Last quote about Homosexuality

Marcia Gay Harden
I'm trying to now think about, What would Christian's point of view be. Would mom even be in it?' . She rescued him. She was a doctor, she rescued him … I don't know. Would I be in it? Yeah, sure. I'm game.
Mar 27 2017
Homosexuality has been commented on by 411 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Homosexuality are: Jeff Smokler, Jill Smokler and Peter Thiel. For instance, the most recent quote from Jeff Smokler is: “We told our sons immediately after and conveyed the same message to all three that the conversation isn't over. And that Mommy and Daddy are going to be happy now and happier people make better parents. We felt like it was really important that by the time we told the kids, not only did Jill and I have to be emotionally ready and equipped to handle their needs, but we needed to have answers to questions about day-to-day logistics.”.
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All quotes about Homosexuality

Jill Smokler

We were terrified to tell the kids. I was waiting for it to all come crumbling down once they knew and I was terrified of their responses.

Jeff Smokler

We told our sons immediately after and conveyed the same message to all three that the conversation isn't over. And that Mommy and Daddy are going to be happy now and happier people make better parents. We felt like it was really important that by the time we told the kids, not only did Jill and I have to be emotionally ready and equipped to handle their needs, but we needed to have answers to questions about day-to-day logistics.

Jeff Smokler

Last night I made dinner with the kids at my new house. And we FaceTimed with Jill and I sent her a video of the dinner we had. We're operating like the other still exists, even if we're not in the same house.

Jill Smokler

We told our daughter first. Jeff did most of the talking and he just started with, We haven't been happy for awhile.' He told her about the separation and that the reason why is because he's gay. Her immediate response was to get up and give him a great big hug and tell him how much she loved him.

Jeff Smokler

The kids want us to be happy. I think they understand that they're going to be happy if we're happy. They're doing really well. They have their moments of sadness and being quiet, but they also know that they can talk to us about anything.

Alexei Zhuravlev

Some officials [at the Culture Ministry] don't want to observe laws adopted by the State Duma [lower chamber of Russian Parliament], specifically the law banning gay propaganda among minors.

Rick Perry

Would the administration and the student body have allowed the first gay student body president to be voided for using charity glow sticks? Would the student body have allowed a black student body president to be disqualified on anonymous charges of voter intimidation? We all know that the administration, the SGA and student body would not have permitted such a thing to happen. The outcome would have been different if the victim was different.

Vitaly Milonov

If fascist ideology is banned in our country, then [movies by] the likes of Dean Israelite should be banned first thing.

Alison Willmore

While, to be sure, even incremental progress should be celebrated – any forward movement is better than none – this is an incredibly unsatisfactory beat to go on to be widely disseminated as a breakthrough for inclusivity.

David Yost

I walked off set one day during the middle of lunch. Basically, I just felt I was continually being told I was not worthy of being where I am because I am a gay person and I am not supposed to an actor and you can't be a superhero. They really stepped up to the plate. I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.

Jeremiah Brent

I'd say that we always end up agreeing. You can see that we're just like you. We both believe in opening up the doors and letting people know that we love the way you love. We eat dinner the way you eat dinner. Everything about us is the same, and as cliche as the saying is, love is love. That's exactly what the show is about.

Robert McIntosh

He made a compelling case which I fully support and continue to fight for. Our campaign team won the election and was subsequently disqualified unfairly. Diversity, at it's heart, is equal treatment of all, and we hope this situation is resolved in a way that ensures a fair and more transparent process now and in future elections.

Rick Perry

Brooks' presidency is being treated as a victory for 'diversity.' It is difficult to escape the perception that this quest for 'diversity' is the real reason the election outcome was overturned. Does the principle of 'diversity' override and supersede all other values of our Aggie Honor Code?

Rick Perry

At worst, the [student government association] allowed an election to be stolen outright.

Rick Perry

What if Mr. Brooks had been the candidate disqualified? Would the administration and the student body have allowed the first gay student body president to be voided for using charity glow sticks? Would the student body have allowed a black student body president to be disqualified on anonymous charges of voter intimidation?

Jill Smokler

We spent 45 minutes on the phone the other night talking about men. Men that Jeff's interested in and men that I'm interested in, and it felt oddly normal.

Jill Smokler

That's fun and exciting. Jeff and I have been together since we were 18, so that's a whole new ballgame.

Rick Perry

Every Aggie ought to ask themselves: How would they act and feel if the victim was different? What if McIntosh had been a minority student instead of a white male? What if Brooks had been the candidate disqualified? Would the administration and the student body have allowed the first gay student body president to be voided for using charity glow sticks? Would the student body have allowed a black student body president to be disqualified on anonymous charges of voter intimidation?

Toni Reis

I have faith. Our opposition is organized but the barbarity of this crime has everyone speaking out.

Toni Reis

Dandara's murder shocked people because the perpetrators made the grim decision to film it. That's the only reason we are seeing this repercussion. The sad reality is that what happened to her is a commonplace act. We see it every day.

Sayonara Nogueira

The video shocked society. It generated a commotion. And unfortunately in Brazil, laws often happen after a commotion.

Rick Perry

When I first read that our student body had elected an openly gay man, Bobby Brooks, for president of the student body, I viewed it as a testament to the Aggie character. I was proud of our students because the election appeared to demonstrate a commitment to treating every student equally, judging on character rather than on personal characteristics. Unfortunately, a closer review appears to prove the opposite; and the Aggie administration and SGA owe us answers. At worst, the SGA allowed an election to be stolen outright.

Rick Perry

We all know that the administration, the SGA and student body would not have permitted such a thing to happen. The outcome would have been different if the victim was different.

Rick Perry

Every Aggie ought to ask themselves: How would they act and feel if the victim was different? What if McIntosh had been a minority student instead of a white male? What if Brooks had been the candidate disqualified? Would the administration and the student body have allowed the first gay student body president to be voided for using charity glow sticks? Would the student body have allowed a black student body president to be disqualified on anonymous charges of voter intimidation.

David Minthorn

Phobia means irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness. In terms like homophobia, it's often speculation. The reasons for anti-gay feelings or actions may not be apparent. Specifics are better than vague characterizations of a person's general feelings about something.

Marcia Gay Harden

I think one of the most important things to do when dealing with this is that the family be very cohesive and that the person with the disease be active in describing what they want their future to be.

Marcia Gay Harden

Eight years ago, we were on a trip and my mom kept forgetting where she had put her passport. At first I thought, Okay, I do that sort of thing all the time,' So she did it one time, okay, but two times, then three and four. Then you go, Oh, something is not right here.' . This campaign struck me to the heart because it is about the scariest first moments. My mom and I are two peas in a pod. We're very, very similar. She, I'm proud to say, is an artist. She was a great traveler, and she was a very hands-on mom like me.

Heinz Schmidt

They started the full programme. Taking photos, fingerprints, you were treated like a criminal. And then there was unfriendly behaviour – in a manner of: 'such a pig.

Jeff Smokler

It has not been an easy road. Jill and I had painful, deep conversations about this. It was not something we swept under the rug.

Jill Smokler

I signed on for this. I could have opted out, but I couldn't wrap my head around the feeling that Jeff was my person and now I have to walk away? It's not a secret that he kept from me. It was our secret, and we were in it together. I didn't want to walk away.

Jeff Smokler

The only good thing about going through any pain is you learn about yourself and you may be able to help other people. We want to show folks that you can do divorce in a way that not just puts your children first, but can come from a place of love. And in our case, there has never been a shortage of love.

Jeff Smokler

Jill and I viewed it as a piece of me that we had to deal with. But we both knew over time that it was becoming a bigger piece of me. I didn't apologize for being gay, I didn't apologize for marrying Jill or duping her because as she said, that wasn't the case. But I still feel that I owe Jill an apology because whether or not it was intentional, I took away moments of happiness. My sexuality and Jill's willingness to stick it out with me definitely changed who she is, and many times, not for the better. So I am very deeply sorry for that.

Jill Smokler

I was nervous. When I started the website, the feedback was that people felt empowered and glad to have a place to talk and be honest. And as someone who is known to write honestly, it's been so hard to have this big elephant that I could never address.

Lenora Lapidus - American Civil Liberties Union

All of his positions have been really his lack of respect for women as equals who have a right to privacy and to make decisions about their own lives. Really on just about every front: economic justice, violence against women, reproductive rights, health care, LGBT equality ….

Heiko Maas

The rehabilitation of men who ended up in court purely because of their homosexuality is long overdue. They were persecuted, punished and ostracized by the German state just because of their love for men, because of their sexual identity. The strength of a state of law is reflected in having the strength to correct its own mistakes. We have not just the right but the obligation to act.

Ranger Trini

For Trini, really she's questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn't fully figured it out yet. I think what's great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, That's OK. The movie is saying, That's OK' and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.

Katy Perry

I'll never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight, and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people. I Kissed a Girl and I liked it. Truth be told, I did more than that. In the middle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside of my bubble. My bubble started to burst.

Michael Adams

In recent years, we have made significant progress in including LGBT elders in federally supported elder services and we will be watching very closely for any efforts to roll that back.

Michael Adams

It's a very bad sign because to strip LGBT older adults out of the survey suggests that the federal government believes that the needs of this elder population do not matter. It doesn't matter, frankly, whether LGBT elders are eating chicken or steak or fish in a senior center, but what does matter is: are they eating in a senior center at all? Are they receiving care management services? Are they receiving caregiver support?

Gigi Lazzarato

That video might be the ultimate tipping point for them, in their transition.

Etta Rosales

When people love each other, whether heterosexual or of the same sex, what is paramount is the love towards the other person's humanity. This must be respected. Same-sex marriage, deriving from that principle, protects both parties with respect to property rights and even in caring for children both parties decide to adopt.

Rodrigo Duterte

That is their culture. That's for them. That can't apply to us, because we are Catholics. Wherever God has placed you, stay there.

Chad Griffin

Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people -- and, in particular, young people. Katy's message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world.

Katy Perry

It's time to lead with empathy and grace and compassion now more than ever to find the unity we need now. I'll never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight, and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people. Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps. But then in the middle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside of my bubble. My bubble started to burst.

Chad Griffin

America Ferrera has shown an unwavering commitment to advancing equality for all people and sets a stirring example for others to follow. Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people–and, in particular, young people. Katy's message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world.

Michal Havran

They used to turn up at gay pride parades, show their muscle, turn up the heat. Now, they don't go; they are worried about their image.

Bill Condon - Disney

LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh [Gad] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.

Nahla Seikali

He's one of my most brilliant students in AP Calculus. He is very driven, a hard worker, motivated and gets things done. I've seen him many times tearing up talking about his involvement with the LGBT community.

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The governments should recognise that peace and stability requires promoting tolerance, not kowtowing to extremists who haven't figured out that their children are going to watch everything on the internet anyway some day. These three governments should protect freedom of expression and the arts, and tell the gaggle of extremists to stay at home if they don't want to see the movie.

Dede Oetomo - Disney

It is also an example of the total ignorance among many adults of the possibility that a child may be gay and that could lead to a good thing.

