June marks Pride Month, a 30-day celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and everything it stands for. And if anyone forgot, these celebrity Pride Month 2019 photos are here to remind us of that. From Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal tribute to Taylor Swift’s political letter, celebrities across Hollywood (and the world) are taking a stand for the LGBTQ+ community and equality. But pride is more than parades and rainbows.
It’s a time to celebrate and remind us of the LGBTQ+ community’s rich history and the accomplishments its made over the years. June, 2019 actually marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which inspired the creation of Pride Month. We’re nowhere near systemic equality, but the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way, and celebrities, from Katy Perry to Mariah Carey, recognize that. There’s no one way to celebrate pride. Whether you’re decked out head to toe in rainbows or simply an ally for your LGBTQ+ loved ones, pride is about the LGBTQ+ community and how love is love, no matter your gender or sexual orientation.
In honor of Pride Month 2019, we’ve collected the most proud celebrity photos celebrating the LGBTQ+ community this year. We see you, Hollywood, and wave those rainbows proud.
To kick off Pride Month, Swift wrote a letter to Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, asking him to support LGBTQ+ rights by voting to support the Equality Act. “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,” Swift wrote. “I urge you to write to your senators, too. I’ll be looking for your letters by searching the hashtag #lettertomysenator.”
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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.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
For Pride Month 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex highlighted several LGBTQ+ activists and organizations on Instagram. “This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ+ community – those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future,” Markle and Harry wrote.
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Continuing with our tradition to rotate the accounts we follow based on causes and social issues that matter to us: For the month of June we “proudly” shine a light on PRIDE. This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ+ community – those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future. We stand with you and support you 🌈 Because it’s very simple: love is love. Images above from the accounts we are now following and artist Ruben Guadalupe Marquez
After the release of her single “Never Really Over,” Perry posted a photo from her music video with a caption celebrating pride. “💜💙💚💛🧡❤️ Happy Pride Month, my angels! Let us never stop lifting each other up. I see you, and I love you ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜,” she wrote.
Carey used Pride Month 2019 to promote her pride-themed merchandise, which include sweatshirts and T-shirts with the an airbrushed rainbow “pride.”
Happy Pride Month!!!! 🏳🌈🏳🌈 Love always to all my friends in the LGBTQ+ community!
Get my festive shirt and more pride merch @ https://t.co/pAoAZBILAu 🏳🌈🦋 #HappyPride #Pride2019 #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/EZ9DQgDJiF
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 1, 2019
As one of the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye, Pride Month is close to Berk’s heart. He used the opportunity to post a video wishing his followers a happy Pride Month.
Jonathan Van Ness
Like his Queer Eye costar, Van Ness also took to an Instagram video to wish his followers a happy pride. The hairstylist posted a video of him and the rest of the Queer Eye cast celebrating pride.
Etheridge celebrated Pride Month by posting a GIF of her symbol against a rainbow, with a tweet reminding her followers to “be strong.” “Happy #PRIDE month! Be Strong. Speak True. Choose only love,” she wrote.
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) June 1, 2019
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Ferguson started Pride Month with a clapback at President Donald Trump for his treatment of the LGBTQ+ community, especially trans folks in the military.
You can’t celebrate us during pride & reject us the rest of the year; stripping rights from our trans family in military service, our adoption rights & allowing for religious entities to refuse us basic rights. We reject you. Bai 👋🏻 https://t.co/H7UN1yGPZ7
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 1, 2019
Page sent pride and love to her fans with this intimate photo of her and her wife, Emma Portner.
For Pride Month 2019, Wayans posted a photo of his daughter, Amai, with an emotional caption about how he loves who she is. “Happy pride 🌈 to my pride and joy. I wouldn’t change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again,” he wrote.
The country singer took to her Instagram to share this festive shot of her, her husband Brendan McLoughlin and her brother Luke Lambert at New York City pride. “Happy Pride Y’all! 🌈 #family #ally #worldpridenyc,” Lambert wrote.
Cohen spent his New York pride with Real Housewives, like NeNe Leakes and Teresa Guidica. The host shared two shots of him and his Bravo stars, with the caption “Verified A transcendent day today!! There was love everywhere! ♥️🏳️🌈♥️🏳️🌈 and our float was like a Fellini movie. HAPPY PRIDE!”
Keys celebrated pride with this snap of her rocking braids and a jacket with the phrase “Show me love” on the back. “We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit 💞- #audrelorde,” she wrote in the caption.
Neil Patrick Harris
Harris and his husband, David Burtka, celebrated pride on a float with their two kids, Harper and Gideon. “What a spectacular day. What a spectacular time. World Pride 2019 in NYC was an extraordinary experience, seeing literally millions of people spreading love and positivity. No conflict. No problems. Just love. So honored to share this with my husband @dbelicious and with our kids. Just an overwhelming outpouring of love. #grateful,” he wrote on Instagram.
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What a spectacular day. What a spectacular time. World Pride 2019 in NYC was an extraordinary experience, seeing literally millions of people spreading love and positivity. No conflict. No problems. Just love. So honored to share this with my husband @dbelicious and with our kids. Just an overwhelming outpouring of love. #grateful
Kaling glittered on pride month with this rainbow dress, which she wore to call attention to LGBTQIA organizations. “It ain’t over yet! There are so many organizations and ways to show your support to our LGBTQIA friends. How have you celebrated #pride? ❤️💛💚💙💜,” she wrote.
The former Real Housewife celebrated pride in Los Angeles with a limo, a rainbow umbrella and her dog, as she drove around West Hollywood. “Happy Pride! 🌈💕🎉 @lapride #justunite #lapride2019 #lgbtq,” she wrote.
Theron’s pride post featured her in a rainbow skirt with a T-shirt with the word love, while standing in the street during Los Angeles pride. “Happy #Pride everyone! 🌈,” she wrote simply in the caption.