“We need to be really vigilant and open about the fact that these drugs are not to be taken to increase our ability to have recreational sex … There’s an incredible underlying irresponsibility to that way of thinking … and we don’t yet know enough about this vein of medication to see where it’ll take us down the line.”
—Openly gay actor Zachary Quinto in an interview with Out Magazine, cautioning against dependence on the treatment known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. In a subsequent Huffington Post op-ed, Quinto said his comments were “never meant to be incendiary or judgmental.”
“I see now basically people who’ve fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange Speedo and take molly [MDMA]… I see no help, and I see no paying it forward, and I have a huge problem with that… There are so many things to help and do, and I see no extending of a hand outside of the gay community to another community, and that’s a problem for me.”
—”Charmed” actress Rose McGowan in a conversation with filmmaker Bret Easton Ellis on his podcast. Later the actress offered a semi-apology, tweeting: “Could I have articulated my frustration in a better fashion? Undoubtedly. For that I apologize, but I stand by the overall point.”
“During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been. Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth: I’m an out, proud and happy gay man.”
—Country music star Ty Herndon coming out in an interview with People magazine.
“It’s difficult for me to make this video, not because I’m ashamed of being a gay male artist, or a gay artist or a gay person but … knowing that I’m in a genre and an industry that’s ashamed of me for being me.”
—Country music artist Billy Gilman coming out in a YouTube video he posted last month. “A fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video,” said Gillman, referring to country singer Ty Herndon who came out earlier last month.
“For most of my life, the mirror I saw reflected my mistakes, shortcomings and failures. The reflection I see today with Larry shows me the positive things in my life, my strengths, gifts and talents. I see how I can succeed at a mutual intimate and loving relationship. For this, I am truly grateful.”
— Former “ex-gay” leader John Smid announcing his marriage to his same sex partner Larry McQueen, in a Facebook post. Smid is the former executive director of “Love in Action”—a group that said it could stop people from being attracted to the same sex.
“I proudly announce I am gay… Good luck to all of you.”
—Latvia’s foreign minister, Edgars Rinkevics, coming out on Twitter, last month. His announcement was welcomed by local LGBT activists, who have faced open hostility from social conservatives in the former Soviet republic.
“The rally will send a strong reminder to Arkansas Supreme Court Justices that an overwhelming majority of voters, 75 percent, voted to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”
—”19 Kids & Counting” Josh Duggar at a gay marriage opposition rally in Arkansas last month. Earlier last month the ultra-conservative Duggar family was criticized for allegedly banning gay posters from their official Facebook page.