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LeAnn Rimes
She really touched all the codependency of our society with that song.feedback
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May 26 2017
Homosexuality has been commented on by 513 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: Bill Condon, Jeff Smokler and Jill Smokler. For instance, the most recent quote from Bill Condon is: “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.”.
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Sarah Kate Ellis

Having representation, especially in the films that are widely distributed not only here in the States, they change hearts and minds. They allow people who are LGBTQ to see themselves reflected. That's why it's so important.feedback

Li Yinhe

The ruling proves that same-sex marriage is acceptable in Chinese culture, and is likely for the Chinese mainland to legalise gay marriage within a decade.feedback

Domenico Dolce

We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one … No chemical offsprings and rented uterus; Life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.feedback

Roy Cooper

I'm glad the NBA recognizes the progress we've made and will continue to be a partner as we push for statewide LGBT protections.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

In the face of love, everyone is equal. I support marriage equality. Every person should be able to look for love freely, and freely seek their own happiness.feedback

Chris Parkes

History shows that in times of political and economic stress, seemingly secure rights come under attack. And now is one of those times. It is no surprise that Angels in America’s London revival has struck a chord. Set during the depths of the Aids epidemic, Tony Kushner’s play recalls a darker time for LGBT people – gay men in particular – that reminds us of the progress we’ve made since the 1980s while remonstrating with us for feeling any complacency about the status of LGBT rights in the west today. Contrary to popular belief, the history of public attitudes toward LGBT people is not a heartwarming tale of progress.feedback

Hsu Yu-jen

I think it's an important and monumental decision. And I want to urge the president and my colleagues in the Legislative Yuan to move ahead with this and show Taiwan's progressive values to the world.feedback

Sabina Karlsson

When women and young girls are exposed to other women trying to figure out their body image, it releases the illusion that they are suffering alone. Today we're at a tipping point. Too many women and young girls have had enough, and are opting to stand up for themselves. Women are uniting and speaking to the message of self-acceptance in droves, including young, old, gay, straight, bi, trans. It's about time!feedback

Masha Gessen

Pride is political. Pride is about going into a place where it can be frightening, where not everyone has come to see LGBTQ people as human beings. But it's also what solidarity looks like.feedback

Abdul Gani Isa

Lessons carried out with our syariah law are conducted in a very thoughtful way, are educational and do not violate human rights.feedback

Ariana Grande

I was raised in a household where being gay was like, the most normal thing. You know, my brother is gay, all of my best friends are gay. When my brother came out of the closet, it wasn't a big deal for my family. Even my grandpa, who is like, super old-school, was like, Good for you! It's outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment.feedback

Rodney Chiang-Cruise

How can NSW GLRL call out the trans hate from News Corp when one of its national journos sits on the board?feedback

Rodney Chiang-Cruise

You have on your board a member of an organisation that repeatedly, systematically, viciously attacked and harms trans and gender diverse kids. I believe this compromises and undermines your organisation's credibility.feedback

Jill Stark

To hold an individual journalist responsible for the entire reporting of a multinational multimedia company is ridiculous. You've also robbed the world of a voice that had a powerful platform.feedback

Jill Stark

I was devastated when I heard. What an absolute own goal by activists who are trying to strike a blow for equality and have forced a gay man to resign from a gay rights organisation. All that this has achieved is to rob the LGBTI community of a passionate advocate. It gives opponents of equality a free kick because it divides the community.feedback

Jill Stark

Shannon wrote a very powerful piece for News Corp about his experience of homophobic bullying in high school, which had an incredible reaction, and this incident brought him right back there.feedback

Shannon Molloy - News Corporation

I was bashed, ridiculed, taunted endlessly, you name it. I don't speak about my adolescence often. The truth is that I'm still traumatised by the unspeakably horrific things I endured as a teenager that the mere thought of them makes me ill.feedback

Rodrigo Duterte

I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia. It's the only way. America, since the end of the 1960s, has been interfering in other states. They offer a country help but demand in exchange that the country adopts certain laws, for example legalises gay marriages.feedback

Sarojini Mutia Irfan

What they have done is like a virus that can harm people's morale, and this kind of public punishment is an attempt to stop the spread of the virus to other communities in Aceh.feedback

Peter Tatchell

Britain is celebrating the anniversary of the 1967 act, but in fact anti-gay laws were enforced more aggressively by the state after it was passed. The 50th anniversary in July of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 will be marked by celebratory events, from Queer British Art at the Tate to the BBC’s Gay Britannia season. I feel ambivalent about the celebrations: 1967 was progress, but the criminalisation of homosexuality in the UK did not in fact end until 2013. The 1967 act was just a start. It was the first gay law reform since 1533, when anal sex was made a crime during Henry VIII’s reign; all other sexual acts between men were outlawed in the Victorian era, in 1885.feedback

