Best Quotes About Gay

My hope is that gays will be running the world, because then there would be no war. Just a greater emphasis on military apparel. -Roseanne Barr

The hallway of every man's life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live. -Sean O'Casey

It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while. -Horace

No self-respecting gay guy would have ever made some of the hair and clothing choices I am still trying to live down. -David Copperfield

We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture. -Robin Williams

You know, when you don't go on TV and talk about how many women you sleep with, some people in Hollywood, that are supposedly 'in the know,' start whispering that you're gay. If I were gay, I wouldn't be ashamed to admit it, but I'm not. -Adam Sandler

I once had a large gay following, but I ducked into an alleyway and lost him. -Emo Philips

The homosexual community wants me to be gay. The heterosexual community wants me to be straight. Every writer thinks, I'm the journalist who's going to make him talk. I pray for them. I pray that they get a life and stop living mine! -Ricky Martin

I've just found out there are pages on the internet dedicated to whether I'm gay or not. -Matthew Perry

Deep down, my mom had long suspected I was gay… Much of her anger and hurt came from her sense of betrayal that she was the last to be told. -Chaz Bono

I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt. A lot of it was fine, feeling I had the truth and the light and the key, but a lot of it was purely hell. -Audre Lorde

Tom Cruise's attorney said he is going to sue anyone who claims he is gay. In a related story, Ricky Martin's attorney has been hospitalized for exhaustion. -Conan O'Brien

There is so much work to be done to treat gays and lesbians and gay and lesbian couples with the respect that they're entitled to. They deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits. They deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to adoption and immigration. -John Edwards

These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them. For me to use the word 'queer' is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer. -Derek Jarman

No candidate can win a presidential race advocating gay marriage and opposing the military action in Iraq. -Dick Morris

During last night's debate, John Kerry and John Edwards were so friendly to each other some political experts think that they may end up running together. In fact Kerry and Edwards were so friendly, President Bush accused them of planning a gay marriage. -Conan O'Brien

Yesterday Senator John Kerry changed his mind and now supports the ban on gay marriages. I'm telling you this guy has more positions than Paris Hilton. -David Letterman

The crucial task of old age is balance: keeping just well enough, just brave enough, just gay and interested and starkly honest enough to remain a sentient human being. -Florida Scott-Maxwell

If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn't mean I'm gay. -Leonardo DiCaprio

My cousin's gay, he went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock. -Rodney Dangerfield

Let's make a law that gay people can have birthdays, but straight people get more cake – you know, to send the right message to kids. -Bill Maher

I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It's the ones that become the friendships that last. -Andrew Sullivan

I have a wife and a son, but the gay rumors have started. I guess it's a sign that I'm moving up the ladder. -Hugh Jackman

I come from the New York theatre world, and I have a lot of gay male friends, so this friendship of Will and Grace's isn't such a stretch. -Debra Messing

It was wrongly assumed that I wished to become some sort of leader among gay activists, whereas in reality I was happier to be a foot soldier. -Ian Mckellen

It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous. -Ian Mckellen

I'm a very recent convert to the gay scene. I went to a party a couple of years ago and met a very nice man who took me under his wing and started taking me out to clubs. It was a revelation. -Matt Lucas

I am not bisexual. I am not gay. I have never had sex with men. -Matt LeBlanc

I do not think our priorities are misplaced when we are looking at creating a whole new class of children from these gay marriages who could end up completely dependent on the State, on the taxpayers – the American people. -Jim Inhofe

If a person wants to be publicly gay, they should not be teaching in the public schools. -Jim DeMint

Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians. -Mitt Romney

Who quick be to borrow and slow be to pay, their credit is naught, go they ever so gay. -Thomas Tusser

I did a women's movie, and I'm not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I'm not gay. I learned as I went along. -Ang Lee

If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does. -Phil McGraw

Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan. -Ouida

I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere… Being a human being is what truly counts. That's where you'll find me. -Annie Lennox

I actually feel sorry for people who have a lot of illusions in their head about what gay is. I mean, I know some gay people who are really wonderful people. -Richard Chamberlain

I don't believe in organized religion – I dealt with them hand in hand, and a whole bunch of Catholic priests tried to molest me. Telling me I was gay and I should go home with them and stuff. -Jonathan Davis

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist. -Judith Butler

I oppose a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. -Ed Case

Says he, 'I am a handsome man, but I'm a gay deceiver'. -George Colman

If I talk to a girl, it's assumed that I'm having a scene with her. If I don't, then it's assumed that I'm gay. -Shah Rukh Khan

I know there are nights when I have power, when I could put on something and walk in somewhere, and if there is a man who doesn't look at me, it's because he's gay. -Kathleen Turner

I think also there was a lot of coming to terms with where I am in life, where I fit in as a gay man in America, and getting more comfortable with who I am. -Bob Mould

Most people don't know that I am an accomplished dramatic actor… But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him. -John Ritter

No, I've never thought that I was gay. And that's not something you think. It's something you know. -Robert Plant

If the tenth of the population that is gay became visible tomorrow, the panic of the majority of people would inspire repressive legislation of a sort that would shock even the pessimists among us. -Jane Rule

Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in gay, fine colours, that are but skin-deep. -Matthew Henry

If you had told me 28 years ago that the largest organization in the world touching the lives of gays and lesbians would be a church, I would not have believed you. -Troy Perry

The Lord is my Shepherd and he knows I'm gay. -Troy Perry

I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are fantastic people and I love hanging out with them. But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life, does that mean that I'm gay? I promise you that I very much love women. -Ryan Seacrest

Trust me, if I were gay I'd be getting more action than I'm getting now. -Ryan Seacrest

An awful lot of gay pop stars pretend to be straight. I'm going to start a movement of straight pop stars pretending to be gay. -Robbie Williams

There's lots of stuff about me being a fan of Cliff but not being gay. Which suggests that he is, but he's not. Anyway, this is Channel 4, let their lawyers sort it out. -Johnny Vegas

I graduated from high school in '62 and I didn't know any people who were gay. I'm sure there were people, but I didn't know any. For years and years, I guess, I was very uptight about being a gay actor. I thought it would make me less hirable. -John Glover

They probably realized our interview would do more damage to their pro-'gay' piece – rather than help it. -Stephen Bennett

Americans know as much about Canada as straight people do about gays. Americans arrive at the border with skis in July, and straight people think that being gay is just a phase. A very long phase. -Scott Thompson

If people think I am gay, yeah, hey that doesn't bother me. Not at all. What would people think? To me I am such a heterosexual guy. It doesn't even, I don't even think about it. -Jason Priestley

I think it's great now that we seem to be in an era where it's OK to be gay and I think that the society in North America has had more of a problem with it than any other society. -Jason Priestley

I think the moral majority and religious right have been shrinking and having not quite as loud a voice in America, and all of a sudden people are coming to their own realizations going, 'Joe down the street is gay and he's a great guy.' -Jason Priestley

I am a Colorado native, and, no, I did not vote for the anti-gay amendment or the same-sex marriage ban, and I am not a member of a militia. -Connie Willis

I'm sorry I'm not gay or Jewish, so I don't have a special interest group of journalists that support me. -Vincent Gallo

I condemn the national gay press for its emphasis on consumerism. -Harry Hay

I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals. -Norm MacDonald

For the gay establishment, the death of right and wrong began when gaining civil rights ceased to be enough. -Tammy Bruce

I extend that to the abortion issue, I extend that to the so-called gay rights issue, I think this is a freedom principle and consistent with the analysis in the economic area as well. -William Weld

The party of Lincoln should be reaching out to blacks, Hispanics gays and so forth and so on. -Michael Huffington

Today, many people are engaging in same sex relationships and saying they are not gay. -Pam Grier

I'm an Air force Brat and I've lived all over the world and this country and there were people in my community who were gay – nurses, hairdressers, designers – people who just had a different way about themselves. -Pam Grier

Oh, there's going to be debate because you're dealing with the Bible and religion is supposed to be separate from state and that to me is already a conflict before it even hits the gay issue. -Pam Grier

Will isn't a screaming queen – that's Jack's part. They needed someone to play the part for America. It's just not the same as Britain. To have a gay character as a lead is risky. -Eric McCormack

There are enormously gifted Episcopal priests around this church who are gay and lesbian, some of whom are partnered, who would make wonderful bishops and they're going to be nominated and they're going to be elected. -Gene Robinson

I think my election is one of several indications that gay and lesbian folk are being brought more into the center of things. I'd like to think that my election signals my bringing of gay and lesbian folk into the center of the church. -Gene Robinson

And I used to go the punk clubs such as a gay club in Poland Street that everyone would go to because it was the only place you could go to looking like that without getting beaten senseless. -Gary Numan

Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York City where gay marriage is not only legal, but it's common and they don't even notice. -Anthony Weiner

In the gay (Catholic) community, it would seem, the maxim is: love the sin and love the sinner, but hate anyone who calls it a sin or him a sinner. -Richard John Neuhaus

I don't know what would have been worse: If Mira had come home one day to say she was gay or an actress. -Paul Sorvino

Ultimately, love conquers all, and gay or straight, don't we all want to believe that? I would that if this was to happen to me, and one of my kids had come and told me he or she was gay, I would say: If that's the only way you can live, then I love you. -Paul Sorvino

I am a gay American. -James McGreevey

We've got gays working there. If they can demonstrate long-term relationships, we make same-sex benefits available just as we do with common-law marriages. Gays are productive people. Some fly airplanes, some work in breweries. -Pete Coors

Without gay men, I am nothing. -Janice Dickinson

In my opinion it's not about gay or straight or bi, we're attracted to spirits, whatever body they're in. There are other reasons too, but that's how I see it. -Dana Plato

I'm open-minded. I don't consider myself gay or hetero, I just am. I've had experiences all over the planet but it always comes down to just me, but I think at this point if I had an ongoing relationship I believe it would be with a man. -Dana Plato

It never occurred to me that I needed to say that I was gay. I simply am. Anyone who knows me or who's been around me ten minutes knows it too. -Michael Jeter

If there is a substantial difference between a gay couple and a childless heterosexual couple, I'm unable to see it. -Daniel Keys Moran

Pessimists are usually kind. The gay, bubbling over, have to time for the pitiful. -Sean O'Faolain

When it comes to two of the big social earthquakes in the last fifty years – which are the gay movement and the women's movement – I think there is a direct line from Kinsey to those. -Bill Condon

Valentino was apparently gay or bisexual. And his two lesbian wives. But without any question, he had sex with men. From choice. So he was one or the other. -Cesar Romero

I do not support a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage. -Corrine Brown

I couldn't care less if someone is gay or straight. -Judith Light

Exactly Straight women who surround themselves only with gay men or white people who refuse any other race into their circles are unhealthy and it has more to do with one's individual fear and individual closets. -Judith Light

The gay community just recognizes what their closets are and we straight have to spend years trying to figure out which closet we are trapped in. -Judith Light

I got into theatre very early, so yes I was surrounded by gay people quite early and frequently. -Judith Light

You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people. -Judith Light

To me, celebrity doesn't mean a whole lot unless you're willing to use it. So I wanted to use it in a different way, with my AIDS work, the human rights stuff for the gay and lesbian community and the speaking I do. -Judith Light

I don't think any gay dude is gangsta, period. -Method Man

How many gangsters you know, from Al Capone up to John Gotti, been gay? -Method Man

We hope we are moving toward a world where sexual orientation is not an issue, because we hate the idea of a gay ghetto. I think that it's a real shame that people become restricted by their sexuality or define their whole lives by their sexuality. -Neil Tennant

He comes to London and gets a job in a nightclub, a gay club, where he's known as Straight Dave by the bar staff – and no one believes he's as straight as he claims to be. He meets the daughter of the club manager, and he has an affair with her. -Neil Tennant

A lot of what used to be known as gay culture – broadly speaking, homoeroticism and being camp – has been brought into mainstream culture. I think we should be moving to an era where it's just sex. -Neil Tennant

When I was I younger I didn't want to be gay. Not because I was scared of the sexual thing; I didn't want to be a clone. Now this was in the late '70s. -Neil Tennant

The big gay clubs like Heaven started having mixed nights in the late '80s. -Neil Tennant

It's upsetting that it is such a big deal. I wish it weren't an issue all the time. It's funny that people say it's a departure, because I've been acting since I was a child. I've played three gay roles out of hundreds. -Randy Harrison

A lot of my friends are club people. It's not me. It's funny to represent that, because it's not me. I don't fit into a gay club setting. It's just ironic that I represent that somehow. -Randy Harrison

For as long as the power of America's diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome. -Ron Kind

There are some people that the press like to pick on and not just the gay press, but the press in general. And some people, the press just doesn't care about at all. -Nathan Lane

People think they know who I am, because I've played so many very, very out gay men on stage, and they think that's me. -Nathan Lane

One of my favorite episodes was the one in which Homer grew hair. That was a very unique episode, since there was a gay secretary, but that wasn't even the issue of the show-the issue was Homer's image changing because he had hair. -Dan Castellaneta

I've never really worked on them. Just once in a while one hits me and makes me laugh. My Al Gore was sort of like a gay Gomer Pyle. -Dana Carvey

Lately, I've been a little sad that I'm not a gay man. -Gina Gershon

If I were gay, life would be a lot simpler. I'm kind of annoyed that I'm not. -Grace Slick

I want to host a religious show. I'm sure nobody will be wanting the 11 o'clock spot on Sunday morning. I think we should really get some of our own preachers and preach that gay is good. And we'd have a great choir. -Kate Clinton

We really got a lot of very conservative gay people. You could look at the figures from the last election and realize that a third of the gay movement voted Republican. -Kate Clinton

When my brother-in-law, BIll Clinton, was elected, he had gay friends. That was a coming out. -Kate Clinton

First, I used some of my own experiences and observations from attending a public high school. Secondly, I joined in some Internet chat rooms for gays and lesbians. -Ellen Muth

I have asked the village blacksmith to forge golden chains to tie our ankles together. I have gathered all the gay ribbons in the world to wind around and around and around and around and around and around again around our two waists. -Harry Crosby

I want to make films that make a difference. I want to be out and hope that that will make things better for gay people and for myself. I hope one day I can start to make the kind of projects or be involved with kind of projects that can really make a difference. -Jill Bennett

Outside of being an actress, I feel like being out is the biggest way that gay people can change perception. There are people that give millions of dollars to gay organizations but are closeted to their own families. -Jill Bennett

I think there is a generation gap. I personally look forward to, as our generation becomes the leaders, you are gonna see a change, and I think hopefully gay marriage will be a part of that country. -Vanessa Kerry

West Hollywood is predominantly gay, so every man that came into the grocery store was shopping for his boyfriend. -Jeri Ryan

And I'd like to believe that's true, you know, kind of showing gay people in this kind of light and – where it's not about that, it's just about the characters for the first time, like those shows were. -Sean Hayes

But when I did think about it and looked at the whole package – the producers behind the show, the writers, the cast I would be working with – I would have been a fool to turn it down just because the role for me was another gay role. -Sean Hayes

They might have a long way to go before truly accepting gay people into their lives, but they have accepted the show into their living rooms each and every week. -Sean Hayes

The writers have slowly taken the show, with subjects other gay shows have dived right into, slowly. It was over a year before Will even started to date. -Sean Hayes

I have a friend who is around my age, a little younger, and she's gay and came out to her own community when she was younger but not to her family and to the community at large. -Laura Innes

Our intention is to really explore this transition and, beyond that, explore the particular things that someone comes up against when they're gay or lesbian. -Laura Innes

I'm straight and I have a lot of gay friends. -Laura Innes

I think, with the gay liberation movement has had need for heroes and heroines, and it would be rather nice to have Abraham Lincoln as your poster boy, wouldn't it? -David Herbert Donald

