Hey, remember when the wildest part of 2020 was the U.S. presidential election?! The race has faded into the background a bit now that many states are postponing their elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, hi — we still have to elect a president this year, and there are still multiple candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee. Well, by “multiple,” I mean two. Since Elizabeth Warren dropped out in early March, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are the two remaining candidates who are competing to face off against President Trump.
If you’re wondering where your favorite celesbians stand on this matter, don’t worry, because we’ve compiled a list of every celesbian’s public endorsement thus far! From Ellen DeGeneres to Melissa Etheridge to Janelle Monáe, we’ve got you covered.
— Natasha S. Alford (@NatashaSAlford) April 1, 2016
Tessa Thompson, a bisexual actress, has been a proud Bernie Sanders supporter since 2016 when he first ran for president. She participated in a women’s round table in Harlem to discuss Sanders’ candidacy and why she believes he’s the best candidate for women of color, even though he’s obviously not a woman of color himself. She pointed out that many political, economic, social, and environmental issues disproportionately affect women of color, and Sanders grasps “how layered these issues are.”
“I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with women who go, ‘But you’re a feminist, are you not? So, who you are voting for? I’m confused,’” Thompson explained. “There is no question in my mind who is the feminist in this race.”
As a recently-confirmed queer woman of color, Rosario Dawson was also present at the same round table as Tessa Thompson in 2016, and she echoed Thompson’s sentiments. She said that it’s narrow-minded to discuss “women’s issues” as if they’re completely separate from other topics like climate change, student loans, mass incarceration, foreign policy, health care, and so much more — all issues that she feels Sanders is addressing head-on.
Elizabeth Warren .
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) March 3, 2020
Janelle Monáe was on Team Warren. She announced her endorsement just in time for Super Tuesday by simply tweeting: “Elizabeth Warren.” (Warren retweeted the endorsement and thanked her, saying, “Let’s do this.”) Warren made LGBTQ+ issues a pillar of her campaign, which is probably why she drew so many supporters among queer celebrities. After Warren dropped out, Monáe tweeted a photo of Warren with former Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams, writing, “This was the ticket.”
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) October 10, 2019
Melissa Etheridge was an early supporter of Elizabeth Warren. She publicly endorsed Warren in October 2019 on National Coming Out Day, tweeting: “Elizabeth Warren understands the LGBTQ community and the needs we have. On this National Coming Out Day I am officially pledging my support for her candidacy for president. Let’s move forward with the woman that has a plan for our future.”
It is… fascinating (and frustrating) to see the Democratic machinery coalesce around Biden, while there are two other really strong candidates also in the running–Warren, my choice as you know, and Sanders. They are determined to fail.
— roxane gay (@rgay) March 2, 2020
Roxane Gay was a vocal supporter of Elizabeth Warren, but she also considers Sanders a viable candidate. As she wrote on Twitter, “It is.. fascinating (and frustrating) to see the Democratic machinery coalesce around Biden, while there are two other really strong candidates also in the running — Warren, my choice as you know, and Sanders.”
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 11, 2016
Miley Cyrus has supported Bernie Sanders since back in 2016. She participated in a star-studded video about why Sanders is a great choice for president. Cyrus’s reason: “He has been a badass in supporting the LGBT community.” Sanders’ current LGBTQ+ equality platform includes a commitment to passing the Equality Act, fighting anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, ensuring comprehensive healthcare for LGBTQ+ people, and ending police brutality of trans people.
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe, a vocal opponent of President Donald Trump, joined Team Warren in December 2019. During an appearance on CNN Tonight, she said Warren’s progressive platform offered “a different vision of America than what we have right now.” She also said we need “really big, bold, brave progressive policies” — simply beating Trump isn’t enough. “I just feel like I trust her,” Rapinoe added. Now that Warren is out of the race, it’s likely that Rapinoe will support Sanders, as she previously said that he was in her top three candidates and “doing really well.”
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We are all desperately worried about finding the candidate who can take out Donald Trump, and some keep making the argument that we must compromise our values and needs to achieve that. I’ve got good news: With Bernie Sanders, we don’t have to. (My oped in @nbcnews – link in bio)
Cynthia Nixon is no stranger to politics — she once ran for governor in New York state. She supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, and now, she’s endorsing Bernie Sanders. She even wrote an entire op-ed for NBC News about it. Nixon calls Sanders “the unity candidate,” saying that he has “assembled a wildly diverse, beautiful mosaic of supporters — from young women in headscarves to old men in overalls and everyone in between.” She sees him as the candidate who leans into his beliefs, rather than trying to please everybody, and therefore someone who will actually inspire folks to show up at the polls. “Bernie is speaking to the core issues that matter to the vast majority of Americans on the left, on the right and to people who have no use for politics,” Nixon said.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 10, 2020
Bisexual singer Halsey is feeling the Bern, too. She even made a video for his campaign, in which she explains that she believes Sanders is fighting for working-class people — a community that she used to be a part of before she was a famous singer. “Now my financial privilege protects me from the marginalization that would have previously been fatal for me,” Halsey says in the video. “So today, I fight for her too — that girl who wasn’t protected. And Bernie was fighting for me before I was even born, because that’s his philosophy: Fight for somebody that you don’t know.”
Lesbian comedian Tig Notaro originally endorsed Pete Buttigieg. While she didn’t make a public statement about her choice, her name was on the list of donors who contributed to Buttigieg’s campaign, according to Variety.
These words make me very, very happy.
“My name is @PeteButtigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. And I am running for President of the United States.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 14, 2019
Ellen DeGeneres was a big Pete Buttigieg supporter, too. She hosted him on her show multiple times, and she co-hosted a fundraiser in L.A. for him alongside her wife, Portia de Rossi. In April 2019, after Buttigieg announced his candidacy, she tweeted: “These words make me very, very happy. ‘My name is @PeteButtigieg. They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. And I am running for President of the United States.’”