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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
Jeff Smokler, Jill Smokler, Sean Spicer and Rick Perry, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about LGBT. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 451 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 679 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. 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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Jeff Smokler

We spent the last three months getting ready. We bought a separate home about three miles away from the family house.

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.

Jim Baudhuin

The 16 girls who are in bracket have been put in a very, very unfair situation because of the grown-ups. To me, this is a complete abject failure of leadership and accountability from the people who regulate sports in Texas. They're doing wrong by Mack, and not just these 15 girls but all the other girls she wrestled all year.

Patti Overstreet

She's standing there holding her head high like she's the winner. She's not winning. She's cheating. ….

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.

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.

Tami Fitzgerald

I read the book online. It's clearly geared to young children. The book is meant as a tool of indoctrination to normalize transgender behavior. I think a lot of parents would object to that. We believe the purpose of first grade is to teach writing, reading and math and not to teach boys to wear dresses.

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.

Tami Fitzgerald

The purpose of our elementary schools is to teach writing, reading and arithmetic, not to encourage boys to wear dresses. These lessons found in the 'Jacob's New Dress' and 'My Princess Boy' and other transgender curriculum are not appropriate for any child whose parents support traditional family values.

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.

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.

Tracey Lambrechs

I'm more than happy that she has become a female, I have no problem with that as everybody needs to do what they need to do to be happy with life. Personally I think they should be able to compete, but they shouldn't be able to take spots from other female athletes.

Kaitlyn Fassina

She is who she is. That's the way the politics … and what the New Zealanders have decided. I can't say much more than that. She is seen as female and that's the way it is.

Corey Maison

I got a lot of messages, a lot of people messaging me and thanking me, saying I used to want to kill myself, and because of you my parents know what transgender means and I can actually be myself.

Eric Maison

I posted it on Facebook, there was like 10,000 views in a couple hours, and my friends said you have to post this so more people can see it, because this is obviously having a major impact.

James Charles

I came out when I was 12, but I only started doing makeup 18 months ago. I started doing it on myself, and my parents thought I was transgender. I'm not. It took a lot for me to explain it to them.

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.

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.

Eric Maison

We're just happier overall. Holding a secret breaks us up and puts up obstacles. We're better people and have better relationships with our family members.

Eric Maison

It's kind of ironic that something needed to be removed from my body to feel more complete. It was a major turning point for me. My biggest area of dysmorphia, my whole life, from puberty, from the time I started developing breasts, was my chest.

Eric Maison

That's when we both learned what it meant to be transgender, and realized that that explained both of us exactly. I knew that something was off, but I didn't know what that was. I knew that I hated my body, I was very ashamed of it, but I didn't know, cognitively, why. Honestly, I just thought it was me. I thought there was something wrong with my brain. There was an issue with a few parents complaining that there was a trans girl in the bathroom with their children, and the principal basically said, sorry but, President Obama set these guidelines and we're going to stick by them.

Eric Maison

I wanted to make sure that my child was taken care of. I wanted to do everything to make sure her transition was smooth and everything was in place. As a parent, you want to put your kids first.

Michaela Mendelsohn

They had no idea who I was. For the first time in their lives, customers may be forming some form of a relationship with a transgender person in a restaurant. The potential to open hearts and minds is tremendous.

David Stacy - Human Rights Campaign

We have a problem with local crime jurisdictions not taking them seriously. There's still a significant problem with undercounting. I would hope that the Justice Department would take seriously a letter from multiple members of Congress on issues of this gravity. I can't speak to whether Jeff Session will take it seriously. I hope he will.

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.

Pongchai Chaiyapong

My appearance is deteriorating. It feels horrible. You lose all your confidence. And it is frightening not to know what I will look like when I get out of here.

Pongchai Chaiyapong

Anyone, including people in other prisons, can apply to be relocated to this wing. They will then go through a physical and psychological evaluation where we can assess if that person is suited to live here.

Jetsada Taesombat

We, as transgender, cannot marry or enter into civil unions. We run into problems everywhere in society where there are binary gender divisions: at school, in hospitals and so on. This is about more than just prisons.

Pongchai Chaiyapong

This new wing is necessary to protect the rights of these prisoners, although I have been working here for seven years and [have] never seen any problems between them and the rest of the prison population.

Jennifer Davidson

I personally don't think 31.5 percent is enough, but it's definitely an improvement. We kept adding categories as attitudes changed. As more calls for racial diversity started, there were calls also for different sizes. Age and transgender identity haven't gotten as much visibility, but we thought it was important to highlight those in order to make sure the runways become more representative of the population buying the clothes.

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.

