26 Famous Gay People Who Fight for Human Rights

Several gay celebrities fight for causes that benefit human rights all over the world. Some famous gay people support causes like The Trevor Project, or It Gets Better, while others focus their energies on various AIDS research organizations. Most LGBT celebrities on this list of famous gay people who fight for human rights support multiple charities.Who is the most famous gay person who fights for human rights? Ellen Degeneres tops this list. She supports several charities the Elton John AIDS Foundation, as do many others on this list including Neil Patrick Harris.

Ellen DeGeneres famously came out as gay on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in 1997. DeGeneres supports several human rights charities including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the It Gets Better Project, the Human Rights Campaign and many more.
Elton John first came out as a bisexual in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone and in 1988 he announced he was comfortable being gay. John supports a variety of charities including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, among others.
Rosie O’Donnell publicly came out in 2002. She has since been a fierce advocate for gay rights, same-sex marriage, and gay adoption rights. O’Donnell supports charities such as the Human Rights Campaign, Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation, Voices Against Violence, the Family Equality Council, and many more.
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton supports several charities including the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network, the NOH8 Campgain, and others.
Comedian Wanda Sykes supports charities such as the Alliance For Children’s Rights and performed as part of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour, supporting LGBT causes.
Neil Patrick Harris came out in 2006. He supports several charities including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, and others.
George Takei officially announced that he was gay in 2002. He has since become a popular champion for gay rights supporting several charities including the American Foundation for Equal Rights and the Human Rights Campaign.
‘N Sync singer Lance Bass came out as gay in 2006. He supports several charities including Love Our Children USA, The Trevor Project, and many more.
Author and LGBT activist Dan Savage co-founded the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide in LGBT teens.
Openly gay politician Harvey Milk dedicated his life to fighting for gay rights. He was assassinated in 1978.
“Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn has said that he had a difficult time coming out, as his family was terribly homophobic. He officially came out when he was 29 and he is now an inspiration to people across the world. Gunn supports such charities as Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and The Trevor Project.
Ricky Martin came out as gay in 2010 and has since become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage. Martin supports charities such as American Foundation for AIDS Research and the Ricky Martin Foundation.
Drag queen, actor, and musician RuPaul has been a beacon of empowerment since he first emerged in the music industry. He has since dedicated his life to promoting LGBT causes with everything he does. He has also participated in promotions for the M*A*C AIDS Fund.
Actor Alan Cumming supports such charities as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Global Fund, and many more.
Ian McKellen is openly gay. He is extremely active working to increase gay rights all over the world and supports several charities including Step Forward, GLAAD, The Make A Difference Trust, and many more.
Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman from Massachusetts, consistently fights for human rights in Congress.
Reality TV star Chaz Bono supports charities such as GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.
“American Idol” alum Adam Lambert came out as gay after his season of the reality competition had come to an end. He has since been an inspiration to the gay community all over the world, for not shying away from any aspect of himself. Lambert supports charities such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation and others.
Tennis great Martina Navratilova came out publicly in 1981. She is an outspoken advocate for gay rights. She supports several charities such as the Human Rights Campaign.
Journalist Don Lemon is always bringing human rights issues to the public with his coverage of important stories. He supports Redlight Traffic to end human trafficking.
Zachary Quinto publicly came out in 2011. He supports several gay rights organizations such as The Trevor Project.
Journalist LZ Granderson supports GLAAD and is on the advisory board of You Can Play, an organization that fights to end homophobia in sports.
Singer and songwriter Tracy Chapman has never publicly discussed her sexuality, but it is widely known that she was in a relationship with A Color Purple author Alice Walker. She has performed at several benefit concerts including the Tibetan Freedom concert and Human Rights Now.
The Matrix co-director Lana Wachowski is a fierce supporter of the Human Rights Campaign.
Musician Andy Bell, of Erasure, supports several charities including the National Aids Trust and Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
“Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson supports many charity organizations including the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project and more.