A gay man has no business leading on a heterosexual woman. -Lorna Luft

In the case of my book, I don't think it's really the coming-out gay novel that everyone really needed, even though it was received as such. The boy is too creepy, he betrays his teacher, the only adult man with whom he's enjoyed a sexual experience, etc. -Edmund White

Coming out to gays is a way of affirming sanity and self-worth. -George Weinberg

Finally, fighting for gay rights, speaking out in various places and making friends, men and women, was great. -George Weinberg

It wouldn't have mattered to my mother if I married a black, was gay, lived in a commune or wore a dress. -George Weinberg

Many people secretly think that gays are a lot happier than they are, and want to punish them. -George Weinberg

My dearest friend in the movement is Jack Nichols. If there were no such thing as gay or straight, we would still talk and share experiences till the end of time. -George Weinberg

We have many cases of men committing suicide rather than face their own individuality. I know of no case of a woman who committed suicide because she was gay. -George Weinberg

I feel strongly for gay marriage to be accepted. -Bernadette Peters

In my career, there have been three things that were challenging: playing gay; playing a Jewish woman; and playing Chekhov. The scariest part was playing Chekhov! -Bernadette Peters

To hang out in a gay bar or put on a sequined halter top makes me feel like a total person. -Dennis Rodman

By definition, gay is smart. I see plenty of macho heterosexual idiots, but nine times out of 10 you can have a great conversation if you find a gay guy. -Jason Bateman

If people are going to complain about stereotyping, it's as likely to be Italian-Americans as gay people. -Jason Bateman

People have often asked if I'm gay because I don't go out of my way to spit and scratch and give people attitude. -Jason Bateman

I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown, perplexed by my own sexuality. I was gay. -Lionel Blue

I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto, though it hasn't been very comfortable. Taken together, their limitations cancel each other out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly. -Lionel Blue

I'm for human lib, the liberation of all people, not just black people or female people or gay people. -Richard Pryor

I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away. -Mark Haddon

I'm not ashamed of being gay, never have been and never will be. For that I have no apologies. -Tommy Kirk

I've been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I've been controversial. -Jean O'Leary

Our invisibility is the essence of our oppression. And until we eliminate that invisibility, people are going to be able to perpetuate the lies and myths about gay people. -Jean O'Leary

Though gay lifestyles have certainly moved into the open, there's little evidence that society has become more open in its basic attitudes or that entertainers should feel cozy in emerging from the velvet underground. -Peter Bart

I had heard before that there were rumors I was gay. It's funny. My cousin gets his hair cut at this place, and one of the guys there told him that Scott Wolf was gay. He didn't realize that he was my cousin. -Scott Wolf

It's kind of a shame that it's even an issue. Not being gay, I can't fully appreciate how complicated that is. In the article, the interviewer asked me, and I said that if I were, I would just say it. -Scott Wolf

An operetta is simply a small and gay opera. -Gustav Mahler

I notice that students, particularly for gay students, it's too easy to write about my last trick or something. It's not very interesting to the reader. -Thom Gunn

It was difficult being a teacher and out of the closet in the '50s. By the time I retired, the English department was proud of having a gay poet of a certain minor fame. It was a very satisfactory change! -Thom Gunn

When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958, I could not announce that I was gay to anybody, though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew. -Thom Gunn

Think about it: Look at the strides of awareness and treatment and tests that women have had with breast cancer, that the gay community has had with AIDS, because they're active and they talk about it. -Herbie Mann

I meet a lot of young people in the Midwest, and I saw what a difference a show like In the Life can make to their lives in some of these small towns where, you know, there are probably two gay people in the whole damn town. -Lesley Gore

I have a naturally camp sensibility and a camp sense of humour. I love the icons that gay people love. -Siobhan Fahey

I became the toast of London. A lot of people I met came from these really decadent families where the married men were gay and no one thought anything about it. -Robert Mapplethorpe

All over the country, they're reading about me, and the story doesn't center on me being gay. It's just about a gay person who is doing his job. -Harvey Milk

Rock Hudson let his gay agent marry him off to his secretary because he didn't want people to get the right idea. -Anthony Perkins

As for our garments, my Mother did not only delight to see us neat and cleanly, fine and gay, but rich and costly: maintaining us to the heighth of her estate, but not beyond it. -Margaret Cavendish

When you're a kid growing up, and you think you're gay, you know that you're different; you're often teased and it can really destroy your self-esteem. But sports can be great for building self-esteem. -Greg Louganis

I think knowing people by first names, not by what they do sexually, is really what it's about. Not being afraid. Fear is the enemy. I've always been comfortable with being gay. -Herb Ritts

As anyone who is gay will confirm, being that way is not something you become, it is a set of emotional and physical responses that just are. -Lance Loud

David Bowie and Boy George created a safely contained theatrical expression of gay style. -Lance Loud

It was a pleasure to be a gay eyesore. -Lance Loud

My gayness became quietly accepted and, shock of all shocks, life went on. -Lance Loud

One result of An American Family was that I became a gay role model. -Lance Loud

Gay culture is surviving and thriving. Some activists believe the recent rise in homophobic violence might be a gauge of the success of positive gay images. -Lance Loud

It wasn't a secret that I was gay. I'd come out to my parents during my junior year of high school, on the day that I also wrecked the family car. -Mary Cheney

We had this party in New York, and there were a lot of gay men there dressed up as the characters. I showed up just looking like myself, but it was a real case of shame. They looked so fantastic. We could never quite live up to it. -Jennifer Saunders

If there is a gay uniform, the differences are in how each man coordinates the details: the brand and cut of the jeans, the design of belts and boots, the haircut, the number and size of earrings. -Lance Loud

I'm not sure when I first knew that I was gay. -Mary Cheney

In the 1980s, there weren't a lot of role models for gay teenagers. -Mary Cheney

There are millions of gay people in the United States, including well-known celebrities. -Mary Cheney

Yes, but I think if you look at it with a sort of gay sensibility and want everything to be positive about gay life, it could be interpreted as antigay. -John Schlesinger

There are a lot of gay people in fashion, but it's not as if every gay person is a great creator. -Calvin Klein

There's an awareness of fashion in this country, and it's not limited to gay people. -Calvin Klein

I don't care if you're gay, black, Chinese, straight. That means nothing to me. It's all an illusion. -Joe Rogan

I'm trying to appeal to the disenfranchised everybody, not just specifically gay. -Sandra Bernhard

I've become this sort of icon for the gay community. I don't like the position. -Sandra Bernhard

A gay man can be friends with a straight man. That can happen. -Steve Guttenberg

We're not thought of in terms of color because we are entertainers. We are there to entertain you not because we are black, white, pink, or green or gay or straight or because we are Catholic or Protestant. -Eartha Kitt

There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian, and then I think there are a lot of people who are kind of some percentage or some version of that. -Michael Stipe

And the danger is – and it's happening – is we're seeing an incredibly big rise amongst young gay people, young heterosexual people as far as catching HIV, which is, you know, in an educated country like this or in Britain, it's frightening. -Elton John

I am not gay, I just like pearls. -Julian Eltinge

I don't know of many evangelicals who want to deny gay couples their legal rights. However, most of us don't want to call it marriage, because we think that word has religious connotations, and we're not ready to see it used in ways that offend us. -Tony Campolo

The two hot issues are the gay issue and the abortion issue. These are the two defining issues in the evangelical community these days. I'm sure that these hot buttons will be pushed, time and time again. -Tony Campolo

I am not sure how much I would like being married if I wasn't married to him. A man who likes flea markets and isn't gay? I knew I was lucky. -Lynda Barry

My American gay audience have continued to dance and sing to the music I make in a way that straight Americans haven't. I am grateful to them for that. -George Michael

I would advise any gay person that being out in the real sense can never happen too soon. -George Michael

I want to love all the children of God – Christian, Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist – everyone. I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians. -Anne Rice

Lesbians and gays… they still have to fight, even inside. It's not that simple, even if they seem to be accepted. -Catherine Deneuve

Judy Garland's father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage. -Judy Davis

My gay audience has been with me from the beginning. -Kylie Minogue

The way I approach the character isn't about being gay or straight. It's just about who you love. Gender has very little to do with it. -Mia Kirshner

It's not being marketed as a gay show by a gay person. It's just Ellen DeGeneres. -Kyan Douglas

I'm all for guys being butch and guys being men. I identify with that and appreciate that. But if I'm going to stab my gay brother in the back who isn't butch and who maybe acts a little bit more effeminate, what good is that? -Kyan Douglas

My mother thought me being gay was a death sentence. -Jai Rodriguez

My mom doesn't get the whole gay thing, but she loves me. -Jai Rodriguez

Just because you are out doesn't make you the poster boy for the gay community. -Jai Rodriguez

I've done the gay, over-the-top guy. I want to jump into another show where I wear pants for the majority of the time. -Jai Rodriguez

I've been looking forward to doing an album, but it's really sad to see how many doors have been closed because of the gay thing. I thought it was about the music. -Jai Rodriguez

I was raised thinking I'd burn in hell for being gay, but I didn't have a choice. It's just who I am. -Jai Rodriguez

I consider myself gay because at the end of the night, that's who I want to cuddle with. But when I go out, I go to straight clubs. -Jai Rodriguez

The public has always had affection for gay entertainers. The time was right for an out gay entertainer. -Julian Clary

I thought they were staring at me because I was gay. But it was because I was on the telly. -Julian Clary

I live in a kind of gay bubble. I live in a gay house, I drive a gay car. I eat gay food. -Julian Clary

I knew that this was what I wanted to talk about on stage. There was no point being coy about it, or pretending that I wasn't gay. That was the substance of my whole act. If you took that away, there would be nothing left. -Julian Clary

A lot of gay men have a lot of sex. That's what we do. But I've stopped all that-the revolving door into my bedroom. Promiscuity. That was of its day, really. -Julian Clary

But it's amazing how many people think that gay men should slink off into the shadows when it comes to having friendships with children. -Armistead Maupin

I believe very firmly that gay people of every stripe and age should be role models for all children, and that means interacting with them. -Armistead Maupin

And I'm in favor of that because I have a gay son, who's a very successful theater designer. -Robert MacNeil

Part of me looks at the gay movement now and worries that we're losing our individuality. -Boy George

Remember that I was out of the closet at the age of sixteen. My parents knew I was gay; I'd had to tell them. -Boy George

A lot of people in my world – in the acting world – have either lost friends to Aids or live with HIV because its origin in our culture, in New York for instance, was in the gay community. -Emma Thompson

Five days a week I drive from our home to the Episcopal Cathedral Center of Los Angeles where I have an office, my computer, and a wonderful sense of community – especially nurtured by the presence of several younger gay men and women who are good friends. -Malcolm Boyd

Yet through history gays have always dominated religious life and churches. -Malcolm Boyd

Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics. There are social cross-currents. We see failed marriages. But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens. -Earl Blumenauer

Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody. -Billie Jean King

I think change is possible, but only for individuals who were never truly gay in the first place and who have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality. -Marilyn vos Savant

I have hardly any friends who aren't gay. -Tracey Emin

To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it, then I have a right to do it. And if it's important to the gay youth – who are now setting the agenda – then its important to me. -Harvey Fierstein

I don't judge people by their sexual orientation or the color of their skin, so I find it really hard to identify someone by saying that they're a gay person or a black person or a Jewish person. -Diana Ross

People were saying that David Geffen and I had gotten married and it just blew me away. Not that they thought I was gay, but that they thought I could land a guy that hot. -Keanu Reeves

I don't think Ripley is gay. He appreciates good looks in other men, that's true. But he's married in later books. I'm not saying he's very strong in the sex department. But he makes it in bed with his wife. -Patricia Highsmith

My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights. -Bruce Springsteen

Yeah, I had gay friends. The first thing I realized was that everybody's different, and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous. -Bruce Springsteen

I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us. -Kinky Friedman

As I walk around, I have met 70-year-old women who live on the Upper West Side who love the show. And I met a couple in Kansas – a couple of truck drivers who drove around together – who loved it. It's popular all over the place and definitely in the gay community. -Lee Tergesen

They've said I'm gay, they've said everyone is gay. I personally don't believe in doing huge lawsuits about that stuff. Tom does. That's what he wants to do, that's what he's going to do. You do not tell Tom what to do. He is a force to be reckoned with. -Nicole Kidman

The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn't really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, The people who need to know I'm gay know. -Portia de Rossi

I'm living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay. -Portia de Rossi

I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman-that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress. -Portia de Rossi

I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay – which was so annoying! -Portia de Rossi

You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don't think you are gay. It's enough to drive you crazy. -Portia de Rossi

I knew that I was gay, I knew it. I just couldn't see myself as a gay woman, even though that's where my heart was. -Portia de Rossi

When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name. -Portia de Rossi

I've had so many interviews where the last question is, Are you gay? I had to find very creative ways to say that I was gay, but that I wasn't going to talk about it. -Portia de Rossi

If I was 14 and knew some gay people, I wouldn't nearly have had the struggle I had. Our world is definitely changing. -Portia de Rossi

We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. -Barack Obama

I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying. -Barack Obama

I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn't have to get one. -James Carville

One disco, one soft ball game, one lost love, one gay pride rally at a time. -Jasmine Guy

I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what. The rest is public relations. -Jasmine Guy

I think that the longer I look good, the better gay men feel. -Cher

But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers? -James Thomson

From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people. -Howard Dean

What is life, when wanting love? Night without a morning; love's the cloudless summer sun, nature gay adorning. -Robert Burton

We must make it clear that a platform of 'I hate gay men and women' is not a way to become president of the United States. -Jimmy Carter

I don't much care who is gay or straight or married or not. I mostly notice if they are brave enough to confront bigotry. -Jasmine Guy

I was raised around heterosexuals, as all heterosexuals are, that's where us gay people come from… you heterosexuals. -Ellen DeGeneres

I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority. -Barney Frank

I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn't. -Kurt Cobain

My own early crusade for same-sex marriage, for example, is now mainstream gay politics. It wasn't when I started. -Andrew Sullivan

Straight people say, 'You know you're just gay,' and gay people say, 'You know you're just gay.' There is such a thing as bisexual! -Andy Dick

There are brilliant out lesbians and gay men and bisexuals and transgendered people and heterosexuals keeping the fire of change alive. Not a day goes by when I don't feel grateful to them for their work. -Jasmine Guy

If you are a gay couple living in Alabama, you know one thing: your family has no standing under the law; and it can and will be violated by strangers. -Andrew Sullivan

As a gay Jewish white South African, I belong to quite a lot of minority groups. You constantly have to question who you are, what you are and whether you have the courage to be who you are. -Antony Sher

I would rather be known as 'Jim Kolbe, the trade expert in Congress who happens to be gay,' rather than 'Jim Kolbe, gay congressman from Arizona.' -Jim Kolbe

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child. -Anna Quindlen

A lot of attention has been going to social values – abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues – but economic values are equally important. -Robert Reich

The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue. -Jim Wallis

Just by being out you're doing your part. It's like recycling. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out. -Martina Navratilova

Here is the real domino theory – gay man to gay man, bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby, they all fall down and someday it will come to you. -Anna Quindlen

Joyce for all his devotion to his art, terrible in its austerity, was a lad born with a song on one side of him, a dance on the other; two gay guardian angels every human ought to have. -Sean O'Casey

Americans don't want cowboys to be gay. -Larry McMurtry

God did not create gays and lesbians so He could have something to hate! -Troy Perry

I grew up in a family where many of our close friends were gay couples. As well as that, every man goes through a period of thinking they're attracted to another guy. -Jake Gyllenhaal

My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short. -Armistead Maupin

We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old – and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges. -Barack Obama

