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That's a big investment for the military to make on somebody, when they're just going to say, Go get a civilian job.feedback
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May 26 2017
Zeke Smith, Jeff Varner, Bill Condon and Jeff Smokler, 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 572 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 949 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 Zeke Smith is: “No one had a problem with me being trans. They couldn't have cared less, but I said, Let's keep playing! Game on! Don't hold back any punches!' And no one did. Within a few hours my name was being thrown around and no one was shy about telling me the reason why: I had a compelling story and people did not want to sit next to me at the end.”.
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Chris Parkes

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

Hsu Yu-jen

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

Sabina Karlsson

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

Masha Gessen

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

Abdul Gani Isa

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

Ariana Grande

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

Rodney Chiang-Cruise

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

Rodney Chiang-Cruise

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

Jill Stark

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

Jill Stark

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

Jill Stark

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

Shannon Molloy - News Corporation

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

Rodrigo Duterte

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

Sarojini Mutia Irfan

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

Peter Tatchell

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

Phelim Kine - Human Rights Watch

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

Rachel Adams Gonzalez

The second that gavel dropped, I just burst into tears. I don't know how I'm going explain to her that people in Austin, our legislators, people who are in charge of keeping us safe, have intentionally put her and her friends in danger now.feedback

Jane Doe

I am not a victim of 57 year old James Lowell Pennington who is the suspect in this case. I am a victim of a society and healthcare system that focuses on trying to demonize transgender people and prevent us from getting the medical transition we need instead of trying to do what is best for us. Arranging a back-alley surgery was out of pure desperation due to a system that failed me.feedback

Steven Van Zandt

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

Clark Gredoña

He berated a female passenger. I think he called her Hillary. Then he called her a lesbian. I think he called a stewardess 'sweetheart.feedback

Kathy Miller

There is no moral middle ground on discrimination. Either you discriminate, or you don't. This amendment, if it becomes law, would leave transgender students even more vulnerable to being stigmatized and bullied simply because they are different.feedback

Senfronia Thompson

Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now … Separate but equal is not equal at all.feedback

Lou Weaver

This is still discrimination, it still can create situations where trans kids are not seen as the same as their peers while they're at school.feedback

Rebecca L. Robertson

The so-called bathroom amendment approved by the house last night is billed as a compromise, but there can be no compromise on discrimination. Transgender children aren't bargaining chips for lawmakers to trade.feedback

Vic Chiang

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

Vic Chiang

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

Chris Paddie

There is absolutely no intent, and I would argue nothing in this language discriminates against anybody. We want to make sure we provide definitive guidance to our school districts. It's absolutely about child safety. This is about accommodating all kids.feedback

Loren Schechter

It's a diverse population and there's not a one-size-fits-all approach for caring for a transgender person. Not everybody wants every surgical option.feedback

Joe Moody

This amendment is the bathroom bill. And the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people. Some people don't want to admit it. Maybe that's because they're ashamed and make no mistake about it. This is shameful.feedback

Yelena Goltsman

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

Letitia James

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

Colette Montoya-Sloan

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

Matt Thorn

Lifting the ban on transgender service members and Don't Ask Don't Tell was because a lot of other countries had lifted those bans, as well. In general, we don't have a lot of good education awareness within the military on being HIV positive. People are looking back and they're reflecting back on those initial horrors. But the truth of the matter is that it's not a death disease anymore.feedback

David Andrew Weinberg

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

Neelima Vanguri

Other courts will look to this decision. I'm hopeful we will be able to expand civil rights for transgender people just a little.feedback

Imran H Sarker

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

Jahangir Hossain Matubbar

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

Yuka Tateishi

When someone points out that their appearance doesn't match their official family register, they need to explain themselves each time.feedback

Tomoya Hosoda

You don't have to make yourself or put yourself into a certain mold.feedback

Takamasa Nakayama

Sometimes they are discriminated against because their appearance is changing. If you are not strong enough, it's hard to keep a full-time job and survive the bullying.feedback

Tomoya Hosoda

I wanted to show children in elementary or junior high school that I exist here. I strongly felt that way, and that's why I entered politics.feedback