Phelim Kine - Human Rights Watch

The court's less-than-maximum sentence of 85 lashes is no act of compassion. It does not change the reality that flogging is a grotesque display of medieval torture.feedback

Steven Van Zandt

It was a revelation. The stuff held up so well. It was nice to feel that, the strength of those songs. My father was an ex-Marine Goldwater Republican. We were the generation gap. It was rough. My identity was an embarrassment to him. He figured 'You're just a gay drug-addict criminal,' you know, whatever the worst thing was in their heads. At some point I just started to feel a little bit stupid.feedback

Vic Chiang

To legalise marriage would mean that Taiwan's civil code and constitution will say that gay people are people. If the law can be changed, Taiwan's gay community will have human rights.feedback

Vic Chiang

It's a little bit depressing for us. Before the election, she was really pro-gay rights. But now she has kind of disappeared.feedback

Yelena Goltsman

It's certainly better than Russia, but what kind of sanctuary is this if people can't even live openly here?feedback

Letitia James

We need to embrace you in Brighton Beach. It's critically important. And as the Russian community grows in Brooklyn and all throughout the city, we need to let everyone know that the L.G.B.T. community is welcome there as well.feedback

Colette Montoya-Sloan

Many of us never dreamed of being out in public here. But it's important to lead grass-roots marches in places where pride isn't necessarily accepted.feedback

David Andrew Weinberg

I don't think there is anything close to convincing evidence proving Saudi Arabia helped perpetrate 9/11. Saudi Arabia certainly has problems with its government's treatment of women and LGBT individuals, but it does not push gay people off of buildings.feedback

Imran H Sarker

Why are these young people arrested? We always opposed that law.feedback

Jahangir Hossain Matubbar

Yesterday when we arrested them, they did not complete the homosexuality act. They were preparing for that. We were very suspicious about them. For a long time they have been gathering there. People informed us and we rushed there to find why they had been gathering there.feedback

Larry Kramer Activism

One day I was just parachuted behind enemy lines, and there was this horrific story to tell. And that just became so all-consuming. I still don't have any interest in anything else, except getting gay history taught in schools.feedback

Lawrence D. Mass

People were so angry and offended. I don't think there is a positive image of a gay person, not one, in the entire novel. Larry seemed to have this ridiculously outdated romantic notion of sexuality and its relationship to love, monogamy. He was this total misfit in this expanding world of gay promiscuity and the sexual revolution.feedback

Kevin Pillar

I'm completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organizion in this position. I have apologiszed personally to Jason Motte, but also need to apologize to the Braves organization and their fans, and most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed last night. This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself.feedback

Kevin Pillar

I used inappropriate language towards Braves pitcher Jason Motte. By doing so I had just extended the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today. I'm completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position.feedback

Kevin Pillar

I regret saying it. I'm going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can't use. It's not a word I use ever. ... It's something that just came out. It was immature, stupid. It was uncalled for. It's part of the game. I'm a competitive guy. I will be an example of how words can offend a lot of people. I hope people see this as just an error in judgment.feedback

Charli Howard

I think that every woman is a real woman. Who cares if they are short, tall, thin, fat, athletic, heterosexual or gay? Every one of us is marvelous.feedback

Kevin Pillar

It just stems from a little frustration in myself, just the way this series has been going. It was immature, stupid. It was uncalled for. It's part of the game. I'm a competitive guy.feedback

Doug Elliott

It was a brutal, senseless, wasteful, harsh and cruel campaign for which the government should abjectly apologise. I really am mystified as to why it's taking so long … I think it's been very well-intentioned, but there's been a lot of overpromising and under-delivery so far.feedback

Andreas Harsono - Human Rights Watch

The prosecution is very harsh. The verdict is harsher. It shows the increasingly conservative judiciary in Indonesia.feedback

Khairil Jamal

As Muslims, the defendants should uphold the Shariah law that prevails in Aceh.feedback

Chase Strangio

For many LGBT people, particularly trans women and gay men in men's facilities, solitary confinement is a very routine practice for people's own safety. The debate on solitary is so clear and so polarizing, and yet it's a commonly utilized practice in the US, particularly for people who are vulnerable.feedback

Izzy Sederbaum

There are a lot of mental health issues. The community itself is stigmatized, like, well, you're gay, so clearly you have a mental health disorder.feedback

