Our society has come so far in the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ, fluid, pansexual, asexual, intersex, genderqueer and nonbinary folx of all stripes, and it’s high time our leaders and politicians actually implemented full protections for those rights nationwide. This year, though, many LGBTQ issues have rightfully taken a back seat to protests against systemic racism and violence towards Black Americans. Because after all, Pride is not Pride if white queer people like me don’t stand by and fight for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other POC whose rights are being so disregarded by the Trump administration, by local police, and so many others in power around the world. It was people of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who championed LGBTQ+ activism in the 20th century, and it’s because of them that so many of us can announce, safely, to our friends and families and communities and workplaces that we are queer and proud and actually it’s NBD.
And yes, that goes for queer and nonbinary famous folks too — and not just the ones who have been gay icons since seemingly the dawn of time (hi, Elton). It also goes for celebs who are sexually fluid, pansexual, or just plain don’t fit a label at all. From currently hetero-partnered bisexual folks like Drew Barrymore and Anna Paquin to single queer adoptive mom Sia, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite queer parents who have spoken openly about their sexual identities — to their kids and their fans. And they’re able to do that and still keep their careers because of so many hard-working activists who came before them.
So let’s celebrate every one of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and otherwise non-conforming parents in our lives — the IRL loved ones and the ones we love to watch (and learn from) on our screens, ahead. Oh, and we’re also pretty obsessed with the regular-ol’ hetero celeb parents who are so supportive of their LGBTQ+ kids, too.
A version of this story was originally published in June 2020.