In honor of LGBT Pride Month, BET (Black Entertainment Television), a leading provider of African American cultural and entertainment-based programming, spotlighted celebrities who have publicly spoken out in support of the LGBT community.
The star-studded list included artists like singer Mary J. Blige, rapper Fat Joe, and Oscar award winning actress Mo’Nique.
In 2005, rapper Kanye West said, "Everyone in hip hop discriminates against gay people. Not just hip hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it.'"
Former Miss America and actress Vanessa Williams told The Advocate in 2009, "Every day there is another obstacle that people are confronting—now is the time to have open dialogue. If it's not gay marriage, if it's not gays in the military, there is always something in the forefront and I think that's fantastic. Dialogue with education is how you get power."
Last year, singer Jennifer Lopez spoke to The Advocate on how she would react if one of her children were gay, "I wouldn’t be shocked or anything. Marc even once asked me, 'What if one of the babies is gay?' I said, 'Who cares?' And he was like, 'Yeah, I know. Who cares?' You just love your kids and want them to be happy, because it’s really about love. That’s what this is all about—I sing about it, I do movies about it, and that’s how I live my life."
Read what other celebrities have said here.
We applaud BET.com for spotlighting celebrities who have spoken out in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. GLAAD encourages other media outlets to follow in BET.com's example.