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LGBTQ+ celebrities like Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, and Janelle Monáe are no strangers to rocking daring looks on the red carpet.

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  • LGBTQ+ celebrities are not shy about rocking daring looks on the red carpet.
  • Gigi Gorgeous and Lil Nas X have taken risks with bold cut-outs and gender-nonconforming silhouettes.
  • Even young celebrities like JoJo Siwa have found ways to incorporate LGBTQ+ pride into their style.

To attend the 2017 VMAs, Demi Lovato wore a sheer and sparkly Zuhair Murad outfit.

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Demi Lovato attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

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The singer paired a sheer lace top with a pair of Harem-style sequin pants.

To the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys, “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness wore a dress with a mesh top with a sequined skirt with a thigh-high slit.

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Jonathan Van Ness attends the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

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For the event, the “Getting Curious” star paired the Maison Margiela dress with a Prada clutch and Pierre Hardy platform boots.

“We absolutely came to slay this lewk & f— a gender norm,” Van Ness wrote in an Instagram post sharing the outfit.

“Queer Eye” star Tan France is famous for his fashion know-how, and this bold look at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party proves it’s deserved.

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Tan France attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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The “Next in Fashion” host wore an ivory-colored suit with a cropped jacket and a statement-making black bow tie.

Laverne Cox arrived at the 2022 Grammys wearing a completely sheer lingerie-inspired archival look by John Galliano.

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Laverne Cox arrives for the 2022 Grammy Awards.

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The “Inventing Anna” actress and “E!” red-carpet host paired the see-through look with a matching black net fascinator and striking purple hair.

Miley Cyrus attended the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards looking like a disco ball in a sheer gown covered in shimmering mirrors.

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Miley Cyrus attends the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.

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The singer paired the daring look with a pair of sheer polka-dot gloves and simple black heels.

Lil Nas X is no stranger to bold fashion choices, and his look at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards was no exception.

Lil Nas X attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards

Lil Nas X attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

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The “Industry Baby” rapper paired a Versace lilac pantsuit that featured a dress detail on one side with a bold 80’s-style mullet wig and matching purple boots.

“This was a fun one. It looks really hot, sexy, spicy. That’s Versace,” he later told GQ

Best-actress nominee Kristen Stewart attended the 2022 Oscars in a pair of shorts and a completely-open white shirt.

Kristen Stewart at the 2022 Oscars.

Kristen Stewart at the 2022 Oscars.

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“I really wanted to be the most honest that I possibly could and not feel that I was telling someone’s else story but finding my own,” Stewart said of her Chanel ensemble. “I didn’t want to feel placed in an outfit, I wanted to feel it’s a second skin. I wanted to feel an elevated elegance, and the right way to do this was to lean in to ‘less is more’ and allow yourself to stand in your own skin rather than put on armor.”

Janelle Monáe attended the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars Party wearing a bold floor-length gown with revealing cut-outs.

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Janelle Monáe attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars Party.

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Monaé, who came out as nonbinary in April and uses “they/them” and “she/her” pronouns, paired the Christian Siriano-designed gown with minimal accessories and wore their hair in playful space buns.

Halsey arrived at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing a sheer black gown with bodice detailing.

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Halsey attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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The completely see-through gown, designed by Dolce & Gabanna, left little to the imagination. The “Without Me” singer paired the look with a pair of black heels and a thong underneath the sheer fabric.

Billy Porter embodied the camp theme at the 2019 Met Gala in this can’t-miss golden look.

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Billy Porter attends the 2019 Met Gala.

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Porter was first carried down the pink carpet by six men in matching ensembles, then stepped down onto the red carpet to reveal a pair of golden wings attached to the arms of his sequin jumpsuit.

“I’ve been trying to get invited for decades,” Porter told Vogue. “Coming from the theatre and being flamboyant and campy my whole life, it was a breath of fresh air to have this focus on the genre. It’s what I do.”

Cara Delevingne made a statement at the 2021 Met Gala in a white ensemble bearing the phrase “peg the patriarchy.”

Cara Delevingne at the 2021 Met Gala.

Cara Delevingne at the 2021 Met Gala.

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“It’s about women empowerment, gender equality — it’s a bit like, ‘Stick it to the man,'” Delevingne told Vogue live correspondent Keke Palmer at the event.

However, the look was controversial in that Delevigne didn’t give credit for the outfit’s key feature to Black queer sex educator Luna Matatas, who owns the trademark to the phrase “peg the patriarchy” and frequently uses it in her work and merchandise, according to Them.

Dan Levy wore a colorful look inspired by a queer artist to the 2021 Met Gala.

Dan Levy wears a blue outfit on a red carpet.

Dan Levy at the 2021 Met Gala.

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Levy worked with fashion designer Jonathan Anderson on his colorful look inspired by “the resilience and the love and the joy” of the LGBTQ+ community. The custom outfit featured a map-like design that forms the shape of two men kissing. The design was adapted from the work of AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz.

“I think that has always kind of been what the Met has embodied — doing what you can do to send a message,” Levy told Vanity Fair. “It’s not just clothes, you’re celebrating the impact that fashion can have and culture.”

Tommy Dorman made her Met Gala debut in a dark emerald rubber gown with cut-out detailing.

Tommy Dorfman attends the 2022 Met Gala.

Tommy Dorfman attends the 2022 Met Gala.

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Dorfman also made a with her accessories, carrying a clutch bag bearing the words “Protect Trans Kids” and wearing a 200-year-old crown that she told E! embodied her “divine moment” on the red carpet.

Transgender influencer Gigi Gorgeous wore a striking black gown with cut-outs to The Daily Front Row’s 6th Annual Fashion Awards in April 2022.

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Gigi Gorgeous attends The Daily Front Row’s 6th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards in April 2022.

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The YouTube star paired the sexy look with a pair of distressed sheer gloves and simple black heels.

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