Honestly, if the worst these people can say about me is that I'm gay, then I think I'll be fine. I can handle it. -Zac Efron

I think the fact that I'm so well known to be gay makes it very difficult to have a convincing relationship with a woman on screen. It wouldn't be at all difficult for me to kiss a woman – I'll kiss a frog if you like. -Stephen Fry

There's nothing wrong with being gay. I have plenty of friends who are going to hell. -Stephen Colbert

Public-opinion polls show that Americans split about evenly on civil unions. But when the words 'gay marriage' are presented, they break 3-to-1 against it. -Dick Morris

Marriage hasn't been my thing. But gay people, knock yourselves out! -Ben Affleck

I like to think that if I were gay I would be out. Rupert Everett-style. -Ben Affleck

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive, is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage. I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means. In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples? -Ted Olson

Every one of my positions cuts – out half the country. I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin. -Michael Bloomberg

It would have been convenient to be gay. Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost cliched Robin Askwith thing. -Russell Brand

People have always said, are you gay? I've had a lot of that. But it's just not in me. I really like women a lot; I'm repulsed by men sexually. -Russell Brand

I'm in a little bit of a different situation, because working in the business that I do and living in the city that I live in, I haven't had a problem with people who are gay. Since I was 10 I've been working alongside them, and some of my best friends are gay. -Jason Bateman

I'm not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and that fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it. Committing yourself to one person is sacred. -Natalie Portman

I can't take on all the worries of the world, you know. I can only talk about being gay and being an actor. I'll have to leave those other battles to somebody else. -Ian Mckellen

And we have done more in the two and a half years that I've been in here than the previous 43 Presidents to uphold that principle, whether it's ending 'don't ask, don't tell,' making sure that gay and lesbian partners can visit each other in hospitals, making sure that federal benefits can be provided to same-sex couples. -Barack Obama

I think what you're seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they've got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out. -Barack Obama

Some people think I am gay, which I think is awesome. -Daniel Radcliffe

I'm not gay, and I'm not a superhero. -Jon Hamm

And I do – make no mistake, I am a Christian and I believe in God, and I don't believe he makes mistakes. So I don't believe that being gay is not a sin, and in fact it's how you're made. -Kristin Chenoweth

Again, as a gay man I look at that and say there's a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at it and say 'Why? Where's this disparity coming from, and why can't we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?' We're terrified of facing ourselves. -Zachary Quinto

Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. -Zachary Quinto

It became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. -Zachary Quinto

I grew up in a pretty gay world – my brother's gay and he's been married to a man for 20 years, which is like 60 in straight-people years. -Kevin Smith

I'm sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they're doing what they're doing, but I do think that if you're gay you have a responsibility to come out. -Rachel Maddow

Gay people – generally speaking – have a responsibility to our own community and to future generations of gay people to come out, if and when we feel that we can. -Rachel Maddow

When someone isn't ready we must not try to force them out. People are being bullied and committing suicide because they're gay and it's horrible. -Ricky Martin

Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol – don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California. -Rick Perry

I always knew I was gay. I always knew that somehow it would work out. -Rick Mercer

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them. -Barack Obama

It's important not to lose sight of the fact people of all sorts are still putting themselves at risk. It happens to straight and gay, single and married. I have never been comfortable thinking of AIDS as something that 'other people' get. -Brande Roderick

I think specifically because of the character that I played, people are very connected to her. I used to get letters from young gay and lesbian and trans-gendered kids saying, 'I didn't kill myself because of Buffy'. -Amber Benson

A guy friend and I went to California Pizza Kitchen, and a group of pretty girls came over to us and said, 'You guys are gay, right?' -Chad Michael Murray

I am gay, and I'm very comfortable with it. -Adam Lambert

I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay. -Adam Lambert

It's always fun teasing the person. When they ask if I'm gay, I say, 'Oh, I don't know.' -Adam Garcia

My favorite thing to do is to wind those guys up by hitting on their girlfriends. I say, 'I think your girlfriend's gorgeous, but it's all right, I'm gay.' They get very nervous after a few minutes! -Adam Garcia

I don't care if people think I'm gay. I know I'm not, so it doesn't bother me. -Adam Garcia

My dream is to have a gay son. -Amanda Holden

I don't think America knows what a gay parent looks like. I am the gay parent. America has watched me parent my children on TV for six years. They know what kind of parent I am. -Rosie O'Donnell

If you fall in love with someone gay and you're the opposite gender, it's not going to work. -Rosie O'Donnell

Part of the reason why I've never said that I was gay until now was because I didn't want that adjective assigned to my name for all of eternity. You know, gay Rosie O'Donnell. -Rosie O'Donnell

I don't think you choose whether or not you're gay. -Rosie O'Donnell

I think that there's no doubt that as I see friends, families, children of gay couples who are thriving, you know, that has an impact on how I think about these issues. -Barack Obama

The first gay person I ever met was surely not the first gay person I ever met. -Mary Schmich

I'm not against gay people. -Manny Pacquiao

I have a relative who is also gay. We can't help it if they were born that way. -Manny Pacquiao

Obviously I'm not there to pick up anybody, but I'm not afraid to hang out in a predominantly gay establishment. -Adrien Brody

After I quote unquote came out as a Republican, one of my dearest gay friends said to me, 'You've got to go on a T.V. show and tell everyone you like gay people.' I was like, 'Why?' He was like, 'Because you're a Republican.' I was like, 'I'm sorry who's stereotyping who?' -Angie Harmon

I often refer to myself as a gay man and all my friends are gay and I would like nothing more than for them to be able to be married. -Tori Spelling

I am a huge fan of gays. They love me, and I love them. They think of me as sort of a gay icon. -Tori Spelling

Instead of plotting the demise of the traditional family, as some politicians and religious leaders would have you believe, gay people mow their lawns and watch 'American Idol' and video their children's concerts and have the same hopes and dreams that their straight counterparts do. -Jodi Picoult

I just think that gay men have much better taste than any straight man I have met. I have never gotten any grief about having a good time, being unapologetic, and irreverent from a gay man. -Kesha

Discovering I'm gay just sort of happened much later in life. -Sheryl Swoopes

Being gay has nothing to do with the three gold medals or the three MVPs or the four championships I've won. I'm still the same person. I'm Sheryl. -Sheryl Swoopes

I'm an activist for gay marriage equality and children's rights. I'm the face of Share Our Strength. -Sandra Lee

I feel like in 10 or 15 years' time our children are going to look back and say, 'What? You were around when gay people weren't allowed to get married?' -Scarlett Johansson

The gay community is very fickle. And I know because I'm part of it and I see it every day. -Lance Bass

Very few people have the guts to come up to you and say, 'Hey, are you gay?' -Lance Bass

I'm the only gay person my parents know. -Lance Bass

In Mississippi, you don't admit that you're gay. It's just an awkward thing down South, which is sad. -Lance Bass

In Hollywood it seems that you're considered gay until proven otherwise. -Ryan Seacrest

Well, marriage doesn't function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate, but it's in our heads, and it determines a lot of our actions. Like, right now, if you think about gay marriage – and they just started having the first gay marriages in New York – it shows what a potent idea marriage remains for people. -Jeffrey Eugenides

I mean, I am fully aware of my influence and my responsibility to society in general representing the gay community. But in the same time, I don't represent the entire gay community because it's a vast, vast community, as one can imagine. -K. D. Lang

Honestly, I'm cool with everyone, and people pick up on that. I'd say, 'I'm not gay, but it's all good.' It's kind of like going to Paris when you don't know the language; some Americans get into trouble over there, but I'm just like, 'Sorry, I don't speak French.' -Dylan McDermott

I had played many gay characters before, but they were finite – guest characters in TV shows or characters in plays. -Eric McCormack

I don't keep it secret that I live with my partner Gio. I'm very proud of my gayness. But there is lots I wouldn't want the press to write about me… it is a matter of regret that being gay is the most interesting thing about me. -Evan Davis

It doesn't annoy me but I think of myself as a presenter who is gay, rather than a gay presenter. It's a subtle distinction, but that's how I view it. -Evan Davis

I'm from a small town so, like, everyone's married with children or about to have children. So it's a little hard when you go home and people are like – and that's why people think I'm gay – because they're like 'Why aren't you married?' And I'm like, 'it doesn't happen for everyone right off the bat.' -Kelly Clarkson

My kind of gay is like the late-breaking-lesbian kind of gay. -Carol Leifer

My kind of gay, meeting a woman and falling in love, is a different experience because it wasn't anything about 'Oh, I've always been gay and I'm breaking the chains.' -Carol Leifer

Obviously the transgender movement has not progressed in the way that the gay and lesbian movement has. But I'm an activist – that's just the kind of person I am. -Chaz Bono

I believe we all have different ways we came to the gay community and we can't and shouldn't be pigeon-holed into one cultural narrative which can be uninclusive and disempowering. -Cynthia Nixon

While I don't often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship. -Cynthia Nixon

There are a lot of myths about gay people. -Cynthia Nixon

There are so many different camps about what being gay means. The danger comes when each one is so rigid that it sees itself as the true picture. -Dan Butler

A huge part of what animates homophobia among young people is paranoia and fear of their own capacity to be gay themselves. -Dan Savage

When I was in high school I got involved in the fringe theater scene in Chicago, and I met some openly gay people. I could see that it got better, that they were happy and loved and supported. I saw with my own eyes that it got better. -Dan Savage

I don't think it's the responsibility of gays and lesbians to reinvent the family. -Dan Savage

It's going to take generations of gay people marrying before these things start to feel natural. We haven't had it long enough to remake it as our own, so it does feel like you're getting dressed up in straight drag to do it. -Dan Savage

You want to help gay kids, you have to reach them in middle school and high school, when they're being bullied. -Dan Savage

Really, when it comes to gay rights, there's two wars going on. The first war is political. But the culture war is over. -Dan Savage

My dad was a homicide cop in the gay neighborhood in the city when gay neighborhoods were desperate, depressing, sad places run by the mob. The only gay people he'd met when I came out to him were corpses. -Dan Savage

The successes of the LGBT civil rights movement and the more prominent role openly gay people are playing in the public eye has actually turned up the temperature in middle schools and high schools for queer kids. -Dan Savage

To be gay is nothing to be proud of. It's in how you are gay that you have something to be proud of, considering the obstacles placed in your path if you are gay. -Dan Savage

The only way to get gay issues off the front pages of Canadian newspapers is to grant gay and lesbian people our full civil equality and leave it alone. -Dan Savage

When I was a kid, and I was odd, the default assumption was that I was odd, not that I was gay. Now when a kid is odd in a Greensburg, gay or straight, the default assumption is gay. -Dan Savage

I'm allergic to dogs, so I couldn't even adopt what gay men typically adopt when they have that maternal gene. -Dan Savage

Most Americans don't care about gay marriage. -Dan Savage

Like it or not children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents all over America – as many as 10 million children. And it does nothing to make their lives more stable and secure to attack their families, to attack their parents to prevent us from marrying each other. -Dan Savage

A certain tiny percentage of everyone is gay. -Dan Savage

Actual gay people can make many others feel uncomfortable and paranoid because they don't know and can't articulate what makes a person gay, and they worry that maybe they themselves are gay. -Dan Savage

I want to see gay couples stuck with their significant other at Home Depot with that far away look in their eye, get me out of here. -David Alan Grier

If I was gay, why would I hide it? -David Copperfield

It's okay for me to be gay, but God didn't make me that way. -David Copperfield

I was horrified when Richard Chamberlain and Rupert Everett said gay actors should stay in the closet. They were saying to people that they should live a lie and not be liberated, to live in fear of being found out. -Alan Cumming

It's about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message. I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they? -Alan Cumming

What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations to hospitals, that allow them to be, to transfer property between partners, to make certain that they're not discriminated on the job. -Barack Obama

I am not gay. -Roberto Cavalli

You can't wake up one day and say 'I'm for gay marriage,' and wake up the next day and say 'I'm against it.' Wake up one day and say, 'I'm pro-choice,' and the next day wake up and say, 'I'm pro-life.' There's no credibility there. -Roger Stone

Being gay and being a woman has one big thing in common, which is that we both become invisible after the age of 42. Who wants a gay 50-year-old? No one, let me tell you. -Rupert Everett

I'm a gay man who came from the last years of illegality. That focused my whole character. I think it focused everyone's character in a way. You saw yourself as outside of the main structure. -Rupert Everett

If you're gay or religious you're always hearing this word tolerance. It's a pathetic word. It's actually just a politically correct word for the term intolerance. -Rupert Everett

These awful middle-class queens – which is what the gay movement has become – are so tiresome. It's all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers. -Rupert Everett

A lot of straight actors are actively searching for gay roles because it is something different to do. -Rupert Everett

The gay male is always going to be at the bottom. -Scott Thompson

A lot of gay men are in delusion if they think they're super macho. -Scott Thompson

I think gay marriage should be the national law. -Rose McGowan

I'm gay, and I was born this way. -Cat Cora

I know growing up as a young gay person how much you hate yourself, how much you already think you're different. -Cat Cora

No one knew I was gay growing up but I was bullied. I was a cheerleader, fairly popular and considered straight. -Cat Cora

I have the most eclectic audience – I've got gay, I've got straight, black, white, rich, poor, young, old, in 45 countries. And they don't all come because I'm the Sinatra kid, though that's a big part of it. My biggest successes have come from pop songs that I write myself. -Michael Buble

I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them. -Colin Powell

I'm not focused on the gay and lesbian movement. -Billy Graham

I have a big gay and lesbian following and they've been very loyal and kind to me. -Dolly Parton

I believe the scripture says that being gay is a sin. -Joel Osteen

I'm not for gay marriage, but I'm not for discriminating against people. -Joel Osteen

I grew up in a conservative small town, and the gay characters I saw on TV and in movies when I was growing up were all flamboyant and obnoxious and sometimes kind of annoying. -Chris Colfer

The gay people I knew in real life were soft spoken and didn't want to call attention to themselves because they were terrified of exposing themselves, of people finding out that they're gay. -Chris Colfer

My art teacher in junior high was a very out gay man and a mentor to me. He would tell us about Greenwich Village and show us the 'Village Voice' and describe his life, but it was all sort of subversive and below the radar. -Gus Van Sant

Gay marriage is the last bastion of, to me… as a legal, ceremonial, sentimental and religious side, it's one of the last steps. Retaining your job being one of the earlier steps, like, not getting kicked out of your job because you're gay. -Gus Van Sant

When I was 14, I felt very rundown; I had a home to go to, but I felt like I was 60 or something, older than I feel now. And I don't know if it's something that happens at 14, or whether it was adolescence or whether I was gay, or closeted gay, or whatever it was, I felt that. -Gus Van Sant

Growing up in Kentucky, I used to hang out with four running buddies as a kid – 6, 10, and 11 years old. Two of them would later come out, and so 50 percent of my friends as a kid were gay. -Hal Sparks

I'm as heterosexual as any person need be. I'm open about my relationships – or lack thereof – in my own life, because I want to make the case that gay isn't contagious. It's not something that you can catch or learn or choose. -Hal Sparks

The 'Family Ties' role was the first of many gay roles that I've ended up playing. I remember that I made them laugh, and it made me feel good, 'cause it really cracked them up. -Hank Azaria

I would like to see the gay population get on board with feminism. It's a beautiful organisation and they've done so much. It seems to me a no-brainer. -Annie Lennox

The general population still thinks HIV is something that came in the 80s and went away, or that it only affects the gay population or intravenous drug users. -Annie Lennox

I have so many gay friends that I love. -Carly Rae Jepsen

My depression at the end of Wham! was because I was beginning to realise I was gay, not bi. -George Michael

