13 Celeb Parents Who Have Major Pride in Their LGBT Kids

Caroline Olney | Jun 8, 2016 Celebrities
13 Celeb Parents Who Have Major Pride in Their LGBT Kids

We wish we could say that the days of kids hiding in the closet and parents disowning LGBT children was over, but sadly, it's not. Yet. Still, we're doing better than we used to, and there are more and more parents in the celebrity spotlight who are displaying their family love and LGBT acceptance to us and the world. We love that, and we love them.

Here are 13 celeb moms and dads who have shown nothing but love for their kids who are part of the LGBT community -- whether those kids are gay, bi, trans, or anything in between. Love is love and parental love is parental love. Basically just love everyone, okay, guys?


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  • Cher


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    Has Cher actually ever done anything wrong in her entire life? Don't answer that. Whatever the answer, she got her relationship with her trans son right. Chaz went through the female-to-male transition between 2008 and 2010, and a few years later, Cher spoke up about what that was like as a mother. "It's a strange thing for a mother to go through," she told Britain's Sunday Times. She added: "I just love being a woman so much, but if I woke up tomorrow and I was a man I couldn't function. And that's the only way to describe it to someone who doesn't understand." Cher rocks. Chaz rocks. WE LOVE THIS FAMILY.

  • Ally Sheedy


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    Actress/author/general badass Ally Sheedy is deeply involved in the LGBT community -- she works closely with The Ali Forney Center and New York City's homeless youth. She says that being a well-known figure, she feels it's her responsibility. Plus, it's personal: Sheedy's mother is gay, and so is her 22-year-old daughter, Rebecca. She told Windy City Times that she loves her daughter, and there was never a question of whether or not to accept her sexuality: "It's difficult for me to understand a family member judging or not loving or accepting another family member because they are gay .... It's just not an issue for me."

  • Gloria Vanderbilt


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    Artist and author Gloria Vanderbilt's famous son, Anderson Cooper, came out publicly in 2012, but he told CBS News that he's known he was gay since high school. He said he "knew that deep down my mom would be fine with it, because she had gay friends who were always in our house growing up." He was right: Gloria was fine with it, and the two are still close today.

  • Barbra Streisand


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    Barbra Streisand's son Jason Gould was outed as gay by tabloids in the '90s, and after that, Babs acquired the rights for The Normal Heart, a moving story about the AIDS epidemic and the gay community in New York in the '80s. Though she was never able to see it through to production, she stands by the message (and it eventually became a film anyway). She and Jason are still close -- the two recorded a duet together in 2014, and they obviously have nothing but love for each other.

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  • Vanna White


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    In 2013, Vanna White's son, Nikko Santo Pietro, started a relationship with another guy. Though he hasn't labeled his sexuality, Vanna seems to support him no matter what -- he said at the time that she liked his boyfriend, and she and her son are still close today. They're also equally beautiful -- good genes in this family, we tell ya.

  • Sally Field


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    In 2012, Sally Field won an Ally Award from the Human Rights Campaign for her support of the gay community. Two years later, she wrote a beautiful letter about her gay son, Sam Greisman, to support HRC's fight against the "liscense to discriminate" bills that some US states have passed. "I like to believe I raised him with the good sense to choose a great partner. But there are people out there -- organizations and politicians, strangers who have never even met Sam -- who would rather devote themselves to denying his happiness," she wrote.

  • Marie Osmond


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    The multitalented Marie Osmond is a practicing Mormon, but she doesn't letter her church's beliefs stop her from supporting her daughter. She gave Diane Sawyer an interview about her beliefs in 2013, and she said this about her LGBT daughter, Jessica: "I believe in her civil rights, as a mother. I think that my daughter deserves everything that she desires in life. She's a good girl. She's a wonderful child. I don't think God made one color flower. I think He made many."

  • Cybill Shepherd


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    In 2010, Cybill Shepherd's two gay daughters, Clementine Ford and Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, presented their mom with GLAAD's Golden Gate Award for her enthusiastic support of them and for her work to increase visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. 

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  • Billy Ray Cyrus


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    Miley Cyrus identifies as pansexual, which means she doesn't want to be limited by sexual choice. That puts her solidly on the spectrum, but her dad, Billy Ray, told E! News he doesn't care what she does as long as she's happy. "We've always been very open-minded," he said. "Listen, it's all about love and light. Forget the negativity and the haters."

  • Magic Johnson


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    Basketball king Magic Johnson's son E.J. was outed publicly in 2013. Magic and his wife Cookie didn't bat an eye -- they told Oprah they had known for years. Magic said, "I was just waiting on him to tell me, then he did. E.J. is just a lovable guy, and I told him, 'E.J., I love you, and I'm going to support you no matter what.' And I think it made him feel good .... He wanted my approval and my support."

  • Anne Rice


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    Anne Rice and Christopher Rice are both New York Times bestselling authors, and the latter identifies as gay and says it influences a great deal of his work. His mom, Anne, has shown nothing but support for her son and his community -- she wrote on her Facebook wall, "Anyone who thinks this does not matter is deceiving himself or herself. It matters very much. Gay people in all walks of life suffer from bigotry, bias, superstition, and ignorance." 

  • Alec Baldwin


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    Alec Baldwin has received more than a little flack in the past for using offensive slurs, but his daughter, Ireland, doesn't think that reflects his support for her or her sexuality. "For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously," she said on Twitter. "My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist."

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  • Belinda Carlisle


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    The Go-Go's frontwoman Belinda Carlisle has one son, James Duke Mason, and he came out as gay in 2006. Since then, he has been a huge advocate for the LGBT community, and Belinda herself has spoken to organizations for parents of LGBT kids to help talk them through the process. "How can you reject your own flesh and blood?" she told Metro. James, for his part, told the Huffington Post that she's "been about as accepting and supportive a mother as I could possibly ask for."


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