Andrew Wilkow

You can tell me that it self-identifies as a Republican bill. But you know what? I saw its parts. I don't want to go on a date with it.

Andrew Wilkow

I guess it's a crazy world when you have a bill created by Republicans that works exactly like a bill created by Democrats and you say, that's a Democrat bill.

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.

Kylie Clifton

At first I didn't connect the dots. At that time, I didn't have a lot of self-respect for myself, which is really sad to think about. It was very much anxiety building up.

Kylie Clifton

It really does affect me to know that I could be forced to go into a bathroom I don't agree with. Is it supposed to be a war zone where people assume or not assume that someone's not supposed to be in that bathroom? How crazy does that sound? Generally you're in the bathroom to use it for what it is – a utility. That scares me.

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.

Jen Mergel - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

What we put on view does matter. Bowers uses this image to raise awareness of the social discrimination against transgender women. Amazing conversations between our museum visitors happen just in front of CeCe. If the image can make someone see something more discerningly, and with curiosity, instead of phobia – that translates into our social lives. And that makes me feel very hopeful.

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.

Tracy Akoun

They've only ever known me. I did skin to skin when Nyobi was born - the only smell she knew was from me. All you ever hear is the negative side of surrogacy. But for every negative story there are 40 or 50 positive ones. They are your children from the word go.

Tracy Akoun

We were absolutely ecstatic. I don't think Pete took it on board at all. I think he was worried that something might go wrong. At the end of the day, you worry until that baby is in your arms. We took each day at a time. The relationship is like family and we're still in touch - we visit each other. Tricia only lives 20 minutes away, they come around for dinner and we go round to theirs every three or four months. I don't have any jealousy or insecurity when they're here. To both girls, I am their mum.

Tricia Hunt

We'd had help to conceive the girls and we thought we'd try and help somebody else out - it was our way of giving back. I wanted to give somebody else what I had. But when you meet the intended mother and get to know the couple you're going to work with, you get involved in their emotion. You see what they have been through, you see that emotion, it's raw. You get invested and you're desperate to get pregnant for them. I remember at the 20-week scan that Pete cried. It's almost like a drug. I couldn't wait for them to hold their baby.

Ray Buckley

With Sununu's support, the bill, which was tabled by a slim margin, would be on its way to the corner office. His silence and apathy are a tacit endorsement of discrimination, and he will have to live with the fact that he denied many transgender people the freedom that is granted through equality under the law.

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.

Earline Budd

It sends a message that it's not okay to go around and shoot, harm and kill transgender people. It sends a message that we are human like anyone else.

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.

Jane Chalmers

I frequently face questions of 'Why would you want to study that?' and snide comments along the lines of, She must be a lesbian.

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.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The call for a day of action in support of a radical agenda that recognises all women has resonated with thousands let down by mainstream feminism. Mainstream feminism has failed. Perhaps the most shocking example is the life expectancy of black trans women – in Latin America, it’s 35 years. The brutality of that statistic was on display again when two black trans women in New Orleans were killed within a matter of days last February. Since the new year, there are reports that seven transgender women across the US have been killed. The reality of poverty, violence, and discrimination in the lives of trans women of colour is just one reason why organisers of today’s Women’s Strike have mobilised to revert the innocuous “women’s month” back to its radical predecessor known as International Women’s Day.

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.

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.

Demoya Gordon

There does need to be a clear statement of what the law is. The recent action by this administration to rescind the guidance really just injected confusion into the area, whereas there had been some clarity provided before.

Francisco Negron Jr.

What I think is less clear now in terms of the legal issues is exactly which is the right legal choice for school districts because the ultimate constitutional issues remain unresolved for the school districts. Regardless of what action they take, they are liable to be sued by persons on both sides of this issue.

Eliza Byard

It is deeply distressing that the court passed up the chance to provide relief for this embattled group of students.

Ryan McElveen

I think we will continue to look to what the court does for guidance now that it's being sent back to the appeals court. We hope in some form to bring closure to this because our students, our staff are demanding answers and demanding closure on how we handle these cases.

Bob Farrace

Some states have already provided that clarity–even before the Obama-era guidance was issued. But most states have not, leaving us with a patchwork of policies that treat transgender kids as inconsistently worthy of their rights.

Joshua Block - American Civil Liberties Union

This is disappointing for trans kids across the country and for Gavin, who are now going to be held in limbo for another year or two. But Title IX means the same thing today as it meant yesterday. Lower courts already have held that it protects trans kids.

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.

Emily Waggoner

We saw this via Instagram and thought 'Wouldn't it be cool to see those businesses on a map?'. The more ways that people can find a safe bathroom, the better.

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.

