Selena Gomez Under Fire for Supporting LGBT People, But Not #BlackLivesMatter

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Today is June 1, which marks the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Billboard decided to honor the month that recognizes “the impact LGBT people have had in the world” by getting various celebrities, including Selena Gomez, to write ‘love letters’ to the queer community. The “Bad Liar” singer’s note is as follows:

I remember as a young child going to brunch on Sundays with my mom and her group of friends. I had no idea they were all gay as I didn’t even comprehend what that meant at the time. All I knew is that I loved being surrounded by these kind, fun and loving friends my mother had around her. I definitely give credit to her for raising me in an environment that was incredibly open-minded and non-judgmental. She also surprised me at my 16th birthday party with a performance by the most beautiful drag queen singing my favorite song. I don’t think most 16-year-olds can say that!

My co-writer Justin Tranter couldn’t believe I had never seen the Madonna documentary Truth or Dare and so while we were in Mexico he sat me down to watch it with him. I loved it and was especially struck by how groundbreaking it was for the gay rights movement and how far LGBTQ rights have come in my lifetime. There is still a significant amount of work to do and I look forward to the day when a person is never judged, discriminated or feared for their sexuality.

While the 24-year-old’s letter was well-received by many, some people couldn’t get past the fact that it was written by the same person who once belittled the #BlackLivesMatter movement.



If Selly can publicly support #Pride2017, they questioned, why was she so against using a hashtag to help end police brutality against African American people?

Selena has yet to comment on either the letter, or the backlash. We think it’s great that she wrote such nice words to the LGBTQ+ community, but we can also understand where the people who are upset are coming from. EVERY community deserves to be supported, especially by celebrities who have the power to really make a difference.

8 young, straight male celebs who are allies of the LGBTQ+ community:

Josh Hutcherson

Josh is a huge advocate for LGBT rights, participating in organizations like Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and The Trevor Project; he even started an org called Straight But Not Narrow! The program actually works as a kind of "training program," teaching young adults to be better allies to their queer peers. Iconic!

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Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel used his Harry Potter fame to get involved with a lot of different philanthropic causes, but one he's obviously very passionate is the gay rights movement.

Along with his work for The Trevor Project, an organization aimed at preventing suicide among LGBT youth, he's also donated his time and money to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and spoken out in favor of LGBT equality several times. It should be noted that he even won The Trevor Project's hero award in 2011! Harry Potter was a fictional hero, but Dan is one IRL.

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Joe Jonas

Joe has lent his time and energy to promote Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and The Trevor Project, as well as participated in the It Gets Better project.

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NIck Jonas

Despite constantly being criticized for "queerbaiting" (basc pandering to the gay community to make more $$$), Nick does have an honest interest in helping LGBT people. Along with his ~controversial~ decision to speak at a memorial for those murdered at Pulse nightclub, he's donated to the TJ Martell Foundation and Elton John AIDS Foundation, both of which target the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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Darren Criss

After Darren played a gay young man on Fox's Glee, many were surprised to learn that he actually isn't queer himself! Although he's straight, he is still very active in the LGBT community, working with the Elton John's AIDS Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project and The Family Equality Council, which is an org connecting, supporting and representing LGBT adults who are interested in adopting children, particularly when it comes to legal policies that make it more difficult for queer folk to start families.

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Avan Jogia

We mentioned already that John Hutcherson started the Straight But Not Narrow campaign, but what we haven't said is that Zoey Deutch's ex-boyfriend was a co-founder of the program, too!

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Zac Efron

Zac Efron has participated in The Trevor Project and voiced his support for the LGBT on several occasions, including one time where he donned a cute shirt reading, "Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it," which was created for the FckH8 campaign. Zac, we love you!

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Leon Bridges

This singer-songwriter is a major supporter of GLAAD, as well.

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