I have friends that are gay, and we study the Bible together. -Prince

Even before I knew I was gay, I knew I didn't want to have a child. I knew I didn't want to have one. I never want to have to release it from me. Listen, I love babies. I love children. And I melt when I'm around them. I also love my freedom and I love that I can sleep at night. -Ellen DeGeneres

Trying to get the talk show, looking back on it, we had to beg a lot of station managers to pick up the show because people thought no one would watch it because I'm openly gay. -Ellen DeGeneres

Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies. -Jimmy Carter

No, I'm not gay. -Eric Stonestreet

I never thought I would be somewhat of a gay icon. -Eric Stonestreet

Growing up, one of my cousins was an out gay man. -Eric Stonestreet

I'm Israeli and gay. -Gideon Raff

I don't think there is any good answer to the question why shouldn't gays and lesbians who want to serve their country be allowed to do it. -John Bolton

What the Pope thinks of being gay does not matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the Pope and follow the Pope… It is not a reflection of all religious people. -Lady Gaga

I think every time there's a show like 'Modern Family' or 'Will & Grace' that portray gay and lesbian characters and is successful, it just further opens the door. -Steven Levitan

All I want to do is be a gay icon. I was reading Lady Gaga's twitter, because she has like 12 million followers, or something like that. I feel like she has fans, gay, straight, bi, who would throw themselves off a building for her. -Mindy Kaling

I would love if gay men responded to me. All I want is for many gay men to dress up as me for Halloween. -Mindy Kaling

The media has gone through lots of things that make it a less foreign thing to have your lead character be gay. -Gus Van Sant

My art teacher in junior high was a very out gay man and a mentor to me. -Gus Van Sant

If you play a gay role, it sticks more than it does if an actor were to play a murderer or a psychopath. -Harry Hamlin

It should never be a crime to be gay. -Hillary Clinton

Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality. -Hillary Clinton

If a person is homosexual by nature – that is, if one's sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one's identity as gender or skin color – then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow. -Jon Meacham

I've skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly, and my wife. As a standup comic, it is my job to make sure the majority of people laugh, and I believe that comedy is the last true form of free speech. -Jeff Dunham

Certainly our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters need to be supported in living out their call to holiness. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

I'd hesitated to have a wedding because my gay and lesbian friends don't have that right. -Kathy Najimy

Above these universal themes 'Truth Will Set U Free' is also a song composed for those who were born gay. I am a straight man so I do not profess to understand or know what a LGBT person experiences but I do recognize injustice when I see it. -Corey Hart

The wedding took place in Vermont, where they have legalized gay civil unions, and I married a woman. -Craig Ferguson

Most of my friends in New York are single women or gay men. -Sarah Jessica Parker

I am the woman I grew to be partly in spite of my mother, and partly because of the extraordinary love of her best friends, and my own best friends' mothers, and from surrogates, many of whom were not women at all but gay men. I have loved them my entire life, even after their passing. -Anne Lamott

I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. -Stevie Wonder

I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment. -George Osborne

I think people feel threatened by homosexuality. The problem isn't about gay people, the problem is about the attitude towards gay people. People think that all gays are Hannibal Lecters. But gay people are sons and daughters, politicians and doctors, American heroes and daughters of American heroes. -Hollis Stacy

Everyone in the gay community doesn't think alike. -Ang Lee

I don't know if I make the best gay films. -Ang Lee

The arc of American history almost inevitably moves toward freedom. Whether it's Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, the expansion of women's rights or, now, gay rights, I think there is an almost-inevitable march toward greater civil liberties. -James McGreevey

Being gay is a fundamental part of my being – the core of who I've always been, and the thing that I had repressed and run from all my life. -James McGreevey

When I came out publicly, some photo editors had a field day searching for pictures of me with a limp wrist or some other stereotypical gay signifier – as though, after decades in the public eye, they'd suddenly come across a trove of shots where I looked like a Cher impersonator. -James McGreevey

When you're a young kid and you're gay, you're out there on your own. And you're trying to figure this thing out. And your parents typically aren't gay. -James McGreevey

'Glee' is one of the very few mainstream outlets that is giving a voice to communities of people that don't necessarily have a loud voice, specifically the gay community. It gives a really positive and forward statement. -Jack Antonoff

Of course, the majority of us would speak up in the face of outrageous bigotry, but do we speak up in a social situation when someone casually refers to something as 'gay'? If we don't, we are standing with the homophobes whom we are quietly fighting. -Jack Antonoff

I can't help the way you was born if you was gay. -Kendrick Lamar

So the first job that I got – my father got it for me – he had his clerical collar on, was a gay bar in D.C., it was Mr. Henry's of Georgetown. -Tori Amos

On gay adoption I have changed my mind. -Theresa May

People want to talk about whether I have rock cred, whether I'm selling out, the theatricality, the gay stuff… Chill out! And just enjoy yourself. -Adam Lambert

I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage. -Elizabeth Edwards

I could be wrong, but I think heterosexual marriage is threatened more by heterosexuals. I don't know why gay marriage challenges my marriage in any way. -Elizabeth Edwards

My being gay was something of not great interest to me. -Maurice Sendak

Finding out that I was gay when I was older was a shock and a disappointment. -Maurice Sendak

Any Democratic statement of core beliefs about the importance of families must include all our families, gay and straight. Our party has a long tradition of leading the charge on important questions of justice. -Jeanne Shaheen

Let us be honest with each other. The threat to marriage is not the gays. It is a lack of loving commitment – whether it is found in the form of neglect, indifference, cruelty or adultery, to name just a few manifestations of the loveless desert in which too many marriages come to grief. -Malcolm Turnbull

Do the bishops seriously imagine that legalising gay marriage will result in thousands of parties to heterosexual marriages suddenly deciding to get divorced so they can marry a person of the same sex? -Malcolm Turnbull

Are not the gays who seek the right to marry, to formalise their commitment to each other, holding up a mirror to heterosexuals who are marrying less frequently and divorcing more often? -Malcolm Turnbull

Those who condemn gay marriage, yet are silent or indifferent to the breakdown of marriage and divorce, are, in my view, missing the real issue. -Malcolm Turnbull

I think these last 10 years have seen just a huge shift in the psyche of this country as regards gay people. I think AIDS had a lot to do with it. So many families who really believed they'd 'never met one' were suddenly confronted with their sons becoming ill, and friends of sons. I think that brought a lot of it into the open. -Janis Ian

Of course, I have a different vested interest in the gay community, because I am gay, and I would certainly enjoy the tax advantages that straight people have, and the inheritance advantages, and things like Social Security, but I've always been a civil rights advocate across the board. That's how I was raised. -Janis Ian

I see interracial couples all the time in Nashville. I'm a Jew in Nashville. I'm a gay person in Nashville. It's a non-issue in most of the time. That's a huge leap forward. -Janis Ian

I don't understand what the big deal is with gay marriage. Get over it, people. -Kristin Chenoweth

I read my Bible and I pray and all of that. I really do. But at the same time, I don't think being gay is a sin. Period. -Kristin Chenoweth

I've had so many crushes on gay boys. -Alicia Silverstone

I love San Francisco and Brighton has something of San Francisco about it. It's by the sea, there's a big gay community, a feeling of people being there because they enjoy their life there. -Brian Eno

What was interesting was talking to older gay men about what it was like being gay in the Eighties. -Dan Stevens

A liberal pretending to be a conservative? That's like a straight person pretending to be gay to get greater acceptance. -David Mamet

We've got to deal with the fact that the church has been violently prejudiced against gay people. We've murdered them; we've burned them at the stake; we've run them out of town for something over which they have no control. And that's immoral. -John Shelby Spong

Inequality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a debatable issue in either church or state. -John Shelby Spong

It's hard being gay in Edwardian times. -Rob James-Collier

As a young girl, there were the obvious messages about what girls could and couldn't achieve. And to compound the limitations I felt being leveled upon me, I realized at the age of nine, that I was gay. -Chely Wright

I am for gay marriage. Or same-sex marriage. I don't want to say it the wrong way. I think people are sensitive to it. I have been painted as being this right-wing zealot on choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. -Harold Ford, Jr.

I have lots of friends and, like me, they're not married. So my kids have lots of godparents – men and women, gay and straight. My loft is always filled with people helping me out with them and loving them. -Edie Falco

I remember my first friend who got sick. It was 1981, and the disease was called the gay cancer. I don't think the word 'AIDS' came out until '84. I just remember it being terrifying as more people got sick. We didn't know how you could catch it, you heard all kinds of crazy things. -Ellen Barkin

We didn't, with 'Will & Grace,' set out to change the gay world. We just set out to be funny. -Eric McCormack

Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like 'Modern Family,' but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change. -Eric McCormack

I don't particularly like going on about being gay or making a big thing about it, but I think it's a bit of a pain to be secretive about it. -Evan Davis

All socio-political phenomena in the U.K. come laden with the baggage of a class-based theory or two attached to them. In the case of gay Tories, there is one particularly silly variant of the category, which asserts that gayness is bred in public schools and thus fits with Conservatism like hand in glove. -Evan Davis

When I was a kid, there were hardly any gay story lines or characters on television that I recall. Then when I was in college, 'Will & Grace' started up. -Andrew Rannells

Even though I'm from the Midwest, the majority of my life has been spent on the coasts where being gay wasn't really much of a conversation. -Andrew Rannells

I don't think there is a guy that played more gay characters than I have done in my life. -Antonio Banderas

What we really have to do is stop the adjective before the job title – whether it's 'black actor,' a 'gay actor' or anything actor. -Matt Bomer

I've always had mostly gay male friends. -Melissa McCarthy

I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States. -Tim Hardaway

When I see gay people holding hands or kissing in the streets, I just don't think that's right. -Tim Hardaway

Whether you're gay or straight, with a physical disability, your skin's a different color, it's absurd in this age to not be aware and be concerned of the inequity in rights. -Carson Kressley

When I was growing up, I was obviously gay, and I got heckled every day of my life. The only way I knew how to survive was to make people laugh. If I could make them laugh, I wouldn't get hung in a locker for two hours. That's a blessing. -Carson Kressley

I wasn't always this confident. Growing up as the awkward gay kid in a small town in Pennsylvania, you're constantly told, 'Don't be yourself, don't be proud of who you are.' -Carson Kressley

The liberal feminist movement never imagined that women would take seriously the encouragement to become our own heroes and claim life for ourselves, on our terms, no matter who we are. Pro-choice and pro-life, Christian and not, poor and rich, black, white, gay and straight. It is a dream we all hold dear, and it's called the Tea Party. -Tammy Bruce

If you've driven over to the gay section of Los Angeles, it's like a golf course… Real estate values go 'boom!' -Adam Carolla

Anything that raises any internal honesty about gay life is inherently suspect. -Andrew Sullivan

What gay culture is before it is anything else, before it is a culture of desire or a culture of subversion or a culture of pain, is a culture of friendship. -Andrew Sullivan

When I first started talking about gay marriage, most people in the gay community looked at me as if I was insane or possibly a fascist reactionary. -Andrew Sullivan

You know, American citizens, I don't think, ever thought that the right to the pursuit of happiness did not include the right to marry the person you love. But for a whole number of Americans, gay Americans, that happens to be true. -Andrew Sullivan

I was inadvertently raised in the 'gay community.' I had straight parents, but I spent massive amounts of time at a very early age with gay, theater-hopeful thirty-somethings. -Darren Criss

I've heard other gay people say when they were growing up they felt 'foreign.' Growing up, I was able to label these feelings as: 'I'm a Protestant.' It wasn't until I left, I thought: 'Oh, those weren't Protestant feelings.' -Graham Norton

I don't think anyone wants to be gay. -Graham Norton

I am camp. Lots of gay men can't cope with their campness. They are in denial about it. -Graham Norton

Because society places a value on masculinity, gay men aspire to it. If you go to a gay club and the doorman says, 'You do realise this is a gay club, don't you lads?' you get all excited because you think, 'Wow, he thought I was straight!' -Graham Norton

One of the great things about being gay and out is that the papers couldn't care less about your love life. -Graham Norton

It's ludicrous that my friends in California aren't able to legally get married. It's a civil rights issue. In 20 years we're going to look back at tapes of these antigay people saying ridiculous things on the news and it's going to sound as antiquated as the newsreels of horrible racists from the '50s. -Busy Philipps

In my real life, both my bosses are gay. On the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' Andy Cohen is gay, everybody at Bravo is gay – we call them the gay mafia. Over at 'Glee' and 'The New Normal,' my boss Ryan Murphy is gay. On the show, my boss, played by Andrew Reynolds, is gay in real life. I'm surrounded by all my gay bosses. -NeNe Leakes

I'm for all kinds of gay rights. I'm almost like a gay man myself. -NeNe Leakes

I'm happy to be everybody's gay best friend. -Andy Cohen

I've been gay since the day I was born. -Andy Cohen

If you look at my life before I went into television, the struggle I went through coming out would be surprising to most people, given how comfortable and how out I am being the only late-night gay talk-show host. -Andy Cohen

I wanted to tell a dream-come-true story about going from a closeted gay kid who loved pop culture to an out adult man making pop culture. I went from being told when I was 21 that I should never go on TV because of my crossed eyes to winding up being a 'Housewives' whisperer and talk-show host. -Andy Cohen

I don't care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time – and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones – I think it's fine if they want to get married. I don't know how people can get so anti-something. -Betty White

The way I would choose to identify myself wouldn't be gay. I've been attracted mostly to 'she's' but I've been with many people and I'm open to love wherever it can be found. -Ezra Miller

The token gay character is always so funny and so fantastic. That's happened a lot. Or they're often purely victims. -Ezra Miller

There's nothing wrong with being gay, but I'm not. -Joe Jonas

I have a wide spectrum, a wide demographic. I have the young girls, I have the gay community, I have many regular theatergoers. I do feel a tremendous responsibility and pride to be a role model for some of these young people. -Idina Menzel

I think I have a very good reputation amongst the gay population and among the whole country because I stood up on the issue of gay rights. It is not easy to stand up on that issue when you are single and male in New York City. I did it anyway. -Ed Koch

I'm sure that people who elected me, some of them thought I was gay, some of them thought I wasn't gay, and most of them didn't care. -Ed Koch

I hope gay marriage will be legal in every state. -Mark Consuelos

When you start talking about abortion and gay rights, people take that seriously and they're passionate about it – on both sides. -Bob Buckhorn

I convened the first-ever national training conference for prosecutors on how to promote and deal with hate crime issues in terms of prosecutions and also protocol for defeating the gay panic defense. -Kamala Harris

You can't be an openly gay movie star. You can't be an openly gay pop star, really – minus Ricky Martin. -Rashida Jones

You don't have to be gay to be attracted to your friend. -Vera Farmiga

One of the things I learned in 'Slavs!' is that it's much easier to talk about being gay than it is to talk about being a socialist. People are afraid of socialism, and plays that deal with economics are scarier to them. -Tony Kushner

Gay TV has been immensely important in transforming American culture in a more gay-positive direction. -Tony Kushner

I don't feel, finally, that my politics are entirely determined by the fact that I'm a gay man. -Tony Kushner

If you're gay and you can't hold hands, or you're black and you can't catch a taxi, or you're a woman and you can't go into the park, you are aware there's a menace. That's costly on a psychic level. The world should be striving to make all its members secure. -Tony Kushner

I don't go into my dentist and say, 'Are you gay?' I don't say to contestants on 'So You Think You Can Dance,' 'Are you gay?' What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody? -Nigel Lythgoe

I trained as a ballet dancer and fell in love with Rudolf Nureyev; I thought him the most beautiful creature. My mum had to break it to me that not only was he gay, but he was dead. -Jessica Brown Findlay

