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Pride Month is more than just about rainbow flags and parades. It’s easy to see the smiling faces and corporations big and small turning rainbow in June as a sign that things have gotten better for the LGBTQIA++ community across the world.
The fact is that homosexuality is still a crime in 69 countries, while 37 have a defacto criminalization of trans people, according to the Trans Legal Mapping Report, by IGLA World. This forces millions of people to still live in stigma and countless more where social attitudes towards queer folk are still negative.
While many jurisdictions have indeed made strides, Pride, at the end of the day is a call for kindness and compassion needed by people around the world who face discrimination in their daily lives.
It coincides with the vegan movement in many ways. “Many animal rights activists support the LGBTQ+ community, and vice versa because we identify with those subjected to society’s ignorance and arrogance,” says Dan Matthews, Senior Vice President of Campaigns at PETA US to Plantbasednews.com. “Whether we have feet, paws, feathers, or fins, we all deserve respect and compassion. And what better occasion than Pride Month to be reminded of that?”
Which is why we’re holding space this month to shine a spotlight on LGBT celebrities who are vegan. They hold an outsized influence in the world of entertainment and their work is beamed across the planet. In a world where being queer is still to be marginalized, to be silenced and invisible, these celebrities show us the true meaning of living with compassion.
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Elliot Page, best known for his roles in X-Men, Juno, and The Umbrella Academy, has been vegan for over a decade. The Canadian actor has bagged more than 25 awards, including nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA for Juno. His reason for going vegan was ethics, and he once famously tweeted, “Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?” to his 1.8 million plus followers.
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Alan Cumming wears many hats: Hollywood actor and award-winning thespian, but he’s also vegan. As an activist, he promotes both queer and animal rights. “I just don’t like meat. Rotten carcasses don’t feel good inside my body,” he said in an interview with Vegetarian Times in 2011. “I’ve also seen some horrible documentaries about the hormones and things that go into meat. On a health level, meat is so scary.” He recently sent a letter to MP Alok Sharma, the president of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), to only serve a vegan menu, pointing out that the meat industry is one of the leading causes of the climate crisis.
Can one ever be too young to embrace veganism? Not if you ask actor Thomas Dekker, who has been vegan since he was 12. The actor in TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Heroes went vegan after a visit to a pig farm. He has campaigned in favor of California Proposition 2, to end the practice of cramming farm animals into cages too small for them to move.
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