Ben Frow - Channel 5 Broadcasting

The reaction to the news that Blind Date is returning has been phenomenal and demonstrated the depth of love and affection for the nation's favourite dating show.

Paul O'Grady

Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout the land. I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can't wait to see if we can find love.

Ben Frow - Channel 5 Broadcasting

Paul is the perfect choice to bridge the old and the new, capturing the essence and charm of a series that became staple Saturday night family viewing in living rooms up and down the country, whilst attracting and appealing to a whole new generation of TV viewers.

Abdul Halim

We have approved it but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie.

Eugene Tan

The contestation by both camps has to be adroitly managed… governments are often caught between a rock and a hard place. Once the confrontation has crystallised, it's often too late and the domestic concerns tend to prevail.

Josh Gad

Never judging a book by its cover. There is so much fear out there of that which we don't understand, that which we don't know… And you have a character in Gaston who uses his charm offensive to whip other people into a frenzy to go and attack somebody they've never met. Somebody that's different. Somebody that only represents a danger because [Gaston] says that he represents a danger… I think that that theme is as relevant today as it was when Beauty and the Beast was first written 300 years ago. So that's what I hope people take from it.

Alan Menken

To define LeFou as gay ... nobody who sees the movie could define it that way. He's enthralled with Gaston. I'm happy that LeFou is getting so much attention. But I pray that this stupid topic goes away because it's just not relevant with any respect to the story. Even the one moment that's being discussed is just a silly little wink. It's nothing.

Matthew McLendon

When I was growing up gay in rural Florida, there were no positive gay characters, and Madonna was the only one talking about it. If you just see work made by old dead white people, it has universal themes, but they are not necessarily accessible to you. But if you see the work of Mickalene Thomas, the African-American artist, it deals with the same themes, and it is an entree into the other work.

Michele Ybarra

Network-level filtering doesn't necessarily keep our children safe from unwanted exposures online. It's really important to talk to your kids about how to keep their information safe online. If you would prefer your child not look at pornography, talk to them about what that means to you. Not all exposure to sexual material is bad, particularly for LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) who are lacking education in the schools. It is possible to have a healthy positive online experience, and we as adults can help adolescents experience it as such.

Abdul Hamid

'We have approved it but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie.'.

Bill Condon - Disney

LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings. Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it and that's what has its pay-off at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie. I didn't give it a second thought, then at the preview, the [Disney] chairman told me that it was the first and second interracial kiss in a Disney movie.

Elizabeth Barker

Lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) lack acknowledgement both in mainstream society and LGBT communities, and to the NHS we are largely invisible. It is unacceptable that LBWSW continue to experience discrimination and that thoughtlessness compromises our healthcare.

Jasrena Jasmih

They (the censors) are too sensitive... they should be open-minded, because it's just a movie, just a story. Nothing else matters.

Rennis Ponniah

Disney films for children's entertainment are usually associated with wholesome and mainstream values. But times are changing at a foundational level.

Destiny Clark

In order to survive this, we have to come together. Rosa Parks didn't stop. Martin Luther King didn't stop. [Transgender activist] Sylvia [Rivera] didn't stop. Stonewall didn't stop.

Rodney Coffman

It's like the Seventies and Eighties when somebody would drive by and yell 'fag'. They didn't have the balls to say it to your face.

Firas Nasr

It tarnished [Pence's] image of being this straight, homophobic guy. Here I am in booty shorts shaking my ass in front of his house.

Peter Staley

[We] were able to do in-your-face stuff that got a public pass because we were desperate people who had only a few years to live. I'm not sure you could count on that kind of leeway for those in the resistance now.

James Fallarino

We've planned Pride in the midst of hostile administrations before, but Trump represents a whole new set of challenges. We need to find a balance between being political and being a celebration – even during AIDS people still danced.

James Fallarino

Local Prides can really change people in a way that even New York City Pride can't.

Kevin Hamm

When we take two steps forward and one step back, you can either look at it as regression or as doing the cha-cha. I choose to see it as doing the cha-cha. Because it's the biggest mistake ever to attack queers. Even when we were dying we fought, and we won.

Sarah Jaffe

The lesson from ACT UP... is that a small but intensely motivated group can cause enough trouble to make even the most oblivious and hostile administration change its policies.

Chris Classen

The gays know how to celebrate, but we've also been fighting for 50 years. It's not like we've put down our swords.

Ashley Gaddis

People aren't walking around Sioux Falls embracing their queerness. The word queer is still a slur here.

Andrew Velez

Good taste is too expensive. AIDS threw a spotlight on everything that was broken in our society. We were never violent, but we were angry. There was an intelligence to what we did, a wit and humor and passion that crossed every age group, gender, and background.

Kevin Hamm

We had a $175,000 economic impact in Butte over one weekend [in 2014]. We had just under a $200,000 impact in Great Falls [in 2016]. They love us now.

Ryan Bos

Pride organizers worldwide have been talking about how to best capture this energy and create change. It's a global movement.

James Franey - Euronews

Geert Wilders has in many ways followed in the footsteps of Pim Fortuyn, who rose to prominence in the Netherlands after 9/11. Socially liberal, but a critic of immigration and Islam, this openly gay politician dared to speak up on issues that were considered taboo at the time. His party topped the polls ahead of the 2002 general election.

Michael Wish

If I were not deployed at the moment, I would love to be at [Phelps's] funeral, in my dress uniform, holding a sign that says, It was my honor to defend your 1st Amendment Rights.' I would hope that an act like that, maybe with other loving messages from the LGBT community, might convince the remainder of Phelps's flock of the error of their ways.

Jen McGuire

Are we really still, in 2017, openly stereotyping? Seeing an Asian woman in a white man's house with kids and telling ourselves: 'Yep, that's the nanny. Now, let's send out a bunch of tweets to call her the nanny like it's a fact.

Roxane Gay

Today one of the funniest, most charming videos showed me that we have way more work to do than I ever thought. It's only a fair assumption if you're racist. Some of you should look long and hard at why you assume that mother is the nanny.

Anthony Breznican

It's one of these frustrating things where names get attached to projects very early on as a way to kind of build anticipation or excitement for something that's coming before anything is actually agreed or set in stone. But it was one of those situations where I had been committed to Beauty and the Beast at that point for…years. And I had to be where I had to be, and scheduling conflict wise it just didn't work out.

Emma Graham-Harrison

He has transformed himself from radical activist into a mainstream politician with an extremist manifesto. Bezalel Smotrich has backed segregated maternity wards separating Jewish and Arab mothers, called for government reprisal attacks on Palestinians and once organised a homophobic “Beast Parade” protest against Gay Pride. He is also a member of Israel’s Knesset, a confident polemicist and increasingly prominent political figurehead for the country’s ascendant far-right.

Bryan Bishop

I almost fell out of the chair at that point, said, You gotta be kidding me. It infuriates me to look at the veterans that I know, gay and straight, who have served this country with valor and honor and distinction, and just because you're a veteran who happens to be gay your service is somehow less than someone who is not of the LGBT community or someone who's not gay.

Jill Smokler

I signed on for this. It was our secret and we were in it together. I could have opted out before we had kids. I had that opportunity, but I couldn't wrap my head around this feeling that this was my person. I didn't want to walk away. I didn't have it in my head that I wanted to meet 'The One' the first week of school. [But] it was very clear that it wasn't going to be a casual relationship. It was intense and consuming. I just felt like he was my person.

Jeff Smokler

We told our sons immediately after and conveyed the same message to all three that the conversation isn't over. And that Mommy and Daddy are going to be happy now and happier people make better parents.

Jill Smokler

We will still have family dinners. We will still go on family vacations. We will still be a family, it's just a different kind of family.

Jill Smokler

I actually think that this evolved in the way that it should have, in a way where we thought the kids were at a point to be ready, we felt we were at a point where we were ready, but I certainly don't have any regrets about marrying or staying married as long as we did. I was waiting for it to all come crumbling down once they knew, and I was terrified of their responses. We've spoken to a therapist about the best way to address it with them and we decided that just being honest is the best approach.

Jeff Smokler

Over the last 15 years, we've struggled with what we kept a secret from everybody else. And as non-conforming as I think our marriage was, I think our divorce is equally non-conforming. We want to show folks that you can do divorce in a way that not just puts your children first, but can come from a place of love. And in our case, there has never been a shortage of love.

Jeff Smokler

What's amazing to me is how in love a gay man could be with a woman. I was in love with Jill as much as anybody could be in love with anybody. And for the first seven years of our relationship, that was enough, it truly was.

Jeff Smokler

The first person I talked about it with was Jill. I really believe I was bisexual then, and it wasn't something that was all-consuming. But over the years, my sexuality became much more a part of who I was. For many years, Jill and I viewed it as a piece of me that we had to deal with, but I think we both silently knew over time that it was becoming a bigger piece of me.

Kurt Martens

I'm surprised that after four years of Pope Francis, we are not used to what he says and how to read what he says. Remember the 'Who am I to judge?' comment [on homosexuality]? Everyone thought he was changing Church teaching. But he was just paraphrasing in his own words the Church teaching. Celibacy is what you'd call a disciplinary norm.

Nichi Vendola

It's another step forward for the recognition of the rights of rainbow families. Two fathers and two adopted children are a family. Period.

Phil Tracey

The men and women from OutVets, who have bravely served our country, deserve our respect and to be included. As a result of the organizer's decision, our South Boston store will no longer sponsor the parade.

Craig Curtis

I'd love to know whether The Times was in some way involved in this 'product placement,' or whether Gordon Parks just wanted to give the paper some free publicity.

Thomas W. Norton

Fidelifacts does not look for, ask for or furnish information about an applicant's sexual orientation, and clients don't make requests like that. Fidelifacts, along with others in the industry have been heavily regulated since the mid-1970s by federal and state Fair Credit Reporting Acts which bar questions related to an applicant's health, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, age, disability and veteran status. Employers are barred from asking the same questions under various state and federal labor laws. Much has changed since the days of 'Shaft'!

Richard C. Wandel

Since I would not have recognized either Roundtree or Parks, I simply took them for a news crew.

Eddie Lucio III

My father preached love and service in my house growing up, and although I sincerely believe that his position is not rooted in hate, it is still wrong and will create adversity for many. This is not a priority in Texas and should not be treated as one. I will stand up and oppose any attempt at oppression or prejudice whether the target group is gay, straight, white, brown, man, woman or child.

Ali Brubaker - The Coca-Cola Company

It's a human story where Coca-Cola plays a key role in the development of the drama. We are managing culturally relevant messages organically within our spots not as the main subject of the story but as subtext.

Ruth Hunt

There's so much work left to do to ensure that all LGBT people feel able to participate in sport, and we hope to see other clubs take Manchester United's lead and join the Rainbow Laces campaign to make this a reality.

Ali Brubaker - The Coca-Cola Company

We are managing culturally relevant messages organically within our spots not as the main subject of the story but as sub-text.

