June means it’s finally Pride month! While this year many Pride parades have been cancelled or postponed due to Corona, Pride itself is not cancelled. Celebrate yourself, with your family, and your friends. Now, it’s time for some LGBTQ+ vegan content, combining two important parts of my life together. Let’s get to it.
There are many famous vegan actors, musicians, comedians, writers, and producers out there that use their platform to fight for animal rights and animal liberation. Many of these celebrities also identify as LGBTQ+ and stand up for equality, not just for animals, but also for every person that does not fit into the standard social categories. Check out this list of some of my favorite LGBTQ+ vegan celebrities.
Miley Cyrus is probably one of the most famous LGBTQ+ celebrities currently active in the entertainment industry. The former Hannah Montana actress-turned-popstar is also an outspoken advocate for veganism. She has been vegan since 2014, stating her pet pig was the inspiration to shift to this lifestyle. Miley also founded the Happy Hippie Foundation supporting the LGBTQ+ community and fighting youth homelessness in the U.S. When she first came out she described herself as pansexual and later as genderfluid. Today, she doesn’t want to label herself and says she also doesn’t need her partner to follow any labels.
You might best know the Canadian actress and producer from the her titular role in Juno, the Netflix show The Umbrella Academy or from her documentary There’s Something in the Water about environmental justice. In 2014, PETA named her sexiest vegetarian. During the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference in February 2014, she publicly came out as gay during a speech. Since 2018, she is happily married Emma Portner, a dancer and choreographer. Check out more reasons why we should all love Ellen Page.
Simon Amstell is a Jewish, gay, vegan comedian as well as writer and director from the United Kingdom. In 2017 he premiered his mockumentary Carnage, which is set in 2067 in the U.K., where meat eating as been banned and everyone is vegan. The older generations suffer from guilt due to their past consumption of meat while the younger generations can’t understand how people didn’t live as herbivores in the past. His feature film Benjamin premiered in 2018 and he also currently has a stand-up special on Netflix called Set Free.
The Australian actress gained international fame with her role in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and currently stars as Batwoman. She is well-known for her androgynous looks and has stated that she sees herself as genderfluid. She came out as a lesbian at a very young age and as part of her vegan activism has participated in PETA’s I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.
Cumming has made a name for himself as a comedian, actor, writer, singer, filmmaker, and activist. The Scot, who lives in New York with his husband, is openly bisexual and has been vegan since 2012. For his activism for the LGBTQ+ community he has been recognized by organizations such as the Trevor Project and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. He also has been awarded multiple awards including from GLAAD and the HRC as well as PETA’s Humanitarian Award in 2017.
Lynch is a well-known actress, comedian, author, and singer singer. Some of her most popular roles include Sue Sylvester on Glee, Dr. Linda Freeman on Two and a Half Men, and Joyce Wischnia on the groundbreaking LGBTQ+ show The L Word. The Emmy-winning actress has also appeared on Broadway and lent her voice to documentaries and other voiceover projects. She is openly lesbian and has previously worked with PETA on projects encouraging animal adoptions. She herself has multiple rescue dogs.
The vegan catering on the set of Orange Is the New Black must have been amazing with another star of the show on our list. Laverne Cox rose to fame as Litchfield prison inmate Sophia Burset. She has done a lot of the firsts for the transgender community. For her role she was considered for a Primetime Emmy Award making her the first openly transgender person to be nominated in any acting category. She also is the first openly transgender woman to win an Emmy for her role as executive producer on Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word. Further, she was the first transgender person on the cover of TIME magazine and the first to have a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s. She has been a trailblazer for transgender rights and representation and has won numerous awards for her advocacy work.
You know Mike White from the 2003 movie School of Rock, which he wrote and co-starred alongside Jack Black. His screenplay Year of the Dog, which was nominated at the Independent Film Awards, also got him an award from PETA. He is openly bisexual and he also has a gay father.
Sia is an Australian musician known for songs like “Titanium,” “Cheap Thrills,” and “Chandelier.” She has been part of different campaigns advocating for animal rights and animal welfare. These initiatives include the Beagle Freedom Project, the Oscar’s Law campaign, and collaborations with PETA. In 2016 she was nominated for the Libby Award for “Best Voice for Animals.” The music video for “The Greatest,” released the same year, paid tribute to the victims of the anti-LGBTQ+ Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Sia has stated that she’s “flexible” when it comes to her dating life and her partner’s gender.
There are more LGBTQ+ vegan celebrities and public figures. There are popular LGBTQ+ vegan chefs, politicians, academics, among many other sectors that might not put them in direct spotlight. Yet, those lesser known LGBTQ+ vegans use their voice on a daily basis, too. They use it to fight for their own rights, and the rights of animals which is so fantastic.
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