National Coming Out Day: Cheyenne Jackson, Andrew Lippa, Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ann Hampton Callaway and More Share Stories of Pride

By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2013



Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Broadway performer and Newsies star.

I feel really lucky to be a member of the Broadway community. Being out and accepted in the workplace is not something to be taken for granted. While it's easy to feel comfortable, what makes me the most proud of my community is that so many of my colleagues have taken action to find acceptance and support for the millions of gay Americans outside of New York City. LGBTQ rights were a huge reason my sister Celia and I started Broadway for Obama last fall. With gays making up a significant percentage of the Broadway workforce, we knew the majority of our friends already supported him. We wanted instead to reach the thousands of theatregoers and fans across the country who may have lived in red or swing states. What we witnessed was an incredible push from our community whether it be volunteering to phonebank, sharing information on social media or even wearing Obama swag every Saturday while signing autographs. It's easy as an actor to feel like you can't affect change and I'm so proud of the theatre community for realizing that we can use our voices to fight the good fight.

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