I have put gay dating on the map. -Patti Stanger

I'm an advocate for gay marriage. I have more gay friends than Carter has pills. -Patti Stanger

I'm not an adulterer. I'm not gay. -Michael Strahan

When I got married, my mother was very surprised. She said: 'What on earth is going on? I thought you were gay?' -Stephen Daldry

Over the centuries, and even today, the Bible and Christian theology have helped justify the Crusades, slavery, violence against gays, and the murder of doctors who perform abortions. The words themselves are latent, inert, harmless – until they aren't. -Amy Waldman

There are so many things to talk about between black people, Hispanic people, white people, gay people, men, women, it's all based on fear. We all have fears, this thing that stops us from embracing as we are one. We are never going to be one. People are messed up, but humor lets us see how ignorant we can be. -Marlon Wayans

One of the greatest compliments you can ever get is when you make fun of a certain sect of people and they are laughing the hardest. When we did 'Men on Film' on 'In Living Color,' gay men wrote in how much they loved it. -Marlon Wayans

I've had gay friends who grew up in small towns in France who had to lie for most of their lives, even to themselves. But eventually such lies become stronger than the people, and they have to face them. -Guillaume Canet

I'm not gay. -Matthew Morrison

I grew up singing and dancing, so people have been calling me gay since fifth grade. I've heard everything you could possibly hear about it. But I do love gay people, so I'm not going to act like I was insulted or angry about it. -Matthew Morrison

Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you're a human being, you feel, you suffer. You're gay, you're sick, you're nervous or whatever. -Marilyn Monroe

I know I will never be happy, but I know I can be gay! -Marilyn Monroe

I can't tell you why I keep getting asked to play gay characters, but I never really considered 'gay' as an adjective, as a playable thing. Maybe it's an element of the character, but it just describes a preference. -John Michael Higgins

Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure fair pay for women in the workplace. In addition, he succeeded in getting a measure passed to end discrimination against gays in the military. -Kitty Kelley

If I was courting the Muslim vote, I wouldn't have put establishing the partnership ceremony at the forefront of my first term, would I? I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. -Ken Livingstone

Our black president can't say that he's for gay marriage. That is upsetting to me. -Mario Cantone

In the '70s, the gay movement was really making strides. Huge strides. And then AIDS came along and slapped a judgment on it all and the Right Wing religious movement was like, 'See. This is why, we told you.' And it pushed back the movement 30 years. -Mario Cantone

I knew the full 'Judy Garland Carnegie Hall' double album set at age 2. And then my mother wondered why I was gay. I was like, 'Are you nuts? You would make me get on the table to sing Judy Garland songs and you're upset?' -Mario Cantone

Let there be no mistake. A gay man alone could never begin to replicate the inner workings of the female mind. -Michael Patrick King

OK, so my parents were married in 1955 and my mom knew my dad was gay and my dad knew he was gay and so I was, like, 'Why in the heck did you get married?' Like, what was going on? What was that time? It's like this crazy paradox that my whole life is based on, or my family's based on. So I spent a lot of time trying to understand '55. -Mike Mills

My dad's gay experiences really had a very positive influence on me and my straight relationships – how to better accept all the weirdness and ambiguity and ups and downs and paradoxes. I knew from the beginning I was writing about love. -Mike Mills

We live in a world where we have friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, people we journey with for years who are gay. And we need to love, affirm and all of us together work on the real problems that we have in the world. -Rob Bell

I have no problem whatsoever with allowing gay people to live as they please, as long as they don't try to impose their lifestyle on everyone else. -Ben Carson

When I was a kid, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell were mere blips on the gaydar; and they were both still in the closet. -Beth Ditto

For my group of friends is Lady Gaga eye-opening? No. She's a less dangerous version of what was so cool about pop culture in the '80s. Back then it was so gay and so punk in so many ways. -Beth Ditto

As we women know, there are so many other hurdles that we have to cross that I would love it if we could stop having the race conversation so that we can get women further on. You know, a female president now that we have an African American president. Maybe we can get an Asian female, a gay person? -Octavia Spencer

The fact that women are very young in obtaining their civil rights and African-Americans are young in obtaining their civil rights, I think it's about time that we extend that to all Americans, whether straight, gay, purple, green, black, brown. -Octavia Spencer

I have no problem with any gay group that says they're Republicans, but I will fight them tooth and nail if they try to change what the Republican Party believes. -Gary Bauer

For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are against terrorists, but they're very brave with the terrorists… If the terrorists ever got a hold of this information, they'd get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad. -Gary Ackerman

I support allowing gay couples to marry because of – not in spite of – my values. And many of those values are the same ones deeply held by those who do not believe in gay marriage. -Mark Udall

It's my belief that, like every other American, gay and lesbian couples should be able to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and protect their families. -Mark Udall

Throughout my years of public service, I've listened to the voices of the gay and lesbian community, whether through whispered confidences or public declarations. I understand what it truly means to say that all people should be treated equally, and I'll always stand up for fair and equal treatment of gay and lesbian Americans. -Mark Udall

If you ask me about my views on the environment, on women's rights, on gay rights, I am liberal. I don't have a problem with that at all. Some of my best friends are liberal. -Bernie Sanders

There are gays and lesbians in every country, so there should be no discrimination against them just because of their destiny. -Hun Sen

I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. -Ken Livingstone

Being queer you're supposed to adore figure skating. It's a sport, not an art. I love the costumes and hate the music and of course I worship Johnny Weir because so does he. Also he's real. It's a full gay thing and it always has been. -Mark Morris

How many straight men maintain inappropriately intimate relationships with their mothers? How many shop with them? I want a gay son. People laugh, but they assume I'm kidding. I'm not. -Ayelet Waldman

The stereotypical gay man is someone whose company I enjoy, someone who makes me laugh, someone I'd want my kid to be. The stereotypical gay woman makes me insecure, conscious of my failings as a feminist. -Ayelet Waldman

The combat environment has the effect of flattening out civilian identities. If you're young or old, or a graduate from Harvard or the son of a farmer from Alabama, or if you're gay or straight or good-looking or ugly: none of those things matters much in combat, as long as you can conform to the group expectations. -Sebastian Junger

As a heterosexual man, I've never really doubted my sexuality, but I've had men in my life and thought, 'If I was gay, I'd be with him' – you know? -Garret Dillahunt

I think I'm a combination of very simple pleasures and the fact I've read a lot of books. I don't think it's a binary opposition across the board in humans and I think I'm an example that it's not. I'm hosting gay marriage rallies and I have tons of guns at home. There's a lot of middle ground in the world and I'm one of those people. -Dax Shepard

I go to church too, y'all. And I've heard it, too. And I want to say to all of our faith leaders out there that I understand that probably in my Baptist church in Maryland, it is not likely that there will be performed – in my church – gay marriages. -Donna Edwards

I'm always very proud of belonging to three minorities: gay, Jewish, white South African. -Antony Sher

I think the gay – the gay/straight alliances in the school are very useful as far as creating understanding among kids and so kids aren't necessarily so stigmatized or demonized for being who they really are. -Jeanne Phillips

I'm trying to tell kids if they are gay, it's OK to be gay. I've tried to tell families if they have a gay family member to accept them and love them as they always have. -Jeanne Phillips

I would love to have children some day. I'd like little gay boys. That would be good. -Lara Stone

It's not the '90s anymore. I think the gay community is a lot more accepted these days. -Tila Tequila

I don't Google myself, but I've heard that people think I'm gay. I've heard it all. -Kellan Lutz

When I meet gay fans out and about, they're so great to talk to – and I'm big on hugging, because I'm from the Midwest. They're just so energetic and loving. I'm proud to have those fans, and their support means a lot to me. I don't want just girls coming to my movies; I want guys to come, too! -Kellan Lutz

Even in high school, I had friends that I didn't know were gay until years later. I'd find out on Facebook or something and be like, 'Oh, that explains some things,' or 'Wow, no wonder they were so cool.' -Kellan Lutz

I kind of cheer the presence of any gay characters at all – I think the more we can saturate television with any gay character or lesbian character or transgender character, I think that's a really great thing. We're kind of getting past the fact that they're the punchline or that they're the novelty. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

I'm terrified to get married. I'm not getting married till my gay friends can. -Denise Mina

The death of anti-gay hate speech is no doubt being hastened by the head-spinning speed with which gays as a group – to say nothing of gay marriage – are becoming an unremarkable and even quite traditional parts of American life. -Jeffrey Kluger

Fashion is fickle, and I was published because I was fashionable. Because I was gay. -Ali Smith

I was 'gay-bashed' when I was in school even though, you know, I'm not… I'm a straight guy that just happens to be what I do. So, it's easily relatable to me. It was awful. It's a hard time in a kid's life. -Grant Gustin

I'm not a gay rights activist. -ASAP Rocky

I don't care what straight people do, I don't care what gay people do. I don't care what nobody do. That's they business. I just care about what I do. You know what I'm saying? -ASAP Rocky

For instance, one big issue in hip hop is the gay thing. It's 2013, and it's a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It's crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip hop is small-minded or stupid – and that's not the case. -ASAP Rocky

Man, if you're gay we can be friends. If you're straight, we can be friends. I'm not gay, I don't plan on being gay, I don't condone it and I'm not sayin' I'm against it. -ASAP Rocky

I'm not saying that hip-hop needs gay rappers or anything, but they need to stop being so close-minded because that will just cause the genre to fail. Look at pop. Pop doesn't discriminate against people. Look at Lady Gaga, y'know what I mean? -ASAP Rocky

I often laugh and say I should go down to the Department of the Interior and register as an endangered species. I'm a gay man over 60 and I'm alive. -David Mixner

Where gays and lesbians are the best organized and most concentrated in numbers are states that President Clinton must carry in order to be reelected in 1996. Among the states are California, New York, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois. -David Mixner

President Clinton not only benefits by gay and lesbian votes, but he benefits by showing the nation that he is a strong leader who implements his beliefs, who stands firm by those who he believes are being treated unfairly, and I think people respect that kind of leadership in the country. -David Mixner

It is my position that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. -Michael Mullen

I pointed out that the Atlanta Olympic bomber – as well as Timothy McVeigh and the people who protest against gay rights at military funerals – are Christians but we journalists don't identify them by their religion. -Juan Williams

I love gay Mardi Gras in Sydney, which is a big parade, a big march that thousands and thousands of people participate in. And there's one little group… well it's not little, it's got hundreds of people marching, and they're all very sweet, middle-aged and elderly people who are the parents of gay children who are out and proud. -Jacki Weaver

In the past, it weighed on me because nobody in my family is gay. I had no role models so I had to find my own way. -Mika

When it's all said and done, I am secure enough with my manhood to say to the world, 'I am a male actor, and its okay for me to play a gay man.' -Omari Hardwick

I'm sort of a gay man trapped in a woman's body when it comes to music sometimes – it's crowded in here! -Sia

I have close family members as well as lots of close friends who are gay. Many of them strongly support gay marriage. -Tony Abbott

I think the least stereotypical gay character on television is probably Matt LeBlanc on 'Episodes.' He just plays it so straight-faced. They never talk about the fact that he's such a huge gay person. -Adam Pally

I somewhat resist the whole gay rights-vampire rights metaphor because it is fraught with problems. I don't want to be seen as a gay man as a blood-sucking killer. I don't think it is the way to win hearts and minds. -Denis O'Hare

You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship. -Justin Welby

Adoption is a global issue these days – it's certainly current – and it's encouraging for a lot of couples whether they're straight or gay. -Sara Ramirez

There is a large group that's not represented on television – the group that falls somewhere in the middle of straight and gay. That group is looked down on, because people say, 'You can't be in-between. You have to pick one or the other.' -Sara Ramirez

Can't blame men for wanting him. And wouldn't be surprised if Dad even mildly flirted back. Dad somewhat enjoyed being called gay. He said it made women want to prove the assertion wrong. -Jennifer Grant

I was at Yale from 1953 to 1957, and I tried to commit suicide in my freshman year because I was gay, and I thought I was the only person in the school who was. I was just totally and utterly miserable. -Larry Kramer

I now realize that I am a gay man before anything else. Other gays may think they're a Jew first, or black, or a banker, but I'm gay. -Larry Kramer

The most important fact is that gays have been here since day one. To say otherwise is a gross denial and stupidity. We played an enormous part in the history of America. -Larry Kramer

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were gay, just for starters. They didn't have a name for it, but their primary affections and intellectual attractions were all for other men. -Larry Kramer

Gay life in 1970 was very bleak, compartmentalized. You didn't take it to work. You had to really lead a double life. There were bars, but you sort of snuck in and snuck out. Activism and gay pride simply didn't exist. I don't even think the word 'gay' was in existence. -Larry Kramer

Mr. Do-Nothing Obama will say today, 'Lets think of all the poor dead people' – or 'let's honor all the dead' instead of fighting for the living. He has been really useless in terms of both HIV and gay issues. He is simply not a leader. He may be president, but he is not a leader. -Larry Kramer

Some reporter called me 'the angriest gay man in the world' or some such. Well, it stuck, but I realized it was very useful. -Larry Kramer

I do not think the gay population has been all that rabid for gay marriage. Note that I do not use the words 'gay community.' Expunge that expression from your vocabulary. We are not a community. -Larry Kramer

Too many people hate the people that AIDS most affects: gay people and people of color. I do not mean dislike, or feel uncomfortable with. I mean hate. Downright hate. Down and dirty hate. -Larry Kramer

I think being gay and gay people are the most wonderful things in the world. I wish all of us could have the power and pride to benefit from what is rightfully ours. Why isn't there an enormous building in Washington called the 'National Association of Lesbian and Gay Concerns' to lobby for us? -Larry Kramer

There's no question that the gay movement would not be as far along as it is without AIDS. But how can there be any other issue in the face of death, possible extinction? -Larry Kramer

I think I was probably looking for gay role models when I was younger, before I even knew or thought I was gay. I didn't really make the connection that they were gay, but I felt drawn to them because they were going against the grain, and I knew there was something that they had that everybody else didn't have. It was an edge. -Brandi Carlile

There are still civil rights issues. There are still people who can't be visited by their spouse in the hospital because they're gay. These are humanitarian issues. At the end of the day, all you want is for people to be happy in the pursuit of life, love and liberty. -Brandi Carlile

I didn't get bullied any more than anybody else. I think I got bullied more for being poor than being gay. But no more than any other kid. And I'm sure that I did my fair share of picking on other kids, too. We're all humans. -Brandi Carlile

I would love to be on 'Glee,' thus furthering the myth that I'm a gay man. -Jennifer Nettles

I've actually performed at Gay Pride in Atlanta three times in my career. I've always had a large gay following, particularly in the lesbian community. I am grateful for that. To me, it means my music transcends categories. It also means that I'm a cute girl singing a rock song in an alto voice! -Jennifer Nettles

If the court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act, is that a 'liberal' result enabling gay couples married in states where gay marriage is legal to enjoy the same economic advantages that federal laws now grant to straight couples? Or is it a 'conservative' ruling, limiting the federal government's ability to override state power? -Jeff Greenfield

Pop managers are fixed in the dramatic stock character repertoire too, ever since the first British pop film musical, Wolf Mankowitz's 'Expresso Bongo' of 1959, with Cliff Richard as Bongo Herbert and Laurence Harvey as his manager. The key components were cast as X parts gay, X parts Jewish and triple X opportunistic. -Peter York

There are pop managers, and then there's Simon Cowell, who isn't gay, Jewish or particularly riveting. He's not without interest but he doesn't exactly have the hinterland of, say, Brian Epstein. -Peter York

ABC's intelligently hilarious sitcom 'Modern Family' depicts a gay-male marriage in which both partners are refreshingly dimensional, believable human beings. The writers dare to make them flawed and thus fully delineated, but they're not flawed in the silly, stereotypical ways that once dominated such portrayals. -Tom Shales

