Gay Moments 2014

Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga with the Armed Forces at VMAs, Frank Ocean, Rob Halford of Judas Preist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Mary Lambert and Madonna, and Conchita Wurst

Lady Gaga Fights for Gay Rights

With her equality anthem "Born This Way" and . . . well, nearly everything she says, does and wears, Lady Gaga has proven herself to be this era's gay-friendliest pop star. But Gaga goes well beyond celebrity gestures and digs her paws into real political action. First came her rallying cry at the National Equality March on Washington in March 2009. The 2010 MTV VMAs followed, where U.S. service members affected by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy accompanied her on the red carpet. Later, she appealed to her millions of Twitter followers to ask the New York State Senator to vote yes for the Marriage Equality Act. And since 2009, Gaga has teamed with Virgin Mobile to help combat homelessness among gay youth. Gaga also notably took her vocal support of LGBT youth on the road in early 2013 with her Born Brave Bus, which was part of her Born This Way Foundation's campaign in partnership with Campus Pride, GLSEN and other youth empowerment groups. -- Monica Herrera, Andrew Hampp, Jessica Letkemann

Enrique Iglesias Embraces "G-A-Y" Fans

Many female pop stars openly embrace their LGBT fans, but only a few straight male singers are comfortable enough to play to the gays. Enrique Iglesias proved that his appreciation for his fans is not specific to gender or sexual preference in June 2007 during his performance at London's G-A-Y nightclub. During the show, Iglesias brought a boy on stage serenaded him with his ballad "Hero." Iglesias confidently hugged, caressed and kissed the swooning fan and, as the viral video made its way around the world, sent a message to male pop stars everywhere that they shouldn't be afraid to embrace their LGBT fans -- literally or figuratively. -- Erika Ramirez

Lance Bass Gets in Sync With His Sexuality

Lance Bass may not have emerged from the closet during *NSYNC's boy-band reign , but the singer's 2006 coming out was still nothing less than bold. In a People magazine cover story, Bass declared that he's "not ashamed" of his sexuality. "I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this," he added. Following his coming out, Bass was award the 2006 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. He later outlined his life's story and struggle with his sexuality in "Out Of Sync," his coyly-titled autobiography released in 2007. Since then, Bass has taken his place in the LGBT community by working with GLAAD and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. -- Jillian Mapes

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