The Talk

VOLUNTEER MYSELF

“I will volunteer myself second to be executed according to Brunei’s new anti-LGBT law on the condition that the Sultan’s son is first, and that the Sultan himself cast the first and last stones.”

—Actor and activist Omar Sharif Jr. issuing a stunning challenge on Twitter last month to the Sultan of Brunei after the country instituted Sharia law—including stoning people to death as punishment for being gay. 


LIKE YOU

“You can shave to feel like you.”

—-Harry’s shaving company’s new ad featuring a trans man, among others. In the spot, called  “Shave, or Don’t,” the narrator says: “You can shave to stand out. You can shave to blend in… You can shave to feel like you. You can shave to feel like another you…»


THAT LONG

“I think it would have killed me to be closeted for that long.”

Rachel Maddow, during an interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Democratic candidate for president in 2020, sharing her own personal coming out story.


THIS WAR

“There’s this war that breaks out inside a lot of people when they realize they might be something they’re afraid of.  And it took me a very long time to resolve that.”

—Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Democratic candidate for president in 2020,  during an interview with Rachel Maddow, sharing his own personal coming out story.


ISSUES OF MASCULINITY

“I think Morehouse having the courage to speak to issues of masculinity in today’s environment is important.” 

—Morehouse College President David Thomas to the Associated Press last month, after announcing that the college will begin accepting transgender men as students in fall 2020.


BISEXUAL SINCE 

“I’m queer. I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager.”

Tyler Blackburn, a 32-year-old actor who plays a gay war veteran and amputee in The CW’s sci-fi drama series Roswell, New Mexico—coming out as bisexual in an interview with advocate.com.


NOT A BOY

“I thought she was a boy… Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!’”

—Actress Charlize Theron in an interview with the Daily Mail, saying that her older daughter is transgender. Jackson, 7, was assigned male at birth. “So there you go!” Theron told the newspaper. “I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.”