While some among the rich and famous are notoriously close-minded, more than a few celebrities who have LGBT siblings are actually very supportive and protective of them. Below, we’ll take a look at just ten amazing allies to the community who always stand by their family. No unsupportive relatives here! Each of these stars would gladly support their loved one’s same-sex wedding.
10 Celebrities Who Have LGBT Siblings
Reality television fans have likely heard of, or likely have even watched, the TLC Channel reality television series, 19 Kids and Counting (2008-2015). If you do watch the reality series, did you know that Michelle Duggar has an older sister named Evelyn Ruark? My guess would be probably not, because Evelyn is a lesbian and Michelle is a conservative Christian who opposes same-sex marriage.
However, the celebrities listed below love and support their LGBT siblings.
The actor, singer-songwriter and record producer is best known as the lead singer of the pop rock band Maroon 5. His younger brother, Michael is openly gay.
In a 2011 interview with Out Magazine, Levine said that it was Michael’s sexuality that defined his open-minded beliefs. He said, “I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew.”
Anne Hathaway is an actress who is well-known for her numerous movie roles, including her role as Kym Buchman in the 2008 drama movie, Rachel Getting Married and as Fantine in the 2012 historical, drama, musical movie, Les Misérables.She has an older brother, Michael, who is gay, and she is very supportive of him. In fact, she left the Catholic Church because of their lack of acceptance of homosexuality.
In a 2016 interview with British GQ Magazine, Hathaway explained,
“Well, the whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out. Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?”
Actress, singer and songwriter known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom, Victorious, from 2010-2013, and for her 2018 hit song, “Thank U, Next.” She has an extremely close relationship with her older half-brother, Frankie, who is an actor, dancer, singer, television host and YouTube personality.
In a 2016 interview with Attitude Magazine, Frankie said that his sister had the best response when he came out, “There’s a 10-year age gap and I came out to her when she was just 11 years old — and she said:
“Great, when do I get to meet your boyfriend?” He attributes her quick acceptance to her upbringing stating, “She was raised in a family where gay was not only accepted, it was celebrated.”
Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz is an actress, known for her roles as Carrie White in the 2013 horror movie, Carrie and as Mia Hall in the 2014 teen romance movie, If I Stay. Moretz has 4 older brothers, two of which are straight, Brandon & Ethan and two of which are gay, Colin & Trevor. And she is not afraid to defend Colin and Trevor, as evident in a 2013 interview with Seventeen Magazine.
“I have two gay brothers and two straight brothers, and my gay brothers were treated horrifically until they grew up and understood how to deal with it. I will delete you and I will block you, and you will not be a part of my life if you ever say anything bad about my brothers.”
Chris Evans is an actor who is best known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series of movies. His younger brother, Scott, is openly gay. Scott is also an actor, best known for his role as Oliver Fish on the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live, from 2008-2010.
In a 2012 interview with Playboy Magazine, when asked if he supported gay marriage, Evans replied,
“Are you kidding me? It’s insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It’s embarrassing, and it’s heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I’m completely in support of gay marriage. In 10 years, we’ll be ashamed that this was an issue.”
Colin Farrell is an Irish actor, well-known for his hit roles, including his role as Ray in the 2008 comedy, crime-drama movie, In Bruges and as David in the 2015 comedy-drama, romance movie, The Lobster. Farrell’s older brother, Eamon, a dance teacher, is gay. Farrell served as best man when Eamon married his boyfriend, Steven Mannion, in 2009.
In 2014, Farrell wrote an open letter in Ireland’s Sunday World, calling on Ireland to vote for gay marriage in the 2015 referendum stating,
“It’s time to right the scales of justice here. To sign up and register to vote next year so that each individual’s voice can be heard How often do we get to make history in our lives? Not just personal history. Familial. Social. Communal. Global. The world will be watching. We will lead by example.”
Cyndi Lauper is an actress, singer, songwriter and activist, best known for her 80’s hit songs “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and “Time After Time.” Lauper’s older sister, Ellen, is a lesbian. Lauper has called Ellen a role model and the reason she became involved in gay rights advocacy. In a 2010 interview with the Georgia Voice, when asked how she reacted when Ellen came out to her, Lauper replied,
“When she did, I just gave her the biggest hug and told her that I love her. But I had known it for a long time. This is 25-30 years ago. Things are a lot better now than they were in the early ‘80s though. We still have a long way to go.”
Marlee Matlin is a deaf actress, author and activist, well-known for her roles as Sarah Norman in the 1986 romantic drama movie, Children of a Lesser God and as Melody Bledsoe, from 2011-2017, in the family drama television series, Switched at Birth. Her older brother, Marc, is openly gay. In a 2007 interview with Croatian peace activist Karmen Ratkovic, Matlin was asked about her brother being gay, to which she responded,
“My brother is my brother, gay or not. His being gay never factored into how we thought of him in our family or how much we loved him.”
Richard Gere is an actor and producer, best known for his various roles, including his role as Zack Mayo in the 1982 romantic drama movie, An Officer and a Gentleman and as Edward Lewis in the 1990 romantic comedy movie, Pretty Woman. Gere has a younger brother, David, who is gay. David is an AIDS activist and a UCLA professor. In a 2009 interview with Female First, Gere spoke out in support of his brother and gay marriage saying, “My brother is gay and he got married in that brief period when gay marriage was allowed in California. He has two great kids and is a wonderful father.”
Ryan Kwanten is an Australian actor and comedian, best known for his role as Jason Stackhouse, from 2008-2014, in the fantasy, horror, drama television series, True Blood. His brother, Lloyd, a doctor, is gay. In a 2010 interview with The Advocate Magazine, Kwanten said, about his brother,
“He was probably about 18 when he came out, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that from the day that he did, he was a changed man for the better. The sheer beauty of who he is really came through.”
Of course, these are far from the only supportive celebrities with LGBT siblings, but they’re among our favorites.