Harry Styles helps a fan get to her mom at a Milwaukee concert

British pop star Harry Styles used to help fans come to his concerts.

At Wednesday’s sold-out stop on Styles’ show Love on Tour at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, a video captured McKinley McConnell holding a sign that read, “My mom is in Section 201. Help me out.”

McConnell, 23, was standing near the stage when the “Golden” singer turned the microphone to her and asked, “What would you like to say to your mother?”

“Do you want me to tell her?” Styles can be heard asking. “I can tell her. Yes, no problem, one second. “

Quickly to the center of the stage, the singer shouted, “Lisa, she’s gay!” while thunderous cheers filled the 17,000-person arena.

McConnell told NBC News that she flew in from Los Angeles to see the show with her mom, who was sitting in a different section.

“I literally got her the ticket so last minute,” McConnell explained about their distance. “I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the general entrance for myself. I know my mom, and she wouldn’t be ready for the ditch. “

McConnell, a political science student at California State University, Northridge, said her mom probably knew about her sexuality before she officially told her – or rather, that Harry Styles told her.

“Later, she told me,‘ You’ve always had a penchant for dramas, ’” McConnell said. “I’m really not blessed that both my parents support me so much. And I think they’re probably always suspicious, even though you’re trying to act like they don’t. She kept saying she loved me and was proud of me. “

Being caught in a viral moment, however, was a bit overwhelming for McConnell’s mom.

“She cried. I didn’t expect her to cry so much – I think she’s just amazed at everything, ”McConnell said. “She works at a school, and some of her students came to her today and mentioned it.”

McConnell posted the concert footage on Twitter early Thursday morning, calling it “a moment that will actually be with me forever.”

“Thank you for creating a safe place for me. thank you for letting me grow up with you as a fan, “she wrote.” Thank you for helping me know who I am. Thank you. @Harry_Styles #LoveOnTourMilwaukee #LoveOnTour #SHESGAY “

McConnell later tweeted that she would “message my tattoo artist to see how I can tattoo all that interaction on me.”

“I followed One Direction; I followed Harry from the beginning of his solo career. I’m still in shock, ”McConnell said Thursday afternoon. “It’s this mantra that fans have – that” the moment will come, and he’ll notice me. “And you really believe it’s going to happen. But when it does, it’s hard to work through. after this for a full time. “

Fans on Twitter responded to the touching clip with words of support.

“As someone who doesn’t know if she will ever be to her parents, this whole interaction was touching and made me cry,” wrote one commenter. “I am so proud of you and happy for you. Hugs xx “

Styles ’concerts have become a kind of safe space for young GLATQ fans: Last month, he helped a young woman named Lexi appear as bisexual at his show at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena.

During the show, Lexi held a sign reading “help me out” and gave Styles her bisexual Pride flag to hold.

“When I raise this flag, you’re officially gone,” Styles told the audience. “I’ve heard that’s how it works.”

In July 2018, he helped a superhero named Grace come to her mother.

Grace attended Styles’ concert in San Jose, California – her 10th that summer – and brought a poster that read, “I’ll come to my parents for you!”

Styles saw the poster and, with Grace’s blessing, did the work for her: After asking for her mother’s name, he shouted, “Tina, she’s gay!”

Tina was in her hotel room at the time, but when mother and daughter were reunited, she said to Grace, “YES, I LOVE YOU AND YOU CAN BE ANYONE YOU WANT TO BE,” a a tweet from the then-18-year-old said.

“[Harry’s] a proud supporter of the GLATQ + community and he has made many fans feel comfortable and proud to be who they are and I am just one example of that, ”Grace told BuzzFeed News shortly after the meeting.

McConnell said she is in fact friends with Grace and was elsewhere in the concert hall that night.

She said Styles creates an atmosphere where fans feel comfortable sharing themselves with him – and each other.

“He always says,‘ Treat people with kindness, ’and I’ve never experienced an environment where everyone is so nice,” McConnell explained. “You talk to strangers, compliment each other. It’s such a safe and open environment. “

Styles has long been an ally to the LGBT community: In 2018, he donated income from a limited edition T-shirt to GLSEN, a nonprofit group that recommends for GLATQ students.

He waved the rainbow flag and the transgender Pride flag at other shows and, in Philadelphia, lent a fan. “Make America Gay Again” standard.

“I want to make people feel comfortable being whatever they want to be,” Styles said of waving the LGBTQ banners in a 2019 Rolling Stone cover story. “Maybe at a show you can have a moment of knowing you’re not alone.”

In November 2017, Styles told fans at a Stockholm show, “If you’re Black, if you’re white, if you’re gay, if you’re honest, if you’re transgender – whoever you are, whoever you want to be – I support you. ”

He is also known to be pushing the boundaries of the sex binary in fashion, wearing a pure black, voluptuous blouse and pearl earrings to the Met Gala in 2019 and wearing a tiring Gucci dress for the December 2020 Vogue cover.

“It’s like anything – whenever you put barriers in your own life, you just limit yourself,” he told Vogue at the time. “It’s so much fun to play with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means – it’s just becoming this extended part of creating something. “

Most recently, Styles dressed up as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” in a Halloween-inspired Instagram post.

Labeled “Harryween,” the poster has received more than 6.7 million likes since Sunday, including Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele and Harris Reed, one of Styles ’favorite designers.

Paul Roberts, choreographer for Styles’ video “Treat People With Kindness,” commented, “Harry, I feel like we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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