Kandi Buruss

It's just been boilin' my blood. Because if she's out there telling people this mess, that could ruin my life. So I have to let people know that this bitch is full of s–. She knew exactly what she was doing. She sent me this text message talking about how much fun she had and how we were so turnt up. We were already out 'til 3 [a.m.] Then she invited us out to the after hours club so that she can push up even more because she was the aggressor. She's the B in LGBT!

Justin Timberlake - DreamWorks

I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. And so I guess I want to take this opportunity and speak to young people right now 'cause there's a lot of you looking at me, if you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you're a lesbian or you are trans, or maybe you're just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee, anyone that is treating you unkindly, it's only because they are afraid or have been taught to be afraid of how important you are. Because being different means you make the difference.

David McEwan

Bullying is reduced, behaviour is improved, no graffiti, no soggy bombs on the ceilings. It also assists in the LGBT agenda because if we have children even in primary school who are confused about their gender and worry, Do I go to the girl's toilet or the boy's toilet?' - well, it doesn't matter. It saves a lot of space. New schools cost £3,000 a square metre so we need to make sure we are getting absolute bang for our buck.

Don Cheadle

Have you never been in a situation where language like this was used to describe a person of color, woman, gay person, Jewish person, LBGTQ person, Muslim, and just 'kept it to yourself?' . We've ALL probably done something like this and then repeated it later to someone we know/love/trust, and sometimes with regret and shame that we didn't speak up at the time.

Ronald Blank

To be gay was a crime, and you were condemned to choose either suicide or life in a closet. I decided to live.

Ronald Blank

I'll be very honest about it. I really don't need any physical or mental connection. But I want to. I want to go to sleep and have somebody close to me, not for any other reason but to be sure that someone cares. That's all.

PC Peter Taylor

This was a very nasty assault committed by a group of men who attacked two other men while they were sleeping on the train. The victims believe the motivation for the attack was that the offenders thought they were gay.

Phil Poole

I can't really remember much about what happened because I was in such shock when I woke up. I managed to get up and stumble down the carriageway but then they followed me. I'm not a violent person at all. I've never even been punched so I didn't even know how to defend myself.

Vitaly Milonov

I'm convinced that the main task of the state regarding children is to protect childhood and youth from the filthiness of the world, to preserve children's purity, to block our children off from harmful and dangerous phenomena. And in this case, our shared task is to not allow the release of this musical on the screen under any guise.

Vitaly Milonov

In this situation, society cannot look on silently at what movie distributors are offering under the guise of a children's tale – the obvious, barefaced, unscrupulous propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relations.

Bill Condon - Disney

LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.

Matt Cain

It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney. By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural - and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it's still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay.

Audra McDonald

The thing is, Disney's not doing anything all that revolutionary. LGBTQ people have always existed, interracial couples have always existed. And now they're shining light on it. So they're just representing the world the way it actually is and I think that's spectacular and necessary.

Josh Gad

(Director) Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn't like the original ... but that makes him more human and makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent. And there's a moment at the end of the film that I don't want to ruin ... because I want the surprise to be intact, but I'm very proud of it. I think it's an incredible moment and it's subtle, but I think it's effective.

Sarah Kate Ellis

It's a wonderful step forward. And this is incredibly important for the youth of today. They need to see themselves reflected in the media they consume. More and more, as studios want to appeal to youth audiences, they're going to have to include LGBTQ story lines and characters.

Alexis Isabel Moncada

We're portraying princesses as this one form, even though every girl can be a princess. If I would have had that kind of representation as a kid, I wouldn't have felt so alone in it.

Bill Condon - Disney

You want to translate [their relationship] into something that feels real, and you can't help but wonder, in his admiration for Gaston, [if] there's something more going on … I just love the way [Gad] kind of captures that.

Luke Evans

Fear is not a good thing to fuel, and Gaston is responsible for that. But he fails – he fails miserably, and everybody finds love. Everyone!

Robert Netzly

Investors are demanding vehicles with a conservative theme. We are not against the LGBT community. We seek out companies that are blessings to people, their communities and the world.

Jason Sherwood

This is a space where you want to hang out. We were interested in getting it right historically, but we were also interested in disarming people with the familiar, and providing an analog experience.

Max Vernon

You had cops that could come in and bash your face with a baton, and bars could be burned down. Now we have this equality, but we also have this would-be dictator president and we also have Pulse happening. I don't think there's any time period that's the perfect time period yet.

Mackian Bauman

Our first show we had some instances of the audience-actor line being blurred.

Max Vernon

All those people were facing very real oppression, but they were still figuring out how to be colorful and connected as a community. They were at the birth of a political movement, and now we are experiencing a resurgence of that militant civil rights activism. I wanted to write a show that inspired people to learn from the past and pick up the torch and move forward.

Alan L. Bounville

There was also much more sexuality happening in those spaces than you online choosing your flavor for the night.

Mahmoud Hassino

The main idea behind the competition was to launch a campaign to resettle LGBT Syrians from Turkey. The country is becoming more homophobic and it's more difficult for LGBT refugees.

Theresa May

It took time for me to come to some sort of peace with myself about it. It's something I struggled with. I didn't want to be gay – I'm not sure how many people do….

John Amaechi

In these tumultuous times, these true role models are the men and women whose voices we need to disseminate to every corner, not a braying jackal – making a desperate grab for relevance amongst a constituency destined for extinction.

Amare Stoudemire

I'm going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner.

Rolando Gomez

The US been a very active and constructive partner in the Council for many years, spearheading a number of important initiatives, such as DPRK (North Korea), Iran, Syria, LGBT rights ... and many issues that are certainly on the agenda today.

Ian Miles Cheong - Twitter

Disney's making its first gay character with LeFou and he's a clownish sidekick who exists to prop up his straight best friend. Great job.

Bill Condon - Disney

LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. And that's what has its payoff at the end, which I don't want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.

Ralph Reed - Faith and Freedom Coalition

Trump understands he would never have won without the strength of the evangelical vote. Those who favor liberal social policy are not likely to vote for Trump in any case. The voters in the middle won't cast their ballots based on abortion or transgender issues---they will vote on jobs, the economy and national security.

Gregory Angelo

In a weird way and sometimes a clumsy way, I think President Donald Trump is trying his best to balance issues of LGBT equality and the constituency of evangelical Christians that helped propel him to the White House. On LGBT issues in less than a month, we have seen the president go into two separate directions.

Donald J. Trump

People go, they use the bathrooms that they feel is appropriate. I think that local communities and states should make the decision ... The federal government should not be involved.

Julia Raifman

I hope policymakers and the public are aware that the social policies that govern LGBT rights can have an impact on child welfare and wellbeing. I was really interested in how equal rights for LGBT populations affected health outcomes. We only have evidence on the relationship between state same-sex marriage policies, but I think it's possible other policies may affect adolescent wellbeing.

Milo Yiannopoulos

I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues' important reporting. And I think particularly in the gay world, and outside the Catholic Church – if that's where some of you want to go with this – I think in the gay world some of the most important, enriching and incredibly life-affirming, important shaping relationships very often between younger boys and older men. They can be hugely positive experiences.

Milo Yiannopoulos

I've probably done more for gays in the fly-over states than all of the gay charities, the activist groups and the gay publications of the last 30 years.

Vanita Gupta

This administration cannot strip away the rights of transgender students by retracting the guidance – the issue is before the courts now and the law has not changed. To cloak this in federalism ignores the vital and historic role that federal law plays in ensuring that all children, (including LGBT students) are able to attend school free from discrimination.

Giorgia Meloni

Not one more euro of tax payers' money should be thrown away on paying their salaries.

Jay Inslee

By ruling that intolerance based on sexual orientation is unlawful, the Court affirmed that Washington state will remain a place where no one can be discriminated against because of who they love.

Grant Robertson

This is really good news. Congrats to Amy Adams on righting this long-standing wrong.

Amy Adams

There is no doubt that homosexual New Zealanders who were convicted and branded as criminals for consensual activity suffered tremendous hurt and stigma … We are sorry for what those men and their families have gone through. We think this is a case where society is strongly of the view now that this should not have been regarded as a conviction, even though that was the law at the time.

Ken Williams

I feel like there is something to this journey that I'm on. And I feel like being present, being able to live out loud and be confident in the life that I am living will hopefully help teach someone something new either about being gay or being black, or [that] being HIV-positive isn't something to be ashamed about.

Ken Williams

[They] told me 'You shouldn't talk about HIV'. That [was when] I felt most closeted by it, [when] I felt most oppressed by it. I felt the weight lifted off my shoulders – the burden felt gone. I realized I needed to take the information to my platform and not only share my HIV status, but teach. I remember breaking down sobbing. After my parents found out, it didn't matter who else knows. I personally feel like being black, gay and HIV positive in America, [that] something is trying to kill me every day. But something is trying to kill me every day, and I'm still here.

Ken Williams

I remember being at my desk in the office and I lost it. I remember just crying my little eyes out. Having to reconcile telling other people 'You should be using condoms' when I clearly wasn't being safe enough with my own self felt so hypocritical. I'd say the only difference in my life is I go home to take a [anti-HIV] pill. When I became HIV positive it was difficult for me, because I didn't want to then have to say 'I'm HIV positive' and then have to explain the whole gay thing.

William Lori

We pray that the new administration follows through on its promises regarding conscience rights and allows the Catholic community and other people of faith the freedom to serve others in accordance with our beliefs.

Chad Griffin

"Donald Trump talks a big game on his support for LGBTQ people, yet he has filled his Cabinet with people who have literally spent their careers working to demonize us and limit our rights,"

Sarah Warbelow - Human Rights Campaign

We see an incredible divergence between where the American people and business community are at, and those who are trying to drive regressive, damaging policies. We're very hopeful about where we will end up, but it could be a painful slog to get there.

James Esseks

Maybe that's how they go about it. He tries to find a way around Congress to implement the same idea through executive fiat.

Chad Griffin

Donald Trump talks a big game on his support for LGBTQ people, yet he has filled his Cabinet with people who have literally spent their careers working to demonize us and limit our rights.

Olivia Dalton - Human Rights Campaign

Our opponents have made clear that they expect the administration to act – somebody is sending that signal to them.

Rachel Tiven

It's really not a question of if this administration will attack LGBT people – it's a question of when and how.

Emmanuel Macron

She shares my whole life from morning till night and she wonders how I could physically do it! If in dinner-party chatter, or in forwarded emails, you're told that I have a double life, it's my hologram that suddenly escaped, but it can't be me!

Emmanuel Macron

"If you're told I lead a double life with Mr Gallet it's because my hologram has escaped,". "Brigitte is asking herself how I could physically do that. She shares my life from morning to night, and I never paid her,".

Jason Elliott - National Weather Service

Every South Carolinian has equal rights, not special rights, and I believe each part of the constitution is equally important. In South Carolina, that means respecting other people's viewpoints and protecting religious freedom. You're not going to go to somebody's door and say, I'm a candidate for this and this is my sexual orientation.' That would be an odd way to start a conversation. When someone says, What's your agenda?' My agenda is the South Carolina agenda.

