“If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing [on social media], like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise. People knew.”
—Glee alum Kevin McHale confirming he’s gay in an interview with Marc Malkin during a Facebook Live talk last month.
“I am donating 100 percent of my profits from my new FX show Pose towards trans and LGBTQ charitable organizations. These groups do amazing work and need our support.”
—Producer Ryan Murphy, co-creator of Pose, a new series with the largest cast of transgender actors as series regulars of any scripted series ever produced, on Twitter, last month.
Use My Platform
“… After she was murdered, I knew I had to use my platform to help Mia and women like her. I will do anything, go to any event, any parade, talk in any locker room about acceptance.”
—Reggie Bullock, small forward for the Detroit Pistons, at the GLAAD Media Awards last month, in a speech honoring his trans sister, Mia Henderson, who was killed in 2014.
Who I Love
“Here I am. I’m loving, I’m respectful, I’m productive, and I’m a human being who has a right to love who I love.”
—Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter at the GLAAD Media Awards last month, in a moving speech where she discussed coming out to her son and falling in love with her partner.
“Being a queer black woman in America… someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.”
—Grammy-nominated singer and actress Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) coming out in an interview with Rolling Stone, last month.
Turn Our Attention
“The important thing is that we all now turn our attention to countries that are prosecuting and imprisoning gay people—and even executing gay people.”
—Sir Richard Branson, in a speech receiving the Special Recognition Award at the 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards, last month.
Makes Us Strong
“In Canada and around the world, pride in who we are, how we identify and who we love makes us strong.”
—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon receiving the “Media Moment Of The Year” prize at the 2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards, for his formal apology to the LGBT community over Canada’s decades-long campaign against gay civil servants or those in the military.