Larry Gross

And rather importantly, psychological, psychiatric, medical professionals are now much more aware and enlightened than they were in the past not to pathologize variation, but to see it as normal, and to help people to adjust. Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing . In a culture saturated in sexual imagery.feedback

Richard H. Reams

Even if you're not religious, the pastor of that church is going to know what resources there are.feedback

Tillett Wright

I find rigidity in any identity, be it straight, gay, trans, bisexual or whatever. When you settle on one thing, you have formed a barrier for yourself and your future selves, plural.feedback

Deborah Coolhart

Think about what kind of risks there are in coming out, how supportive they think their family will be, how will it be treated in the work or school environment.feedback

Tillett Wright

Social media opens the doors to keyboard warriors, who like to bully people. So as you're tiptoeing your way into your identity and figuring yourself out, maybe don't put your most vulnerable stuff out there for everybody to pick apart.feedback

Tillett Wright

You can never bend yourself into being anything other than what you are. No matter how much social pressure is put on you.feedback

Richard H. Reams

The old-school answer was that you really needed to come to an identity and claim it. We're now understanding that's not the case.feedback

Deborah Coolhart

'I am normal. There's a lot of people that have this experience. There's nothing wrong with me. This is actually something that makes me special and who I am.feedback

Gregory Angelo

I think that it is great that Chelsea Manning is going to be able to live her life authentically and she should most definitely be allowed to do so, but that does not excuse past behaviors that put lives at risk and put her into prison in the first place. There are far better representatives of the LGBT community.feedback

Doug Elliott

The reality is that a lot of the people who were affected by these obnoxious laws are already dead. It is a critical moment. Because we can begin to heal once we acknowledge the wrong that was done and we make a commitment that we are not going to behave like that in future.feedback

Randy Boissonnault

We are committed to apologise in an inclusive and meaningful manner before the end of 2017. Canada is really starting to fall behind on this issue. I really am mystified as to why it's taking so long … I think its been very well-intentioned, but there's been a lot of overpromising and underdelivery so far. I would much rather have a good apology that has taken a few months than a rotten apology that's given quickly, because we're only going to get it once.feedback

Mary Lambert

Everything hurt so much. The fact that I was abused by my dad. Was raped. Was gay. Was bipolar. Not to mention always being a big girl in the world. Just existing in those spaces, of like, I don't feel at home in my body, I don't feel at home in this world. What options do I have left?feedback

Tim Farron

Take the issue of Sexual Orientation Regulations, for example. Some Christians argue that they should be allowed a conscience clause, so they do not have to provide goods or services to gay people. I don't see the regulations as all bad.feedback

Jim Parsons

I took Todd with me to events. You never know when the topic is going to be broached, who knows. And then finally one day, when working on Harvey, I did a piece with Patrick Healy for the New York Times and he just point-blank asked: 'Was working on The Normal Heart meaningful to you as a gay man?' And I was like: 'Well, yeah.' And what a wonderful – I can't tell you what a wonderful thing that was. What a gift he gave me with one question. It was suddenly out there and official.feedback

Peter Njane

We have been able to reach 4,200 members since we started in 2005. Out of the 4,200, we try to maintain contact with 2,500. From those 2,500, the [HIV] positive rate is about 12 percent. So we really need to know what we can do with these members to ensure they receive care and retain it.feedback

Peter Njane

I would come and help organize events. At that particular time the organization wasn't that active. We have not been able to give antiretroviral therapy to those people who are HIV-positive, because we are not able to give treatment at the moment. What we will do is refer our members to either an NGO we have negotiated with or a government facility. They think they will not be treated well. Or they say, I don't want to come out there and talk about my sexuality. You should know in Africa, things change. Politics change. We are now in an election year.feedback

Peter Njane

It was so fulfilling for me. I almost shed a tear with how much the guy was suffering.feedback

Peter Njane

People are comfortable [coming to us], because the things they are going through are the same things we are going through. We understand their issues.feedback

Peter Njane

Everyone is from the community – from the receptionist, the nurse, even the health care provider. We were happy that we were the first community health clinic that gave services run by the community and for the community.feedback

Peter Njane

We have a lot of issues of discrimination, because [many times] health care workers are just employed, they are not sensitized [to the LGBTQ community]. They're just coming in to get [their paycheck].feedback

Peter Njane

I think for me, having grown in this movement, having seen the organization grow into a full-fledged clinic – we used to work as volunteers and now we have a full-fledged staff – it has been a success story.feedback

Peter Njane

We don't take anything for granted. But I think for Kenya, I'm looking for a brighter future for the community. We have people who are courageous enough to speak for the [LGBTQ] community and stand by it. And people respect that.feedback

