5 Ways Rihanna Evokes Confidence For Her LGBTQ Fan Base As a Straight Ally (& Subsequent Gay Icon)

Her Outspokenness Against Anti-LGBTQ Laws Consistently making waves in her humanitarian role, Rihanna has also spoken out against discriminatory policies that have served to cripple LGBTQ rights stateside and internationally. Back in 2014, the Sochi Winter Olympics held in Russia caused major controversy, as news outlets and athletes worldwide acknowledged the hosting nation’s anti-gay propaganda laws. Rihanna joined a list of celebrities who wore a Principle 6 t-shirt speaking out against the Russian government’s hatred for LGBTQ individuals. In 2015, Rihanna followed up that action by yelling “f–k that sh-t” in the middle of her headlining concert for the NCAA March Madness Finals being held in Indianapolis. Mike Pence — the current U.S. Vice President — signed a law while serving as governor of Indiana allowing businesses to not serve LGBTQ customers if they felt it violated their religious beliefs. Rihanna’s rebuttal fittingly came in during a performance of “Live Your Life.” Read More…
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