Jeffery Croucher

This area was narrow-minded. They just wouldn't entertain any other perspective.

Helena Dalli

There are countries which we had looked up to 'til now and that are said to be very progressive. But they are asking us now, such as Belgium for instance, whether they can take our model of law, the gender-identity law, so they can model their own law on ours.

Helena Dalli

I am very happy that what we have done here is serving as a model to other countries, and, in a good way, because more people are leading better lives.

Neil Gorsuch

Liberals "have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private-school education."

Joshua Goodbaum

He said, This is a wonderful thing. You'll see how your relationship grows. I have never felt the least whiff from him of homophobia or intolerance toward gay people.

Neil Gorsuch

American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private-school education. This overweening addiction to the courtroom as the place to debate social policy is bad for the country and bad for the judiciary.

Douglas NeJaime

If we are thinking about things that might be affecting LGBT people, obviously questions of religious exemptions are front and center right now.

Chad Griffin

[Trump] has nominated Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, fulfilling his campaign promise to nominate a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia, one of the most vehemently anti-LGBTQ justices to ever sit on the court who once went so far as to compare gay people to murderers.

Kristi Pinderi

There were some attempts through two or three organizations to make it a public discussion, but probably it was not the right time. We need to continue to strengthen young people from the LGBT community to understand and to continue the challenge, because it's not finished yet – I think it's just the beginning.

Sean Spicer

I'm not going to get in and get ahead of the executive orders that we may or may not issue. There is a lot of executive orders, a lot of things that the President has talked about and will continue to fulfill, but we have nothing on that front now.

Jessica Stern

Thanks to President Trump's executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die. By turning his back on people from these countries, Trump just joined those who believe it's OK to imprison and kill people for being gay or trans.

Jessica Stern

Sudan, Iran and Yemen officially punish homosexuality with death, and Iraq, a country that has seen killing sprees of people perceived as gay or transgender, has never held a single perpetrator responsible. The governments of Libya, Syria and Somalia punish homosexuality with prison – even up to 10 years. Thanks to President Trump's executive order, LGBTQ people will remain in unsafe environments, they will languish in refugee camps, they will endure violence and some will die.

Sarah Kate Ellis

At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community's rich diversity - and build understanding that brings all communities closer together. This year's nominees have created images and storylines that challenge misconceptions and broaden understanding, accelerating acceptance and equality for LGBTQ people across the globe.

Sana Jammelieh

No one wants to talk about homosexuality, or a woman who feels free enough to party all night and drink alcohol, but they should be discussed so that (Arab society) can catch up with the modern world.

Lesley-Ann Brown

We are worried about the way some politicians talk, especially during the American elections,'' said organiser Johanna Nejedlova. Nationalist, racist and misogynistic trends are growing worldwide and threaten the most marginalised groups in our societies including women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

Robert Greenblatt

We're thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back. This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary -- all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture -- is coming back where it belongs.

Kevin Fallon - The Daily Beast

In an age defined by reactionary histrionics and emotional melisma–two things that, if you've ever seen Holliday belt, you'd imagine she'd be very much behind–we won't mince words. For the gay community that has bolstered Holliday's, in her own words, embattled and difficult career and cheered on her recent successes, the news feels like a betrayal. It is heartbreaking.

Jennifer Holliday

My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES! I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgment, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.

John Kerry

These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today. On behalf of the Department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past and reaffirm the Department's steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion for all our employees, including members of the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex) community.

Jeff Sessions

I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it. I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the LGBT community. I understand the lifelong scars born by women who are victims of assault and abuse.

John Kerry

In the past - as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades - the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place, . These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today.

Kim Burrell

I never said 'LGBT' last night. I said 'S-I-N'. I know that people are going to be mad. … To every person that is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you because God loves you. But God hates the sin in you and me, anything that is against the nature of God. I'm called to do what God called me to do, and that's it, and I do it with passion. … I make no excuses or apologies.

Martin Aston

George was probably the first gay pop star in the modern era, who was totally unabashed about gay sexuality.

Jean-Bosco Elat

I can get answers to my questions and easily take care of my health. I feel happy and comfortable to be here.

Patrick Fotso

I am a MSM and a sex worker myself. It's therefore easy for me and the members of my association to get in touch with our peers and send them prevention messages.

Marcos Pena

Due to the disagreements that there were at times over the design and functioning of the team, we thought it was best for the team at this stage to make a change.

Roy Cooper

The legislature had a chance to do the right thing for North Carolina, and they failed. This was our best chance. It cannot be our last chance. The Republican legislative leaders have broken their word to me, and they have broken their trust with the people of North Carolina.

Phil Berger

Members of the Senate, this is the right thing to do for our state. It is something that helps us get to a reset, so that to the extent you think we have done the right thing or the wrong thing - or Charlotte has done the right thing or the wrong thing - it gives everyone an opportunity to start over.

Phil Berger

I'm sorry folks, I don't trust them, and our folks don't trust them. There's no reason to trust them.

Tami Fitzgerald

We continue to encourage our leaders to never sacrifice the privacy, safety, or freedom of young girls by forcing them to use the bathroom, shower, or change clothes with grown men just to satisfy the demands of greedy businesses, immoral sports organizations, or angry mobs.

Christy Mallory

The repeal of HB2 would not only reverse the threat to over $5 billion in economic activity for the state, but would also begin to bring North Carolina some of the economic advantages that come when a state embraces diversity and its LGBT citizens.

Simone Bell

Charlotte shouldn't have had to repeal its ordinance in exchange for H.B. 2 to be repealed. LGBT people in North Carolina still need protection from discrimination. The right action is for the North Carolina Legislature to pass a statewide comprehensive civil rights bill that includes full protections for LGBT people.

Mara Keisling

Today seems to be just about them still trying to not admit how badly they screwed up. They should admit they messed up and repeal the bill.

Simone Bell

LGBT rights aren't a bargaining chip. Charlotte shouldn't have had to repeal its ordinance in exchange for H.B. 2 to be repealed. LGBT people in North Carolina still need protection from discrimination. The right action is for the North Carolina Legislature to pass a statewide comprehensive civil rights bill that includes full protections for LGBT people.

Chad Griffin

Today, the public trust has been betrayed once again. Lawmakers sent a clear message: North Carolina remains closed for business.

Simone Bell

This was a counterproductive exercise in reaffirming to the rest of the country that North Carolina wants to remain mired in this divisive dispute.

Jeff Jackson

This wasn't the deal. This bill breaks this deal. Charlotte would have not repealed its ordinance is this was the deal.

Jennifer C. Pizer

This proposed new law violates both Equal Protection and the Establishment Clause by elevating one set of religious beliefs above all others, And by targeting LGBT Americans as a group, contrary to settled constitutional law.

Jennifer C. Pizer

There cannot be even one iota of doubt that this bill endorses one set of religious beliefs above others, and targets people in same-sex relationships, married or not, as well as unmarried heterosexual couples who live together. It's an unconstitutional effort to turn the clock back to a time when unmarried mothers had to hide in shame, and LGBT people had to hide, period.

Roy Cooper

Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte's vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full. Full repeal will help to bring jobs, sports and entertainment events back and will provide the opportunity for strong LGBT protections in our state.

John Bel Edwards

With great respect for the role of the Louisiana legislature, we continue to believe that discrimination is not a Louisiana value and that we are best served as a state when employment decisions are based solely on an individual's qualifications and job performance.

Jeff Landry

After efforts to advance his extreme agenda failed by large bipartisan majorities in the Legislature, John Bel Edwards took it upon himself to replace the people's will with his own. Fortunately for the families and businesses in our state, the court ruled today that the governor's executive fiat will not fly in Louisiana.

Anderson Cooper

As a gay teenager growing up… Her music and outspokenness showed me as a teenager a way forward. Through her music, she told me and millions of teenagers – gay and straight – that we are not alone. We are connected to each other.

Vitit Muntarbhorn

One person might be affected 10, 20, 100 times, bullied at a young age, can't go to toilet, laughed at, tortured, ultimately killed and defamed at the same time. How many violations can you count?

Vitit Muntarbhorn

For example, in my country, there's no law against gays ... but for the trans group, they can't change their gender identity.

Vitit Muntarbhorn

What is important from my perspective is not to see countries or governments as monolithic.

Kevin Lindsey

This lawsuit is part of a pattern of nationwide litigation that is now aimed at eroding the rights of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Minnesotans.

Mark Emmert

One of the considerations we have now as we make those decisions, as the sport committees make decisions about where they go, is going to be LGBT rights. I think and hope and believe, maybe wishfully, that North Carolina will modify their position because citizens want that.

Xiao Ji

When I was first confirmed (as HIV-positive) it wasn't because I intentionally went to get tested, it was when I was having treatment for an illness in hospital, the hospital just did a test without telling me.

Pope Francis

If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?

Erna Solberg

It is part of our normal educational system that you are discussing why people are fleeing from some countries, what is the convention, what is the responsibilities we have, this is all part of the school curriculum in Norway. There is also a clear view that if you move and get refuge, you have to live by Norwegian standards, you can't come and think you live in your home country when it comes to women's rights, not to be puzzled if you see two men kiss on the street, because there are gay people in our countries and it is normal, it's part of our system….

Tim Ryan

We better get our act together or we will cease being a national party, we're going to be a regional party that fails to get into the majority and fails to do things on behalf of those working class people that were the backbone of the Democratic Party for so long. White, black, brown, gay straight, everybody wants economic opportunity and they don't see the Democrats as the party providing that and we'd better get our stuff together.

Kanye Omari West

This is about the idea of a black guy liking Trump. They thought they had me because ... just because I was black or just because I was a celebrity. But Trump is our president. And that would've been my vote, so I feel right. [Voting for Trump] don't mean that I don't think that black lives matter, that don't mean I don't believe in women's rights, that don't mean that I don't believe in gay marriage.

Lennie Gerber

Saying that kind of thing incites the racism and the anti-gay feelings in everybody else and says you're free to express these things. These people who've been suppressed by the positive transformation that has gone on over the last few years are now feeling free to express themselves.

Ricky Martin

I can only just hope for the best and see what happens. If things go sour, in the sense that I, as a member of the LGBT community or a member of the Latino community in this country, if I feel threatened, I am going to be really loud.

Nancy Pelosi

After winning the presidency but losing the popular vote, President-elect Trump must try to bring Americans together – not continue to fan the flames of division and bigotry.

Ken Blackwell

The reality is, again … that I think we make choices all the time. And I think you make good choices and bad choices in terms of lifestyle. Our expectation is that one's genetic makeup might make one more inclined to be an arsonist or might make one more inclined to be a kleptomaniac. Do I think that they can be changed? Yes.

Peter Thiel

This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares? I don't pretend to agree with every plank of our party platform.

Harry M. Reid

The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

It's pretty terrifying when you throw out the list of all these issues. Global warming could be set back almost irreparably. And universal healthcare, that could be set back almost irreparably – help with refugees, all these issues, gay rights.