Brendon Lynch

I thought I knew a lot, and as a gay man – I thought I knew it all, but I learned so much more. They end up on the street, and they're homeless. You think that with how much progress we've made in this community, with people being more open and understanding and empathetic that there would be fewer kids being thrown in the streets by their family and friends for being who they are. Almost 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, which is a staggering number. So we recognize that that's part of the community that we wanted to help out.feedback

Graham Norton

Oh thank you, it's so fun! It's like the gay wedding I'll never have! It's gone in my wine!feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

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.feedback

Alexander Leon

We should be defiant in our acceptance of mental health problems in the same way that we would about our sexuality or gender identity. I almost didn’t write this. It wasn’t from not wanting to. I cradled my head in my hands, desperate to contribute to the reams of social media positivity I had seen surrounding Mental Health Awareness Week.feedback

Jameka Evans

It's very, very troubling with the levels of violence against the L.G.B.T. community to see the West Virginia Supreme Court foreclose this option for victims and prosecutors.feedback

Greg Nevins

Put it this way: If you congratulate a man because he marries a woman and then you fire a woman because she marries a woman, that is discrimination on the basis of sex. We have to focus on would this crime have happened if the victims were a different sex.feedback

Tony Overheu

It would appear Alan Joyce is part of a network trying to subvert the federal parliamentary process around the issue of marriage equality. Alan Joyce is a very active individual in this process [towards marriage equality] and in that context he was appropriate [to target]. Recently I have been feeling increasingly uneasy that various individuals or groups of individuals seem to willing to try to bulldoze the public process in directions that the majority of people don't agree with. I went to a barbecue a week ago and I was starting to feel my feelings were shared by a lot of people.feedback

Logan Ford

I find it more impressive when straight couples are open. Gay couples know from the beginning they have to create their own thing.feedback

Barry Manilow

I didn't know what was going to happen … but I should have known better because my fans, and frankly the public, they care about my happiness and I have always known that.feedback

Alan Joyce - Qantas

I've long held the view that there is a role for companies and CEOs to speak up on economic and social issues. My opinion on this has not changed. We'll continue to speak about important social issues, including indigenous reconciliation, gender diversity and marriage equality, because it's the right thing to do. No attempt at bullying us into suppressing our voice will work. Certainly what happened yesterday has reinvigorated me, in actual fact. It's really encouraged me to be out there and to continue to be out there and express my views even more strongly than I have done in the past.feedback

Daniel Arzola

All the time in Venezuela the media is used to ridicule the LGBT [community].feedback

Alan Joyce - Qantas

It's important for our shareholders, our employees, our customers – it's called good corporate social responsibility. Nobody should be ... intimidated, nobody should be bullied, nobody should certainly have an incident like occurred yesterday to try to stop people having that freedom of speech.feedback

Tony Overheu

Our family is outraged, my wife is down my throat, I didn't understand that I'd breached the state's criminal code and the police are dealing with it. Clearly I regret that.feedback

Billy Porter

I was signed to a major label and had been schooled by the executives to keep my mouth shut, except for singing, so that my true nature might not be detected in the urban music business, which at the time was riddled with institutional, aggressive, poisonous and inhumane homophobia.feedback

Billy Porter

You are all enough. We are all enough. F– them. Because now is the time to speak up because the attack from this administration on the arts and on the LGBTQ and other marginalized people is real, and it is meant, once again, to silence up.feedback

Billy Porter

She wrapped me in her arms. She gave me some tough love. And she empowered me: 'You are enough. F– them. She also gave me a Volkswagen Bug to drive when I moved to L.A., and I drove it for 16 years, just FYI! However, since the beginning of time, artists are the folks who engage critical thinking and encourage those who think they are powerless to question the status quo; speak truth to power; change hearts and minds. The days of 'shut up and sing' are over. We must stay vigilantly visible. We must stay engaged. We must tell our stories. And GLAAD encourages us to do just that.feedback

Brandi Carlile

I think he's a profound person in human history and a civil-rights activist who was able to work within a system that was really impactful for me and my family. I proposed to my wife on the day that [Obama] came out in support of gay marriage. He's a president and an activist that's made a really big impact on me, so I told him that, and he helped me support the project to help War Child.feedback

Phelim Kine - Human Rights Watch

Indonesian police are again violating the basic rights of LGBT people by invading their privacy. The Surabaya raid subjected these gay men to traumatic humiliation ... and threatens the privacy rights of all Indonesians.feedback