If somebody walks in to me and says, 'I'm a gay person, I want a job in your office,' I would say that's inappropriate, and they wouldn't be hired because that would mean they are promoting their agenda. -Mark Neumann

The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith. -Ronnie Musgrove

I don't buy into the idea that an Irish writer should write about Ireland, or a gay writer should write about being gay. -John Boyne

A significant fraction of evangelical voters appear more likely to ignore the candidates' specific economic and foreign policy platforms in favor of concerns about gay marriage or abortion. -Lawrence M. Krauss

From 1968 on, I was pretty much the black, gay SF writer. -Samuel R. Delany

I grew up in one of the most socially conservative neighborhoods in Ohio, and my parents were traditional Catholics. But in her old age, my mother got her home health care from a guy who was gay, who was wonderful to her. Before she died, she rode a float in the Cincinnati Gay Pride Parade. -Gail Collins

Well, it'd certainly be fascinating if we discovered that gays were better at being married than heterosexuals are. Talk about irony. -Gail Collins

Gay rights is just a matter of time. Look at the polls. Worrying about gay marriage, let alone gay civil unions or gay employment rights, is a middle-age issue. Young people just can't see the problem. At worst, gays are going to win this one just by waiting until the opposition dies off. -Gail Collins

I go back and forth, but I never wanted to be the photographer of the gay and lesbian community. I will wave a rainbow flag proudly, but I am not a singular identity. I think a singular identity isn't very interesting, and I'm a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that. -Catherine Opie

There's a lesbian aesthetic, just as there's gay camp, but I don't know if there's such a thing as 'lesbian art.' -Catherine Opie

There are versions of the pro-gay and anti-gay agenda that assume a simplistic rather than simple understanding of the issue – at least from a biblical perspective. Reject it or embrace it: that's the easy choice that makes for great sound-bites but ruins lives. -Michael Horton

Drag shows are one of my favorite things in the world. As a straight man I love going to gay bars. People at gay bars just love to dance. -Steve Kazee

If what I read doesn't reflect my life – whether I'm gay or Latino or on welfare – doesn't that really mean that my life is not valuable? -Walter Dean Myers

I do think it's well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all. -Helen Mirren

I've got quite a big gay following. I played a lesbian prostitute in the TV series 'Band Of Gold' but I think my following really grew when I played one in the film 'Imagine Me & You,' with Piper Perabo. -Lena Headey

I have some good friends of my own who happen to be gay, and when it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I'm for anything life-affirmative. I'm for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who's different. -Matthew McConaughey

When I started, there was more of a cultural assumption that many readers would find gay characters irrelevant or repugnant. -Carol Anshaw

Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain. -P. T. Barnum

If I was gay, why wouldn't I admit it? It wouldn't harm me. -Simon Cowell

When I started in the clubs, I had to work places where didn't nobody else want to work. I had to do clubs where street gangs were, had to do motorcycle gangs, gay balls and things of that nature. -Bernie Mac

Growing up in a Jewish matriarchal world inside the patriarchal paradise of Salt Lake City, Utah, gave me increased perspective on gender issues, as it also did my gay brother and my lesbian sister. Our younger sister is the perfect Jewish-American wife and mother, and is fiercely proud of that fact. -Roseanne Barr

You know, I'm gay and I grew up being aware of that at a very early age, in a fairly repressed family. -Alan Ball

I'm not saying that being gay is what defines me, but at the same time, if you feel like you have to hide it, then it becomes what defines you. You keep it hidden, and the secret becomes you. -Alan Ball

I hate the term 'arm candy.' But, look, a woman's figure is a beautiful thing, and if she has shapely legs, then she should show them off, because men love to see that. Not just heterosexual men – gay men like to see a woman in her beauty and the shape of her. -Bruce Forsyth

I think it's… I don't want to become a social crusader on this issue, but I think sports, male sports, has traditionally not been an inviting environment for gay men to identify themselves. But eventually… we will get to a place where it is not an issue in sports. -David Stern

I grew up in Vancouver, which is a pretty liberal, gay Mecca of the West coast. There's San Francisco, and then there's Vancouver. -Avan Jogia

Being from New York, if you're gay, you're gay. I think it's important that if you are gay, you not be afraid to say who you are. -Sue Wicks

My mother and father could not handle even me being gay. We never talked about it, really. -Rufus Wainwright

Looking back, one of the things I love most about my mom was that she never, ever relented. She stuck to her guns right up until the end. She wasn't abusive, but she was never that thrilled that I was gay. -Rufus Wainwright

The virtue of the civil partnerships scheme lay in the attempt to treat the needs of gay and lesbian couples as what they are, not to bundle them into some other category. -John Sentamu

I don't support gay marriage, but I also don't support a constitutional amendment banning it. However, I do support same sex unions that would give gay couples all the rights, privileges and protections of marriage. -Bob Casey, Jr.

It's important for closet gay athletes everywhere, not just at the professional level, but more importantly athletes at the younger level in high school and college, to understand they do have support around them and that they can come out and feel comfortable. And honestly, that is going to help save lives. -Scott Fujita

By in large in this country the issue of gay rights and equality should be past the point of debate. Really, there should be no debate anymore. -Scott Fujita

Just because I'm in favor of gay rights doesn't mean that I'm gay or doesn't mean I'm some kind of 'sissy' or something. That's the language that you hear in locker rooms. -Scott Fujita

You know, Republicans should have a consistent philosophy. And if your philosophy is about limited government and not intruding in people's lives, you shouldn't just inconveniently take a social issue like gay marriage and say, 'Well, unless we think – actually we should be intruding your life.' -Mark McKinnon

I don't really care how or why Obama got to the right place on gay marriage. I'm just glad he got there. -Mark McKinnon

I'm saying it loud: I'm a Republican who supports gay rights. -Mark McKinnon

Republicans constantly claim to be the party that defends the Constitution. We have no legitimate right to that claim until we get right on gay rights. -Mark McKinnon

Sometime in the not too distant future, denying gays the right to marry will be viewed as historically corrupt – as corrupt as denying slaves their freedom. -Mark McKinnon

I'd just rather have a really sharp, interesting, smart gay son than some big dumb hetero meathead. -Moby

I live in New York and I love hanging out in gay clubs, and a lot of my friends are gay. But, for better or for worse, I'm not gay. -Moby

I've lived my whole life exactly the way I've wanted to. Being gay, being white, being male, it doesn't matter to me. They're all things I'm born with. -Johnny Weir

So many people in the gay community have always asked me to come out, say it like it is, and help our cause. But for me… I think my biggest statement I could give to the world is to be strong being myself… you have to make something of yourself, and that's what makes us strong. -Johnny Weir

No mother wants to hear her son say he's gay. Those two words rip the picture of a daughter-in-law and grandchildren into pieces. I felt sorry for my mom and wanted her to know everything was going to be all right. But then she said, 'I don't really care, Johnny, as long as I know that you are going to be happy.' -Johnny Weir

It's of very little importance to me that I was born gay. It doesn't make me a better athlete, it doesn't make me a stronger person, it doesn't really do anything to enhance my life. It's just something I was born with, the same as green eyes. -Johnny Weir

Statistically, I'd say there are about as many gay figure skaters as there are gay football players. The majority are straight. There are just those few exceptions, and those are the ones who have gotten picked on and followed over the years. -Johnny Weir

Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love. -Neil Patrick Harris

There is just a lot of creativity and theatricality in performers who happen to be gay. Maybe there's a success in numbers, so by the law of averages we are going to get these jobs. -Neil Patrick Harris

Being able to live my life transparently does empower me to feel like I can be myself more. It's easier for me to flirt with girls now that girls know that I'm gay. It almost makes it a sexier encounter than if I was trying to pretend that I was straight. -Neil Patrick Harris

Perhaps we should worry less about judging people for being Mormon or Baptist or Muslim or gay or straight or black or white or Latino or by their religious or political brands and worry more about electing thoughtful, serious and ethical politicians on both sides of the political isle who are willing to work together for progress. -Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

I say, 'I'm bi, my love knows no gender,' and the straight community says, 'Oh right, that's just a cover-up – you're gay!' And the gay community says, 'Yeah right, that's just a cover-up – you're gay.' They both want to push me gay. -Andy Dick

Realizing I was gay was a long sort of waking up. -Melissa Etheridge

When I grew up, there were no songs about gay people. -Melissa Etheridge

I'm for gay marriage, because I'm for gay divorce. -Melissa Etheridge

I'm not one for big public displays of affection, anyway. Straight, gay, whatever. -Melissa Etheridge

Loads of my friends are lesbians, and it really annoys me that gay people aren't allowed to get married in most parts of America. I'd go on a march for gay rights any time. -Pink

When I first appeared, people couldn't figure out whether I was gay, straight, black, white or whatever, and I loved that. I loved the fact it scares people. -Pink

I'm not against gay people. I have a relative who is also gay. We can't help it if they were born that way. -Manny Pacquiao

Obama sees himself as such a huge change that he can be cautious about other societal changes. But what he doesn't realize is that legalizing gay marriage is like electing a black president. Before you do it, it seems inconceivable. Once it's done, you can't remember what all the fuss was about. -Maureen Dowd

Religion looms as large as an elephant in the United States, to the point that being nonreligious is about the biggest handicap a politician running for office can have, bigger than being gay, unmarried, thrice married, or black. -Frans de Waal

It wasn't that much of a stretch to play a gay demon. I am, you know, both gay and a demon. Don't tell my wife. -Ken Marino

I grew up at a time with androgyny in the 1980s; it was easy to pass under the radar as a gay may. -Alexis Arquette

I've never understood why we would want to deny all the joys – and the challenges – of marriage to anyone. Which is why I think any loving, committed couple – gay or straight – should be able to get married. -Al Franken

God love Neil Patrick Harris – how great is that. People grew up with him; they go, 'Oh it's him, it's that little boy and he just happens to be gay. How great for him!' The more of those kind of examples that happen, the better it's going to be. -Bryan Batt

I didn't have any role models. I really thought I was doomed to this loveless, lonely life. I didn't know any gay people until I began doing theater. -Bryan Batt

I think living my happy, open life and showing young gay kids you can be successful, you can have love in your life, you can be a contributing member of society and you can be respected – I think that's it. -Bryan Batt

When are we going to stop labeling everyone? How many times have I been referred to as 'out gay actor?' Do we say, 'out heterosexual actor' when we refer to Tom Hanks? -Bryan Batt

You don't look at a painting and ask if the artist was gay or straight. I think it's irrelevant in any situation – I don't care if my garbageman is gay or straight as long as he picks up the garbage. -Bryan Batt

The writing was so clearly written on the wall about me, but I didn't see it. I had no role models. I didn't know there was even a possibility of being gay. I battled with it, but this was the way God made me. If you have a problem with it, take it up with the man upstairs. -Bryan Batt

I think the gay community, just like anybody, should be represented in all forms and all types. -Cameron Monaghan

You can't just look at someone and guess their sexuality. There's no point in assuming that every gay man has just one personality type. -Cameron Monaghan

I came out to my parents as gay, and then I realized, you know, four or five years later, that I wasn't really happy, no relationships were working, and there was something missing in my life, and you know, I was doing drag, performing and stuff, and I realized through that arc that I was much happier doing that. -Candis Cayne

The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud. -Anderson Cooper

Along with racial equality and the late bloom of women's rights, future generations will have to explain how, in the past, gays were misunderstood and publicly humiliated for loving each other, and, eventually, how they stood together and conquered stupidity and hypocritical hatred, and fought their way out of marginalization. -iO Tillett Wright

I was part of a show called 'Manifest Equality' in Los Angeles in 2010, and I realized there was a disconnect between people who are gay or have gay friends and are gay-friendly, and people who think they don't know any gay people. -iO Tillett Wright

It's illegal to be gay in Little Rock – this is such a reality for so many people, but once people get to these bubbles of New York or L.A. or Boulder, Colorado, they forget. -iO Tillett Wright

I'm not that good looking… nobody is that good looking. I have seen a lot of movie stars, and maybe four are amazing looking. The rest have a team of gay guys who make it happen. -Tina Fey

I was never honest. My father died, and I had never said to him, 'I'm gay.' I knew what I was, but I had to pretend not to be that to avoid the beatings. -John Galliano

For thousands of years, there have been lies about being gay or not being gay. If you know they're lies, you're free. -Don Miguel Ruiz

I didn't want that 15 minutes of fame moment like, 'Oh, she said she was gay.' -Kirsten Vangsness

I'm so sick of gay this, gay that. I could care less. It ain't affecting my life at all. -Larry the Cable Guy

I have a half-brother who is very, very, very gay, many cousins, best friends who are all members of the LGBT community, and for me to not say anything would be hypocritical. There is a lot of prejudice. People think it is abnormal. No, it's just another normal. -Lea Salonga

When I was running for speaker, people would go out of their way to point out why I wasn't going to win: 'You're a woman, you're too liberal, you're gay, you're from the West Side of Manhattan,' which in that context was an insult. -Christine Quinn

If you're black, if you're gay, if you're Latin – we're all the same. We're all the same, and we all want the same: We want to be happy. -Kate del Castillo

I've fallen for straight men, I've fallen for gay men, I've fallen for straight women and gay women. I really have. I had crushes on really every single kind of person in the world. -Lynn Shelton

I've always had tremendous support from my parents. I think there's a myth that gay people have lousy relationships with their parents. -B. D. Wong

Maybe there are logical reasons for a gay person not to have a great relationship with their parents – not because there's a parent who made him gay, but just because it may be difficult to understand everything. -B. D. Wong

I would never advise anyone to stay in the closet to further their careers – I'm sure it leads to big fat gay ulcers. There are actors I know who won't come out, and I can see it crippling them as human beings. It's a great shame that people can't be who they are in the 21st century, and people won't let them be who they are. -Ben Daniels

Lying about one's sexuality seems to be one of the ridiculous rules of what constitutes being a Hollywood movie star. Obviously, my own experience of working and continuing to work as an out gay actor is exactly that – working as an actor and not as a movie star. I don't think the two are the same. -Ben Daniels

A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?' We must always consider the person. -Pope Francis

We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. The teaching of the church is clear, and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. -Pope Francis

Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?… It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. -Pope Francis

If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society. -Pope Francis

Thinking back on it, I've been in this business since I was 3, and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight. -A. J. McLean

Everyone always says, 'When you look at a boy band, one of them has to be gay.' No, they don't. -A. J. McLean

I, personally, am trying to get more and more involved with the gay and lesbian movement, very much so. -A. J. McLean

I am a gay man who loves James Bond films and snooker – all kinds of working-class pursuits. -Mark Gatiss

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens are bullied and ostracized in epidemic proportions. It's disgusting, and it must change. -Monica Raymund

I read that a lot of people think I'm gay. I don't care. My boyfriend and I are not really phased by what people say. -Monica Raymund

I was a closet straight. I think I wanted to be gay because I thought it was arty and interesting. And also, I was phenomenally shy with girls. -Rupert Graves

I want to be affirmatively proud of what I have made my way through. And to do that, in the same way I had to tell my father and my family and my friends that I was gay, I need to not hide this anymore. -Christine Quinn

I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I'd like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me. -T. R. Knight

I saw 'Brokeback Mountain' in a packed house in Chelsea, New York, when I was filming a Bollywood film there. Chelsea, being a predominately gay neighbourhood, had the most euphoric reaction. I saw couples holding hands and crying at the end. It was the most heartening viewing I have ever been to. -Karan Johar

When I was 14, I came very close to becoming a gay teen suicide 'statistic,' but I then turned to music, my piano, my loved ones, and discovered that it does in fact get better. -Blake McIver Ewing

Throughout my life, I've always been really close with girls and made friends with girls. And I've always been a really sickly, feminine person anyhow, so I thought I was gay for a while because I didn't find any of the girls in my high school attractive at all. -Kurt Cobain

I thought I would try to be gay for a while, but I'm just more sexually attracted to women. But I'm really glad that I found a few gay friends, because it totally saved me from becoming a monk or something. -Kurt Cobain

I think that freedom means freedom for everyone. As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay, and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. -Dick Cheney

My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me. -Bayard Rustin

The barometer for judging the character of people, in regard human rights, is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, lesbian. The judgment as to whether you can trust the future, the social advancement – depending on people – will be judged on where they come out on that question. -Bayard Rustin

I don't think it's a great leap to go from civil unions to gay marriage – I may be in the minority in believing that. -Harold Ford, Jr.

