“I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am, too—more than I can ever express… I know this isn’t easy… A lot of people have asked themselves whether America was the country we thought it was. But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it… It’s up to each and every one of us to keep working to make America better and stronger and fairer.”
—Hillary Clinton, last month, in her first public appearance after losing to Donald Trump, at the annual gala held by the Children’s Defense Fund.
Reaffirm The Values
“In times like these we must reaffirm the values we cherish and have fought for: equality, justice, the care of our planet… This country has seen wars and grave injustices, slavery and even civil war in its past. Yet we found our way through. We will now, too.”
—Gay Star Trek star George Takei, a survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, offering guidance on Twitter last month for those despairing at the prospect of Donald Trump as president.
Not To Halt
“Part of why I’m coming out is because there’s so much hate and fear in and around the LGBT community right now and it’s important for us not to halt progress out of fear.”
—Scream star Bex Taylor-Klaus coming out of the closet last month on YouNow.
What Makes You
“We don’t all have to see the world in the same way. You are actually allowed to feel that being gay is wrong… You only become a horrible person when you violate my basic human rights. That is when it becomes a problem, when you start being the aggressor in two consenting adults and the life that they live. That is what makes you an asshole.”
—Empire Star Jussie Smollett in an interview last month with HIV Plus magazine.
“I don’t have an issue with it. I think it’s a compliment.”
—Joe Jonas in an interview with PrideSource on rumors about his sexuality.
“It’s easy to forget now just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages 20 years ago.”
—President Barack Obama presenting comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, last month. DeGeneres is married to Australian-American actress and philanthropist Portia de Rossi.
“I’ve never felt any sort of backlash or friction as a result of the stance I’ve taken in my career in support of my gay brother or any other human rights… hopefully, it stays that way going forward,” said Evans.
—Actor Chris Evans in a interview with The FIX last month.