If Anne Rice’s name sounds familiar to you, it means you were into vampires way before it was popularized with “Twilight.” Rice is the author of “Interview With the Vampire,” a classic novel that has also been turned into a movie starring Brad Pitt. She also authored the bestselling gothic series called “Vampire Chronicles.”
Her son, author Christopher Rice, who came out as gay, always had his mom’s support. She has been vocal about her support for the community on Facebook. Sadly Anne passed away in 2021, but today her legacy in literature and Hollywood lives on today, along with the mark that she left on the LGBTQ community.
The Arquette Family
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you know who the Arquette family is. Head of the family is Lewis Arquette, who portrayed J.D. Pickett on "The Waltons." He and his wife had three famous children — Patricia, David, and Alexis. They have all been featured in film and television.
In 2007, Alexis came out as a trans woman. Her family has always been progressive and open-minded, which means they accepted her for who she was even before they knew what it meant. Sadly, she died in 2016 due to a battle with HIV.
Sen. Rob Portman
This is the type of story that sounds as if it was taken from a movie, but it's real life. Portman was a Republican politician who served as a US senator from Ohio from the years 2011 to 2023. He also refused to support the Equality Act. In a fascinating twist, his son Will came out of the closet in 2011.
This has made Rob reconsider his stance and thankfully made him change his tune when it comes to supporting marriage equality. He now believes that any two people who are in love deserve the chance to get married and live happily ever after.
Jason Gould is an actor and a singer in his own right, but let's face it, you probably know him as the son of Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould. Jason was born in 1966 but he knew he was gay from a very young age, but he was outed before he had the chance to come out.
In 1991 at the age of 21, the tabloids busted him and spilled the beans that he was indeed gay. Mother Barbra decided to familiarize herself with LGBTQ+ topics, and after doing so, she became an avid advocate and supporter of the community.
Paul Haggis wasn't the face of movies like "Million Dollar Baby," "Crash," and "The Third Person" but he was the brain behind them. The Canadian screenwriter has been involved in some of the best movies of the past two decades. He has two lesbian daughters which he fully supports.
He even left his church, the Church of Scientology, because he felt he could no longer be a part of an organization that didn't stand for his daughter's rights. He explained further in an interview with “The New Yorker,” that his daughter Katy who is part of the LGBTQ community, had apparently faced some discrimination issues from other members of the church.