The Talk

Start Demanding

“Why are there not more LGBTQ pop stars? You support Beyoncé, Madonna, everyone else, but we’re not lifting up our own. Music companies, TV executives — are not going to lift us up until we start demanding that.”

—Reality star, television host and LGBTQ activist Karamo Brown in an interview last month with The Advocate.

Very Affirming

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment.”

—Actor Rami Malek on playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, a new movie chronicling Queen’s meteoric rise into superstardom, to be released next year.

The Nudity

“I did want to pass. It scared me… “I was a little nervous about all the nudity that was originally in the script.” 

—Actor Armie Hammer on his role in Call Me by Your Name, a coming-of-age gay romance. The movie hits theaters Nov. 24.

Our Gratitude

“I thought about all the millions of quiet heroes across the decades whose countless small acts of courage slowly made an entire country realize that love is love—and who, in the process, made us all more free.
They deserve our gratitude. And so does Edie.”

—President Barack Obama, last month on Facebook, on the passing of LGBTQ activist Edith “Edie” Windsor.

Her Legacy

“Edith Windsor changed history by winning her case and ushering in marriage equality. Her legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace, Edie.”

—Actor George Takei, in a tweet last month on the passing of Edith “Edie” Windsor, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages.

She Persisted

“Edith Windsor will be remembered as a great American civil rights hero. #ShePersisted & showed the world that #LoveIsLove. Rest in Power,” 

—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), in a tweet last month, on the passing of  LGBTQ activist Edith “Edie” Windsor.

Any Member

“Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve—including those who are transgender.”

—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), last month,  as he joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in introducing a bill to thwart President Trump’s ban on transgender troops.