Mack Beggs

I want to do it fairly. I don't want to cheat. That's not something I do. I don't cheat. It's not like I'm doing this because I want to, like, call myself a boy and just dominate all these girls. What do I get out of that? I don't get anything out of that. I was put in this position. Change the laws and then watch me wrestle boys. I want to wrestle. Doesn't matter who you put in front of me, you come in front of me, want to wrestle, all right, let's wrestle. Let's go. That's all I want to do.

Mack Beggs

We asked them is it OK if this transgender, this trans male were to take testosterone while transitioning and that's what we got, They can take it, but they can only compete on what's on their birth certificate. That's when we were like, Well, then, there goes us asking if I can compete on the males.

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!

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….

Mack Beggs

I just hope that by speaking out I can help other trans athletes who are struggling coming out to their coaches, I want them to know they aren't alone. I honestly don't even know why this is an issue. We aren't the issue, the problem here. We're not a problem. All we want to do is use the bathroom: Why is that being made so difficult?

Mack Beggs

When I'm wrestling, I'm at my best. I just love the sport. I put so many hours into it, all of my time and effort, so to come out on top – I'm just so grateful. But the positivity has increased over the years. At that moment, I was on top of the world – it's one of my favorite moments in my life so far. I was overwhelmed by the support! Since it hasn't always been like that, you know? This law we have in place, it needs to change! I'm not the only kid in Texas to come out.

Amare Stoudemire

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

Caitlyn Jenner

I have a message for President Trump from well, one Republican to another. This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.

Calvin Kasulke

There's always an extra layer of, am I going to have to educate my own provider? Is it safe to come out to this person? You're having to advocate for yourself in a really vulnerable situation.

Luca Maurer

If I didn't have them available to me, I'm not sure what I would do. It would be a crisis. And I'm saying this as a person whose job it is to help others navigate healthcare systems.

Gina Duncan - Equality Florida

Where Planned Parenthood has filled such a huge gap, is it's a known, reliable, quality source for healthcare.

Joshua Block - American Civil Liberties Union

Delaying resolution of that question will only lead to further harm, confusion and protracted litigation for transgender students and school districts across the country.

Sarah Cuneo

I've been crying all day. It was hurtful and scary. Not allowing transgender students to live as they want to live and need to live prevents them from being happy and healthy.

Vanita Gupta

Our guidance sends a clear message to transgender students across the country: here in America, you are safe, you are protected and you belong – just as you are.

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.

Elissa Ridenour

This is wonderful news and a tremendous relief that we can now use the bathroom without feeling isolated and humiliated.

Jamey Harrison - Uil

Nothing that has happened at this year's wrestling championships has the UIL reconsidering its rules because quite frankly we don't believe that any issues being reported on are really a product of UIL rules.

Mack Beggs

I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my teammates. That's honestly what the spotlight should have been on is my teammates. The hard work that I put in in the practice room with them, beside me – we trained hard every, single day. Every, single day and that's where the spotlight should have been on. Not me. All of these guys. Because I would not be here without them.

Jamey Harrison - Uil

Ninety-five percent of the school superintendents in Texas voted for the rule as it was proposed, which was to use birth certificates. So any rule can be reconsidered, but ... given the overwhelming support for that rule, I don't expect it to change anytime soon.

Jim Baudhuin

The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she's just trying to live her life and her family is, too. She's being forced into that position. Who knows, through discovery we may find out that's not the case. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents.

Eric Yarbrough

It's going to reinforce what we call internalized transphobia. So [transgender youth] are going to take opinions that people have about transgender people and incorporate them into the thoughts that they have about themselves, and that's going to lead to things like depression and anxiety, and that's where we get higher rates of suicide.

Aaron Levie

Box deeply supports upholding and protecting the rights of all people regardless of their gender identity. We strongly oppose the administration's decision to limit protections of transgender students, and we will continue to advocate for policies that provide equal treatment for everyone.

Jamey Harrison - Uil

We never like students to avoid the opportunity to compete. That's the whole point of having competitions. But to answer your question specifically: Do we believe that any accomplishment by an individual or the overall event in itself is somehow tainted or painted in a negative light because a student may choose to forfeit? No we do not.

Lisa Latham

I wanted her to forfeit as a protective mom. She's a fighter. She's not a quitter. She's a senior. She's fought for the last three years to get here. She was going to see it through even though I wasn't sharing the same opinion.

Patti Overstreet

Look at how beefed up she is. It's because she's taking an enhancement. Whether she's a boy, girl, wants to be purple or blue it doesn't matter. When you're using a drug and you're 10 times stronger than the person you're wrestling because of that drug that (shouldn't be) allowed.

