The Talk

Their Lives

“I love it when I know something I wrote softened the parents who had banished their son and daughter from their lives when they came out to them as gay and lesbian.”

—Playwright Terrance McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Spider Woman) in a speech accepting the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Tony Awards. McNally died of complications from the coronavirus last month. He was 81. RIP. 


Feel Invisible

“He somehow makes people who feel invisible in the world feel like they have a place in our canon.”

Kerri Washington, in an interview with The New York Times in 2019, profiling playwright Terrance McNally, who died of complications from the coronavirus last month.


Our Greatest

“I just think he is one of our greatest American writers.”

Nathan Lane, in an interview with The New York Times in 2019, profiling playwright Terrance McNally, who died of complications from the coronavirus last month.


Might Help

“For younger people it will hopefully give them more confidence in what they’re doing… There are still people who are scared or unsure of what’s happening, so I hope just telling my story might help one person notice there’s more acceptance out there.”

—Irish track and field star Denis Finnegan coming out as gay last month in an interview with Outsports.


Me Finding

“I had some gay friends in school… That is the reason why I left my church is that they weren’t being accepted. They were being sent to conversion therapies. And I had a really hard time with that and I had a hard time with me finding my sexuality too.”

—Singer Miley Cyrus in an interview on Instagram Live show Bright Minded, last month.


Fake One

“When you don’t have a real audience, you have to fake one, just like Trump’s inauguration.”

—Ex-Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live without a studio audience last month, after showing a clip of a huge cheering crowd.


Proclivity Toward

Those individuals with “proclivity toward lesbianism and homosexuality are largely responsible for God’s consequential wrath on our nation.”

Ralph Drollinger, a minister who leads a weekly Bible study group for President Donald Trump’s cabinet, in a blog post last month on the reasons for the coronavirus pandemic