10 Hunky Straight Men Who Are Major LGBTQ Allies

Jan 21 · 5 min read

by Ryan Shea

Gorgeous face, enviable body, charming personality and an LGBTQ supporter to boot? Sign us up! Our community has seen many A-list stars from all walks of life show up and show out for us over the years, even before it was OK to do so.

They’ve stood by our side and fought the good fight, especially during the harrowing Trump administration, as our quest for equality continues. Them being hot as hell is simply the cherry on top of the fabulous cake they’ve helped bake for us over the years and we couldn’t be more thankful for them being in our corner.

Check out 10 hunky straight men that we applaud for their both their sexiness and support:

Justin Timberlake.

The “Rock Your Body” star who has been driving us crazy since his *NSYNC days gave a moving speech to LGBTQ youth at the 2017 iHeart Radio Awards. ““If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans, or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee,” he said, “anyone that is treating you unkindly ― it’s only because they are afraid, or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are. Being different means you’re making a difference. So … f**k ‘em.”

Brad Pitt.

As if we needed a reason to love this hunk even more. Brad, during his Angelina Jolie years, made a massive statement in support of gay marriage years before it became a law. The Oscar winner told Esquire in 2006 that they would “consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.”

Dwayne Wade.

Dwayne and his wife Gabrielle Union received a ton of support from the LGBTQ community when they came out in support of their transgender daughter Zaya. “Our daughter Zaya is leading us on this journey,” Dwyane said during the virtual GLAAD Media Awards last year. The NBA star’s words related to how he didn’t always understand what it meant for someone to live in their truth. “I want to thank Zaya for teaching me and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family.”

Chris Hemsworth.

Superhero and super awesome. Chris shared his support of marriage equality in Australia in a heartwarming 2017 Instagram post. “Dear open minded, free speaking laid back, life loving aussies. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! Vote now for marriage equality.”

Prince Harry.

Harry and his then-fiancee Meghan Markle spoke passionately about their LGBTQ support one month before they famously tied the knot. “This is a basic human rights issue, not one about sexuality,” she said during a meeting with delegates of the Commonwealth Youth Forum in April 2018. Harry also spoke about how the two of them were passionate about keeping advocacy going for our community following their star-studded wedding.

Daniel Radcliffe.

The Harry Potter star has long been a supporter of us. He spoke out in favor of gay marriage before it became legalized while also slamming anti-LGBTQ political figures like Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum. “The ultimate reason gay marriage should be legalized everywhere is because, as a kid, you look to your mum and dad and they’re married, then you look at the gay couple who’ve been together for the same amount of time, but because they can’t get married their relationship doesn’t seem the same,” he told Attitude Magazine in 2012. “Gay people should have equality in law everywhere. If you grow up as a young gay man knowing you don’t have the same opportunities as everyone else, you’re going to feel victimized and massive prejudice towards you.”


The cherished R&B singer, who has been making fans swoon for almost twenty years, defied some of his haters when he performed at a Washington DC Pride Parade in 2017. He even posted an Instagram photo from his time there amid all the hate he was receiving with a simple caption: “An amazing moment. #DC Pride.”

Tyson Beckford.

Years ago he spoke about those pesky gay rumors that have circled throughout his time on and off the runway. “It’s just one hater that put it on me. But don’t get me wrong, I work with GLAAD, I work with Gay Men’s Health Crisis — I work with all of that. I love my gay brothers and sisters.”

Harry Styles.

He’s been one of the fiercest LGBTQ supporters to emerge over the past couple of years. Some examples include him waving a pride flag at his concerts to helping a fan come out and so much more. Cheers, Harry!

Ryan Reynolds.

Ryan chatted about his desire to have a more LGBTQ Deadpool in the future. “I certainly think that this universe needs to represent and reflect the world in very real ways,” he said during a Deadpool 2 panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2018. “The great thing about Deadpool is that we’re allowed to do things that other superhero movies don’t necessarily do. It’s something that I’d love to see more of, certainly through Wade, certainly through this universe.”

About the Author:

Ryan Shea is an established writer who has contributed thought-provoking pieces for many different industries. He has worked for major publications including Newsday, Hollywood Life, Instinct Magazine and The Ladders.

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