Arief Rahadian

In Indonesia, LGBT is still considered as a mental disorder, which is pretty backward since the [American Psychiatric Association] declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1974. The student council of Andalas University released a statement [in late April], in which they said that LGBT is a 'disease, worse than prostitution, rape and even murder.' There are a few LGBT friends from Andalas University that are currently in touch with us, updating with new information, while expressing their concern and fear of the LGBT hunting.feedback

Kyle Knight - Human Rights Watch

For over a year now, Indonesia's LGBT community has been besieged by a government-driven campaign of bigoted and discriminatory vitriol. The fact that so many government officials and politicians entered the fray and insulted LGBT people publicly in 2016 continues to be compounded by the president's inaction. The government has – time and time again – failed to stand between minorities and those who attack them. That education institutions are perpetuating these stigmatizing and hateful ideas is particularly disturbing.feedback

David Benkof - The Daily Caller

Trump continues to fulfill his campaign promise to be a real friend to LGBT people.feedback

Goodluck Jonathan

Police got wind of it, arrested them and made trumped up charges that they are trying to celebrate a gay marriage.feedback

Jason Felts

This project is not about replacing a building or a fun hangout for the gay community. This project is about healing Central Florida, the GLBT community, the Latino community.feedback

James Frank

Everyone is welcome. But you don't have to think alike to participate. My guess is if you have an LGBT agency they're going to pick an LGBT family, and if you have a Baptist agency they may be more likely to pick a Baptist family. They're free to do that and should be free to do that.feedback

Vladimir Putin

What is going on with a non-traditional sexual orientation in the North Caucasus.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I will certainly talk with the prosecutor general (Yury Chaika) and interior minister (Vladimir Kolokoltsev), so that they will support you on the issue you raised regarding the news or rumors about what's happening with sexual minorities in the North Caucasus.feedback

Tammy Duckworth

Confirming someone with Dr. Green's attitudes towards Muslim, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Americans would send the wrong message to brave and selfless Americans who simply wish to serve their nation. I am grateful for Dr. Green's record of service but if he doesn't appreciate the importance of a diverse, inclusive Army, then he is not fit to lead it.feedback

Beth Littrell

I think this is one of the only ways that he is able to feel like his partner who was so dishonored after death is able to have a positive impact by changing if not laws, hearts and minds. Even though they were legally married they, in their last moments together and in the darkest time of Jack's life, he is the victim of anti-gay discrimination.feedback

Henrietta Brewer

We definitely did not refuse a gay man. We have had several gay funerals since we've owned the funeral home, we have gay men buried in our cemeteries.feedback

Jack Zawadski

I was so angry. So angry and hurt. In all of our years together, we had never experienced something this negative.feedback

Henrietta Brewer

There was no contract. there was never a contract with them – in fact, until we were served the papers, we had never heard of those two people.feedback

Jack Zawadski

Losing him was like losing an arm – so to have his death thrown in the trash? It's really hard. What kind of people are these to deny cremation? We have to be better than this. If I had known the state of Mississippi was this bad, we would have never settled here. I just hope that people start realizing there are people like us and we are human too and we care for each other. This negativity the state has against us has got to quit.feedback

Jack Zawadski

John did everything, he set up everything because I was at the point of no return, I was losing my best friend. But he then told me that [the funeral home] refused to bury Bob because we were a gay couple, we were 'People of that kind.feedback

Alisa Titko - Komsomolskaya Pravda

It is true that there are many fat people in Manchester. Local young women don't mind when fat hangs down from their stomach and body - and does not fit into their jeans. Whatever, when they go to a nightclub they put on tight fit leggings and mini-dresses. In Manchester there is a whole part of the city for gay people. Nobody told me about it, I have found it myself when I was walking around the town. There is even a plate there saying 'Gay Village'. It is the most popular place for such couples, there are cafés and clubs there with small rainbow flags.feedback

Alisa Titko - Komsomolskaya Pravda

Of course, a young man with a girl can also go into the gay club but they should know that if somebody approaches them, it maybe not just for a chat but for something more deep. Of course, it is hardly possible that men turn gay because girls are too fat and non-sexual. But it can influence it too.feedback

Jim Wallis

I wouldn't tell people who to vote for but I would tell them what to vote against and this might encourage more churches to speak out against him. Donald Trump's use of racism and racial bigotry is unchristian. His attack on refugees is anti-Christian. The biggest religious liberty issue now for me is how Christians are going to protect the liberty of Muslims. That's the top issue, more than whether they have to hire gay people.feedback

Kay Ivey

She "ultimately signed [the bill] because it ensures hundreds of children can continue to find 'forever homes' through religiously-affiliated adoption agencies.feedback

