Pride 2019: How Celebrities Are Standing Up for LGBT Rights

Pride 2019: How Celebrities Are Standing Up for LGBT Rights
Taylor Swift performs onstage at 2019 iHeartRadio Wango Tango presented by The JUVÉDERM® Collection of Dermal Fillers at Dignity Health Sports Park on June 01, 2019 in Carson, California. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Pride is in the air. From marches in the streets to companies putting out special Pride collections, people are sharing messages of LGBT rights, inclusion and love in all sorts of ways. Guess what? Celebrities are getting in on the fun.

This year's Pride marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the very first "Gay Power" demonstration in New York's Washington Square Park in 1969. That first Pride saw 500 people take to the streets, now people across the globe gather to show their support for equality.

Some celebrities joined a Pride march, others posted their support online and others went political. Here are some of the highlights from the major celebrities recognizing Pride this year.

Charlize Theron

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Happy #Pride everyone! 🌈

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Charlize Theron marched in LA's Pride on June 9.

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

The official account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recognized Pride month by spotlighting LGBT organizations. In the caption, they wrote, "We stand with you and support you. Because it's very simple: love is love." Organizations highlighted include the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, the Trevor Project and It Gets Better. One of the photos in the grid features Harry's mother, Diana, meeting with people with HIV/AIDS.

Taylor Swift

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🌈HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!!🌈 While we have so much to celebrate, we also have a great distance to go before everyone in this country is truly treated equally. In excellent recent news, the House has passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. I’ve decided to kick off Pride Month by writing a letter to one of my senators to explain how strongly I feel that the Equality Act should be passed. I urge you to write to your senators too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created a petition at change.org to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act. Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable. Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally. 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 Click the link in my bio to sign the petition for Senate support of the Equality Act.

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Not only did Swift release what is likely to become a gay anthem, "You Need To Calm Down," the singer also posted her letter to Senator Lamar Alexander, urging him to support the Equality Act, which would add non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in the workplace, housing, hospitals and many other places. She wrote, "Let's show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally."

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson's responded to President Trump's tweet celebrating Pride by telling the president, "You can't celebrate us during pride & reject us the rest of the year."

Lisa Vanderpump

Pride 2019: How Celebrities Are Standing Up for LGBT Rights
TV personality Lisa Vanderpump seen at the LA Pride Parade on June 09, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star rode through LA's Pride.

Lizzo

It's all in the eyes. The "Juice" singer used her eye makeup to share a message of Pride.

Ben Platt

The Tony award winner for Dear Evan Hansen recognized Pride through a #tbt, posting a childhood picture of himself in a dress.

Ellen Page

The Tales of the City actress posted an intimate Pride picture with her new wife, Emma Portner.

Paula Abdul

Pride 2019: How Celebrities Are Standing Up for LGBT Rights
Paula Abdul performs during the LA Pride 2019 on June 07, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Paula Abdul was the featured artist at this year's LA Pride.

Mariah Carey

The singer turned Pride into a merch opportunity, promoting the sale of her Mariah Carey branded Pride apparel.

Halle Berry

The Oscar-winning actress posted an artistic shot to Instagram to show her support, writing in the caption, "Standing tall for everyone to have the right to live and love out loud!"

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