Which other celebs have LGBTQ family members? You may be surprised!
Hollywood is rife with celebs who support LGBTQ rights, but some are more than friends with the community.
Take for instance Robert De Niro. In a recent interview with Out magazine, the famed actor opened up about his late father's struggle with being gay, as well as how the family managed to cope after he left his mother upon realizing the truth about who he really was. Robert De Niro filmed a new HBO documentary titled Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. (which is set to premiere June 9th) to honor the life and art of De Niro Sr., who was an abstract expressionist painter.
When asked about a diary entry in which his father speaks about his conflict with his homosexuality and artistic lifestyle, Robert De Niro stated "[Conflicted] about his homosexuality? Yeah, he probably was, being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate. I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn't want to talk about things in general, and you're not interested when you're a certain age. Again, for my kids, I want them to stop and take a moment and realize that you sometimes have to do things now instead of later, because later may be 20 years from now — and that's too late." He eventually couldn't help breaking down in tears at the mention that they share the same name, showing a softer and more vulnerable side to the actor.
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"We lived in Iowa, and then I moved out to Los Angeles and kept talking to him, I said, 'Chris just tell me. It's cool because I have a lot of gay friends,'" Arnold revealed. "He wouldn't come out with it, and then one time he came to a set with a guy and they had shorts on and the guy put his hand on my brother's leg and he didn't take it off."
He continued, "I remember my heart sank even though I said, 'I'm hip, and I'm cool.' It sank because I was scared that immediately people were going to be mean to him back in our small town and his life was going to be harder."
Barr is especially against parents trying to "convert" homosexuals and explains, "I really encourage parents to stop destroying their children by doing that. It is not good family values. Being gay is not a choice. I didn't choose to be straight anymore than my siblings chose to be gay."
Yep -- both Barr's sister, Geraldine, and brother, Ben, are gay.
Brooks touched on gay rights in his music -- a touchy topic for the oft-conservative country community. In his song "Free To Love," Brooks sings, "When we're free to love anyone we choose / When this world's big enough for all different views/ When we're all free to worship from our own kind of pew / Then we shall be free."
But there is a limit for this Avenger. He added, "They've invited me out to gay bars before, and I said, 'Look, guys, I've got to draw the line there.' That's where a photo will get taken, it will run in magazines, and before you know it, I'll be living down the gay rumor for the rest of my life."
"I can't remember much about the years of physical and emotional abuse my brother Eamon suffered. I was very small," he said in a statement for the Stand Up! Campaign. "The thing I do remember, though, quite literally, is blood on his school shirt when he came home in the afternoon ... I didn't understand at that time the concept of 'difference.' Back then, as now, he was just my big brother."
Lauper gushed, "My sister is a lesbian -- and she's one of the most fantastic people I know. It's a family issue. If you can't vouch for people in your own family, who are you going to vouch for?"