The Talk

Right Now

“I remember avoiding questions about the gay rights in Russia… Not because I was embarrassed, I was just not ready. Now I’m totally fine and happy with the person I am right now.”

—Gay Olympic figure skater Jorik Hendrickx from Belgium in an interview with outsports.com. The 25-year-old told Outsports he has been out in his private life for four years.


My Reaction

“My reaction to others’ hate, bigotry & misinformation will not include anger or hate.”

Dustin Lance Black, in a tweet responding to a homophobic Daily Mail column on his announcement that he and his husband, former Olympic medallist Tom Daley, are having a child.


Living Openly

“I wanted to make the song sound gay, down to the production… I think there’s power in living openly and truthfully, while also being gay.”

—Singer Troye Sivan on his new single “My My My!” in an interview with The Guardian.


Be A Voice

“I am proud to … be a voice that reminds everyone in the same shoes that there is nothing you cannot achieve.” 

—Pro-wrestler Jake Atlas who came out as a gay man after winning the 2017 Southern California Rookie of the Year award, in a tweet last month.


Protect People

“I knew it was a risky thing… But at the same time, I knew I was trying to protect people.”

—Actor Anthony Rapp, on CBS’s “The Talk,” explaining why he spoke up about Kevin Spacey’s unwanted sexual advances.


People’s Misconceptions

“It presents an amazing opportunity and I think that it kind of gives us a chance to shed people’s misconceptions and just kind of like break down barriers.”

—Olympic free skier Gus Kenworthy on being a gay athlete, in an interview with CBS last month.


 

A Mailbox

“Marlon Brando would fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”

—Legendary record producer Quincy Jones, 84, in an interview with Vulture, last month.