David Dinielli - Southern Poverty Law Center

We are disappointed that one of the very first pieces of legislation Governor Kay Ivey chose to sign is a bill intended to target LGBT kids and stigmatize LGBT families. If the governor had hoped to signal a new day in Alabama government, this was the wrong way to do it.feedback

Barry Spear

Our policy only says that single adults and married couples can adopt. We use the word 'married' and, whatever the legal definition of that is, that's what we follow.feedback

Chad Griffin

There is no religious freedom crisis in America today, but there is a crisis of hate and discrimination. At a time when two-thirds of all LGBTQ people report having experienced discrimination, Donald Trump is making the problem worse by giving legal cover to perpetrators.feedback

Chuck Schumer

A man who was the lead sponsor of legislation to make it easier for businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community; opposes gay marriage, which is the law of the land; believes being transgender is a 'disease;' supports constricting access to legal contraception; and makes deeply troubling comments about Muslims is the wrong choice to lead America's Army.feedback

Craig Konnoth

Homophobia is not only the property of conservatives, nor does it always have a gay target. Last night, Stephen Colbert proclaimed that the only thing President Trump’s “mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster,” to raucous laughter from his progressive audience. The joke was about as funny as it was original: For months, Trump’s [].feedback

Vladimir Putin

Russia's law-enforcement bodies behave in a far more restrained manner than their colleagues in other European countries.feedback

Angela Merkel

I asked President Putin to use his influence to protect these minority rights. I have in my talks with the Russian president indicated how important the right to demonstrate is in a civil society and how important the role of NGOs is.feedback

Alvi Karimov

You cannot arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic. If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.feedback

Tanya Lokshina

This anti-gay purge, sanctioned by top local authorities, is unprecedented.feedback

Ben Diamond

We need to persuade people before they get to Tallahassee. That's the challenge.feedback

Joseph Salzverg

We definitely need to ramp up the grassroots. There's a lot of Republicans that agree with the policy but are worried about the effect it has back home.feedback

Dan Rafter

Attracting bipartisan support really proves this isn't an urban versus a rural issue, or a Republican versus Democratic issue.feedback

Joe Gruters

I will continue to fight for this, and for any type of right, that treats people fairly. It's going to happen.feedback

John Stemberger

People are trying to force other people to do things. Why can't we just disagree?feedback

Rene Plasencia

We are protecting people's rights to live freely, to not be disadvantaged economically, because of the personal choice of who they love.feedback

John McCain

There's a lot of controversy concerning his nomination. We are getting some questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committee. I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up. Concerning the Muslim faith, concerning the LGBT community, other issues according to the comments he has made in the past.feedback

Beth Littrell

The essence of the claim is that they both breached a contract and denied services at the last minute to a grieving family based on the fact that the man who had passed away was gay and was married to a man.feedback

Alvi Karimov

I thought if I would go there, they would be people like that there, too.feedback

Alvi Karimov

Sometimes families turn away from such people, some families get rid of such people. I'm scared for my family, my sisters and brothers. I don't want them to suffer for me. They were beating information out of us.feedback

Angela Merkel

It is important to have the right to demonstrate in a democracy, and the role of NGOs is very important. I asked Mr Putin to utilise his influence to protect these minority rights, as well as in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses.feedback

Alvi Karimov

There are no homosexuals in Chechnya. You cannot detain and persecute those who do not exist.feedback

Susan B. Ridgely

With homosexuality, for girls especially, lesbianism almost never comes up in any of their material. Girls aren't depicted as people with a sex drive. Their whole job is to keep young boys' sex drive under control.feedback

Blair Miller

There is a stigma with adoption and we're going against every bit of that. If more people will adopt, the impact you can have and the family you can have…my minds been blown. It's not about us, it's only about these two boys. We didn't have kids for us, we have kids because we have love to give and so many other people do as well.feedback

Chloe Schaefer

I wanted to be in touch, it's the only way I could do it. It's still a little tough. Sometimes I think about what could have been, but I'm really happy for the life that he has now. His dads are amazing people.feedback

Jonathon Bobbit-Miller

I feel like we have something more special because we fought so hard for these guys. We realize we have something very special.feedback

BreAnn Higgins

I made the right decision. I made the best decision for him and for all of us. I helped a family start and I gave him his best chance and for that I feel extremely proud and thankful.feedback

Alexei Nazarov

It is hard for them to say 'Hello, I am Chechen, and I am persecuted in Chechnya' because they have relatives there. Unfortunately, there is pressure not only on gay people but also on their families. And it is very dangerous.feedback