Gregg Popovich

He's already backing off on immigration, on Obamacare and other things. So, was it a big fake? ... What gets lost in the process are African-Americans and Hispanics and women and the gay population - not to mention the eighth-grade developmental stage exhibited by him when he made fun of the handicap person. I mean, come on. That's what a seventh-grade, eighth-grade bully does, and he was elected President of the United States.

Isadora Clemente Zurie

I'm disabled and I'm LGBT. I've been bullied all my life. Now I'm in a world where for just being me, I could lose my entire life.

Indra K. Nooyi - PepsiCo

I had to answer a lot of questions, from my daughters, from my employees, they were all in mourning. Our employees are all crying, and the question that they are asking, especially those that are not white: 'Are we safe?' Women are asking, Are we safe?' LGBT people are asking, Are we safe?' I never thought I'd have had to answer those questions.

Elizabeth Warren

He won – and now Latino and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families. LGBT couples are worried that their marriages could be dissolved by a Trump-Pence Supreme Court. Women are worried that their access to desperately needed health services will disappear. Millions of people in this country are worried, deeply worried. And they are right to be worried.

Zach Baum

It's really exciting the enthusiasm to elect the first woman president, to elect a president who will fight for LGBT rights, fight for women's rights and to move America forward. It's really a choice about who we are as a nation.

Nneka Nwokolo

HIV rates among gay men are not going down, despite all our interventions, including promoting condom use. But we know PrEP works and it has been shown to make a significant difference to HIV acquisition.

Tami Fitzgerald

Equality NC and HRC have made North Carolina ground zero for their radical LGBT agenda. But I believe that their efforts will fail.

Sarah Kate Ellis

While it is heartening to see progress being made in LGBTQ representation on television, it's important to remember that numbers are only part of the story, and we must continue the push for more diverse and intricate portrayals of the LGBTQ community.

Charles Upchurch

Jobs for one, but right now justice. ... Civil rights for everybody. We want justices whenever we go to our courts, justice when we go downtown to the police station.

William Brinkley

Anyone who lives in North Carolina has now been hurt by something that a few individuals think they can pass.

Pat McCrory

The last four years I've focused on my job as governor. The campaign has always been secondary.

Sean Strub

The evidence is these laws are harming public health. Infections are at an all-time high among gay men. The rates are rising among young gay men of color.

Peter Staley

It didn't set off any alarm bells to a young closeted gay man in New York in 1983. And for that I am furious. I mostly likely became infected that summer.

Jean-Daniel Levy

When you asked the French in 1988 what they made of Mitterrand's mandate they would mention the end of the death penalty, the opening up of radio waves, the lowering of the retirement age. Despite the switch to austerity in 1983, there was a sense of pride. Hollande does not manage to trigger that feeling of pride. Allowing gay marriage does not quite compare.

Susan E. Rice

What we don't want to do to the extent we can avoid it is expose individuals who aren't wanting to be exposed and to put individuals at risk.

Mira Patel

I never expected these issues could be elevated so fast and at such a high level.

Jay Michaelson

What we've seen in the last eight years has been 99 per cent great and 1 per cent horrible backlash.

Erika Munson

It's a nice counter to the 'You can pray the gay away'. You hear that less and less in Mormonism but it's still a big part of our culture.

John Gustav Wrathall

The loneliness and heartache that comes from being denied that kind of a relationship is very hard.

Ilyse Hogue

But in Washington, those very senators are trying to enact legislation that would use taxpayer funds to do just that – discriminate against and punish women, (LGBT) people, and others under the guise of religious liberty.

L. Whitney Clayton

We hope it will help people minister to one another. That it will increase love, that it will help increase hope.

Paul Twocock

We welcome the government announcement to issue a posthumous pardon to all gay and bi men unjustly prosecuted for being who they are, but we don't think it goes far enough. John Nicolson MP's proposed bill closes a loophole [that results in] some gay and bi men who are still alive and living with those convictions still [not being able to] have them deleted, despite them being unjust and not illegal today.

George Montague

To accept a pardon means you accept that you were guilty. I was not guilty of anything. I was only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Sam Gyimah

It is hugely important that we pardon people convicted of historical sexual offenses who would be innocent of any crime today. Through pardons and the existing disregard process, we will meet our manifesto commitment to put right these wrongs.

Jessica Hawkins

I'm head of the LGBT unit and I'm scared of law enforcement in other parts of the country.

Jeff Landry

I applaud Judge Johnson for his attentiveness and preparation and for his learned decision and judgment. All along, I have stated my intention to put Louisiana's best interests forward as I serve as the State's chief legal officer. I will not cower to executive overreach; rather, I will continue to defend our Constitution and the will of the people.

Nicolas Sarkozy

I believe France has many other important issues to deal with such as security, terrorism and unemployment, rather than recreate conditions for another hysterical debate.

Kemal Siregar

They have to know this community, they have to reduce the stigma and have the communication skills to communicate with this group.

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills

Pence opposes recognition of our relationships, opposes LGBT soldiers serving openly in the military, and opposes prohibiting restaurants and other businesses from refusing service to LGBT customers. It is important the Trump campaign's extremist anti-LGBT positions be exposed in future debates–along with its attacks on women, immigrants, Latinos, Muslims and veterans recovering from war.

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills

Mike Pence has made a career of singling out LGBT people for discrimination, and it is disappointing tonight's debate did not address his long record of using public office to advance his backward views.

Richard Cohen

It undermined the integrity of the judiciary, the spectacle of a chief justice telling other judges not to follow a court order.

Mat Staver

To suspend Chief Justice Moore for the rest of his term is the same as removal. The COJ lacked the unanimous votes to remove the Chief, so the majority instead chose to ignore the law and the rules.... The rule of law should trump political agendas. Sadly, today that is not the case. What this decision tells us today is that Montgomery has a long way to go to weed out abuse of political power and restore the rule of law.

Richard Cohen

Moore was elected to be a judge, not a preacher. It's something that he never seemed to understand. The people of Alabama who cherish the rule of law are not going to miss the Ayatollah of Alabama.

Alan Joyce - Qantas

I do believe that our mental health issues are associated with long, prolonged debates that could occur - that we need to be very conscious of, and very sympathetic to. And as a consequence of that, like most of the gay community in Australia, I don't support the plebiscite.

Chris Sgro

It has never been more clear than it is right now - H.B. 2 is hurting our state every minute that it remains law.

James P. Clements

The decision to move the neutral site championships out of North Carolina while H.B. 2 remains the law was not an easy one but it is consistent with the shared values of inclusion and non-discrimination at all of our institutions.

Hillary Clinton

The @NCAA is right to pull tournament games from North Carolina because of the anti-LGBT HB2 law. Discrimination has no place in America. -H.

John Swofford

On a personal note, it's time for this bill to be repealed as it's counter to basic human rights.

Qiu Bai

Since 2001 when homosexuality was declassified as an illness in mainland China, 40 percent of the psychology and mental health teaching materials published on the mainland say homosexuality is an illness.

Tim Kaine

I want to add: 'who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family?' I think we're supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.

Tim Kaine

I think it's going to change because my church also teaches me about a creator. Pope Francis famously said who am I to judge. And to that I want to add, who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family. I think we're supposed to celebrate it not challenge it.

Tim Kaine

As a devout Catholic, for a long time while I was battling for LGBTQ equality, I believed that marriage was something different. I knew gay couples as friends in my neighborhood. I knew them to be great neighbors. I knew them to be great parents to beautiful kids and I saw them struggle with antiquated and even hostile adoption laws, but I had a difficult time reconciling that reality, what I knew to be true, from the evidence of my own life with the teachings of the faith that I had been raised in for my entire life.

Jose Alcantara

I think it was something unprecedented, the awakening of the society of Queretaro in defense of the family.

Tim Kaine

When I heard the proponents describe their motivations, it became clearer to me where I should stand on this.

Josh Randle

Through every major milestone of our nation's evolution, Miss America has provided a voice for women from all walks of life, and this year, we welcome our first openly gay contestant. Miss America contestants continue to be the best and brightest in the country, and we proudly support each and every young woman who competes in our national program.

Stacy L Smith

We're seeing entrenched inequality. Whether we're studying gender, race, ethnicity, LGBT or characters with disabilities, we're really seeing exclusionary forces leaving out anybody that's not a straight, white, able-bodied man. Despite all the chatter and all the activism and all the press attention, it's another year where the status quo has been maintained.

Josh Randle

Through every major milestone of our nation's evolution, Miss America has provided a voice for women from all walks of life, and, this year, we welcome our first openly gay contestant.

Tyson Gay

It's always something weird, stupid, simple mistakes that always cost us and I don't understand.

Tyson Gay

Hell, we already did a victory lap. Right before we were about to talk to TV, they told us.

Luis Loures - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

But when I see how much we progress as societies, in terms of achievements in discrimination, I feel we are still in the 1980s. Having health systems that discriminate against gay men, sex workers and other key populations (means that) AIDS is coming back, in a very selective way.

David W. Bond - The Trevor Project

This is the first time we can say that nationwide these are consistent challenges faced by lesbian, gay and bi- youth.

Cheryl Cooky

The decision-makers are men and men don't want to see men without their shirts on unless they're gay. Persistent homophobia makes many men uncomfortable with the objectification of the male body.

John Feinblatt

Freedom to marry came from storytelling - meeting people in love who wanted to have families like everyone else. We have a 1,000-member network who are turning grief into political action.

Adam Winkler

It's hard to see what item on the gun control agenda would be barred under Heller.

John Feinblatt

In many ways, we took a page right from the political arc of marriage equality. Is it going to win overnight like a light switch? Absolutely not – but neither did marriage equality.

Justin Timberlake - DreamWorks

I try to live my life working most closely with, making music with, and spending so much of my time with an amazing group of people -- male, female, straight, gay -- every walk of life. I was drawn to all these people not because they look like me, but because they feel and think like me. The truth is, we are all different. But that does not mean we all don't want the same thing.

Sarah McBride - McBride

The reality is that Hillary Clinton has been a steadfast supporter of LGBT equality. She has evolved on the issue of LGBT equality, and I think we are a better movement when we give people space to grow and learn. We can't reduce it to a single issue like marriage equality.

Sarah McBride - McBride

I think we're long past the point where merely saying the letters 'LGBTQ' should be seen as progress. The GOP had also last week adopted one of the most anti-LGBT platforms imaginable and nominated a vice president known for signing a controversial "religious freedom" law widely perceived as discriminatory toward LGBT individuals.

Barack Obama

Black, white, Latino, Asians, native Americans, young, old, gay, straight… men, women, both with disability pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big bold country that we love. That's what I see, that's the America that I know. And there is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future, has devoted her life to that future, a mother and a grandmother who would do anything to make our children thrive. A leader with real plans to break down barriers and blast through glass ceilings and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American. The next president of the United States: Hillary Clinton.

Mat Staver

Moore never ordered the probate judges to disregard the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage opinion, but that is the slanderous narrative of the JIC. The JIC has no case and never should have filed the baseless charge.

