It’s always heartwarming to see artists embracing their LGBTQ audience, but there’s something especially endearing when it’s someone from within their own family unit. Stars like Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z, Ariana Grande and many others have all been forthright about supporting their queer family members.
Check our list below to learn which musicians have LGBTQ loved ones.
1. Cardi B
In January 2017, Cardi B came to her sister Hennessy Carolina’s defense after catching a hater badmouthing her on Twitter, tweeting, “Some B**ch talking bout my sister looking for attention from man from the video I posted of her. Sis my sister is gay she could careless.”
Hennessy later shared photos of her girlfriend Michelle on Instagram the following September, with whom she’d reportedly been involved as early as the summer.
2. Adam Levine
The Maroon 5 crooner revealed during a 2011 interview with Out that he has a gay younger brother named Michael. “I can single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired,” he joked. “Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two. We all knew.”
3. Jennifer Lopez
For Billboard’s Love Letters to the LGBTQ Community series, the “Ni Tu Ni Yo” goddess penned a love letter to her late aunt Myrza.
"I wanted to be just like her. What I didn’t realize was that she was struggling with being gay,” Lopez writes. "Myzra isn’t with us anymore, but I like to think she is proudly looking down on me from above -- the way I always looked up to her.”
In July 2017, the singerrecognized her sister’s second child with gender-neutral pronouns on Instagram, writing: "This is Brendan, my sister Leslie's second child. They were the one person selected to represent their school at #globalyoungleadersconference in Washington, D.C. And I couldn't be more proud!"
4. Demi Lovato
During her speech at Logo’s inaugural Trailblazers special in 2014, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer accredited her grandfather, who was an openly gay man, as her source of inspiration:
“I’ve never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself,” Lovato started. “He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made.”
5. Chance the Rapper
In January 2017, the Chicago emcee’s younger brother, fellow hip-hop up-and-comer Taylor Bennett, took to Twitter to reveal that he is bisexual.
"Growing up I've always felt indifferent about my sexuality & being attracted 2 one sex & today I would like to openly come out to my fans,” Bennett wrote. “I do recognize myself as a bisexual male & do & have always openly supported the gay community & will keep doing so in 2017. #ThankYou.”
Following Taylor’s statement, the Coloring Book rapper also tweeted his support for his little brother: “Love this man right here, through any and all. He has grown into a great man. He's got God and me behind him, he cannot fail he cannot fall.”
During asit-down with Oprah Winfrey in 2011, the “Believe” pop icon spoke about her transgender son, Chaz Bono: "This is the thing that makes me know how important it is: I like being a woman so much. If I woke up tomorrow and I felt like I feel, and I looked down and I was in a different body? I would be like, 'Get me out of here.’”
7. Garth Brooks
The rock star’s half-sister was lesbian country singer Betsy Smittle, an outspoken LGBTQ+ advocate who passed away due to cancer in 2013.
In 1992, Smittle collaborated with Brooks on his civil rights anthem “We Shall Be Free,” a social commentary on ridding the earth of worldly despotism. In the song, Brooks chants, "When we're free to love anyone we choose/ When this world's big enough for all different views.”
8. Ariana Grande
The 24-year-old Dangerous Woman has an older gay half-brother named Frankie, who is also an actor, singer, and dancer. The “Queen” singer and his superstar sister are virtually inseparable, having stepped out as each other’s plus-ones at numerous awards shows and launched a limited edition unisex fragrance together called Frankie by Ariana Grande.
In the November 2016 Attitude issue, Frankie told the magazine that he came out to his younger sis when she was only 11 years old, to which she responded, “Great, when do I get to meet your boyfriend?" Despite the 10-year age gap, he considers his younger sis his “best friend.”
9. Jake Miller
The 24-year-old “Overnight” rising pop star has always considered himself a gay rights activist. Miller extended his support by attending his cousin Michael’s wedding to his husband Matthew in October 2015.