The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight. -Maya Angelou

Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth. I don't think God categorizes sins. -Joel Osteen

Whether a person is straight or gay, Republican, Democrat, good person, not a good person, they're all welcome, because to me, church is a place you're supposed to get healed and whole and loved. -Joel Osteen

If you believe in equality, if you believe in standing up for the rights of all, especially for people most affected by bigotry and discrimination, then you have no choice but to be present and accounted for when it comes to standing up for gays and lesbians in our society. -Michael Moore

I know gay – gay people who aren't married who are better parents than some, you know, straight people I know who are married. -Denis Leary

In today's U.S., it's possible for almost anyone – women, gays, African-Americans, Jews – to run for, and be elected to, high office. -Salman Rushdie

I'm excited to create more awareness about the importance of giving the youth of America a choice. There's a 24-hour music channel. There's a 24-hour comedy channel. I believe there's a 24-hour gay channel coming. Why isn't there a 24-hour Christian channel that's edgy and hip and cool and new and different, like all that other stuff? -Stephen Baldwin

I think they should let gays in the military because we are the United States of America. And if a gay person wants to serve his or her country, why should they not be allowed to? -Jesse Ventura

I often tell audiences at the start of my shows that I'm not gay because I've got petitions from lesbian groups saying 'Can you tell people you're heterosexual because you're giving us a bad name.' -Jo Brand

Most of the longer-term relationships I've known have been gay relationships. They seem to be able to hang out longer. -Lewis Black

You can't believe how pro-gay and pro-freedom-of-speech I am. I'm way out beyond anyone on the Left. -Penn Jillette

If you join the Boy Scouts without understanding the underlying agendas and biases of the organization, you might grow up to believe that being gay is a bad thing. -Douglas Rushkoff

The old Victorian laws against homosexuality were still on the statute books until the early 1990s. As a gay man living in Ireland, I and people like me found it easy to feel less than citizens. -Colm Toibin

Between the time I was 16 until I was about 20, the books I read were by people like Thomas Mann, James Baldwin, Thom Gunn, Elizabeth Bishop. All gay, of course, although I swear I didn't know that at the time. Yet all of them, it turned out, had had a parent who died during their childhood. Sexuality is nothing compared to that. -Colm Toibin

The novel space is a pure space. I'm nobody once I go into that room. I'm not gay, I'm not bald, I'm not Irish. I'm not anybody. I'm nobody. I'm the guy telling the story, and the only person that matters is the person reading that story, the target. It's to get that person to feel what I'm trying to dramatize. -Colm Toibin

If you look at issues like immigration, gay marriage, gun regulation – these are all things that probably wouldn't be a source of much discussion at all in D.C., if they weren't sources of self-perpetuation. -Mark Leibovich

I cannot be a placard waver for every campaign; that's why I have mostly kept quiet about gay marriage. -Clare Balding

Lots of women don't realize that they're gay until they're grown up. -Clare Balding

I don't feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don't care if people think I'm gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway. -Queen Latifah

To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things. My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year's Eve in San Francisco. -Queen Latifah

There is a history of gay people pretending to be straight. I want to balance the sides. I'm a straight person pretending to be gay. I've had a lot of people to imitate. It's easy when you're British; we're camp by nature, anyway. -Robbie Williams

Do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't. -Kirk Cameron

That pains me in my heart to think that someone who is gay would think that I don't love them and care about them. -Kirk Cameron

If my kids came to me and said, 'I'm gay,' I'd say, 'Son, I love you.' That's never at stake. Never, never, never at stake. -Kirk Cameron

If my kid came to me and said 'I'm gay,' I'd say, 'Son, I love you.' -Kirk Cameron

Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't. -Kirk Cameron

I've been openly gay since I can remember. -Marc Jacobs

I feel like because I've done more gay characters, gay scenes, or gay projects than most straight actors, people see it as some sort of mission. It's more of a case-by-case basis, and just trying to capture figures that I love. I guess that a lot of the figures that I love were gay. -James Franco

I will not vote for a candidate who thinks you can 'pray away the gay;' I will not vote for a candidate who thinks that he has more rights to my uterus than I do; I will not vote for a candidate who thinks that it's okay to dump toxic waste in the ocean. -Sophia Bush

When a politician like Marco Rubio is willing to sacrifice his career defining immigration reform legislation solely to insure that gays and lesbians are denied equal protection under the law, we have to admit that we're under attack. This is not pragmatic politics at work. These are the policies of bias, exclusion and unfairness. -Harvey Fierstein

When I went into 'Fiddler,' I wondered about the response I'd get – the backlash because I'm openly gay. There was none. I toured Canada and America, and not one single review suggested that I played the role gay or that I seemed anything but Tevye. -Harvey Fierstein

I would like to thank those who spoke boldly against the 'gay marriage float' in the 2014 Rose Parade. Apparently, that vigorous opposition came from perhaps millions of people, and it had a significant influence on how the matter was handled on network and cable television. -James Dobson

Here's why I cannot vote for Rudy Giuliani. He's pro-abortion. He's never repudiated gay marriage in New York City or at least the civil unions in New York City. He's called a champion of gay rights. Rudy is opposed to school choice. He's in favor of open borders. -James Dobson

I don't blame homosexuals for being angry when people say they've made a choice to be gay, because they don't. -James Dobson

There just needs to be a gay rapper. He doesn't have to be flamboyant, just a rapper who identifies as gay – who's better than everybody. Unfortunately hip-hop is so competitive that in order for fringe groups to get in, you gotta be better than whoever's the best. -Talib Kweli

If public figures came out of the closet, then the LGBT kids who saw them on TV would feel safe before they even knew why they felt dangerous. Maybe if enough people came out of the closet, gay kids would never feel dangerous. Maybe we could have a world where we could all just live. We may not all agree, but why can't we just all live? -Margaret Cho

I grew up a witness to gay politics in its early days. I remember seeing Harvey Milk and been moved by him. -Margaret Cho

To me, marriage is really important and what we build families on. That's why gay marriage is really important. -Margaret Cho

Once you're sort of pigeonholed into something, it's quite difficult to get out of it. I have no aversion to playing a gay character again, but it would definitely have to be the right role. -Sarah Shahi

There will be gay couples; it will exist. It is not very nice that people who are married – who divorce in three seconds – don't want protection for the others. The legal system should protect everyone, not just the few people who think they are above everybody else because they are married. -Karl Lagerfeld

I'm a straight guy and I date women, but I get on really well with gay guys. I'm very comfortable with my sexuality. The weirdest thing for me is when straight guys get really freaked out by gay guys. It's almost like they're insecure in their own sexuality. For me, I can be in a room full of gay men and have fun. -Olly Murs

The gay community has taken care of their issues and problems in terms of HIV/AIDS. They have done an incredible job. We as heterosexuals need to learn from the gay community because they have rallied together. They have sent a lot of information out there. They go get tested. -Magic Johnson

I think the gay community should get smart and drop the word 'marriage.' Do you really need to change every right-wing Christian to make sure you get your equal rights? Eyes on the prize, we should be sticking to getting equal rights. -Ani DiFranco

Just because I do a few comedy bits about gay people, that does not mean I'm out there promoting some anti-gay cause. -Sam Kinison

I'm a comedian, and my comedy has never endorsed violence towards gays. -Sam Kinison

In the 1990s, it's OK to do comedy about the Chernobyl disaster or the Space Shuttle blowing up. It's acceptable to ridicule the Pope or the President of the United States, but God forbid you do a joke… about gays. The gay community is the last sacred cow in this society. -Sam Kinison

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in Russia, unlike in one third of the world's countries, being gay is not a crime. -Vladimir Putin

I actually wasn't really the class clown growing up. The class clown was always the mean guy who walked up and was like, 'You're fat. You're gay. I'm outta here!' I was always more kind of awkward and introspective. -Mike Birbiglia

I myself know some people who are gay. We're on friendly terms. I'm not prejudiced in any way. -Vladimir Putin

John Parsons, the gay art director at 'Vogue,' really started my career. -David Bailey

My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends, and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

So many times I've heard people say that the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples won't really change anything other than some legal and financial stuff. It's a dumb argument: those legal and financial effects matter. -Alice Dreger

Ironically, when I've asked my straight friends to join me in hanging a rainbow flag, they answer, 'But someone might think we're gay,' not realizing that is exactly the point. To be mistaken for the oppressed is to momentarily become the oppressed. -Alice Dreger

Being gay is not a terrible, tragic disease that requires prevention or treatment chosen for you by your parents. -Alice Dreger

Ok, here goes: I'm going to see how many people I can offend by suggesting that maybe many little gay boys, like many little girls, are made up of sugar and spice and everything nice. -Alice Dreger

We don't really know where human sexual orientations come from yet. What we do know is that the evidence we have that sexual orientation includes an innate component doesn't seem to point to the existence of simple 'gay genes' and 'straight genes.' -Alice Dreger

It doesn't matter if you're black, white, gay, straight, come from different countries, different language… every single person is significant and is meaningful. -Michael Franti

Ever since the morning of May 29, 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and I became the first climbers to step onto the summit of Mount Everest, I've been called a great adventurer. -Edmund Hillary

The moment to tell my barber I was gay just never came up. -Yotam Ottolenghi

When I came out, when I was 17 years old, it was one of those things where I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn't mean being weak. -Bob Harper

I'm, like, a person who likes love. And I can find love in any type of person. I've dated girls, and I've liked girls. But they're usually straight girls, so it never works out. I mean, I'm not that gay, so I don't have the energy to convince someone else to be gay, you know? -Kreayshawn

I remember on the pilot of 'Will and Grace' some executives from NBC saying to me, 'There are too many gay jokes.' I said, 'If not on this show, then what show?' -James Burrows

In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues. Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda. -Franklin Graham

Much of the international unease with the Sochi Games has focused on the threat of terrorism, Putin's domestic repressiveness, and the Russian campaign of anti-gay propaganda. -George Packer

A lot of American guys wear really wide legged jeans and square shoes. Then they come to Sweden and think my friends are gay because they're wearing 'really tight jeans'. It's called 'fitted!' -Caroline Winberg

My son wasn't gay. No way. -Tommy Lasorda

The living nightmare for a red state NASCAR driver would be a gay French driver. -Adam McKay

The corporate right fires up the religious right against gay marriage and abortion and uses their votes to push their deregulation and tax cuts for the rich. It's an old trick. The House of Saud has the same arrangement with the Mullahs in Saudi Arabia. -Adam McKay

I knew that I was a gay boy fairly early; what was interesting to me was that my mother didn't know. She made me play baseball – I had no desire to do that. I said, 'Mom, I don't like direct sunlight, I don't like bugs, I don't like grass, and I'd rather be in the house playing with your fabric samples.' -Nate Berkus

The truth of the matter is being gay is the way I was born. I believe this to the core of my being. -Nate Berkus

The virtue of gay equality has become increasingly recognized in the U.S. because people have been persuaded of its merits, not because state officials, acting like Inquisitors, forced people to accept it by punishing them for their refusal. -Glenn Greenwald

There are different ways that kids who are gay take on the rejection and alienation they feel. The way I dealt with it was to say, 'You know what? You're imposing judgments on me and condemnations, but I don't accept them. I'm going to instead turn the light on you and see what your flaws are and impose the same judgmental standards on you.' -Glenn Greenwald

My thoughts on gay marriage are that everyone has the right to love and be loved, and that's the position I take. -Nick Jonas

The hypocrisy and false piety of the deniers aside, the relationships of gays have no effect on heteros. Especially all the heteros who've done such a marvelous job of debasing marriage on their own all these many years. -John Ridley

Until politicos take a true stand in defense of marriage by proposing an anti-adultery amendment to the Constitution, stop demonizing gays and lesbians when the one debasing your marriage is the individual in the mirror. -John Ridley

Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not 'wait' for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned. -John Ridley

We're all so digital, but the '50s was the era of watches you had to wind. When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest in 1953, Hillary was equipped with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. -Sara Sheridan

I think Chris Brown gets kind of dismissed as a gay writer, and I think Chris's books are really, really smart. I wish his books sold a little more widely. -Chuck Palahniuk

Young, gay and stuck in Arkansas? Sounds like a horror flick. -Henry Rollins

America is off-the-hook gay. I will not go all Ann Coulter on you and say, 'Our gays are better than their gays,' but as far as countries go, we are in-your-face gay. -Henry Rollins

Football is at least as 'gay' as rugby, Greco-Roman wrestling and the film '300.' -Henry Rollins

Modern elites live in bubbles of liberal affluence like Ann Arbor, Brookline, the Upper West Side, Palo Alto, or Chevy Chase. These places used to have impoverished neighborhoods nearby, but the poor people got chased out by young singles living in group homes, hipsters, and urban homesteading gay couples. -P. J. O'Rourke

Nancy Pelosi says the angry opposition to health care reform is like the angry opposition to gay rights that led to Harvey Milk being shot. -P. J. O'Rourke

I live in rural New Hampshire, and we are, frankly, short on people who are black, gay, Jewish, and Hispanic. In fact, we're short on people. My town has a population of 301. -P. J. O'Rourke

I find it extremely ironic that Bush says that personal opinion should not be a tool in the interpretation of the Constitution, when he's the one who's lobbying for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. If that doesn't stem from personal opinion, I don't know what does. -Jessi Klein

I think a lot of what I've done is about people feeling as if they are part of the world but also not part of it at the same time. I don't know whether that's from being a gay kid, but I definitely think that resonates with me. -Greg Berlanti

Personally speaking, growing up as a gay man before it was as socially acceptable as it is now, I knew what it was to feel different, to feel alienated and to feel not like everyone else. But the very same thing that made me monstrous to some people also empowered me and made me who I was. -John Logan

A lot of my friends were gay, so I was spat on on the bus daily, and I ended up in hospital a couple of times from being beaten up so badly. -Dev Hynes

I don't think I'm a gay icon. I have no axe to grind. I mean, I'm clearly not homophobic! I'm not pro or con. -Steve-O

Middle and high school is a time of people telling you who you are before you know who you are. I was in advanced classes at Frick and Schenley, and people would say I was trying to be white because of the way I spoke. Or they'd say I was gay. -Kyle Abraham

A triumph of consciousness-raising has been the homosexual hijacking of the word 'gay.' -Richard Dawkins

In the early '90s, I wrote a play called 'Word of Mouth' in which I played a number of different characters. One was a thirteen-year-old boy who, through a series of diary entries, realizes that he's gay. -James Lecesne

The emails and the tweets and the Facebook posts and the fan mail that we get from young people all over America that are on the football team or on the hockey team are so touching. They tell me, 'Hey, this is me. I still have to remain in the closet, but your role in '90210' makes me feel better the way being gay is being portrayed.' -Trevor Donovan

Conservatives don't need to change core convictions to embrace the growing support for equal rights for gay Americans. -Ken Mehlman

