ‘placing the B in #LGBTQIA for over two a long time’
Actress Megan Fox celebrated Pride Month with a collection of selfies that included a rainbow French manicure.
“Putting the B in #LGBTQIA for over two decades,” Fox, 35, captioned the pictures June 26 on Instagram with two rainbow emojis and a Pride hashtag.
She additionally promoted two charities in the caption: Move On, a corporation that refers to itself as “a force for social justice and political progress,” and Into Action, “a movement of designers, illustrators, animators and artists building cultural momentum around civic engagement and the issues affecting our country and world.”
Former ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Laganja Estranja comes out as trans
Drag queen and choreographer Laganja Estranja, who appeared in the 2014 season of actuality competitors present “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” introduced she is “so proud to identify as trans” in an Instagram put up for Pride Month.
“I feel so empowered that I don’t have to hide in the shadows as I make this journey,” she wrote in a June 15 post, thanking “all the trans brothers and sisters that came before me who fought so that my coming out could be joyous!”
Estranja’s given identify off-stage is Jay Jackson, which she informed Entertainment Weekly she nonetheless plans to go by with these near her.
“I am so proud to identify as TRANS and to be living my truth. Happy PRIDE, you are beautiful as you are.”
Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff march in Pride parade
Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff wore Pride T-shirts and joined marchers for the Capital Pride Parade on June 12 in Washington, DC.
Harris’ shirt learn “Love is love” and Emhoff’s confirmed a collection of textual content studying “Love first” in quite a lot of colours.
The vice chairman stopped and talked to the crowd, in accordance with pool reviews.
“We still have so much to do. We celebrate all the accomplishments,” she mentioned. “Finally marriage is the law of the land. We need to make sure that our transgender community are all protected.”
Harris shared an identical message on Instagram the subsequent day the place she additionally recalled the honor of officiating the wedding ceremony of Kris Perry and Sandy Steir, whose courtroom case paved the means for marriage equality in California. She famous a must develop protections for the LGBTQ neighborhood in housing, employment and training.
“I want you to know we see you, we hear you and the president and I will not rest until everyone has equal protection under the law,” she mentioned.
JoJo Siwa celebrates first Pride, 5-month anniversary with girlfriend
JoJo Siwa is celebrating her “first Pride” this month, which additionally coincides together with her and her girlfriend’s 5-month anniversary.
“Happy pride month!” Siwa, 18, captioned a June 4 Instagram post with a rainbow emoji. “It’s time to celebrate being who you are and LOVING who YOU wanna LOVE!!❤️”
In the put up, Siwa and girlfriend Kylie Prew are proven beaming and embracing whereas carrying rainbow getups in entrance of an enormous “PRIDE” show. The web star, who began out on “Dance Moms” in the mid-2010s, got here out in January as a member of the LGBTQ neighborhood, later sharing she identified as queer and pansexual. For the couple’s one-month anniversary in February, she divulged in a candy put up that she was “the happiest I have ever been.”
“It really has been the best 5 months of my life truly being exactly who I am and finding love has been the best part of it all,” Siwa added in her new put up. “I love this human so much. I’m so happy❤️”
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Miley Cyrus seeks to place a cease to homophobia
Miley Cyrus’s message for Pride was blunt: “STOP homophobia whenever and wherever you see it,” the singer wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of herself subsequent to a cease signal. She tagged her Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to offering sources to LGBTQ youth, homeless residents and different susceptible communities.
The former Disney star spoke about being pansexual and gender-fluid in Variety’s 2016 Power of Women L.A. issue and mentioned she found her identification by means of by means of the LGBTQ heart in L.A.
“I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female,” she mentioned. “Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life. Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral.”
Alexandra Shipp says it is ‘by no means too late to be you’
“X-Men: Apocalypse” star Alexandra Shipp took to Instagram on June 3 to share “regrets” for not popping out as a member of the LGBTQ neighborhood earlier and to encourage followers to be themselves.
“I didn’t come out until I was 28. Though I don’t believe in regrets, this would definitely be #1 for myself. I denied denied denied,” Shipp wrote. “I struggled with not only my sexuality, but my femininity. I was scared it was too late. I was scared I wasn’t going to be able to get work. I was scared no one would ever love me. Scared. Scared. Scared.”
The 29-yr-previous added that she is now “happy in ways I don’t think my kid self could imagine.”
“It’s never too late to be you. If I don’t work because of a flawed, racist and homophobic system, then it was never the right thing for me … I’m not scared anymore. I have #pride in who I am and what I’m doing on this planet.”
Janelle Monáe encourages LGBTQ neighborhood to ‘shine arduous’
Janelle Monáe got here out as pansexual during a 2018 Rolling Stone interview and in 2021 she is utilizing social media to unfold love.
Pansexuality is attraction to all gender identities, or interested in folks no matter gender, in accordance with GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
Saturday the “Tightrope” singer reposted words from a tweet by LGBTQ author and activist Alexander Leon.
“Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise (sic) humiliation & prejudice,” Leon wrote. “The massive task of our adult lives is to unpick which parts of ourselves are truly us & which parts we’ve created to protect us.”
