We stand firmly against discrimination and violence aimed at LGBTQ people; we promote self-affirmation, dignity, and equal rights; we increase visibility and build community; and we celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. This is why we celebrate Pride Month.
The parallels between LGBTQ equality, animal rights, and other social justice movements have been an important theme in our philosophy and message, as intersectionality is truly part of our core identity at Mercy For Animals.
But we’re not the only ones who believe "No one is free when others are oppressed." In honor of Pride Month, here are 25 veg celebrities who are also fierce LGBTQ advocates!
1. Miley Cyrus
A longtime vegan, the singer and actress has never shied away from showing her love for farmed animals and plant-based food. But Miley is the very definition of a fierce advocate for LGBTQ rights. In 2014 she started Happy Hippie Foundation, which focuses on homeless youth, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable populations.
2. Liam Hemsworth
A few years ago, the Aussie actor told Men’s Fitness that he had gone vegan after learning the truth about factory farming. “After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn't continue to eat meat,” he said. “The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do.”
Like his partner, Miley Cyrus, Liam is an ally of the LGBTQ community. The actor penned open letters to elected officials in his home country of Australia urging them to support marriage equality.
3. Ricky Martin
Ricky credits a plant-based diet with his excellent health. The openly gay pop legend has been vegetarian since 2013 and loves the cruelty-free lifestyle. “On a vegetarian diet, I feel amazing!” the singer glows.
4. Ellen Page
Actress Ellen Page is proud to be gay and vegan. The producer of VICELAND’s Gaycation once asked, “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?”
5. Alan Cumming
This popular actor is also an outspoken animal rights advocate. He asserts, “Rotten carcasses don’t feel good inside my body … on a health level, meat is scary.” The openly gay actor has also worked tirelessly with LGBTQ rights groups and isn’t shy about criticizing President Trump’s anti-LGBTQ policies.
6. Ruby Rose
Last April the Australian Orange Is the New Black star took to Twitter to ask her 1.3 million followers to go veg as a way to combat climate change.
Trump changes to Climate change today have you feeling ill?? May I suggest turning vegan or at least vegetarian? We can be the change.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) March 29, 2017
The tweet was in response to President Trump’s decision to reverse most of Obama’s climate change initiatives and the Department of Energy’s decision to avoid phrases like “climate change” and “emissions reduction” in official communications.
The actress has been an advocate for LGBTQ people, supporting marriage equality and speaking on behalf of gender-nonconforming individuals. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Ruby made a donation to LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund.
7. Xavier Dolan
Xavier Dolan is a multitalented Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, editor, and costume designer who is always outspoken when it comes to causes he is passionate about. Xavier often uses his platform to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues, animal cruelty, and environmentalism. In 2015 Xavier tweeted an article about the connection between factory farming and climate change.
8. Daniel Newman
Daniel Newman is best known for starring in AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. His inspiring “coming out” video went viral last year on social media. Since then the openly gay actor has become a leader in the movement for equal rights for all. Daniel often uses his social media platform to speak out about animal rights and vegetarianism.
9. Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne isn’t afraid to show what she cares about. Whether Instagramming pictures of her delicious vegan pizza or tweeting adorable memes, the openly bisexual actress speaks up for farmed animals every chance she gets.
10. Jane Lynch
This Glee star and comedian has long promoted LGBTQ issues, and now she’s added a vegan lifestyle to her activist efforts. She chose veganism for its capacity to reduce suffering. “Love is so unconditional from the animals,” she explains. “I’ve just become a much better person because of my love for animals.”
11. Lloyd Daniels
Lloyd was the youngest act on The X Factor in 2009. Since then he has starred in numerous musical productions throughout the U.K. and rocked the stage of several U.K.-based pride events. Lloyd is a passionate vegan, often sharing pictures of his delicious meals on social media and inspiring his followers to adopt a plant-based diet!