10. Anne Hathaway
While Hathaway is recognized as an actress, the 34-year-old star has lent her singing chops on a number of songs, including “Dreamed a Dream,” from the 2012 film Les Misérables. In 2010, the actress-singerstated she quit Catholicism in support of her brother, Michael, who came out to her when she was a teenager. "The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out,” she told British GQ. “Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?”
The gay icon has an openly gay brother, Christopher Ciccone, who has worked closely with his famous sister over the years; he even made an appearance in the singer’s music video for “Lucky Star."
The siblings' relationship went sour after Christopher released an unauthorized 2008 tell-all called Life with My Sister Madonna. The book drew unwanted public attention to Madonna and her relationship with then-husband, Guy Ritchie.
12. 50 Cent
“Yeah, she liked women. My whole childhood was like that,” the New York rapper revealed during an August 2012 interview with Perez Hilton concerning the longstanding rumors of his mother, Sabrina, being romantically linked to other women. "My mom was a lesbian,” Jackson toldthe gossip blogger.
13. Mandy Moore
Last November, the This Is Us star revealed that her mother left her father for another woman, and that she also has two gay brothers. Despite her less than traditional upbringing and her parents' divorce, the “Candy” singer holds the belief that her family is in good standing today: “Everyone’s so much happier, richer, and more fulfilled, being their authentic selves,” Moore toldByrdie.
14. Jeremy Jordan
Last year, the Supergirl actor came to the defense of his “sweet gay cousin” Sarah, whom Jordan alleged was admitted in an anti-gay boarding school in Texas called Heartlight Ministries. It was reported that the star’s 17-year-old cousin was apparently sent to the institution after it was discovered that she’d attended prom with another girl. However, Sarah’s mother argued those accusations were false, and that her daughter was attending Heartlight to cope with issues of depression and self-harm.
On his track “Smile” from his 2017 album 4:44, the legendary emcee addressed his mother’s coming out as a lesbian. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian,” Jay-Z raps, “Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/ Society shame and the pain was too much to take.” In the closing verse of the song, the rapper’s mother, Gloria Carter, also recites a liberating poem celebrating her freeness.
16. Ana Matronic
In 2006, Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic opened up to The Guardian about her parents’ separation that led to her learning that her father’s homosexuality when he left the household to live with another man. Although Matronic remembers she and her sister visiting their father throughout their childhood, he eventually passed away due to AIDS-related complications when she was a teenager.
17. Jackie Evancho
The Pennsylvania-bred America’s Got Talent star’s older sister, Juliet, is transgender, and has led efforts to support trans rights. She starred in a TV special called Growing Up Evancho, which focused on her mission to secure rights for transgender people.
In January 2017, the singer infamously delivered the national anthem of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. “I just kind of thought that this is for my country,” Evancho told the New York Times, in response to the backlash she received amidst her performance, “So if people are going to hate on me it's for the wrong reason.”
In response to Trump’s transgender military ban in July 2017, which would disallow transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military in any capacity, both the sisters joined forces with stars like Sia, Dua Lipa and The Chainsmokers to lead Billboard’s #NoTransBan video message in partnership with GLAAD.
18. Cyndi Lauper
"My sister is a lesbian, and she's one of the most fantastic people I know,” the singer toldMetro Weekly of her older sister, Ellen, in an August 2002 interview.
In an interview with Georgia Voice, Lauper also accredits Elen as a role model and the source of inspiration behind her LGBTQ+ activism. “When she [came out as a lesbian], I just gave her the biggest hug and told her that I love her,” the singer told the publication.
“In the ‘70s and ‘80s I saw incredible discrimination and had to speak out. You can’t sit by while your friends and family are being treated like second-class citizens,” the “True Colors” star spoke in regards to her decision to become an ally. “And then when I became famous I had a lot of fans that were LGBT too, and since you guys supported me, of course I have to support you too.”