Although Harry Styles is British, he's certainly an American sweetheart. The former One Direction star did something truly special for a fan during one of his concerts this July, making hearts swoon yet again.
Styles briefly interrupted his San Jose, California, concert to help a fan come out to her parents.
Grace, 18, made a double-sided poster sign for her 10th (!!!) Styles concert of the summer. The sign read, "I'm going to come out to my parents because of you!"
Styles noticed the poster and stopped the music. After asking Grace for permission, he read the poster aloud. He then asked Grace for her mother's name. (It's Tina.) Then after quieting the crowd, he shouted: "TINA, SHE'S GAY!"
At the time, Tina was in a hotel room a few miles away, but that didn't stop Styles from supporting Grace's efforts.
"Tina says she loves you," Styles told Grace in front of the packed stadium. "Congratulations. I'm very proud of you."
Grace filmed the whole thing. When she reunited with her mother at the hotel, Grace came out as bisexual and showed her mom the video. Tina's response was beautiful.
"Yes, I do love you," Tina told her daughter, "and you can be whoever you want to be."
While Styles has never "felt the need to label" his sexuality, he has always been outspoken in his defense for LGBTQ rights.
In an interview with The Sun, Styles expressed support for Miley Cyrus's coming out as pansexual. "Being in a creative field, it’s important to be progressive," he reportedly said. "People doing stuff like [Cyrus] is great."
In November 2017, he made a passionate speech during a concert in Stockholm expressing his love and support for his gay and transgender fans."If you are black, if you are white, if you are gay, if you are straight, if you are transgender — whoever you are, whoever you want to be — I support you," Styles said.
Through his celebration of all identities, Styles is helping more people be more comfortable in their own skin. That in itself is worth applauding.
After the show, Grace tweeted her gratitude to Styles and said that his advocacy for the LGBTQ community helped her gain the courage to come out. "Thank you so much for creating an environment where I am proud to be who I am," Grace tweeted. "Your continuous support of the LGBTQ+ [community] has helped me come to love myself and feel safe."
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Grace said she had only come out to a very few select friends before the concert. But coming out to her mother gave her a huge sense of relief. "Coming out was very liberating," Grace said. "I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my chest. I'm very happy with who I am."
Stepping up as an affirming ally of the LGBTQ community makes a difference. Harry, thanks for spreading the love.