Igor Kochetkov

I was waving a rainbow flag (representing gay rights), and was shouting 'Kadyrov should go to the Hague.feedback

Ramzan Kadyrov

You should ask those devils to apologize and kneel before the Chechen people for insults, humiliation and accusation. The best way to lead a healthy lifestyle is to have the right orientation. God created us men, women and animals. Have you seen any religious pronouncement that would say you should marry a cat, for example?feedback

Andrew Foreshew-Cain

When we married I was told that if I left here then an active ministry officially in the Church of England would be over, and that is likely to be the case. I am looking forward to no longer feeling that a significant part of me is unwelcome and rejected by the organisation that I work for and have served faithfully for nearly 30 years. I will carry on going to church. I will find a Christian community where I can worship and be part of and contribute and be welcome. I am not giving up on being a Christian. I am having my ability to function as a priest denied.feedback

Nick Cohen

The controversy over the Liberal Democrat leader’s stance on homosexuality has exposed fissures on belief and tolerance. Liberalism does not only fail to satisfy the new conservatives who are storming to power across the west. It fails to satisfy many who call themselves “liberal”. It is simultaneously too hard and too soft an ideology to bear. It demands tolerance. But we do not want to be tolerated as if we were poor relations. We want respect, approval and freedom from criticism and insult. In our wilder moments, we want, in our vanity, to be loved.feedback

Andrew Turner

In the forthcoming election I will be supporting the Conservative candidate to ensure the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May is returned to Downing Street.feedback

Esther Poucher

He told us that he'd been invited, but wasn't intending to go. This is because (and this is a direct quote) he thinks that homosexuality is 'wrong' and 'dangerous to society'. At this answer, I had to leave. It's terrifying that in this age and point in our development as a society, there are still people that can't care enough about a person's wellbeing to just accept who they are. Yes, we all believe different things, and that's wonderful. But when that belief treats a group as sub-human, and attempts to take away their fundamental rights, we can't respect it.feedback

Andrew Turner

It has been my privilege to serve the people of the Isle of Wight as their Member of Parliament. I have been incredibly fortunate to represent such a beautiful constituency. After 16 years I have come to the decision that it is time for a new generation to take up the mantle of representing my fantastic constituents. I am grateful for the support I have received from islanders and proud of the record that Conservatives have in delivering for the island.feedback

Justin Nelson

The NBA is recognizing that it's not only the right thing to do but it's smart business. There's a market there and there are potential businesses to drive attendance and to better manage production of everything that goes into the season and the teams.feedback

Jeff Henningsen

I just felt it was an almost once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of such a huge event. Corporate America does have a responsibility with [helping] keep rights for every body. If it weren't for the grassroots activities of groups like the NGLCC, it would be a harder road to go down.feedback

Justin Nelson

It's an incredible testament to the world of professional sports that a business can be LGBT owned, can be out about it and can still compete for business with the national sports leagues.feedback

Justin Nelson

And, frankly, in the interest of what we're doing could be more profitable and there's nothing wrong with being more profitable. Diversity also means diversifying the revenue stream. There's strength in numbers and when you see your colleagues in the industry, embracing diversity, embracing inclusion and embracing economic development in diverse communities you want to be a part of that.feedback

Justin Nelson

I think it again reinforces the fact that a major sports league, now multiple, truly recognized the value of diversity and inclusion. I don't mean the checkbox value that we've done something [so] we can look good, this is the true value that when you have diversity of opinion, diversity of thought, diversity of product offering, diversity in your audience diversity [you] create a better atmosphere that could be more productive.feedback

Ellen DeGeneres

Obviously, that's why a lot of people don't come out, because there's a very loud and clear message ... that a lot of people don't understand it [being gay], and because they don't understand it they fear, and because they fear it they hate it. But I had no idea the amount of hate. I had no idea that there would be death threats or a bomb scare. It was a really scary time.feedback

Ellen DeGeneres

It became more important to me than my career… I suddenly said, Why am I being, you know, ashamed of who I am just to be successful and famous in society's eyes?' . I thought, the character on the show is clearly struggling. There's no relationship. It was pretty clear it would be an easy transition for her to realise she was gay, which was why her relationships with men weren't working out. They really didn't give us the OK [at first]. We were trying to convince them to do it, and there were closed-door meetings.feedback

Matt McTighe

The passage of this legislation is an egregious and blatantly unconstitutional effort to take away the rights of same-sex couples. I urge Gov. Haslam to take a definitive stand for Tennessee's LGBT community and veto this vindictive piece of legislation.feedback

Ellen DeGeneres

I thought, the character on the show is clearly struggling. There's no relationship. It was pretty clear it would be an easy transition for her to realize she was gay, which was why her relationships with men weren't working out.feedback