Donald J. Trump

People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble.

Jack Dorsey

Rolling back rights for transgender students is wrong. Twitter and Square stand with the LGBTQ community, always.

Christopher Gergen

It's ultimately going to come down to the business community to stop it because it's so bad for business.

Brad Smith

Since Jan. 1, 1863, the federal government has played a vital role in protecting the rights of all Americans. Let's not stop now.

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.

Betsy DeVos

This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach ? to suggest a one-size-fits-all federal government approach, top-down approach, to issues that are best dealt with and solved at a personal level and a local level.

Mark Jones

The centrist conservative Republicans in the House, led by Speaker Joe Straus, view SB 6 as an unwanted distraction.

Matt Bevin

Is there anyone you know in Kentucky who has trouble going to the bathroom?

Juliet Evancho

I've had things thrown at me. I've had people say pretty horrible things, and the unsafe environment is just very unhealthy.

Jackie Evancho

I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts. I just want to enlighten him on what my sister - I've seen her go through every single day in school.

Jackie Evancho

I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove.

Juliet Evancho

What we hope to accomplish is really enlightening President Trump and the administration on what it's like for a transgender to live in a world that may not be as comfortable and safe or accepting as we would hope and need.

Gary McCaleb - Alliance Defending Freedom

No longer will federal officials distort federal law that is meant to equalize educational opportunities for women, and no longer will they force local officials to intermingle boys and girls within private areas like locker rooms, showers, hotel rooms on school trips and restrooms.

Linda Fishbaugh

The mother lions in this country are not going to let anything go backward in transgender equality because it's been very hard fought.

Gavin Grimm

We're not discouraged. And we're going to keep fighting like we have been and keep fighting for the right thing.

Betsy DeVos

This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities and families can find – and in many cases have found – solutions that protect all students.

Jeff Sessions

Congress, state legislatures and local governments are in a position to adopt appropriate policies or laws addressing this issue.

Gavin Grimm

It's not positive. It has the possibility of hurting transgender students and transgender people. We're going to keep fighting like we have been and keep fighting for the right thing.

Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers

Reversing this guidance tells trans kids that it's OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans.

Sean Spicer

He is a firm believer in states' rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with on the federal level.

Betsy DeVos

This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities, and families can find -- and in many cases have found -- solutions that protect all students. As Secretary of Education, I consider protecting all students, including LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.

Jim Baudhuin

The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she's just trying to live her life and her family is, too. She's being forced into that position. Who knows, through discovery we may find out that's not the case. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents. Mack is a great kid, hard-working, great kid. So this is not a personal. This is not a hatred issue. We just don't think it's fair that Mack should wrestle, either be allowed or should be required to wrestle against girls.

Chris Mosier

Mack is challenging what people thought was a good policy. This very well may spark change from people just by seeing how the policy was not well thought out and this is the outcome of following the rules exactly as they are.

Sean Spicer

The president has made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states' rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level. There is no daylight between anybody.

Sean Spicer

The president has made it clear throughout the campaign that he is a firm believer in states' rights and that certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level.

Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers

By rescinding these protections, the Trump administration is compromising the safety and security of some of our most vulnerable children. Reversing this guidance tells trans kids that it's OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans.

Arthur Leonard

Some courts might say the fact that they go back and forth on this every time the administration changes, maybe we shouldn't defer to it, maybe we should just decide for ourselves.

Sean Spicer

I think that all you have to do is look at what the president's view has been for a long time, that this is not something the federal government should be involved in, this is a states' rights issue.

Rachel Tiven

The important thing to understand is that it doesn't change the underlying law, but it's an invitation to harm the most vulnerable kids in school.

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.

Sean Spicer

Trump "in terms of his desire to combat radical Islamic terrorism... understands that people who want to express a peaceful position have every right under our Constitution.

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.

Rachel Tiven

Enforcement of federal civil rights law is not a states' rights issue. Full stop.

Donald J. Trump

The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!

Sean Spicer

I think there will be further guidance coming from DOJ in particular with respect to not just the executive order but also the case that's in front of the Supreme Court. The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states' rights issue and not one for the federal government. So while there will be further guidance coming out, I think that all you have to do is look at what the president's view has been for a long time: that this is not something the federal government should be involved in. This is a states' rights issue.

Sean Spicer

That's an issue that the Department of Justice the Department of Education are addressing, and I think there will be further guidance coming from [Justice Department] in particular, with respect to not just the executive order but the case that's in front of the Supreme Court. The president has maintained for a long time that this is a state's right issue and not one for the federal government. So while there will be further guidance coming out this, I think that all you need to do is look at what the president's view has been for a long time.

