Famous LGBTQ Pride Moments In ‘AGT’ History

Jill O'Rourke
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With LGBT Pride Month coming to a close, it’s about time we take a look at some iconic moments in AGT history. Over the years, several acts have inspired us, entertained us, and affected how we look at topics like gender and sexuality.


Check out some of our favorite LGBTQ representation on AGT in the videos below. Then let us know who your favorite is in the comments.

1. Gingzilla

This act was the most recent LGBT AGT moment. This bearded drag queen from Australia (real name Ben Hudson) brought her unique style and deep singing voice to the AGT stage this season, earning four “yes” votes from the judges. As Ben has said of the act, “I confuse people, I blur the line. And that is scary for most people. Gingzilla makes them question their own gender and sexuality, and how they are perceived.”

2. Brian Justin Crum

Brian came in fourth place in Season 11 of AGT. He shared his story of being bullied for being gay when he was growing up, and dreaming of becoming a singer. His audition to Queen’s “Somebody to Love” wowed the judges. Simon said he’s an example of “why these shows exist.” Brian returned for AGT: The Champions earlier this year.


3. Brody Ray

In Season 13, Brody revealed during his audition for AGT that he’s transgender, and shared the powerful story of his transition. His heartfelt acoustic performance of “Stand in the Light” by Jordan Smith impressed the judges. Brody was eliminated in the Judge Cuts, but his appearance definitely made an impact.

4. Jonathan Allen

This young singer made it to the Semifinals in Season 8. In his audition, he shared that his parents had kicked him out of the house after he came out as gay. “I want them to see what I’ve done with my life,” he said. After his performance, judge Howie Mandel told him, “The show has become your family.”

5. Julia Scotti

This stand-up comic made judges and audiences laugh in Season 11 of AGT. She also revealed that she’s transgender, and lived the first 28 years of her life as Rick Scotti. Much of her foul-mouthed routine had to do with aging. Julia made it to the Quarterfinals.


6. Accordion Hans

Hans is one of a kind and he made his mark on the AGT stage with his flamboyant show and take-no-prisoners approach. Hans is a “German” performer who can play the accordion like no one’s business and is also incredibly funny. He is also a good friend of Talent Recap and joined us during AGT: The Champions on our show to discuss the acts. No list of LGBT AGT superstars would be complete without him.

7. Ben Trigger

We met Ben Trigger on the latest season of AGT and he made…quite an impression. He talked in the package about how as a boy he was ridiculed for wanting to be a dancer because as a “Gay, fat kid” he didn’t fit the usual dancing profile. Little did we know what was about to happen. His dancing in a unitard and nipple tassels was exceptionally weird. Then HE hit the golden buzzer. It’s a moment we’ll never forget.

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