“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor… Her career was cut short, not by her passing, but by her decision to live her truth and her life as a transgender woman.”
—The Arquette family in a joint statement on the passing of actress and transgender activist Alexis Arquette, last month. Arquette, 47, died of cardiac arrest.
Can’t Be Wrong
“That was a very, very hard thing for me. I tried everything, but finally I just said to myself, ‘This child is innocent. He was like this when he was a baby, it can’t be wrong. It can’t be wrong.’”
—Cookie Johnson is getting candid with Oprah Winfrey about having to reconcile her religious beliefs with her love for her son EJ after he came out as gay.
“I went on my Twitter feed and saw somebody who wrote, ’Idina, I love you, but it’s sacrilege that you’re doing this!’ I called my agent and I was like, ’Tell them I can’t do it. All these gay men are mad at me and they’re gonna hate me!’”
—Idina Menzel on accepting the role of wisecracking CC Bloom in the remake of the 1988 Bette Midler-Barbara Hershey classic Beaches. “It’s just such a great role for me,” she confessed, “it was just hard to turn down. So I hope they’ll forgive me! I understand if they cannot,” she said in an interview with PrideSource.
“It’s about fucking time… The fact that there’s still a conversation about it means that there’s still room to go in terms of it being normalized.”
—Actor Chris Pine on the “Star Trek” franchise making history this year by revealing that one of its most iconic characters is gay, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
A Real Journey
“I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point.”
—Lord Ivar Mountbatten—cousin to Queen Elizabeth II and great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria—in an interview with the UK’s The Mail on Sunday about his lifelong struggle to accept his sexuality. Mountbatten is the first member of the extended royal family to come out as gay.
“I have identified Steven Anderson as an undesirable person to travel to South Africa.”
—South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in a statement on barring controversial US pastor Steven Anderson from visiting the country because of his critical remarks about homosexuality.
“I remember how a friend of mine in the first grade didn’t fit in with the other boys. When I got to high school, I made another friend who was struggling. Looking back on it now, I understand. I feel like gay people have always been present in my life from a really early age, so I don’t even think about it.”
—Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Baby) in an interview with The Advocate.