Giorgia Meloni

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

Norma McCorvey

I'm 100 percent pro-life. I don't believe in abortion even in an extreme situation. If the woman is impregnated by a rapist, it's still a child. You're not to act as your own God. My mom screamed, What did a lesbian know about raising a child?' I lost my child, and my home.

Norma McCorvey

"I don't believe in abortion even in an extreme situation. If the woman is impregnated by a rapist, it's still a child. You're not to act as your own God,". "My mom screamed, 'What did a lesbian know about raising a child?' I lost my child, and my home,".

Robert Tonner

I don't even know if the word 'transgender' will be on the package. She's a great kid. She's a very brave, special person. And that's what we're trying to get out there.

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.

Joe Maldonado

I am accepted. This is fun; I'm so proud. It's not a disorder, it's not a disease, it's just something in my brain -- I just don't feel comfortable being a girl.

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.

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.

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.

Chad Griffin

We cannot afford a justice who will roll back our rights. The Supreme Court has played a central role in advancing the promise of equality for LGBTQ Americans, and Judge Gorsuch's anti-equality record -- from opposing crucial medical treatment for a transgender person to supporting a license to discriminate for private corporations -- make him unfit to sit on the nation's highest court. We are talking about religious exemptions and not the validity of Obergefell, and that tells us something.

Effie Delimarkos

However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state. Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization's local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.

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.

Zach Wahls

The decision to allow transgender boys to participate in the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts is an important step forward for this American institution. We are incredibly proud of Joe Maldonado – the transgender boy from New Jersey whose expulsion last year ignited this controversy – and his mother Kristie for their courage in doing what they knew was right. We are also proud of the Boy Scouts for deciding to do the right thing.

David Edwards

If she were to need any medical care for gender dysphoria–such as hormone blockers or hormone replacement therapy, surgeries–it's categorically excluded. Parents are the gatekeepers for all health care decisions, because they usually provide the coverage. Ordinarily, that facilitates access to care. Most of our families have the opposite problem, where they're trying to access care that they have a hard time getting approved because it's being denied in the first place.

Liz Lilly

[E.J.K.] has persevered through so much and shown so much initiative. Though this case may make trans youth feel even more helpless, I hope they also hear the message from the community that they are supported and loved by us.

Liz Lilly

Some parents think that trans health care providers encourage people to transition. But they don't, and we don't need encouragement. We only put ourselves through this, because we need to.

Liz Lilly

Trans medical resources, especially for minors, are in short supply. At my clinic, there is a year-long waitlist for trans teens to be seen by a therapist. This lawsuit could create a chilling effect on providers or clinics who would want to avoid lawsuits, even ones without merit. This could make all health care, including trans health care, more difficult to get for emancipated teens.

Vicki Skehan

As a mature 56-year-old lesbian I feel for the first time what is global is local. We've come so far with inclusiveness and I don't want to see that go away.

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.

Kris Hayashi

For too long, institutions have ignored doctors and casually dismissed medically necessary and life-saving care for transgender people just because of who they are – with devastating consequences to our community.

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.

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.

Jaspreet Chandok

This season, our model pool will feature a transgender, a gender neutral and a plus size model ... (to) take these conversations forward, shining light on some these issues and bringing them to the national consciousness.

Anjali Lama

My mother, to some extent, was more accepting but there really wasn't much awareness then. There is more awareness and acceptance now in Nepal, and that has helped more people like me to come out.

John Folda

While initiating a lawsuit is not something we take lightly, this new mandate represents a grave threat to religious freedom.

Katie Hill

Today's decision is a setback, but hopefully a temporary one, since all Americans – regardless of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation – should have access to quality, affordable health care free from discrimination.

Reed O'Connor

Plaintiffs will be forced to either violate their religious beliefs or maintain their current policies which seem to be in direct conflict with the Rule and risk the severe consequences of enforcement.

Raphael J. Landovitz

The annual number of new HIV infections among young people, especially young men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men, has been on the rise despite nearly flat HIV incidence among adults worldwide.

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.

Veronica Gomez-Lobo

The essential components of our role as health care providers do not change because an adolescent patient is transgender. Care should always include education about their bodies, deliberate and thoughtful assessment of symptoms or concerns, and preventive care services, like screenings and contraception. We are simply adding more nuanced cultural and medical understanding to those practices.

Gary McCaleb - Alliance Defending Freedom

We might disagree with the content but the notion of local solutions and school choice ... is probably a good thing.

Stacia Oberweis

The teachers can follow a policy but you can't make the kids get on board. And we all know kids are terrible to each other.

