“I continue to support the rights of individuals to choose how they will respond to their sexual attractions and identity… With that freedom, I am now choosing to pursue life as a gay man.”
—Former “gay conversion” therapist David Matheson announcing that he identifies as gay, to the LGBTQ nonprofit Truth Wins Out, last month.
ARE YOU READY
“I launched a presidential exploratory committee because it is a season for boldness and it is time to focus on the future. Are you ready to walk away from the politics of the past?”
—Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a Rhodes Scholar and Afghanistan war vet, announcing his 2020 presidential campaign last month.
PART OF THAT
“When you’re in a relationship that makes you happy, and on social media you see people posting about their girlfriends, it feels weird not being a part of that.”
—Former soccer player Matt Pacifici introducing the world to his boyfriend and coming out as gay on Instagram, last month. Pacifici told OutSports he decided to come out so that it might help other gay soccer players.
IT’S JUST HATE
“I’m a follower of Christ. You know what Jesus said about homosexuality? NOTHING. But he did say a lot about love… Stop cloaking your hate in your purported religious beliefs. It’s just hate.”
—Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu, in a tweet last month, responding to Vice President Mike Pence’s defense of his wife’s decision to teach an art class at a school which bans LGBTQ employees, students and families.
“To Mike Pence who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ. You are wrong… You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian.”
—Lady Gaga, during her Enigma show in Las Vegas last month, responding to Vice President Mike Pence’s defense of his wife’s decision to teach an art class at a school which bans LGBTQ employees, students and families.
A NEW DIAMOND
“One of Broadway’s greatest lights, Carol Channing, has passed on. She rejoins the heavens as a new diamond in the night sky, and as she famously sang, they are a girl’s best friend. Goodbye and farewell, forever our Dolly.”
—George Takei, in a tweet, on Broadway legend Carol Channing who passed away last month.
LOVE YOU LADY
“I am so sad just lost my incredible original inspiration #carolchanning. I saw her in Hello Dolly when I was 8 and she changed my DNA… love you lady forever one of the greatest entertainers of all times.”
—Sandra Bernhard, in a tweet, on Broadway legend Carol Channing who passed away last month.