“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 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.