Thomas Krever

Things take time. This is time that this current generation of young people just doesn't have.

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.

Tiffany Woods

Everyone's been proactive and having these intense conversations about doing the right thing.

Ben Fritz

She saw everything in more sophisticated ways than most people.

Alex Schmider

It is a complicated issue. It's a case-by-case basis, and we don't always have as much information as we would like.

Sasha Buchert

The fees around paying for this process are often out of reach for folks who are experiencing high rates of employment discrimination. It's very complicated.

Mara Keisling

Discrimination and violence threaten transgender people's ability to have even the basics: food, a place to sleep, or a job. This survey demonstrates that there is a lot of work ahead to achieve simple parity and full equality for transgender people.

Mara Keisling

Trans people have been in danger in the bathrooms. These numbers are just astronomically high. This is what's really happening in bathrooms. The nonsense of what Governor McCrory was saying is not what's happening in bathrooms.

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.

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.

Dan Patrick

Starting in 2017, we will have a friend in the White House who was clearly elected because the people of this country believe in the conservative principles that have guided the way we govern in Texas – life, liberty and lean government that promotes prosperity.

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.

David Edwards

Our families come from a wide variety of backgrounds and come into our group from vastly different places in terms of acceptance and support for their kids.

David Edwards

It's unfortunate that this mom is choosing to parent through the legal system. That doesn't seem productive at all.

Erick Kaardal

If there had been a court order of emancipation, then Anmarie would have received notice and an opportunity to be heard.

Jamison Green - World Professional Association for Transgender Health

The clinic may just be doing harm reduction: getting them started in a way that supports their identity. If the teen is presenting as female, name-change documents are very important. They reduce anxiety and exposure to certain kinds of violence that are preventable when you show people your ID.

Jamison Green - World Professional Association for Transgender Health

In most cases, it's best to be on hormones for at least a year before surgery. Doctors are going to monitor the effects of the hormones and the psychological development the patient goes through. And at a certain point, the doctors will determine when surgery is an option. In the case of male-to-female transition, you want to see how much breast growth occurs before you do anything to modify the chest.

Phil Duran

There's no evidence that this kid is legally emancipated. It's a head scratcher as to what [Calgaro] expects the court to do to reverse a decision that was never made.

Erick Kaardal

Medical service providers determine whether a teenage child is emancipated.

David Edwards

Purposefully mis-gendering a transgender person is an act of violence. To continually do that to your child is not only insensitive but also really harmful.

Phil Duran

At 17 years old, a trans girl is at best going to get access to counseling and hormones. There's reference in the press release to a surgery or operation. It would be incredibly unlikely–vanishingly unlikely–that a minor would get access to surgery.

Phil Duran

I think mom is grasping at straws, and trying to construe the kid's decision as a state-imposed violation of her constitutional rights.

Chuck Smith

It is a total misnomer because the legislation has nothing to do protecting women's privacy. The purpose of the legislation is to allow discrimination against transgender children and adults.

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.

Joshua Block - American Civil Liberties Union

The core issue in this case is the dignity of trans people, the individual dignity of trans people. And Justice Kennedy has been very vocal in saying that protections against sex discrimination in the Constitution aren't designed to protect groups; they're designed to protect individuals. I think that that insight is really applicable here.

Douglas NeJaime

I think that Kennedy, given his decisions in Windsor and Obergefell, is sympathetic to the claims of sexual and gender minorities who say they just want to be treated with respect. It's early for the courts to be weighing in on this question… But in terms of substantive transgender rights, I think this case presents the issue in a way that makes concrete the actual harms that people experience on a daily basis when they're discriminated against.

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.

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.

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.

Tom Goldstein

The chief justice seems to have, in a sense, returned the favour for Justice Breyer agreeing to put on hold a ruling in favour of a transgender student.

Gavin Grimm

I never thought that my restroom use would ever turn into any kind of national debate. The only thing I ever asked for was the right to be treated like everyone else. While I'm disappointed that I will have to spend my final school year being singled out and treated differently from every other guy, I will do everything I can to make sure that other transgender students don't have to go through the same experience.

Shannon Minter

Obviously, for transgender people, the stakes of this case are incredibly high. Whatever the court rules in Grimm may ensure that transgender people are accepted and included as equal members of our society, or it may relegate them to outsiders for decades to come.

Troy Andersen

We are grateful that the Supreme Court has granted the school board's petition in this difficult case. The board looks forward to explaining to the court that its restroom and locker room policy carefully balances the interests of all students and parents in the Gloucester County school system.

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.

Harrison Browne

They could look at me and say, Wow he did it, so you know what I just got to keep fighting.

