“Doctor Who” star David Tennant, known for his portrayal of the iconic Doctor, has unintentionally become a significant fundraiser for LGBTQ+ charity, the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT). Tennant appeared on television shows wearing a TARDIS pin badge in the colors of the trans Pride flag, leading to a surge in sales and donations.
The TARDIS Pin’s Impact
The creator of the pin, Dr. Jamie Gallagher, announced on social media that all profits from the pin sales would be donated to AKT, a charity that supports homeless LGBTQ+ individuals in the UK. Tennant’s appearances on shows like ‘The Last Leg’ and ‘The One Show’ to discuss the upcoming “Doctor Who” 60th anniversary specials boosted the pin’s visibility, resulting in over £18,000 raised for the charity.
Tennant’s Role as a Trans Ally
David Tennant and his wife, actress Georgia Tennant, have actively supported trans rights, partly influenced by their reportedly non-binary child. David has been seen wearing various trans and non-binary supportive badges and apparel, including a “leave trans kids alone” t-shirt. His advocacy has not been without controversy, drawing backlash from anti-trans campaigners but solidifying his position as a staunch ally to the trans community.
A Queer-Friendly “Doctor Who” Return
David Tennant’s return to “Doctor Who” coincides with what is touted as the queerest series yet, featuring LGBTQ+ icons like Ncuti Gatwa, Yasmin Finney, Miriam Margoyles, and Neil Patrick Harris. Tennant’s involvement in the show and his off-screen advocacy highlight the importance of visibility and support for the LGBTQ+ community within popular media.
Tennant’s Wider Advocacy
Beyond his support for the trans community, Tennant has voiced broader advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights. Appearing on the ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ podcast, he urged the necessity of fighting for acceptance and rights every day, emphasizing that progress is not always linear. His recent actions and statements make him an influential figure in promoting LGBTQ+ inclusivity and awareness.