She completed the put up with a collection of emojis together with rainbows and spaceships calling herself a “kid for life.”
“For those of us who spent time in the dark and had to build worlds to protect ourselves Shine HARD. I love us,” she wrote.
Former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ contestant Lio Tipton comes out as queer, nonbinary
Lio Tipton who starred in Cycle 11 of “America’s Next Top Model” and performed the function of babysitter Jessica in the film “Crazy, Stupid, Love” reintroduced themself on Instagram Wednesday.
“Hi. My name is Lio. My pronouns are they/them. I am proud to announce I am queer and I identify as non binary,” they wrote.
Tipton’s caption was linked to an illustration that includes a novel robotic amongst different droids depicted to match one among two classes a name to the binary nature of gender.
They completed the put up with a rainbow flag and a coronary heart writing: “I hope to give as much love and support back to those who continue to show love and support for the Pride community at large.”
‘High School Musical’ spinoff actor Larry Saperstein comes out as bisexual
Actor Larry Saperstein, who performs Big Red on Disney+ present “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” introduced he’s bisexual Tuesday on social media.
Saperstein, 23, shared in a TikTok video that he “plays a character with a girlfriend on TV,” however “is bi (in real life).” In the present season, his character, a theater tech crew member-turned-performer, is relationship fellow theater solid member Ashlyn (Julia Lester).
“is it really that unexpected tho #pride,” Saperstein added of his announcement in the video caption.
Laverne Cox celebrates intersectional Pride
Laverne Cox, who has made waves in Hollywood as a trans girl, posted on Instagram to celebrate Pride with the theory of intersectionality.
The “Orange is the New Black” star listed names of Black feminists who contributed to the idea of intersectionality which is outlined by Merriam-Webster as “the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect.”
“My pride is intersectional. I bring all of me into pride month. I believe true liberation must be intersectional,” Cox wrote.
Under a photograph of Cox dressed in a golden leotard, she named 11 key figures of intersectionality and referred to as on her followers to call the relaxation.
“There are so many names. Who have I left out? List them below. Happy Pride Month,” she wrote.
Tan France needs to ‘champion range’ for LGBTQ neighborhood
“Queer Eye” fashion professional Tan France who is expecting his first child with husband Rob, opened Pride Month with an Instagram post of him fashionably wrapped in a rainbow flag with a star-like flower adorned on his head.
In the caption France made it some extent to method Pride Month with love and assist.
“Let’s celebrate and champion the diversity of our community,” France wrote. “Let’s show compassion to those who don’t feel that they can come out yet, and offer them love and support as they work through it, knowing there is a supportive community, waiting to welcome them with open arms and hearts.”
Busy Philipps praises her baby Birdie for Pride Month
The “Girls5Eva” actress posted a selfie of her and 12-yr-previous baby Birdie, who got here out as homosexual final yr and makes use of them/they pronouns, to have a good time Pride Month.
“Today is the start of PRIDE MONTH! I have so much pride for this kid and everything they are and do,” Philipps wrote.
She shares Birdie together with her husband, screenwriter Marc Silverstein, and took to Instagram to brag on Birdie’s ability to give back.
“Birdie decided to start gathering the unopened makeup and hygiene items from me and other influencer types(actors, singers, makeup and hair artists) to donate to the @lalgbtcenter for the queer and trans youth that the Center provides a safe space for,” Philipps wrote. “Well. Thanks to many of my friends, Birdie was able to donate HUNDREDS of items to the center.”
In December 2020, Philipps revealed on an episode her podcast “Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best,” that Birdie was homosexual and used nonbinary pronouns.
“I want Birdie to be in control of their own narrative and not have to answer to anybody outside of our friends and family if they don’t want to,” Philipps mentioned.
Taylor Swift urges senators to go the equality act
The “You Need To Calm Down” singer is “proudly” teaming up with GLAAD for its “Summer of Equality” marketing campaign to assist get the Equality Act handed.
“Who you love and how you identify shouldn’t put you in danger, leave you vulnerable or hold you back in life,” Swift wrote in an announcement posted to Twitter Tuesday. “I proudly join GLAAD in their #summerofequality and add my voice to those who support The Equality Act. Happy Pride Month!”
The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics. Those protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education and other areas.
Swift took a moment to thank her fellow “brave activists, advocates and allies for their dedication to preventing towards discrimination and hatred.”
She continued: “As at all times, at this time I’m sending my respect and like to these bravely residing out their fact, even when the world we reside in nonetheless makes that so arduous to do.”
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GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis thanked Swift for her advocacy and mentioned the aim of their “Summer of Equality” marketing campaign is to “get each senator to vote sure.”
The bill passed the U.S. House 224-206 in February, with all Democrats but just three Republicans supporting it. Its fate in the closely divided Senate is uncertain. The House also passed the bill in the last Congress, but it didn’t advance to the Senate.
Niecy Nash: ‘Love should be at the forefront’
Niecy Nash and wife Jessica Betts got married in August – when virtually no one even knew Nash was queer.
