“We are very aware of our strong LGBT community fan base and the support they’ve given us and the support we want to give them. And this was a time where I feel like we said we have to make a bold statement, put our foot down and stand firm in something we believe in.”
—Nick Jonas, explaining last month on The Ellen Show why he and Demi Lovato cancelled a tour date in North Carolina after the state passed the House Bill 2 (HB2), better known as the “bathroom bill,” which blocks counties from protecting against LGBT discrimination, including the barring of transgender citizens from using bath rooms matching their gender identity.
“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”
—Ringo Starr, in a press release last month, canceling his show in North Carolina in opposition to HB2.
STILL A CRIME
“Lots of songs are about love tonight… [however] love is still a crime in many parts of the world and I long to see the day when that is no longer the case.”
—Swedish Eurovision host and last year’s contest winner Mans Zelmerlow speaking at Eurovision’s second semi-final last month.
“People who are so judgmental about those who are gay or different don’t realize that acting 24 hours a day is the most exhausting thing in the world.”
—Actor Colton Haynes officially coming out in Entertainment Weekly last month.
TO ME TO HAVE
“Thank you for the unconditional love, ‘cause it’s very difficult to me to have that. I haven’t experienced much of it.”
—Mariah Carey last month at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation media awards. Carey received the Ally Award for her efforts to support and advance LGBT+ equality.
“She wasn’t always good on gay marriage, but neither was Barack Obama…When you go to somebody, go to a politician, and you say, ‘Please change your mind,’ when they change their mind, you don’t then spend the rest of their lives going, ‘Fuck you for not changing your mind sooner!’ You say, ‘Welcome to the right side of this issue, we’re glad to have you.’”
—Author and activist Dan Savage on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month on Hillary Clinton’s record on marriage equality.
“I’m so happy the Obama Administration cares about the rights of transgender youth like myself! Progress is being made.”
—Jazz Jennings—the 15-year-old transgender star of the unscripted TLC series I Am Jazz in a tweet last month reacting to the Obama administration’s order mandating that America’s 100,000 public schools must allow children of both sexes to use the bathroom or locker room of their gender identity.