Donald J. Trump

You know, he'll come and endorse over the next little while, he'll come and endorse, because he has no choice. But I don't want his endorsement. What difference does it make? I don't want his endorsement. I have such great endorse – I don't want his endorsement. Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself.

Peter Thiel

Of course every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American.

Peter Thiel

We don't need to see Hillary Clinton's deleted emails: her incompetence is in plain sight. She pushed for a war in Libya, and today it's a training ground for ISIS. On this most important issue, Donald Trump is right. It's time to end the era of stupid wars and rebuild our country.

Peter Thiel

Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.

Peter Thiel

Of course, every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American.

Caitlyn Jenner

The Democratic Party does a better job when it comes to [the] LGBT community, the trans community, and Obama has been very good from that standpoint. But I think the Republican Party needs to understand, they need to know people who are trans. … I'm here today so you, since most people don't know somebody who's trans, get to know somebody.

Caitlyn Jenner

You're creating laws for a non-issue. We don't have a problem here.

Montel Williams

We think we've made so much progress and we're right back where we started. If you remember, just because of the color of my skin, there were bathrooms I couldn't go in, water fountains I couldn't drink from.

Brianna Leemkuil

There is no mention of Manifest Destiny or Native Americans. You want us to talk about a tiny LGBT community and ignore the killing of an entire people group?

Mat Staver

The injunctions are gone and Kim Davis received the accommodation that she requested. County clerks are no longer forced to compromise their religious liberty and conscience rights.

John Cho

I hope that if he sees the film and sees the way it's [Sulu's same-sex relationship] treated, which is a very nonchalant posture towards the event of it and it's a really normalised depiction of it, that maybe he'll see some of the positives in time. Maybe he'll warm to it and realise that maybe young people are going to see this, young gay people, LGBT people in the closet perhaps and be encouraged by it.

Simon Pegg

I have huge love and respect for George Takei. His heart, courage and humor are an inspiration. However, with regards to his thoughts on our Sulu, I must respectfully disagree with him. We could have introduced a new gay character, but he or she would have been primarily defined by their sexuality, seen as the 'gay character', rather than simply for who they are, and isn't that tokenism?

Michael McElhaney

I walked into a room full of people that was so diverse, mixed, strange, beautiful. It just felt like the most beautiful mix of imagery and people and music that I'd ever experienced in my life and I fell in love immediately.

Kristin Caskey

It was one of those perfect moments where everyone aligned and did so quite quickly, understanding that many of the ideas and themes within 'Fun Home' would be a perfect gift and a way for the community to come together in advocation for LGBT rights.

Scott Mogilefsky

As awful as Orlando is, I feel like this is a huge eye-opener for a lot of people that the world is not a perfect place, especially for a group that's at risk for this kind of violence.

Matt Schlentz

It's really sad that something on this scale had to happen for people to realize this is a need for our community. But the reality is, we still get attacked for kissing our partners or holding hands in public. We get windows smashed for having an equality sticker on them.

Carlton W. Reeves

The State has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others. Showing such favor tells 'nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and ... adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community.'.

Chris Brook

This proposal does nothing to protect LGBT people in North Carolina. Instead, it doubles down on discrimination. The only way to stop the damage caused by HB2 is to fully repeal it once and for all.

Alan Grayson

At times of tragedy, giving blood is a form of showing solidarity, showing concern for the victims, and even a form of citizenship. We can't say that we have first-class citizens and second-class citizens, we can't say some people can give blood and other people can't based upon their sexual orientation or anything like that.

Carlton Reeves

Mississippi's elected officials may disagree with Obergefell, of course, and may express that disagreement as they see fit ? by advocating for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision, for example. But the marriage license issue will not be adjudicated anew after every legislative session.

Hillary Clinton

One year ago, love triumphed in our highest court. Yet LGBT Americans still face too many barriers. Let's keep marching until they don't. -H.

Volker Beck

I have no idea why two persons of our delegation, two young German guys, were captured. They did nothing else than every other body.

Andrew Bailey - Bank of England

I do have fears. I think that we have the bedrock of the European Convention on Human rights and that makes such a difference. It is incorporated in the UK law. So we have that but I think it is very much under threat. I think we are going to see a lot of change. We are really worried about the future here. We have rights, we have a great celebration, we have the apparent solidarity of this government. We need to have the EU support as well.

David Studinkski

The worst thing we could do as a community is to hide. Many of us started in closets and the last thing any of us should do is go back into them. And that's what this weekend is really about is going out and showing our pride.

Bill Owens

It is not a civil rights issue. I don't want my daughter in the restroom with a man. I don't want my wife in the restroom with a man. It is sick.

William J. Barber II

We know what it's like once you allow racism and hatred to be codified and to be written into the law.

Guy Ross

It's a safe place; they know that they are free from judgment, free from hassle, free from physical violence. We do not tolerate gay bashing down here. It just doesn't happen.

Bill de Blasio

We have an obligation to our nation in the wake of Orlando to show what pride and inclusion looks like. The New York Police Department upped security at several locations out of caution, according to The Daily Beast.

Bill de Blasio

This year we have an obligation to our nation in the wake of Orlando to show what pride and exclusion looks like and the whole city will be celebrating and standing up for our LGBT community.

Donald J. Trump

[For Trump] to say Hillary Clinton's against the LGBT community, to say Hillary Clinton's against African-Americans, you might as well try to convince people that Hillary Clinton's a vampire. I mean, it's just not going to work.

Gregory T. Angelo

He's the most pro-gay nominee that the party has ever had for president.

Donald J. Trump

Our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of Orlando's LGBT Community.

Paul Raushenbush

This was a place where people came together – LGBT people – and if you erase that part of them, you're not actually praying for people, you're praying for an abstraction. In order to truly honor these lives, we're not going to erase them and we're not going to erase them in church.

Brian Custer

Policy at this level moves at a slower pace than people would prefer, but it is years, not decades away.

Barack Obama

Those who were killed and injured here were gunned down by a single killer with a powerful assault weapon. The motives of this killer may have been different than the mass shooters in Aurora or Newtown, but the instruments of death were so similar. Those who defend the easy accessibility of assault weapons should meet these families and explain why that makes sense.

Seth Rudetsky

We started making calls, and suddenly we had tons of theater actors along with an orchestra and the services of a fully staffed recording studio, all willing to donate their time and talent.

Nigel Fairbrass - G4S

We reached out to him and have since confirmed that he did, in fact, not file any formal complaint.

Donald J. Trump

Radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-American. Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries!

Laura Esquivel

We would go to places like gay clubs to feel safe or feel safer, because you were not ever completely safe.

Angela Crawley

We stand here today united together in solidarity with our U.S. neighbours, our friends, our colleagues, our family and all of those affected across the LGBT community.

Tara Goodin - Food and Drug Administration

At this time there is an adequate supply of blood to meet the need. The scientific evidence is not available to support an alternative to the current deferral policy. We empathize with those who might wish to donate, but reiterate that at this time no one who needs blood is doing without it.

Barack Obama

What is clear is that [the shooter] was a person filled with hatred. This is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American … is an attack on all of us.

Gabriel Byrne

This isn't just a question about the obscenity of what happened in Orlando. You have a situation in Orlando where you can buy an assault weapon with no legal permit, really, but a gay man cannot give his own blood to save his brother, that is an obscenity.

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook

Waking up this morning, I was deeply saddened to hear about the shooting in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBT community.

Bill de Blasio

This attack was obviously directed at the LGBT community. I think there's a lot fear in the community here in New York City and around the country. Our message tonight is: We stand in solidarity with all members of the LGBT community.

Andrew M. Cuomo

I am directing One World Trade Center to be lit the colors of the pride flag in a tribute to LGBT Americans and the lives that were lost. an attack on one is an attack on all.

Alan Grayson

It's no coincidence the attack took place where it did and when it did. Because it's a gay club and it might be that we've seen the commission of an awful hate crime last night. All the killing that was done was with an assault rifle, a single weapon, and it was done very quickly as well.

Barack Obama

We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. This is an especially heartbreaking day for all of our friends and fellow Americans who are lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual. We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate.

Susan Watson

This brings a finality by permanently prohibiting Alabama from enforcing its marriage laws which are discriminating against gay couples. Given Alabama's fierce resistance, this permanent relief was required to ensure marriage equality in the state.

Nick Denton

Why on Earth maintain this kind of cone of silence around a gay public figure's personal life in a way you would never do about a straight person?

Vicki Ryder

We will fight them in the courts, we'll fight them in the ballot box, and we'll put our bodies on the line to oppose one of the most underhanded, devious and unconstitutional pieces of discriminatory legislation ever passed in North Carolina history.

Pat Roberts

Let me be very clear on this – as a veteran, a Marine – I support Mr. Eric Fanning for this post. If the White House calls and assures me that terrorists held at Guantanamo will not come to Fort Leavenworth, I will release the hold - immediately.

Josh Earnest

Mr. Fanning is somebody that has extensive experience at the Department of Defense. He's served in a number of roles there. And he would bring that experience and that judgment to the secretary's office. The president believes that he is exactly the right person for the job. And it's unconscionable for Republicans to continue to block his nomination for no good reason.

Pat Roberts

With this hold, I have used one of the tools afforded to me as a U.S. Senator, and I will continue to do everything in my power to fulfill my obligations to protect the national security of the United States. It is what Kansans expect and demand of me.

Gabrielle Piazzoni

There is still a long way to go for full equality but this is an excellent starting point.

Bernie Sanders

It is not only in national polls where we defeat Donald Trump by bigger numbers than Secretary Clinton, it is state poll after state poll after state poll. Mr. Trump will not become president because the american people understand that our our strength is in our diversity. We are a great nation because we are gay and we are straight. We are a great nation because we are women and men.

Joshua Block - American Civil Liberties Union

We're stepping up to fight this sweeping anti-LGBT and unconstitutional law that authorizes discrimination against gay and transgender people. HB 1523 has no rightful place in Mississippi or in our history books, and we're hopeful this lawsuit can stop as much of it as possible before it goes into effect. We won't rest until every last piece of this law is struck down and all LGBT people in Mississippi have equal justice under the law.

John Kasich

Is it? I haven't read that thing lately. the party is "my vehicle [and] not my master.

John Kasich

They are not me. Okay? They are not me. I'm telling you my views, okay?

Manuel Santos

We have been here 15 months, trapped in Thailand, and we missed our family and I think it's time to go home. We also miss Alvaro and we miss our family. Carmen will know family, her room, her everything. We are very happy.

Kelly Bryan

I'm a 62-year-old gay man who came out to both of my parents at 19. And I've been gay for 45, over 40 years. Gay people are human beings and not a lifestyle choice. Please respond without prayer being an answer.

Pastor Jordan Brown

That's not the cake I ordered, @WholeFoods and I am offended for myself & the entire #LGBT community.

Pastor Jordan Brown

For me, it was humiliating because being a pastor who is also openly gay I've had to deal with this in the past. The feeling that I had just resurfaced a bunch of painful memories.

