We live in the most diverse society in the world and still struggle with equality. For every open-minded person in America, are millions of close-minded bigots who discriminate against those who don’t look, love or think like them and that’s sad.
Here are seven LGBT stars who were treated unfairly (or discriminated against) during their career. Take a look.
The fabulous media maven known for his larger-than-life persona and stunning beauty was allegedly told he couldn’t wear heels or makeup by BET officials when he arrived to host the Red Carpet pre-show.
Why BET hired a popular personality known for wearing bold women’s fashions and makeup then switched up, we don’t know, but their insensitive move sparked widespread outrage and demands for a formal apology.
R&B’s most intriguing artist/songwriter rose to stardom after revealing his sexuality just days before the release of his critically-acclaimed debut “Channel Orange” that retail giant Target refused to carry.
Target claimed that the album’s early iTunes release was the reason behind its controversial decision to pull the album, not him coming out.
Target’s statement: “Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our decisions are based on a wide number of factors, including guest demand.”
Note: Target carried other highly-anticipated releases with early digital releases before “Channel Orange.” See: Jay-Z & Kanye “Watch The Throne.”
The legendary Baylor baller revealed that was she told to keep her sexuality on the low by head coach Kim Mulkey and her staff to avoid hurting the program.
Brittney on being silenced at Baylor: “It was more of a unwritten law [to not discuss your sexuality] … it was just kind of, like, one of those things, you know, just don’t do it. They kind of tried to make it, like, ‘Why put your business out on the street like that?”
Carnival Cruises banned drag costumes on RuPaul’s cruise carrying two dozen drag queens from his hit show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” because of Excuse A) concern for the kids onboard and Excuse B) “post 9-11 security restrictions.”
So, naturally, when straight passengers on other Carnival cruises reported wearing costumes on the ship without the same security warning, Carnival quietly reversed their decision.
Controversy erupted when Christian organization One Million Moms demanded that JC Penney drop the lovable comedian as spokeswoman because it offended “traditional families” who shop at the retail chain. No, seriously.
The conservative group also stated that “the majority” of JC Penney customers would boycott the chain but JC Penney proudly stood by Ellen.
She’s the first and only transgender model to ever be featured on “America’s Next Top Model” and was often belittled during her transition by fellow contestants on the show.
The American Idol winner sparked controversy when he kissed his male keyboard player during his wildly-edgy AMAs performance that was quickly edited for west coast viewers.
Soon after the smoke cleared, ABC had received several complaints from viewers and backlash from the LGBT community for unfairly editing the “shocking” smooch.