Larry Kramer Activism

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

Lawrence D. Mass

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

Kevin Pillar

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

Kevin Pillar

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

Kevin Pillar

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

Charli Howard

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

Kevin Pillar

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

Andreas Harsono - Human Rights Watch

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

Khairil Jamal

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

Chase Strangio

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

Izzy Sederbaum

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

Izzy Sederbaum

We know that queer folks of color, transgender women of color, they get the short end of the stick. They have a system that is meant to be violent and penal and to keep people of color as slaves, basically, and then you have this inherent violence toward queer people.feedback

Chase Strangio

Like far too many people in prison, particularly transgender women, Chelsea Manning has had to survive unthinkable violence throughout the seven years of her incarceration. Finally, she will be leaving prison and building a life beyond the physical walls of the many sites of her detention. It is a remarkable gift to the world that Chelsea will be able to grow and fight alongside us for justice. The transition out of these horrific institutions will not be easy, and part of what we hope is that Chelsea will find the space, love, and support to heal and build a life of her choosing.feedback

Robert Deitz

Public perception of intel changes according to what's going on in the world. She did enormous damage to the intelligence community. People need to take responsibility for their actions. When you put people's lives in danger, I don't care how high-minded you think you are. You should face up to what you did.feedback

Larry Gross

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

Richard H. Reams

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

Tillett Wright

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

Deborah Coolhart

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

Tillett Wright

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

Tillett Wright

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

Richard H. Reams

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

Deborah Coolhart

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

Mary Lambert

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

Evan Greer

As a transgender artist who fights for my community, it's hard to overstate the impact that Chelsea has had by sharing herself with the world. From her legal battles for access to hormones and appropriate clothing items to her highly publicized hunger strike, Chelsea fought for all trans people and secured victories that will benefit so many of us.feedback

Chase Strangio

She is someone who is driven by a sense of justice. And I don't see her fading into a private life. Chelsea is going to come out of prison a public figure, a polarizing figure, a person who has a lot of recognition and that people project a lot onto, but who has very few resources herself. And so she's going to have a lot to navigate.feedback

Jeff Sessions

Today's sentencing reflects the importance of holding individuals accountable when they commit violent acts against transgender individuals. The Justice Department will continue its efforts to vindicate the rights of those individuals who are affected by bias motivated crimes.feedback

Sophie Cook

I have been attacked online many times but the fans just rally round. There has been no problem with opposition fans. Maybe the odd comment from kids, but not real instances. I thought some clubs might turn up with a song but there's been nothing.feedback

Sophie Cook

The only difference is with Jeff Mostyn. He used to shake my hand. Now he gives me a kiss on the cheek. I'm treated in exactly the same way as every woman at the club.feedback

Sophie Cook

I look at old photos of Steve and the eyes look dead. I was depressed, self-harming, drinking. I hated the world. I was suicidal every single day. Even on days when I thought I was doing alright I'd have a little voice. It was like my internet trolls, attacking me for no reason. It's scary to think of those decades of utter pain that there was no relief from.feedback

Tim Farron

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

Joshua Vallum

If there was one thing that I could take back I wish that would be it. I would even trade places with Mercedes so that I wouldn't have to go through all this that I'm having to go through now. It's just not worth it.feedback

Jenny Wilkins

He bought him stuff; he took him out to eat. The whole nine yards. Like something me and my husband do is what him and Josh do.feedback

Rob Hill - Human Rights Campaign

There is an epidemic of violence against transgender people, and particularly women of color, across the country. And yet today is the first time a perpetrator will be sentenced under federal hate crimes charges for killing a transgender person because that crime crossed a state line.feedback

Jim Parsons

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

Peter Njane

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

Peter Njane

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

Peter Njane

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

Peter Njane

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

Peter Njane

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

Peter Njane

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

Peter Njane

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

Peter Njane

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

Phyllis J. Randall

I very much doubt if anyone would think that means transitional housing or transgender. I think people have more common sense than that.feedback

Brendon Lynch

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

Graham Norton

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

Tim Cook - Apple

If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy.feedback

Jameka Evans

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

Greg Nevins

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

Frank Ocean

I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out of a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn't be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn't shock me if it wasn't. Defendant admits he wrote the published essay. Defendant admits the essay speaks for itself.feedback

Tony Overheu

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

Cathryn Oakley

If you had an aunt who happened to be a lesbian and who was qualified and willing to take a child and that was what was in the child's best interest, the child welfare agency could refuse to do that on religious grounds. And there is nothing the state could do.feedback

