Happy Pride, #TigerBeatFam!
This month, we’re embracing love — of all kinds! — as we come together to recognize the LGBTQ+ community. With everything going on in the world, it’s more important than ever to celebrate both our similarities and differences, and appreciate the beauty of being you.
1. Joshua Rush
The 18-year-old actor made history with his portrayal of Cyrus Goodman on “Andi Mack,” Disney Channel’s first openly gay main character and the first to have a same-sex love interest. Months after his on-screen counterpart’s coming out journey aired, Josh took to Twitter to do the same, and revealed that he only gained the courage to come out as bi-sexual after seeing the mass impact of Cyrus’ story. Real talk: no one could have brought this character to life as well as Josh did!
— Luke Mullen (@thelukemullen) June 2, 2020
2. Lilia Buckingham
The multi-talented actor, activist, and soon-to-be published author has always used her platform to advocate for equality. She even launched the Strawberry Social Club with her girlfriend Jillian Shea SpaederJillian Shea Spaeder, and they’re donating 100% of proceeds from the June line to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
In a recent interview, Frankie got real about the significance of his “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” character Carlos: “I think it’s very important. Growing up as a little Mexican gay kid, there’s not really much to look to.” And that’s on representation! There’s no doubt Frankie is serving role model realness to kids all over the world.
Earlier this month, the “Riverdale” star took to Instagram to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In the spirit of using her platform to stand up for one’s community, she wrote, “Although I’ve never announced it publicly before, I am a proud bisexual woman. And I will be joining this protest today.” You go, girl!
If you’ve seen “Outer Banks,” chances are you’ve fallen in love with the absolute sweetheart that is Kiara Carrera. Because she’s every bit as charming as her on-camera character, it’s no surprise Madison has a bae! In a recent TikTok, Maddie explained that she identifies as pansexual, and introduced fans to her goal-worthy girlfriend. Can someone say couple goals?!
There’s so much to love about this “13 Reasons Why” star! Brandon first caught our attention as Justin Foley, and has kept it by basically being the most adorable person on Earth. In 2017, he protested against an Australian aerial message that discouraged the legalization of same-sex marriage, and in 2019, he attended San Fransisco Pride alongside his 13 Reasons family. Major squad goals!
This “The Hate U Give” star has never shied away from fighting for what’s right. The non-binary actress has used their platform to speak up for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, earning them a spot on Time’s list of Most Influential Teens.
8. Lil Nas X
The songwriter made history last year, not only for breaking musical barriers with his viral bop “Old Town Road,” but also as for being the first artist to come out while having a number-one record. Lil Nas famously took to Twitter on World Coming Out Day and urged his followers to listen a little more closely to his song “C7osure,” which says “Ain’t no more actin’, man that forecast say I should just let me grow // No more red light for me, baby, only green, I gotta go.”
Just like her character Moana, this multi-talented teen is all for breaking boundaries. When a Twitter user asked her if she liked girls, Auli’i cheekily directed her fans to her TikTok account, where she’d posted a lip sync to Eminem’s song “Those Kinda Nights,” notably singing “You straight? No, I’m bi.” YAAASS, queen!
10. Josie Totah
After recurring roles on “Jesse” and “Liv and Maddie,” Josie came out as trans in 2018. The actress now advocates for transgender visibility and often does work with organizations like the Trevor Project. We can’t wait to see her pop off as Lexi in the new adaptation of “Saved By the Bell”!
Though the world may seem a little overwhelming right now, it’s important to recognize the power we share by supporting one another. This Pride month, remember that love conquers all. So share it loud and share it proud!