Harrison Browne

I had dark times when I was younger. I wouldn't have imagined the way that I am right now, out publicly.

Harrison Browne

I thought I had to give up the sport in order to transition, but apparently I don't.

Harrison Browne

Maybe there's a 13- or 14-year-old that was in my shoes who is watching my videos and seeing my success in the league. They could look at me and say, Wow he did it, so you know what I just got to keep fighting.

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.

Nicholas Augustine

We need transgender people to be part of our training, so officers are not meeting a transgender person for the first time on the job and stuttering over their words, not knowing whether to call the person sir or ma'am.

Jessica Hawkins

I do see a lot of hate crimes and it does weigh on my personal life when I see bad things happen to transgender people.

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.

Shari Zabel - Air Force

You have a group of people who can get the surgery, but you're excluding another group of people who are very similar, and that's discriminatory.

Eric Pahon

If service members are concerned about their family members' health, they can't possibly be functioning 100 per cent to fight a war.

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.

Kris Hayashi

This law is a simple measure that will make everyone's lives easier. Having restrooms open to all genders will mean less hassle for everyone going about their day, and will allow people who don't fit neatly into expectations of what it looks like to be male or female to use the restroom without fear of harassment.

Alison Pennington

I believed that they would be able to help him feel better. They really just made things worse.

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.

Mara Keisling

As a society, we have a responsibility to help the homeless. Unfortunately, 1 in 5 transgender people have been homeless at some point – and they deserve to find shelter in a place of safety and dignity, just like anyone else.

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.

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.

Joaquin Carcano

Today, the tightness that I have felt in my chest every day since H.B. 2 passed has eased. But the fight is not over: we won't rest until this discriminatory law is defeated.

Thomas D. Schroeder

In short, UNC may not apply HB2's one-size-fits-all approach to what must be a case-by-case inquiry. His order effectively returned all involved to the status quo before the new law passed "wherein public agencies accommodated the individual transgender Plaintiffs on a case-by-case basis, rather than applying a blanket rule to all people in all facilities under all circumstances.

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.

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.

Chad Griffin

Today the NBA and Commissioner (Adam) Silver sent a clear message that they won't stand for discrimination against LGBTQ employees, players or fans.

Michael Jordan

There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so. With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.

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.

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.

Chris Sgro

This is not just about the NBA All-Star game. This is about long-term economic sustainability for the state of North Carolina, and that is deeply at risk with the way our reputation has been damaged by this law.

Tami Fitzgerald

Businesses who care about being bullied by the Human Rights Campaign more than they care about the citizens they serve or the profits their company makes are doing so to their own detriment.

JoDee Winterhof - Human Rights Campaign

Over the last several years, we've seen unprecedented visibility for transgender people and identities in mainstream media, popular culture, and, increasingly, in politics. It is only a matter of time, as progress and visibility continue to expand, that we'll see transgender people in Congress.

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.

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.

Ashley Broadway-Mack - American Military Partner Association

Our transgender service members and their families are breathing a huge sigh of relief. Soon, anyone who is qualified will finally be able to serve our great nation, regardless of their gender identity. We are eagerly anticipating the details of this historic announcement, and we are incredibly grateful for the leadership Secretary Carter has shown in getting us to this critically important point for our military families.

Gavin Grimm

I am elated to hear that I'll be able to attend my senior year of high school with my full rights restored.

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.

Gavin Grimm

I am elated to hear that I'll be able to attend my senior year of high school with my full rights restored. After nearly two years of humiliation and intense struggle, equality has finally prevailed. Now hopefully other transgender people will not have to face this type of discrimination.

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.

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.

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.

Tim Huelskamp

Neither our girls or boys should be forced to undress in the presence of individuals who are of the opposite biological sex. Our children should also not be subjected to a greater risk of threats from predators who seek to do them harm.

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.

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.

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.

Bill de Blasio

No one deserves to be denied access to bathrooms or discriminated against for being who they are. Every New Yorker has the legal right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity, no questions asked – and these powerful ads affirm this right. New York City has long been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality, and these ads are further evidence of the City's unwavering support of our diverse communities. While other cities and states are legislating intolerance and taking away individuals' right to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, we are proudly standing with our transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers.

Tom Witt

I think that the priorities of our Legislature are completely skewed.

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?

Ken Paxton

Make no mistake. This is no reinterpretation of terms. It's an entire rewrite of law, and that is constitutionally the purview of the Congress, not the President of the United States.

John Pagan

I agree with the Obama administration that 'sex' includes 'gender,' and 'gender' includes 'gender identity.

Ken Paxton

We are willing to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to.