Ted Lieu

The bill is very simple. It says it is fraud if you treat someone for a condition that doesn't exist and there's no medical condition known as being gay. LGBTQ people were born perfect; there is nothing to treat them for. And by calling this what it should be, which is fraud, it would effectively shut down most of the organizations.feedback

Caitlyn Jenner

I'm not a one-issue voter. I'm not stupid. The Republican party does not do a good job when it comes to equality and the entire LGBT community. The Democrats are better there. I've been around a long time. I'm probably a little bit more conservative. I believe in little things like the Constitution and freedom. I believe in minimal government. I believe in the people of this country to get us out of the trouble that we're in, financially and economically, more than I believe the government is going to fix the issue. The Republicans have done a better job in that direction.feedback

Jung Yol

Moon needs to offer an apology and a correction of his comments made on live television. What he said was clearly hate speech, and since he is the candidate favoured to win the election, his words can influence how people think.feedback

Sarah Hannett

The views expressed are likely to undermine the trust and confidence that lesbian, gay and bisexual clients are entitled to have in his professional role as a social worker (and in the social work profession more widely). The university has failed to protect his freedom of speech … and his freedom of religion. Felix is entitled to express his views, especially ones shared by millions of people around the world.feedback

Kim Young-kil

What the investigators have found is just the tip of an iceberg, so widespread is homosexual activity in our military.feedback

Lim Tae-hoon

Our military remains stuck in a barbarian and medieval culture. The investigators preyed upon gay soldiers' vulnerability like a cat playing with a mouse. It's time for our military to focus on how to deal with the North Korean threat, but by going after gay soldiers, it is actually shooting at its own troops. They don't seem to realize how grave our security situation is.feedback

Han Ga-ram

The problem is that the army is abusing the law to launch a systematic ferreting out of gay soldiers. This is not that different from the Nazis' roundup of homosexuals and the anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya.feedback

Jose Baez

Rumours of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead. I urge anyone continuing to spread these malicious untruths to cease immediately.feedback

Aaron Hernandez

When a defendant dies while his conviction is on direct review, it is our practice to vacate the judgment and remand the case with a direction to dismiss the complaint or indictment, thus abating the entire prosecution.feedback

Ryan Santana

She's the best. I tell my mom my everything. I tell her everything about my life and everything that is going on, except for the one thing.feedback

Ryan Santana

I was juts worried about how you would take it. How accepting you would be.feedback

Ryan Santana

It's just crazy how hard it is for me for this conversation to happen. I'm completely having second thoughts and doubting myself. I'm not sure if I want to follow through with this.feedback

Maxim Eristavi

Moscow’s foes love to criticize its poor human rights record. So why aren't they speaking up about persecution of LGBT people?feedback

George Leontire

The family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one's final thoughts. They [Hernandez's family] desperately need the closure the suicide notes would provide. This family doesn't know if he had a gay lover in the prison. Or didn't have a gay lover in the prison. Allegedly one of the notes is to a gay lover. They have a right to know that.feedback

Tim Farron

What I want is to make sure we deal with something that's become an issue. No, you asked me a question about what I felt about first of all, people who are gay and indeed also about gay sex, and I have said no, I do not feel that they are sinful. And I think that's something that's important to say when people get the wrong idea of you. We're all sinners.feedback

Tim Farron

I don't think people want political party leaders telling them what is and isn't sin. People's faith is private, and it's up to them to decide how they make these interpretations. For me, separating faith from politics means you shouldn't be trying to have a running commentary on these things, and also shouldn't be trying to impose one's beliefs on others.feedback

Emily Wallace - Vauxhall

We are getting a lot of negative feedback from our large LGBT community about Tim Farron's position on gay rights which many find offensive.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

Growing up in church, I think I recognized the need for God and that Jesus died for my sins. So I wanted to forge a path toward living a Christian life and learning along that road.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

I want to fight for political change, but I've never been comfortable with having a public persona in politics. But I am willing to risk my comfort to step out and step up and be a leader when it comes to a more thoughtful approach to Christianity.feedback

Robert Jeffress

Homosexuality is being crammed down our throats. Some of the criteria I would use might differ from the president's–depending on the position being considered. However, the country chose President Trump, not me, to lead the nation.feedback

Richard Grenell - United Nations

My time at Evangel taught me that all truth is God's truth no matter where it's found, which resonated with me ironically because my truth was that I was born gay. I started to realize that if I wanted to be authentic about who I was and have a real relationship with the creator, I had to find a way to be honest.feedback