The Talk

Like Lifted

“This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me.”

—Singer Aaron Carter acknowledging his bisexuality in a tweet last month. 

My Heroes

“… Trans people are my heroes. I can’t imagine the nerve it takes to ignore all the stares and the name calling, to get up every day and be totally yourself, no matter what the world thinks of you.”

—Author David Sedaris (Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim) in an interview last month with New Statesman.

The Incitement

“My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country… But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets.”

Hilary Clinton, tweeting last month, in response to the violence spurred by racism and white supremacy that broke out in Charlottesville, Va.

Country’s Strength

“Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, sexual orientations and political beliefs.”

—Merck chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier in a statement announcing his resignation  from a presidential advisory panel after Donald Trump’s comment that “many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

That Way

“ … If you start telling them [middle schoolers] that LGBT is okay and that it’s a way of life, well, maybe you just swayed the kid to go that way.”

—Fresno Unified school board president Brooke Ashjian complaining about the California Healthy Youth Act that mandates middle schoolers receive sex education, including information on the spectrum of sexual orientations.

Fully Support

“I sincerely apologize … I fully support and hope to help the LGBTQ community with their efforts in being treated fairly. I intend to let my actions speak louder than anything more that can be said about this truly regrettable moment.”

—Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce in a tweet last month, after receiving a two-game suspension without pay for directing an anti-gay slur toward a fan in Anaheim. 

Any Patriot

“ … Any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military,”

—Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, while visiting a naval base in Virginia last month, appearing to break with President Donald Trump over the President’s intention to ban transgender individuals from serving in the US military.