Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, and other celebrities are showing support for JoJo Siwa after she came out as part of the LGBTQ community

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JoJo Siwa came out as a member of the LGBT community in January 2020. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
  • JoJo Siwa came out as a member of the LGBT community in January 2020.

  • Celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell have since sent her messages of support.

  • Influencers including Colleen Ballinger, James Charles, and NikkieTutorials also shared their support.

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JoJo Siwa announced last week that she's a member of the LGBTQ community - and celebrities have since shown an outpouring of support towards the teenager.

Longtime gay icons like Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell both sent the Nickelodeon star love on social media. Siwa's famous friends and co-stars, including Abby Lee Miller, Colleen Ballinger, and James Charles, also showed their support for the 17-year-old online.

Here are the heartwarming messages celebrities have publicly sent to Siwa so far.

Ellen DeGeneres, who came out as gay in 1997, showed JoJo Siwa support on Twitter.

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Ellen DeGeneres sent JoJo Siwa a red heart emoji on Twitter. JoJo Siwa and Ellen DeGeneres/Twitter

The television host sent Siwa a red heart emoji in response to a photo of Siwa wearing a T-shirt that says "Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever."

Rosie O'Donnell shared a heartfelt message with the teen star via TikTok.

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Rosie O'Donnell dedicated a TikTok video to JoJo Siwa this weekend. Rosie O'Donnell/

"Okay JoJo Siwa, seventeen years old," O'Donnell — who came out as gay in 2002 — said in her video, which included one of Siwa's songs playing in the background.

"So brave, so bold," she continued. "So proud of you, so moved by you. You're so super-duper talented, kiddo. Good for you. TikTok you don't stop."

Lil Nas X also responded to Siwa's selfie on Twitter.

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Lil Nas X shared this message with JoJo Siwa on Twitter. Lil Nas X and JoJo Siwa/Twitter

The "Old Town Road" rapper joked with Siwa in his tweet, writing: "if u spell 'swag' backwards, it's 'gay.' coincidence??"

Lil Nas X came out as gay on the last day of Pride Month in 2019.

Paris Hilton said she's "proud" of Siwa for coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community.

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Paris Hilton shared this to her Instagram story over the weekend. Paris Hilton/Instagram

In an Instagram story, Hilton said she loves and was "so proud" of Siwa. Hilton also included stickers of rainbows and the phrase "love is love."

Abby Lee Miller of "Dance Moms" fame wrote a note to Siwa on Instagram.

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Abby Lee Miller was one of JoJo Siwa's dance instructors when she was a child. Abby Lee Miller/Instagram

"I always knew the world would be a more colorful, positive, sparkly place with a kind, loving, dazzling triple threat like you in it — a shining example for the kids out there to live their BEST lives each and every day," Miller wrote.

She added: "*You put your heart on the platter! (If you know you know) Love you kiddo!!! Keep making me proud 🌈"

"Jersey Shore" star Snooki shared multiple messages of encouragement with Siwa.

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Snooki reposted JoJo Siwa's video about coming out as LGBTQ. Snooki/Instagram

The reality-television star shared a video of Siwa discussing her coming out on her Instagram story.

"This is so amazing & important for all of her following to see!" Snooki wrote alongside the video. "Congrats @itsjojosiwa."

Snooki also left a comment on the teenager's Instagram page: "So much love for you! 🙏🏽"

YouTube star Colleen Ballinger reflected on her friendship with Siwa while showing her support.

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Colleen Ballinger added a rainbow emoji to her tweet written for JoJo Siwa. Colleen Ballinger and JoJo Siwa/Twitter

"I've known you a long time and this is the happiest I've ever seen you," Ballinger, who is known for her character Miranda Sings, wrote. "You're absolutely glowing and I'm so proud of the woman you are becoming! love yoooou! "

Other influencers including James Charles and NikkieTutorials said they were happy for Siwa on TikTok.

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James Charles and NikkieTutorials left JoJo Siwa supportive comments. JoJo Siwa/TikTok

In response to her first TikTok video about coming out, numerous influencers left supportive comments.

"IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU," James Charles wrote alongside three smiling emojis.

"Happy for you," influencer Bretman Rock added, while NikkieTutorials wrote: "I'M IN TEARS WELCOME BABY."

YouTube celebrity Tana Mongeau reflected on the impact of Siwa's announcement.

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Tana Mongeau wrote this tweet aimed at JoJo Siwa. Tana Mongeau/Twitter

Mongeau responded to a tweet about how Siwa's coming out could help normalize LGBTQ youth.

"i am so proud of u i am bawling," Mongeau wrote. "what u did today for a generation speaks volumes about u jojo. ily @itsjojosiwa."

Musician Todrick Hall said Siwa's coming out made him cry.

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Todrick Hall shared this message with JoJo Siwa on Twitter. JoJo Siwa and Todrick Hall/Twitter

"Dear @itsjojosiwa, I have never been more proud in my life!" Hall wrote in a tweet on Friday. "Happy for you and happy for how you're going to change the world. Children need to see this! Me = crying."

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