12. Sara Gilbert
Host of daytime show The Talk, Sara raves about the benefits of a vegan diet for health and the environment. She convinced co-host Sheryl Underwood to go vegan for a month and wrote The Imperfect Environmentalist, a book promoting plant-based living as a major aid to the environmental cause. The openly gay actress and her wife have partnered with LGBTQ rights groups, including GLAAD, to help fight for equality.
13. Arianna Grande
The 24-year-old pop star has been a vegan and fierce LGBTQ ally for years. “I am a firm believer in eating a full plant-based, whole food diet that can expand your life length and make you an all-around happier person,” she says.
14. Sharon Needles
This glamorous winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race also promotes a meat-free lifestyle in a powerful animal rights PSA. The star, famous for her ghoulish style and eccentric personality, quips, “I believe that dead things should be buried and not eaten.”
15. Tove Lo
Tove Lo is a Swedish singer-songwriter known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop music. But what you might not know about the hit singer is that she’s also vegetarian. Earlier this month the singer, who identifies as bisexual, penned a moving love letter to her LGBTQ fans.
16. Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding is an English singer-songwriter who is passionate about protecting the planet and animals. In fact, in a recent interview with The Cut, the singer said she’d been vegetarian for six years and would make this year the one where she finally went fully vegan. She added that once she learned where meat came from, she found the concept hard to live with.
Ellie is also an outspoken LGBTQ ally. During a 2016 performance in North Carolina, shortly after the state had passed anti-LGBTQ legislation, Ellie displayed a giant rainbow pride flag.
17. Jane Velez-Mitchell
While many know Jane Velez-Mitchell as a television journalist and author, she’s also a fierce animal rights activist. In 2015 she launched Jane Unchained, an online show that covers animal rights news.
A dedicated vegan activist, she has attended countless marches and demonstrations. Jane has also hosted MFA’s annual Hidden Heroes Gala. Jane has partnered with LGBTQ rights groups, such as GLAAD, to help raise awareness for equality and has even marched in pride parades in New York and Los Angeles with her partner, Donna, and their companion animals.
18. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox, who stars as transgender Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black, took to Twitter and Instagram last year to declare veganism “the best thing ever!” The actress joins OITNB co-stars Danielle Brooks and Ruby Rose in healthy and compassionate eating. But the actress doesn’t stop there. Laverne has been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s transgender military ban, regularly discusses trans issues during interviews, and has partnered with countless LGBTQ rights groups to help promote equality.
20. Diane Warren
Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren is a fierce LGBTQ ally and outspoken animal rights activist. At MFA’s 2017 Hidden Heroes Gala, Diane received the Compassionate Leadership Award. She has written music for and established friendships with top LGBTQ artists and important allies of the community, such as Elton John, Ricky Martin, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Kristin Chenoweth, and Patti LaBelle. In 2014 Diane was recognized by LGBTQ rights group the Point Foundation and received the organization’s Leadership Award for her advocacy.
21. Simon Amstell
English comedian, screenwriter, director, and actor Simon Amstell is known for his former role as host of Popworld. Simon is vegan and recently released the mockumentary Carnage, a film set in the year 2067 in Britain, when no one eats meat anymore.
22. Mike White
Mike White is an actor, a writer, and a producer best known for HBO’s Enlightened and the films Year of the Dog; School of Rock; and the cult classic, Chuck & Buck. Mike is an outspoken vegan activist and openly bisexual.
23. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen, an LGBTQ icon and vegan explains her motivation to ditch animal products: “I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things with feelings … it became an easy choice for me. If you choose to educate yourself, it’ll be an easy choice for you, too.”
24. Portia Di Rossi
Model and actress Portia Di Rossi is known for her role on the hit show Scandal. She and her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, are both vegan animal rights activists.
25. Courtney Act
Shane Gilberto Jenek, better known as Courtney Act, is an Australian drag queen. Shane first came to prominence as Courtney in 2003 by competing on the first season of Australian Idol. In 2014 Courtney was one of the runners-up in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race. Shane is an outspoken vegan.