“I’m happy with who I’m,” she says. “I’m happy with my relationship. I’m happy with our marriage. I’m simply proud to be a Black girl who (lives) life on her personal phrases and does it out loud.”
How’s she digging the newlywed life? “It’s treating me nice,” she says. “I’m married to one among the most lovely souls.” A typical weekend for the pair involves good food, swimming and relaxing in the hot tub, she says.
Nash didn’t know what to expect once she revealed her truth to the world, “however my shut family and friends have been extraordinarily supportive and in order that was the most necessary half for me,” she says.
She’s been vocal about how she didn’t come out – she “by no means hid something” – however reasonably came into herself.
“I really feel such as you solely actually need braveness in the face of worry,” she says. “And I do not know if I used to be afraid in as a lot as I used to be simply cautious, as a result of I didn’t understand how we have been going to be acquired in the world.”
Plans for her first Pride Month aren’t set in stone yet, but she encourages people to lead with love.
“The world wants a lot love proper now as a result of we have come by means of a extremely robust yr and there is so many issues occurring in the world that carry stress and chaos,” she says. “Love needs to be at the forefront of any dialog that anyone is having.”
Candis Cayne displays on first Pride, must band collectively for trans neighborhood
Actress Candis Cayne acknowledged that Pride has modified over the years – particularly since she got here out (Cayne got here out twice, however as transgender in 1995).
“When I first got here out, Pride Month was about preventing for our rights. It was about marching, it was about telling the world that we have been OK with who we have been, and we have been valued folks in the neighborhood. And fortunately, an increasing number of, it has been accepted,” she says. That said, there’s still a ways to go.
Her first Pride was in New York City, where she saw a sea of people on Fifth Avenue.
“I keep in mind simply vividly pondering, ‘There’s extra of us on the market than I believed,’ ” she says. She’s done New York Pride for about 20 years, including performing on floats, and she recalled dressing as Wonder Woman and jumping off a truck and pretending to push it forward and backward – a magical, quintessential Pride moment.
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She does not have plans simply but for Pride – she is vaccinated and encourages others to do the similar – however “may simply have a get collectively and have a good time Pride in a extra intimate means this yr.”
“Seeing how our neighborhood’s being affected proper now, with all the laws, how trans girls of shade are being murdered at an alarming fee, I feel that is one thing that we actually must deal with as a neighborhood and band collectively,” she says.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actor Jake Borelli talks rising in his queerness
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Jake Borelli seen Pride Month as a celebration when he was youthful. But after publicly coming out in 2018 and spending extra time in queer areas with quite a lot of queer folks, he had time to replicate on what Pride is absolutely about.
“As I’ve grown in my queerness, and my relationship to my very own queerness, I do know wholeheartedly that it is a riot, and it’s a protest,” the actor, who plays Dr. Levi Schmitt, says. “At this level in my queerness, I really feel like I can not enable myself to face anymore for the unfavorable means society has made me really feel about my queerness and Pride and Pride Month, and Pride gatherings.”
The absence of physical queer spaces during the pandemic forced him to think even deeper.
“That triggered me to begin pondering much more introspectively about what it means to be queer and what rising up as a homosexual individual surrounded by straight folks actually truly did to my psyche in the long run, and I’ve discovered myself having to re-mum or dad myself proper now as as a queer man, re-parenting my youthful queer self,” he says.
He’s been to a host of different Pride celebrations in his life, from Los Angeles and New York to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
“It was such an unimaginable expertise to return to my hometown the place I used to be totally closeted, and did not really feel like I could possibly be my full self and to see that there was a complete group of people that have been pushing ahead in Columbus for the queer neighborhood and had been without end,” he says.
His advice for queer people going on similar journeys as himself?
“Be affected person with your self and everybody who’s round you,” he says with a laugh. “I’ve to remind myself that on daily basis.”
Leyna Bloom talks Pride Month, how she celebrates ‘every single day’
“Port Authority” star Leyna Bloom not too long ago opened as much as USA TODAY in a Q&A about how she celebrates Pride Month each day.
“Pride isn’t just this time once we can discover issues which are in us that we’re raised to suppress and now we’re taught to specific it in the solar and in the streets and the world simply for one month,” Bloom says. “It’s one thing that I’ve to do each single day of my life. I’ve to get up and be proud that I’m alive and (ask) ‘Why am I right here? And what am I doing right here, and am I going to have the ability to assist folks?’
“Through all the most traumatic experiences in my life and in the world, seeds are being planted everywhere I go. And this summer 2021, everything is blooming at the same time: Sports Illustrated, movies, TV shows. It is really a moment to be Black, be queer, be trans, be Asian, so I’m just honestly going to celebrate every single day that I’m allowed to be alive to have those moments. So I’m really excited to see what else I can do and how we can elevate our community to unite.”
Contributing: Anika Reed and Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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This article initially appeared on USA TODAY: Pride 2021: Megan Fox, JoJo Siwa, more stars celebrate month
TravelGuides – Megan Fox celebrates ‘placing the B in #LGBTQIA for over two a long time’