Pat McCrory

I do believe in our high schools, in our middle schools, in our universities, we should continue to have the tradition that we've been having in this country for years. And we have a women's facility and a men's facility. You know, it's worked out pretty well. And I don't think we need any further government interference.

Matt Ferber

HB2 has not directly affected our sales – at least, not yet. If anything, it redoubles our commitment to serve those members of our community who would be marginalized by this law and the prejudice behind it.

Catherine Smith

Our strategy in reaching out to companies is strategic, but opportunistically strategic.

Phil Garber

North Carolina competes for talent with other tech hubs such as NYC, Silicon Valley, and Boston. HB2 puts North Carolina employers at a huge disadvantage when trying to lure hard-to-find workers to the state. If it is not soon repealed, HB2 threatens to undo decades of deliberate efforts and investment in bringing high-paying jobs to the state.

Chase Strangio

It's clear that this is a political ploy from the governor that does absolutely nothing to change or roll back many harms to the LGBT community [impacted by] HB2. Perhaps most concerning about the executive order is that it reinforces the anti-transgender provisions of the law and continues McCrory's campaign to distort the truth about what it means to protect transgender people from discrimination.

Warren Coile

I believe that God always comes down on the side of grace. I hope that people here in our church do, too.

Bernie Sanders

Obviously there are areas that we disagree on – women's rights and gay rights, but he has played an unbelievable role of injecting a moral consequence into the economy. People think Bernie Sanders is radical, [but] read what the pope is writing.

Andrew M. Cuomo

Discrimination is not a New York value. We believe our diversity is our greatest strength, and we will continue to reject the politics of division and exclusion. This Mississippi law is a sad, hateful injustice against the LGBT community, and I will not allow any non-essential official travel to that state until it is repealed.

Andy Gipson

It's time that we stand up and do the work of the people and protect the freedoms that they enjoy.

Scott D. Rhodes

Our results are surprising because we were not sure that men and transgender persons would readily accept HIV testing information within the social media and social networking sites that some of them use. But we learned that after trust was built, they were eager for information about HIV testing and guidance about how to access testing services.

Scott D. Rhodes

HIV testing is important for anyone who is sexually active, and the CDC recommends that all individuals get tested at least once in their lifetimes and those with risk factors get tested more frequently.

Christian Grov

Gay and bisexual men as well as transgender women are disproportionally impacted by HIV (that is, by virtue of being a gay or bisexual man, or transgender woman, you are more likely to come in contact with HIV), and thus it is important to ensure frequent HIV testing and linkage to treatment.

JoDee Winterhof - Human Rights Campaign

While the governor bizarrely goes around the state to argue that no one lost any protections, the reality is that he took away Charlotte's protections for the LGBT community and he moved North Carolina backwards and forced transgender students across the state to use restrooms inconsistent with their gender identity.

Pat McCrory

They're worried about a North Carolina bathroom ordinance while paying people a dollar an hour in China. There is a little bit of corporate hypocrisy.

Pat McCrory

You know, we all have to make adjustments in life. And we've had the proper etiquette situation for decades in our country, and all of a sudden through political correctness we're throwing away basic etiquette. I empathize with these people who have some very unique needs. But at the same time it doesn't mean everyone else should have to compromise a well established etiquette of men in men's restrooms and showers and locker rooms.

Pat McCrory

There is politically correct blackmail being directed toward some of our businesses. They are caught in a very coordinated political theater.

Eric Van Hove

Young people are working with traditional crafts, re-using them, re-learning them. I'm have been learning how to sew and weave since I left Morocco. And also the place of craft in the history of civil movements, civil rights movements, or in feminist movements or in gay rights has always been very important- you know, all these considered low-arts- the crafts.

Roy S. Moore

Sodomy has never been and never will be an act by which a marriage can be consummated.

Greg Shaw

Whether any participation or vote by (Moore) violates the Canons of Judicial Ethics is an issue I do not address.

Jonathan Mermin

Hundreds of thousands of people will be diagnosed in their lifetime if we don't scale up efforts now.

Jonathan Mermin

Overall, the estimated lifetime risk of being diagnosed with HIV was 1.05 percent, meaning that approximately 3 million Americans (or 1 in 99 people) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

Jennifer Wagner

We've said from the outset that doing nothing was not an option. Today, lawmakers did nothing to help protect LGBT people in our state, but our work is only just beginning.

Marco Puccioni

It is a very limited adoption. He would be David and Dennis' legal father. But his parents would not be their grandparents under the law. It is a partial adoption. It is not complete.

Bernie Sanders

It is great to be against the [Iraq] war after you vote for the war. It is great to be for gay rights, after you insult the entire gay community by supporting DOMA.

Ted Cruz

Everyone understands that the values of New York City are socially liberal, are pro-abortion, are pro-gay marriage.

Ted Cruz

You're from New York? You might not [know what 'New York values' means]. But I promise you, in the state of South Carolina, they do. And listen, there are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of New York. But everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focus around money and the media.

Barack Obama

But a lot of things don't happen overnight. A woman's right to vote didn't happen overnight. The liberation of African Americans didn't happen overnight. LGBT rights – that is decades worth of work. So just because it is hard, that is no excuse not to try.

John Mina

The decision was made to rescue hostages that were in there. Our SWAT officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The suspect is dead. He appeared to be carrying a rifle, an assault gun rifle and a handgun and had some type of device on him.

Volodymyr Ariev

It is difficult but Ukraine is trying to escape from a post-Soviet reality so it can enter a European one.

Maria Korenyuk

To travel to Europe without visas, Ukrainians will first need the relevant recommendations of the European Commission and then a positive decision from the European Parliament. Kyiv hopes a visa-free regime with Europe will be introduced in 2016. But even then, only biometric passport holders would have the right to cross the European border without visas.

Heiko Maas

We will never be able to remove these outrages committed by this country but we want to rehabilitate the victims.

Heiko Maas

The convicted homosexual men should no longer have to live with the black mark of a criminal conviction.

Yousef Saanei

In Islam, there is a principle which says that everything is allowed unless there are strong arguments against it or a law forbidding it.

Péter Erdő

The Church says there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar to God's plan for marriage and family. Nonetheless, men and women with homosexual tendencies must be accepted with sensitivity.

Martin Boyce

I mean, I, as a person that was there and fighting there, found no problem with the film. I mean, I took it for granted this is a romantic action film. It's fantasy, in part. But he did bring these people to life. And I think people should be happy, or many gay people should be happy that these people are mentioned. They died unknown. They died poorly. They suffered, no one recognised them, no one helped them. And here they are in a film, immortalized.

Roland Emmerich

Yeah. I don't know why that is. I think that if there was another name on this as a director, this would look different.

Martin Boyce

Well, we've reached a point where everybody's a Stonewall veteran, and everybody wants to own it.

Ty Cobb - Human Rights Campaign

This is a momentous step forward for LGBT equality in Nepal. The nation's leadership has affirmed that its LGBT citizens deserve the constitutional right to live their lives free from discrimination and fear. We congratulate LGBT Nepalis and their allies for this historic victory, and hope to see other nations across Asia and the globe take similar steps to ensure full legal equality for their LGBT citizens.

Nicolas Shahshahani

This (Tel Aviv on Seine festival) is all part of Israeli propaganda to show an Israel that is different from the bombs, soldiers, checkpoints, etc, etc. And the 'cool', fun', gay friendly' Tel Aviv is all part of an Israeli PR exercise.

Zach Wahls

"While we still have some reservations about individual units discriminating against gay adults, we couldn't be more excited about the future of Scouting,"

Zach Wahls

While we still have some reservations about individual units discriminating against gay adults, we couldn't be more excited about the future of Scouting.

Paulo Côrte-Real

This judgment is a call for immediate action in Italy. The groundswell of positive public opinion and political support that was so evident in Italy following the Irish marriage equality referendum led to the promise of the long-anticipated partnership bill before the summer. We were very disappointed to see it delayed until the parliament returns in the autumn. This decision makes it clear that Italian politicians must act swiftly – and decisively.

Susan E. Rice

I do believe he will have some time to spend privately with his family and will be with them in public events.

Daniel McArthur

We happily serve everyone but we cannot promote a cause that goes against what the Bible says about marriage.

Charles Michel

The message is one of good spirits, of joy and of congratulations, and, most importantly, of happiness. This is the message I bring today.

Nasser El-Ahmad

"At least this came to court and I am happy for that. I'm not someone who hides. I don't want to suppress my homosexuality."

Nasser El-Ahmad

At least this came to court and I am happy for that. I'm not someone who hides. I don't want to suppress my homosexuality.

Mikhail Nalimov

The main goal of Gay Pride is to legalise sins in our society. (They want to show) that it is not a sin to be gay. They want gay marriages to be legalised, they want our orthodox priests to allow their church weddings. I can assure you this will not happen. We orthodox people will not let it happen.

Tim Cook - Apple

I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Tim Cook - Apple

I don't pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I'm doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.

Tim Cook - Apple

I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

Sofia Lyubarova

What's happening right now is horrible harassment and meetings against immigrants and LGBT. It's simply terrible. It's sparked by the government to take our attention away from horrible theft from us.

Philipp Lahm

I would fear that he could end up like Justin Fashanu who after he outed himself was driven into such a corner that he ended up committing suicide.

Thomas Hitzlsperger

In England, Germany and Italy, homosexuality is not an issue that is discussed in earnest, not in the dressing-room at any rate.

Masha Gessen

It sucks. You know it feels absurd because I was fourteen when I left my country because they had no place for us. I felt like I was reclaiming it when I came back here (to Russia) in my twenties. It was a very important statement to make to myself and to people around me. That this is my home and they don't get to take it away from me just because of their anti-Semitic policies. Well, they get to take it away again.

Robert Schlegel

You know the Olympic Games are a very important event for us. Naturally, in Europe and in the United States, there are politicians we can call 'Russophobes', people for whom a victory for Russia, a great event which is taking place here, is like a thorn in their side. And of course they'll use whatever pretext to hurt Russia.

Masha Gessen

Twenty months ago he looked out his window and saw the first set of huge protests. What he saw were enemies protesting not his regime, but Russia itself. That meant they were foreigners. The 'others'. And LGBT people are the quintessential foreign agents. The quintessential 'other'. It has nothing to do with homophobia, per say. It's xenophobia in general. But who better personifies foreign or western influence than LGBTs. So we're the first target but we're not going to be the only target. It's going to broaden out.

Philippe Deliance

Well, we have these tubes that are filled with air to begin with, and then filled with water, before they are piled up. You can wrap them round buildings or homes. So what we're doing is we're fighting water with water.

Morten Kjaerum

Everyone should feel free to be themselves at home, work, at school and in public, but clearly LGBT people clearly don't. Results from the FRA's survey show that fear, isolation and discrimination are common in Europe's LGBT community.

Peter Arvai

I feel like there is a big change happening in Budapest. A few years ago there was riots by some protesters. Today more than seven hundred companies in Hungary have come out in support for pride.

