As Fifth Harmony continue to grow into powerhouses through their artistry, the band memers have also transformed into political advocates. Whether it’s speaking out against racism, xenophobia, or sexism, the women of 5H keep it real. In addition to these matters, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane and Ally Brooke are some of their generation’s most prominent allies for the LGBTQ community. Here are five examples of how they’ve shown their support.
1. Lauren Jauregui Is Openly Bisexual
“I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it” will arguably be one of the most memorable quotes said by the outspoken Fifth Harmonizer, Lauren Jauregui. In a poignant — and scathing — open letter calling out voters who elected Donald Trump as president, the singer revealed her bisexuality to Billboard and the rest of the world.
This year, Halsey — who also identifies as bisexual — featured Jauregui on her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom cut “Strangers,” a love song between two women. The song peaked at 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. On why she selected the Harmonizer as her duet partner, Halsey mused, “I’m not going to put a girl on the song to sing who’s straight … So I reached out to Lauren.”
2. Lauren’s Love Letter
As a part of Billboard Pride’s Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community, Lauren Jauregui proudly contributed to the effort. In her letter — which continues to call out Trump’s unjust policies — Jauregi expressed amazement at how sexual orientation still remains a contentious matter. “We spend so much time chastising what other people do in the darkness of their bedrooms,” wrote the singer, “that we forget that love is a part of our souls and it can be felt on a grand spectrum of truth.”
3. Billboard Video Message To Fans
Later that month, with the support of her other three members, Jauregi delivered this video message of support to the group’s LGBTQ fan base: “Collectively, we would like to say: Love yourself and be yourself. It’s beautiful.”
4. L.A. Pride Performers
In 2015 — back when the group was a quintet with Camila Cabello — Fifth Harmony performed at L.A. Pride. Prior to the performance, Normani and Ally spoke with Advocate and said their decision to perform at Pride was to celebrate their diverse group of fans “expressing who they are.” During their set, 5H performed Reflection singles “Worth It,” “Sledgehammer,” and “BO$$” alongside an acoustic cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” and a Mariah Carey medley.
5. Fifth Harmony, The Album, Is Perfect For Playlists
Fifth Harmony usually offers anthems and on their first effort as a quartet they… “Deliver”! Their eponymous third studio album is a bop-filled release capturing the moody aspects of millennial dating: Perfect for their legion of fans who go through the same experiences. Whether it’s reintroducing “pumps and a bump” on the steamy “He Like That,” not falling for BS on “Lonely Night,” or exposing the “Messy” side of love, this LP has a few possible candidates for the gay anthem of 2017.
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