Vote Now for the 2022 LGBTQ Nation Celebrity Who Made Us Proud

From the shores of Fire Island to the stage of the Dolby Theatre, a diverse cast of celebrities proved this year “there is a place for us.”

This year LGBTQ Nation Celebrity nominees who made us proud are making a splash in teen pop JoJo Siwawho became half of the first gay couple in 30 seasons of Dancing with the stars; reality tv host RuPaul, who used his platform to advocate for LGBTQ rights and became the most Emmy-winning black artist; actor Elliot Page, which introduced transgender inclusion to Hollywood and state legislatures; comedian and actor Joel Kim Boosterwho brought Asian American gay men to the fore with his film Fire Island; and actor Ariana DeBosethe first queer woman of color to win an Oscar after wowing the world with her performance in West Side Story.

The nominees for LGBTQ NationThe celebrity of 2022 who made us proud has us screaming, “Hooray for Hollywood!” Vote now for LGBTQ Nation 2022 Celebrity who made us proud.

JoJo Siwa

JoJo Siwa
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At 10, little JoJo Siwa with the big ponytail dance mom its way into the heart of America.

At 18, she melted them by going out on Insta with the support of a family member: her t-shirt said “Best. Cheerful. Cousin. Already.”

Now 19, the social media star hasn’t finished making a good impression.

Last fall, Siwa wowed the country Dancing with the stars, tango in history with ballroom dancer Jenna Johnson as one half of the show’s first-ever gay dance crew on the long-running and immensely popular reality competition. They were going home with money.

She followed up in 2022 with a new gig as a “judge” on So you think you can dance; ran an inside home run at Dodger Stadium for charity; ditched her signature ponytail for an all-new look; got caught on the kiss-cam with his girlfriend; and explained why the word “lesbian” just isn’t her style.

Siwa is nothing but herself.

That’s why, if you asked her, Siwa could say that the most important thing she’s done in the last year was replying to a gay tweet with a speech at her concert in Columbia, Carolina. from the South, in March.

“You know, it might be your hair, it might be the color of your skin, it might be the person you love, but I want to remind you all that that thing that’s different about you is what makes you special. Being gay isn’t weird.This rainbow pride flag represents love, and this rainbow pride flag represents equality, and that represents being yourself.

RuPaul

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RuPaul must be doing something right: The host and executive producer won three more Primetime Emmy Awards last fall, bringing his total to 11, the most of any black performer and producer in history.

Breaking with history, RuPaul brought more trans representation to reality TV on his show RuPaul’s Drag Race last year than ever before. Last fall, trans drag queen Kylie Sonic Love was crowned the winner of Season 6 of All stars. This year, five competitors from the last season of RuPaul’s Drag Race were transgender, making it the show’s most transgender season.

RuPaul has also been a strong advocate for LGBTQ equality on other platforms. He cheered on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as he replaced the host on Jimmy Kimmel Live this summer.

And when he won all his Emmys this year, RuPaul made sure everyone knew he did it by bringing LGBTQ culture to a wider audience.

“As the fundamental human rights of LGBTQ+ people are once again under threat, I want to thank our peers at the Television Academy for recognizing the achievements of the beautiful and talented souls who work in front and behind the cameras at RuPaul’s Drag Race“, he wrote after his victory. “We will never take for granted the platform we have been given to tell authentic gay stories, and we pledge to do everything in our power to continue spreading light, love and laughter. “

Elliot Page

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Actor Elliot Page, best known for Juno and now on season 3 of his Umbrella Academy run, wasted no time post-transition lending his voice to the fight for trans rights.

His first foray was to speak directly, even politely, in a tweet to Montana lawmakers. This reasonable approach and relentlessness became a model for her social media activism, defying anti-trans laws in West Virginia, North Dakota, Tennessee, Florida and Texas. He joined a friend of the court brief against anti-trans legislation in Alabama enacted despite the Republican governor’s veto and lent his support to the Dave Chappelle-inspired Netflix walkout.

He also helped bring more trans representation to the small screen. After announcing his transition, his Umbrella Academy The character has been reworked to provide the popular series with a deep and sensitive trans storyline.

Joel Kim Booster

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As an actor, producer and writer, Joel Kim Booster has written a well-received feature film – Fire Island – which explores racism and classism in the very white and muscular gay beach mecca of New York.

“The night before we started shooting, I was like, ‘This is going to change my life or this is going to be the biggest flop of my career,'” Booster said. The New York Times. “And I don’t think there will be anything in between.”

While Booster was living in town, working a day job, and trying to be a comedian, he spent summer weekends on the island with mostly POC friends, and experienced a type of social stratification first hand. similar. discovered at Austen Pride and Prejudice, as well as the Meat Rack, poppers and Sunday Tea Dance. It was a perfect fit.

The comedian is still unsure about his prospects. “I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet,” he said. “I don’t get any Grindr messages about this.”

Ariana DeBose

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There was a lot of love and synchronicity in the room last March when 31-year-old actress Ariana DeBose, winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in West Side Story, looked down from the stage and locked eyes with Rita Moreno. Pioneering history was repeating itself.

Almost 60 years old the week before, Rock Hudson presented Moreno, 60 years DeBose’s eldest and also daughter of Puerto Rico, the same statuette for the same role in the same story at the same age.

“Rita Moreno. You’re looking at me right now. And I’m so grateful that your Anita paved the way for tons of Anitas like me, and I love you so much.

With DeBose’s Anita victory, she added another lyric to the musical Oscar score: first queer woman of color to win an Oscar.

Debose continued from the stage, to cheers: “Imagine this little girl in the backseat of a white Ford Focus. Look into his eyes. You see a queer, openly queer, Afro-Latina woman of color who has found her strength in life through art. And that’s what I believe we’re here to celebrate. So to anyone who has ever questioned your identity, ever, ever, ever, or find yourself living in the gray spaces? I promise you this: there is a place for us.

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