Marilena Grassadonia

In legal terms it does not change much, but at the social level it changes things dramatically. As our mayor said, today is a special day, but it would be nice if soon it could became a normal day, like any other.

Fabrizio Maffero

This is a signal of disobedience in 2014, this is the reason why we have joined this ceremony, because it is really crazy that there is such a turmoil over two people in love.

Abdullah Hallak - United Nations

We are seriously concerned at the attempt to introduce to the UN some notions that have no legal foundation in any international human rights instrument.

Rama Yade

This is an historic day for all gay and transgender people, for the men and women who are fighting for their human dignity.

Lech Kaczynski

I don't agree to see this issue in a way that there is a heterosexual culture and a homosexual culture and that they are equal. I see no reason to promote such attitudes, because if they were common, the human race would have to die out.

Rafael Lozano

We don't agree that the present legislation, which says that the union between a mother and father is a family, must be changed because of a minority group.

Pavel Samburov

The biggest sphere is society. As we have already said, LGBT people meet a huge amount of both verbal and physical violence.

Elena Kostyuchenko

The law absolutely does not define what 'gay propaganda' is, and the reasons are clear, because it does not exist. In that respect, any information on, as the law puts it, equally values of traditional and unorthodox marital relations' is considered 'gay propaganda.

Alexander Lukashenko - European Union

I forgive women for their lesbianism. But I will never in my lifetime forgive men for being gay… A woman becomes a lesbian only if we men are so wretched.

Tony Blair

When I grew up in politics, I hated hypocrisy pushing people to conceal their identity. And I saw the pain they felt because they could not be who they are.

Enrico Boselli

I believe that this battle is a part of larger fight to bring about a secular state.

Barbara Pollastrini

I am here to listen, I'm asking people not to build barricades but bridges. So we can have a peaceful dialogue.

Peter Tatchell

Today it's like the Soviet era in Russia. Those who seek to hold a peaceful protest are being hunted by the police and the FSB security like we were some kind of criminals or terrorists. We are not. We are peaceful gay human rights campaigners.

Nikolay Alekseyev

The president has said that the rights of people of homosexual orientation are not infringed in our country. Such initiatives create unwanted tensions between Russia and the West.

Michael Nalimov

We want to protest firmly and say 'no' to this gay pride, which is an act of soul terrorism.

Ignacio Arsuaga

Yesterday we presented Congress with half a million signatures and it seems the government is more concerned with the interests of a minority instead of worrying about the interests of the majority of Spaniards who have gathered as families within wedlock.

Arnaldo Gancedo

This represents a turning point in the history of gays and lesbians in this country. We are very happy, very satisfied, bowled over with emotion.

Victoire Ponroy

We think that a man and a woman are complementary. If a child is raised by two men or two women, obviously they will be loved, obviously they will be raised properly, but they will lack something fundamental for his upbringing.

Anjali Gopalan

Yes, many religious groups will oppose us. Many people will oppose us. The process of change is a very slow one they have to keep engaging with the civil society to bring about that change.

Jacques Rogge - International Olympic Committee

The Olympic Charter is very clear. It says that sport is a human right and should be available to everybody regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. The games themselves should be open for all, so our position is very clear.

Jack Lang

The Socialist party, clearly, definitely, is firmly committing itself so that as soon as we are elected next year we can get a law passed, or two laws perhaps, on gay marriage and the recognition of gay adoption.

Alexandre Urwicz

I was very moved because it was my story too. Because it was the story of many people in our association. You feel like it's the same surrogate mother, the same family, the same situation, the same hospital. It's incredible. It seems like that, even though you don't know them. You say, yes it's marvellous, it's a fairy tale – but you know, that's really what it is. It''s the truth and sometimes happiness can disturb people, happiness can worry them, and we've all lived that.

Delphine Lanson

I made this film because I had just become a mother. I have a little boy who is now four years old, and I was extremely touched by the story of Jerôme and François, two men who had such a burning desire for a baby, and I wondered how that might happen. How did the surrogate mother feel? How was it organised? The web of human links in this adventure fascinated me. And I really wanted to follow the story which was so incredible. Very modern but also so timeless.

Delphine Lanson

I think that there are certainly people who see it that way, but a huge majority of people don't see it like that at all. Especially for Jerome and Francois, for people who see the film, they will tell you that the money paid to the surrogate mother really is only compensation for the months that she couldn't go out to work. You can't evaluate the gift these women give. They give life.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I know that there has been some controversy over this issue. At the same time I appreciate President Putin for his assurance that there will be no discrimination whatsoever.

Peter Sprigg - Family Research Council

I think that the president has finally ended his hypocrisy on this issue. Frankly I think it reduces his chances of re-election.

Stuart Gaffney

To be honest, today I feel more American, because President Obama has affirmed that he isn't just the President for some of us. He's the President for all of us.

Barack Obama

For me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

Yahya Jammeh

As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.

Yahya Jammeh

We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them.

Andrew Mwenda

This Act not only represents an effort by the Executive and Parliament to scapegoat an unpopular minority for political gain but we believe it also violates the highest law of our country.

Vanessa Clarke

The decision was made by (the) group to ensure that our brand does not contradict our company's ethics and values.

Mark Padmore

Homosexuality is prohibited, it was even prohibited in England at the time the opera was written in 1951, so there is this sense that love between men is not possible, it's forbidden, it's taboo, but it can still be felt.

Sara Coloma

As they say here, we had a 'fast-track' marriage, taking advantage of the passage of the new law and what it entitles us to. My pregnancy was already quite advanced, and we were mostly thinking about the children's legal status.

Irwin Cotler

I would say Canada is a leader, and I think 10 years from now when we'll look back at this, we'll say: You know, they did the right thing, maybe a little bit ahead of their time.

David Paternotte

Yes, it is a surprise, and when the draft law was presented in the Assemblée Nationale, we didn't expect that the opposition would be this strong. But we found in the demonstrations that the dynamic was both against the president and, paradoxically, even before the debates got started, the dynamic related to old divisions in French society, like the question of the Republic or secularity, which have never been accepted by some groups.

David Paternotte

Absolutely, and that is stronger in France than in other countries: the worry over what could happen to children raised by parents of the same sex, but also a broader worry about who can be a parent, and how can a family be created or not, which revolves around the definition of the family, the definition of affiliation.

David Paternotte

That's an excellent question. A lot of people have tried to work on that. Researchers looking into these questions have sought to explain how certain knowledge has been built up, how France has a ballast of Catholic thinking which on the other hand has been mixed with a sort of psychoanalysis and a certain anthropology which have stressed these notions, which may have created more intellectual barriers to moving rights along than in other countries.

David Paternotte

There was a paradoxical effect in that the movement for homosexual rights wound down in the countries that depenalised it. Homosexual movements became much weaker than in countries like England or Germany, and therefore demands grew weaker.

Jean-Luc Romero

I think this hatred has always existed. In every country there are always racists and anti-Semites, but it took a long time before we heard about them. Today people think that thanks to social media they can say all sorts of things and that it's all anonymous.

Sophie Desjardin

It's quite striking in France how virulent the mobilisation has been in a country that says it's secular and open. What's your explanation for this paradox?

Inna Shevchenko - Femen

Today we go with a message to the Pope to shut up his mouth and not to give his advices to those people who decide to legalise gay marriage. Today we are here to protest against homophobia.

Giovanni Magi

The approval of the 'Marriage for All' law is therefore not the end of the matter. The controversy risks becoming a long-running political battle.

Mathieu Nocent - Inter

This is a fight too many for anti-gay marriage groups. They have to adapt to the idea that the law is what it is and same-sex couples are now able to be married.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

America is still far from getting AIDS under control. Given that most of the victims are gay men or black women, it's a tough social issue as well. At least the funding of the federal AIDS programme has bipartisan support.

Bill Nighty

If you ask me, or anyone of my generation 'What are the most important developments in your lifetime?' Like myself, many people would point to the emancipation of gay men and women in our lifetime. And the Civil Rights movement in America, perhaps. Those are the things that make you obscurely proud to have been around, for them. And the film concerns itself with that to a degree in a highly, as I emphasise, entertaining way. And also the miners' strike, about which there was not a lot of reliable information at the time, and so you get a bit of the truth.

Christian Hougel

It's bad timing for the Pope's visit because there's a major debate in Austria about legalising gay partnerships so lesbians and gay men can get married. We're afraid the Pope's messages will harden public opinion here against that.

Vitaly Mutko

We want to protect our children whose minds have not yet been shaped by the propaganda of drug abuse, alcoholism and non-traditional sexual relationships. We want them to make their own decisions when they grow up, that's what this law is directed at. We say 'Welcome to Russia, to the Olympics in Sochi!' Let me say once again all rights and freedoms of citizens will be protected.

Kevin Bowler

Whether they are the same sex or a different sex actually doesn't matter. New Zealand is a great place for a honeymoon. We get about 40,000 couples a year here for their honeymoon. They spend millions here. So if that can grow that is great for New Zealand.

Guy Martineau-Espel

Even if in the end we manage to get married, we will stay the course with our legal complaint.

David Boies - American Foundation for Equal Rights

It's a wonderful day for America. Because we have now taken this country another important step towards guaranteeing the promise that it is in our Constitution in our declaration of Independence that all people are created equal, that all people have the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Eberhard van der Laan

Gay marriage symbolises equality regardless of someone's sexual inclination. Until ten years ago there was a huge barrier. It wasn't possible to marry if you were gay or lesbian. What gay marriage means I think those who are gay or lesbian know best.

Laurence Alexandrowicz

Irene Thery. You are a sociologist, and as such the French government consulted with you to prepare a draft law on gay marriage. Like me you have read that 60% of French people are in favour of gay marriage. So why is the debate on the subject so passionate? Is France homophobic?

Irène Théry

Honestly I don't think that France is homophobic. The polls show us some very interesting elements that prove that. For example, rural communities have sometimes been more favourable to gay marriage than the major cities. And there's really a generational difference in the debate. People who are under 50 are very positive to both marriage and adoption. Those who are over 50 are much less in favour. The other element that feeds the debate is the willingness of the Catholic Church to turn this into a controversial issue.

Ferran Pujol

Researchers have no problem finding people with pathologies in hospitals. But when they need to study people who aren't sick, they can't just go looking for them on streets. So centres like ours, visited by thousands of men – gay men, in this case – provide excellent research material.

Gino Meriano

This is the biggest step forward and it is actually history in the making because it has allowed us to have the same rights as opposite sex couples.

Christine Rosset

Marriage has a very specific connotation. It's a mother and a father who aim to have children. So it's not two people of the same sex. That's outside the nature of the word marriage.

Avi Sofer

The biggest shock is to think that it happened in Tel Aviv, which is the most tolerant city in the country. It's very young, very free people feel safe, especially where it happened.

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

There has been a dramatic shift in public opinion in favour of gay marriages. And politicians from Hillary Clinton to leading Republicans have recently declared their support as well. It is now up to the justices to impede or strengthen the winds of change.