“Time is what’s left behind in the wake of love.”
—ABC News reporter Gio Benitez (Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, Nightline) in an Instagram post last month after proposing to his boyfriend Tommy DiDario in Paris. DiDario is a lifestyle and menswear blogger, as well as a writer and actor.
“I felt a tremendous responsibility to do it [come out publicly as a gay man]… It became so clear to me that kids were getting bullied in school, kids were getting basically discriminated against, kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents, and that I needed to do something… And where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do for other people. And so I wanted to tell everyone my truth.”
—Apple CEO Tim Cook on his reasons for coming out during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last month.
“Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however is never funny. I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands… I will always stand up for those that are being degraded and discriminated against.”
—Elton John after getting pranked into thinking he was talking to Vladimir Putin in an effort to help Russia’s LGBT population living under homophobic laws.
“To simply be here, living my life as my true self is rewarding enough… However, I feel like I owe this box to my friends, family, and fans that have been cheering me on for decades. Sure, the Wheaties cover would have been cool in 1984… but after all we’ve been through, it would be even more iconic now.”
—Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis in a WhoSay.com column last month, on why he still wants to be on a box of Wheaties, like other Olympians. “They didn’t come out and say it, but the message was loud and clear. They knew I was rumored to be gay and homosexuality wasn’t going to fly on a wholesome Wheaties box,” Louganis wrote.
“Anderson thanks for being my Bitch tonight!”
—Madonna in an Instagram post last month, to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. During each night’s performance of “Unapologetic Bitch” on her Rebel Heart Tour, Madonna chooses an “unapologetic bitch” from the audience to come on stage and dance with her. Said bitch then receives a spanking and a banana from Madonna, reports towleroad.com. At one of Madonna’s performances last month at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Anderson Cooper took the stage, and the “punishment.”
“Bad news for me: Military continues to make me cut my hair to male standards. I’m gonna fight in court.”
—Convicted Wikileaker Chelsea Manning, in a tweet last month. Despite the U.S. military’s approval of hormone therapy as part of her gender reassignment, Manning has been denied her request to grow her hair out to female standards. Military officials cited security concerns as the reason behind the denial.
“It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes.”
—GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee responding last month to President Obama’s nomination of Eric Fanning as Army Secretary. Fanning would be the first out gay man to serve in the position.