PERSON OF CONSCIENCE
“I am disgusted and appalled by reports from both the Russian media and non-governmental organizations that authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have rounded up, tortured, and even murdered individuals who are believed to be gay. When faced with such crimes of hate and inhumanity, it is the responsibility of every person of conscience to speak out—to oppose this campaign of violence before it continues further.”
—Former Vice President Joe Biden calling on the Trump administration to address the abuse of gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya, in a statement last month.
“When this administration rescinded protections for transgender students, my heart broke. When I learned about the proposed cuts in funding for HIV and AIDS research, I thought about all of our efforts to try and achieve an AIDS-free generation… I know the election hit a lot of us hard. I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your heads, please keep going.”
—Hillary Clinton at New York’s LGBT community center, last month.
TO THE WAYSIDE
“One of the reasons I didn’t tell people is I sort of wanted people to see me as myself… Often in my life when I tell people I’m trans, it’s sort of what they’re interested in. And everything else about me sort of gets pushed to the wayside.”
—Survivor contestant Zeke Smith, after being outed as transgender on the reality show, last month.
“I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends… It’s something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don’t like talking about it too much. I’m very very new to the LGBT community.”
—Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser coming out as bisexual on Twitter last month.
“Six guys can never represent everyone… It’s lighthearted, and you can’t take everything too seriously. … Tune in. Make your own decision before you criticize.”
—Khasan Brailsford, a cast member of Logo’s upcoming reality show Fire Island, responding to criticism that the show is bad for gay representation.
“I really wanted the video to be something positive that encourages continual love and openness and acceptance of gay people, especially in the church.”
—Out Christian singer Trey Pearson on the inclusive message of his new music video, Silver Horizon, in an interview with The Advocate last month
“It’s all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be or what you want them to become—it’s all about loving them no matter who they are, what they decide to do.”
—Magic Johnson’s advice to parents of gay children on Ellen last month.