“Most gay people aren’t political… Most gay people, you know, they care about pop music and going to the beach. They probably don’t even know what the Second Amendment is.”
—Gay Fox News commentator Chadwick Moore, last month, during a discussion about a vigil held at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, paying respects to the 49 LGBTQ people massacred at Pulse nightclub last year, which Moore argued was hijacked by the “radical ideology” of a “far-left anti-gun group.”
Treat Each Other
“I believe that God wants us to treat each other with kindness, even if people are different — especially if they are different.”
—Twelve-year-old Savannah, standing before her Mormon church community last month, telling them she identifies as a lesbian and believes that God intended to make her that way, reported by The Huffington Post.
Change The Narrative
“This is as serious as it gets… We have a chance to change the narrative.”
—Danica Roem, in an interview with The Advocate, after winning the Democratic primary for the Virginia House of Delegates’ 13th District last month, making her the first out transgender candidate to win a Virginia state legislative primary.
Wasn’t An Option
“My dad was gay and closeted—born in 1926, where it wasn’t an option… He was 72 when he told me. He told me he was gay right before he died.”
—Actress Molly Shannon, at a Q&A last month celebrating the theatrical release of Miles—a movie about a gay teen’s fight to bridge the gender divide in a high school sports team. Shannon portrays the mother and ally of a gay person.
“My intention was to draw attention to this … and do the right thing… I struggled with that, but the intention was very much like, ‘this is about improving the country.’”
—Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified military documents—a move that would eventually lead her to serve the longest prison sentence of any leaker in U.S. history—in an interview with ABC News last month.
“I think at the end of the day, we all want to feel included. So many of us have grown up feeling like outcasts, and there are particular artists who have been able to create communities through their art that allow us to feel safe.”
—Gay singer-songwriter Parson James in an interview with Billboard, sharing his top gay icons who helped him feel “invited to the party.” Among those he mentioned were Madonna, David Bowie and George Michael.
The World Gets
“I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race… and that no one’s afraid, maybe, to come out.”
—Orphan Black star Jordan Gavaris coming out as a gay man in an interview with Vulture last month.