People love a good comeback, and there are few greater pop culture comebacks in the last decade than that of Jennifer Hudson, the eliminated American Idol contestant who went on to become a multiple award-winning superstar. In addition to the accolades, she’s won over a huge gay audience with her powerful pipes as well as her perseverance and support for LGBT issues.
Hudson has spoken openly in interviews about her affinity for the gay community. In a chat with The Advocate in 2014, she said: “The gay community has meant so much to me throughout my life, and there have been many gay people who have been positive influences for me,” says Hudson. “From my best friend to many of my teachers, my first producer, and more — there have been so many.”
She’s performed at pride events and Disney’s unofficial gay days, and she partnered with W Hotels and the Human Rights Campaign for the Turn It Up For Change campaign, which amplified efforts to advocate for marriage equality and employment protections.
She did however briefly run afoul of the gay community after an interview in 2006 when Hudson was quoted talking about homosexuality being a sin. The singer would go on to clarify her remarks and reaffirm her commitment to the gay community in subsequent interviews, including one with Towleroad in 2008. "A lot of times you do interviews and everybody's not a fan. They want to turn things around and display you in a certain way. It broke my heart because I don't feel that way at all. It hurt to see me being misrepresented in that way."
In her relatively short career, Hudson has gone from a reality-show also-ran to an Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Check out some of our favorite Jennifer Hudson moments, AFTER THE JUMP …