“From now on, HIV status data will be isolated from the rest of the information that we have, so that it’s inaccessible to even our most trusted partners who we work with every day.”
—Jack Harrison-Quintana, vice president of Social Impact at Grindr, in a video on Grindr.com last month, after BuzzFeed reported it was sharing the HIV statuses of its users with two third-party vendors.
“For me, the election of Donald Trump was a real wake-up call…for women across the country that if we don’t like the direction our government is going in, we have to step up and we have to get involved like never before. So that’s what I’m doing.”
—Out New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on The Wendy Williams Show last month.
“I wanted to make sure that people understood that behind this national conversation on trans rights are real people who love and laugh, hope and dream, fear and cry just like everyone else.”
—Transgender activist and HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride on Late Night with Seth Meyers last month, promoting her new book, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality.
“I am 100% transparent. I have nothing but good intentions and I am not running against anyone, just their seats. I have nothing negative to say about the others and never will.”
—Eric Jon Schmidt, one of four challengers thus far for West Hollywood City Council, in an email to WEHOville last month, on photos and videos of him having sex on the website called DudesNude.com.
The Same Stroke
“This year we’ve seen a number of mainstream stories focusing on straight people’s relationship to queerness—which insist that queer people are “normal” and “just like you!”—rather than queer people’s relationship to their own identities,… The double-edged sword of normalcy-as-value is that it is always including and excluding with the same stroke.”
—Writer John Sherman in an op-ed on BuzzFeed, last month.
Receive A Key
“Honored to be the Grand Marshal at today’s Miami Beach Gay Pride and to receive a key to the city! Like… What?!”
—Olympian Gus Kenworthy, in a tweet last month, after he was been given a key to the Florida city during Miami Beach Gay Pride.
Never Saw Myself
“For me, growing up as a queer Afro-Latino from the Bronx, I never saw myself in film and television… This proliferation of work that is coming from diverse content creators is specifically coming from a space of wanting representation.”
—Steven Canals, one of the creators and executive producers of FX’s upcoming drama series Pose, which includes a groundbreaking number of transgender people, last month at at the first-ever “Creators Summit.” The summit, presented by GLAAD and the Creative Artists Agency, focused on the future of diversity, inclusivity and intersectionality in entertainment.