Logan Ford

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

Barry Manilow

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

Alan Joyce - Qantas

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

Alan Joyce - Qantas

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

Elaine Saralegui

Nearly always they ask me to hold a liturgy there, so we have to improvise wine, bread and hold a (Lord's) supper anywhere.feedback

Tony Overheu

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

Brandi Carlile

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

Phelim Kine - Human Rights Watch

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

Goodluck Jonathan

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

Allyson Robinson

This is not only a first of its kind event for Cuba, but certainly one of the very first ever to be held anywhere in the world.feedback

Alexya Salvador

Tonight has been a night of celebration of equality between all people, marking a new era for Cuba. God's love is radically inclusive.feedback

Jason Felts

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

Vladimir Putin

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

Vladimir Putin

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

Mark Green

Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain. If you poll the psychiatrists, they're going to tell you that transgender is a disease.feedback

Mark Green

The government exists to honor those people who live honorable who do good things – to reward people who behave well and to crush evil. So that means as a state senator, my responsibility very clearly in Romans 13 is to create an environment where people who do right are rewarded and the people who do wrong are crushed. Evil is crushed. So I'm going to protect women in their bathrooms, and I'm going to protect our state against potential infiltration from the Syrian ISIS people in the refugee program. If you poll the psychiatrists, they're going to tell you transgender is a disease.feedback

Tammy Duckworth

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

Mara Keisling

He has called transgender people 'diseased, immoral,' and 'evil,' and has pushed for anti-transgender legislation in his current role as a Tennessee state senator.feedback

Beth Littrell

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

Henrietta Brewer

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

Jack Zawadski

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

Henrietta Brewer

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

Jack Zawadski

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

Jack Zawadski

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

Zeke Smith

No one had a problem with me being trans. They couldn't have cared less, but I said, Let's keep playing! Game on! Don't hold back any punches!' And no one did. Within a few hours my name was being thrown around and no one was shy about telling me the reason why: I had a compelling story and people did not want to sit next to me at the end.feedback

Zeke Smith

I felt that out there. People I had strong relationships with were not as enthusiastic about having strategic conversations with me and I felt that my time in the game was limited and winning was probably not in the cards for me.feedback

Zeke Smith

I'm still a bit overwhelmed and humbled because I never in a million years thought the response would be as positive as it was. I worried about sensationalist headlines and photos being drudged up from my past. I was prepared to be re-victimized. But the response I received – the outpouring of love from the public – was something I never imagined happening. I was really touched. There used to be places I thought I maybe didn't belong, but I don't believe that anymore. I might want to go knock down some of those doors I thought were closed to me over the years.feedback

Alisa Titko - Komsomolskaya Pravda

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

Alisa Titko - Komsomolskaya Pravda

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

Jim Wallis

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

Kay Ivey

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

David Dinielli - Southern Poverty Law Center

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

Barry Spear

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

Katelyn Burns

Last week, a Texas court dismissed a lawsuit that sought to ban Texas transgender high school wrestler Mack Beggs from wrestling in the girls division. Beggs was assigned female at birth and has been taking testosterone to raise his hormone levels to that of any other teenage boy as part of his medical transition. Since [].feedback

Chad Griffin

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

Chuck Schumer

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

Craig Konnoth

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

Vladimir Putin

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

Angela Merkel

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

Alvi Karimov

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

Tanya Lokshina

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

Beth Littrell

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

Alvi Karimov

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

Alvi Karimov

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

Angela Merkel

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

Alvi Karimov

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

Blair Miller

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

Chloe Schaefer

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

Jonathon Bobbit-Miller

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

BreAnn Higgins

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

Alexei Nazarov

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

Igor Kochetkov

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

Phaedra Parks

In order for her to be a lesbian that would mean she is sleeping only with women, correct? So I never said she was a lesbian. [I said she was sleeping with a woman] – that doesn't mean you're a lesbian.feedback

Ramzan Kadyrov

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

Andrew Foreshew-Cain

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

Chris Tuttle

Since the recession of the transgender-inclusive Title IX guidance and introduction of two anti-trans state bills (HB202 & SB98) in Missouri, Miguel's school has become less supportive and is now signaling potential roadblocks ahead.feedback