Ken Paxton

It's about parents who are upset, grandparents who are upset. They want to see that the safety of their children is taken care of.

Phil Bryant

The Mississippi Department of Education should disregard the so-called guidance the Obama administration has issued regarding public schools' restroom policies. The directive is nonbinding, and does not carry the force of law. Because these decisions are better left to the states, and not made at the point of a federal bayonet, Mississippi's public schools should not participate in the president's social experiment.

Justin Trudeau

Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution and discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love. Today is about ensuring that all people – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – feel safe and secure and empowered to freely express themselves.

Chris Brook

H.B. 2 is causing ongoing and serious harm to transgender people in North Carolina and must be put on hold while it is reviewed by the court.

Chris Brook

HB2 is causing ongoing and serious harm to transgender people in North Carolina and must be put on hold while it is reviewed by the court. The U.S. Justice Department has made it clear that HB2 violates federal law. Governor McCrory and the North Carolina legislature wrote into state law discrimination against transgender people who just want to be able to use public facilities safely and securely.

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.

Dan Patrick

(Obama) has set a policy in place that will divide the country, not along political lines, but along family values and school districts. He says he's going to withhold funding if schools do not follow the policy. Well in Texas, he can keep his 30 pieces of silver. We will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States.

Pat McCrory

The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law.

Andrew Beckwith

The 'toilet bill' will pressure ladies to undress or shower in the presence of fellows. This violates a fundamental proper to non-public privacy.

Stan Rosenberg

I am deeply pleased with (the state Senate) for reaffirming our commitment to price and celebrate the variety of humanity.

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.

Chad Griffin

HB2 is a vile law attacking transgender North Carolinians and leaves many more unprotected from discrimination. Rather than defending it, Governor McCrory should be working with state lawmakers to fix the mess he's created.

Pat McCrory

We can definitely define the race of people. It's very hard to define transgender or gender identity. his request for more time to respond to the Justice Department was denied. They gave the ninth-largest state in the United States ... three working days to respond to a pretty complex letter and to a pretty big threat. Well, we don't think three working days is enough to respond to such a threat.

Phil Berger

This is a gross overreach by the Obama Justice Department that deserves to be struck down in federal court.

Janice K. Jackson - Cps

Chicago Public Schools, like much of the country, has become far more aware of the needs and experiences of the transgender community, and it's crucial for CPS guidelines to reflect our commitment to promoting safe and inclusive schools.

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.

Ted Cruz

Donald on television this morning said, gosh, he thought that men should be able to go into the girls' bathroom if they want to. Let me ask you: Are there any parents of daughters here? I'm the father of two little girls. Here is basic common sense: Grown adult men, strangers, should not be in alone in a bathroom with little girls. That's not conservative or liberal, that's not Republican or Democrat. That's basic common sense.

Ted Cruz

Let me ask you, have we gone stark-raving nuts? I am the father of two little girls. Here is basic common sense. Grown adult men, strangers, should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls.

Pastor Jordan Brown

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

Pat McCrory

We've got to evaluate the impact of this court ruling on existing legislation, on existing policy that we have throughout North Carolina, and I will do just that. This is a major, major change in social norms not only to North Carolina, but also to the 27 other states that don't allow this at this point in time.

Matt Sharp - Alliance Defending Freedom

The Fourth Circuit decision is truly unprecedented. Schools are going to be told that you have to allow biological males to share bathrooms and locker rooms and other private facilities with females.

James Esseks

Tuesday's ruling says quite clearly that forcing transgender students to use the wrong restroom, one that doesn't accord with their gender identity, is sex discrimination.

Susan Lynn

We've had conversations about it. And those conversations had to do with timing, had to do with strategy, and had to do with some outstanding issues we probably need to address in the legislation. I feel very passionately about this issue. I really believe that boys should just use the boys' room and girls should use the girls' room.

Matt Miller

We've had discussions with a variety of leaders, and they are aware of our views.

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.

Adam Silver

The current state of the law is problematic for the league, but we're not making any announcements now. We can be most constructive by working with the elected officials to effect change.

Steve Benjamin

This bill is an undisguised attack on some of our most talented and most vulnerable citizens. it would cause irreparable economic damage.

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.

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.

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.

Kristina Olson

I think the experience of transgender children is quite unique. They believe themselves to be in a gender group that others, at least initially, do not believe them to be in. I'm interested in the psychology and implications of this experience.

Kristina Olson

The thinking has always been that kids who are not acting gender-stereotypically are basically destined to have mental health problems. In our study, that's not the case. They (the results of the study) suggest that mental health problems are not inevitable in this group, and that family support might buffer these children from the onset of mental health problems so commonly observed in transgender people.

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.