I didn't know what gay was until I lived in New York for 10 years. You know, I was just underexposed in that regard. -Isaiah Washington

I would never come out and say I was gay, because I'm not gay. And there's part of me that kind of wishes I was gay, and I think that that comes from anybody who is constantly wishing they were in the minority, you know, and constantly wants to be kind of fighting everybody off, you know? -Pete Wentz

I've played a couple of gay characters onstage, and it's always been something I'm comfortable with. I grew up in a family and a culture that doesn't have stigmas about sexuality. -Seth Numrich

I don't support gay marriage. I'm just not there, as far as believing in my heart that we should change 2,000 years of social policy in favor of a redefinition of the family. -Matt Salmon

We were the outliers: my mother was the only Western woman (khawagayya, in Egyptian Arabic) to have married into the family, and during my childhood, we were the only members living outside of Egypt. So between my father's prestige as the eldest son and my own exotic pedigree, I basked in the spotlight. -Shereen El Feki

I've never played a gay character on screen, so that would be interesting. I've never played a gay character, and that would fascinate me because I'm not gay, so that would interest me. -Eddie Marsan

I didn't know any gay people in my childhood. -Dolly Parton

I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out. -Dolly Parton

I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet. -Dolly Parton

I have friends who are black, white, purple, gay, straight, Martian, yellow, old, and young. I have friends who are animals and a few who I believe to be robots. All of them are people to me. In my mind, it's not about what you look like or what you do; it's about who you are inside. -Tracy Morgan

The argument that gay marriage doesn't affect straight marriages is a ridiculous red herring: Gay marriage affects society and law in dramatic ways. Religious groups will come under direct assault as federal and state governments move to strip them of their non-profit statuses if they refuse to perform gay marriages. -Ben Shapiro

Trying to conceal the fact that I was a gay, effeminate, hyperactive, adopted child with a serious lisp in southern Louisiana would have been like trying to hide Dolly Parton in a string bikini! -Kevyn Aucoin

I didn't know what gay was. There was no such thing when I was growing up. I knew I had crushes on boys, but I didn't think there was anything wrong with that until I started to hear about it from the other kids in school. -Kevyn Aucoin

The problem is that television executives have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a either black gay or a lesbian. Chalk and cheese, they reckon, works. -Jeremy Clarkson

Bisexuals are gay people – we're all gay. Some people don't like that. -Kyrsten Sinema

We need more gay in the world! I really believe that. -Brad Goreski

You have to realize I grew up in a real hockey town. And there I was wearing bow ties and watching the gayest movies on the face of Earth, like 'Clueless.' -Brad Goreski

Today, it seems almost everyone knows a friend or relative who is gay. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

What's it like to figure out you're gay and then begin the process of coming out? Well, for most of my life, I felt doomed. I could imagine no path that would allow me to realize my authentic self. I felt the need to lie, even to myself, insisting: I am straight. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

After coming out as gay, I soon felt a lot more comfortable in my life, moment to moment. -Jane Velez-Mitchell

I was born gay, just as I was born black. -Don Lemon

I don't know if I would have the same take on world matters and social issues if I were not gay. -Don Lemon

I'm a gay black guy. If I can't ask questions without caring what people think of me, who can? -Don Lemon

Governing means governing all of the people, no matter what demographic it is, whether it'd be black, white, women, straight, gay, Republican. -Don Lemon

Being gay doesn't take your brain away or exclude me from having the same attributes as anyone else. -Don Lemon

I had always been interested in politics. I had assumed, for a variety of – well, for two reasons, being Jewish and being gay back in the late '50s, early '60s – that I would never be elected or anything, but I would participate as an activist. -Barney Frank

I am very proud of the role I played in getting legal equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and in helping get rid of the prejudice by being visible about it, helping to block the conviction of Bill Clinton of impeachment. -Barney Frank

I filed the first gay rights bill in Massachusetts history in 1972 in the legislature, one of the first in the country. -Barney Frank

I was still closeted, but from the day I decided to run for office, knowing that I was gay, I decided that I would, of course, still be closeted but that I would work very hard for gay rights. It would be totally dishonorable, being gay, not to do that. So I had that as kind of a secondary agenda. -Barney Frank

The male gay community seems to be very into female singers. I think it could be the songs we sing. They're more open with their feelings. And they have good taste! -Liza Minnelli

A man who reads effeminate may well be consistently heterosexual, and another one might be gay. We can't read sexuality off of gender. -Judith Butler

In the earliest years of the AIDS crisis, there were many gay men who were unable to come out about the fact that their lovers were ill, A, and then dead, B. They were unable to get access to the hospital to see their lover, unable to call their parents and say, 'I have just lost the love of my life.' -Judith Butler

When AIDS first appeared, people didn't know what it was. You'll remember that it affected mostly young gay men – it was actually called GRID for a short period of time: Gay-Related Immunodeficiency Syndrome – and people thought it actually might be recreational drugs or other types of toxins. -Seth Berkley

The ability for employment benefits to be shared among spouses, the ability to move people who are dependent on visas for trailing spouses, all hinges on being able to deal with families of gay people in the same way that you deal with families of straight people. Otherwise, they can't move around. -Lloyd Blankfein

When I first ran for Congress in the 1990s, my background as an openly gay Asian was one of the focal points of the campaign, and, in fact, my opponent attacked me for it. -Mark Takano

As someone who is both an ethnic minority and openly gay, I often talk about how simply being who I am has given me a double awareness of the vulnerability that some Americans may be facing. -Mark Takano

The irrationality of disgust suggests it is unreliable as a source of moral insight. There may be good arguments against gay marriage, partial-birth abortions and human cloning, but the fact that some people find such acts to be disgusting should carry no weight. -Paul Bloom

Love yourself, whatever makes you different, and use it to make you stand out. Mine is my voice and the fact that I'm gay: well, the fact that I'm flamboyantly gay. -Ross Mathews

I realized I was gay in the shower one day with Barbra Streisand. It happened while I was lathering, rinsing, and repeating with Pert Plus. As I was belting out the chorus to my favorite song from 'Funny Girl,' 'Oh my man, I love him so, he'll never know…' it hit me. -Ross Mathews

There were times I was told, 'You are too gay.' I turned down a lot of things because producers said they wanted me to be different. I said, 'It's not going to happen.' -Ross Mathews

When I was growing up I didn't know what it meant to be a happy, successful grown-up gay person, and now I do. I feel like I'm setting an example for people everywhere. -Ross Mathews

My voice is so high-pitched, only gay dogs can hear it. -Ross Mathews

I definitely do not support a constitutional amendment that has to do with prohibiting gay marriage. -Dina Titus

It becomes dangerous for somebody who doesn't want their boss to know their sexual preference to use online networks to push for laws supporting gay marriage or same-sex partner rights if they can't do so with a pseudonym. -Rebecca MacKinnon

I've said before, the number one thing that we have to work on is protecting the gay community from sharia law. Now, in the United States, it's probably not a big issue right now, but my brother-in-law is gay, and his partner and I would like them to be able to travel any place in the world without them risking harm. -Foster Friess

I think it's unfair that people can't give assets to whoever they want. When I die, my assets can go to my wife. And a gay person – you ought to have a system where maybe you can just say, 'You can give your assets to anybody you want.' -Foster Friess

What people love about Santorum is he is who is he. He speaks his words. He loves God. He loves his country, and he loves gays. -Foster Friess

Most simply but profoundly, I chose to live an honest life, which I think as a gay person is not a given. -Ira Sachs

As a gay person, my life has been marginalized. -Ira Sachs

Everything encourages you not to tell stories of gay lives. There is no economy yet for that kind of cinema. -Ira Sachs

My films might have been queer – because I was – but they were not gay. -Ira Sachs

I could not – and I still cannot – see a sustainable career as a filmmaker in which I focus fully on our gay stories. -Ira Sachs

I came to N.Y.C. in 1988 and got very involved with Act Up. I also started making movies, including two very gay shorts, 'Vaudeville' and 'Lady.' It was the height of the AIDS epidemic, and New York City was both dying and very alive at the same time. -Ira Sachs

For gay people, we learned about our lives in secrecy and a lot of fear. -Ira Sachs

I think it's interesting: What is the generational effect of the experience of being a gay person in America? For my generation, it was very difficult. -Ira Sachs

Seeing the road show of 'A Chorus Line' in 1977 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis was a life-changing event for me: there were gay people, on the stage, and they all lived in New York. -Ira Sachs

I've been close to two or three couples, gay and straight, who have been together for 45 years. -Ira Sachs

There may be people in my audience who may not agree with me on some particular issue – you know, say, as a gun owner, they may not agree with me, or, you know, someone may not agree with me on a gay marriage topic. Any of those things. But those shouldn't be the reasons you listen to my music. -Brad Paisley

A secondhand wardrobe hand clothes doesn't make one an artist. Neither do a hair-trigger temper, melancholic nature, propensity for tears, hating your parents, or HIV. I hate to say it – none of these make one an artist. They can help, but just as being gay doesn't make one witty… the only thing that makes one an artist is making art. -David Rakoff

I used to shake my head when I heard about mothers who were shocked – shocked! – when their kids came out. I didn't understand how they had missed seeing something so essential when looking at their children. But too many parents see only what they want to see, and that's true whether our kids are gay or straight. -Suzanne Brockmann

If 'gay' is not in your vocabulary, if being gay is not an option in your world, then you're far more likely to see your kid as anything but gay. -Suzanne Brockmann

I care a great deal about LGBT U.S. servicemen and women being able to serve openly and honestly. Since early in my career, I've included realistic LGBT characters in my books. The idea that a gay Navy SEAL had to hide who he was in order to serve was a terrible one – and I made sure my readers knew that! -Suzanne Brockmann

Was President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage crassly political? God, I hope so. -Timothy Noah

Vice President Biden's surprising declaration of unqualified support for gay marriage seems to have forced President Obama into a public endorsement of a controversial social issue. It is difficult not to suspect that Biden's pronouncement aimed to give the president some political cover. -Robert Dallek

Obama's endorsement of gay marriage is hardly as consequential as Johnson's legislative success on civil rights. -Robert Dallek

Romney is a classic case of re-invention. As governor of Massachusetts, he supported government-sponsored healthcare, was sympathetic to gay rights, and opposed harsh restrictions on abortion. After measuring the difference between the Massachusetts electorate and the national one to which he must now appeal, he has reversed those positions. -Stephen Kinzer

I think it's about as likely Jane Austen was gay as that she was found out to be a man. -Claire Tomalin

A lot of my friends are gay, and certainly I have no tolerance for anyone who has any sort of ignorance or restriction on people's lives or love lives. -Sasha Roiz

I believe that you can love anyone. I've had relationships with women, I've had relationships with men. I don't think you should be judged based on who you find attractive. Especially guys – gay men, they really have it hard sometimes. -Amber Rose

My parents actually ran drag clubs in Australia, which is how I grew up. It was normal for me. It was my normal. I knew the other kids didn't do it, but for me, it was life, and nothing was wrong with it. I would see nothing wrong with Beyonce having a drag queen nanny. And why not? Everyone needs one! And a great gay man in their life. -Tabatha Coffey

I've heard people tell me there's never been a gay character like Agron on TV before, and some fans have even thanked me because they now feel like they have a gay action hero, and it's very endearing to hear that kind of stuff. But I just played him the way he was and tried to do right by the character. -Dan Feuerriegel

West Hollywood blew my mind: gay men walking down the street, kissing and holding hands. I'd never imagined there was a place like that. -Shane McAnally

The truth is, I probably would be dead if I had become a star, because at that point I was so closeted and so afraid of people of finding out I was gay. There was no telling what would have happened. -Shane McAnally

I think, in the future, people are going to look back and say, 'I can't believe that gay and lesbian people had to fight to be able to get married.' -Edy Ganem

I have to be careful, as I don't want to offend Midlanders, but growing up, it wasn't like growing up in London. Anything you were interested in, you'd be able to find someone also interested in it. In the Midlands, nobody came out as gay at my school at all. -Alice Lowe

I've worked with a lot of gay and lesbian organizations. I sit on the board of the Empire State Pride Agenda. I've also done a lot of work for Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. I think it's important because, when we can be of service to others, it only enhances our lives. I've been helped a lot in my life. -Billy Porter

I was so beat down as a young person – being black, being gay, being unable to assimilate because I could never, ever pull off being butch. -Billy Porter

My truth is I am gay and out, and if I can't do that in my music, then I don't need it. Fortunately, I do feel like there is a movement against homophobia, and I hope to be part of that. -Billy Porter

Just by the nature of making the choice to be true to who I am, I'm political. Sometimes that's all you need to do: Show up and be black, gay and Christian in America and actually say it out loud. And refuse to let anything or anybody take that away from you. -Billy Porter

You can't always tell if someone's gay over Twitter, but when he's talking to you about 'Real Housewives,' it's probably OK to assume. -Casey Wilson

I didn't have the greatest ride on 'SNL,' but I always felt support from gay fans, which made me feel accepted within a place I didn't feel totally accepted. -Casey Wilson

There are sometimes concerns about being respectful with a gay character, and you either end up with a tiptoeing quality or an all-out cliche. -Casey Wilson

My mom's brother was gay, and he actually passed away from AIDS when I was 13. He was quite a character, but he also worked at the electrical plant, so he was this complicated guy with a big laugh who would wear a trucker hat and do impressions. He was gay, but to me, Uncle Alan was just the funniest person in the world. -Casey Wilson

So much of male heterosexual comedy can be steeped in a gay panic. A lot of juvenile comedy is predicated on that. -John Benjamin Hickey

I think so many doors have been opened for the gay community as far as the dangers and horrors of HIV. There is so much more out-ness now. -John Benjamin Hickey

There's not a day in my life I'm not proud of being gay, but I just wasn't ready for that attention to be placed on it. I remember being on Oprah. Well, not on Oprah. Near Oprah. She started saying, 'Now, Nathan, you got all those girlie moves going down in 'The Birdcage,' where's all that coming from? You're so good at all that girlie stuff!' -Nathan Lane

I was so honored when Diane Sawyer named me 'Person of the Week,' and like I told her, 'Diane, I love my daughter.' I cried when I found out when she told me she was gay when she was 17 because of the judgment. -Marie Osmond

Nashville is a boys' club of redneck conservative ideas. But they're ready to embrace gay people. I never felt for one second that someone was judging me. Some people are like, 'Oh, I love gay people' in that 'I have lots of black friends' kind of way. It's awkward, but you have to appreciate that they're trying. -Shane McAnally

One of the greatest tools you have as a songwriter is anonymity. If someone knows too much about the songwriter, they don't get to insert their own characters. I don't want the audience thinking about the gay guy who wrote the song. -Shane McAnally

Mainstream American society finds it easiest to be tolerant when the outsider chooses to minimize the differences that separate him from the majority. The country club opens its doors to Jews. The university welcomes African-Americans. Heterosexuals extend the privilege of marriage to the gay community. -Malcolm Gladwell

Some people go to the West and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in the Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe. -Yahya Jammeh

If a voter initiative can deny gay people access to traditional representative, democratic processes, then in California, any other small, historically disadvantaged minority group can also be denied the right of representative. -John Perez

On the court, Jason Collins is not a huge basketball star, but he has already claimed his place in civil rights history as the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major U.S. sports leagues. -Nancy Gibbs

I was told that if I wanted to be a leading man in Hollywood, I couldn't possibly be thought of as gay. -Sean Maher

The gay bunting erects his white crest, and gives utterance to the joy he feels in the presence of his brooding mate; the willow grouse on the rock crows his challenge aloud; each floweret, chilled by the night air, expands its pure petals; the gentle breeze shakes from the blades of grass the heavy dewdrops. -John James Audubon

I know that, as a bisexual, sometimes people who are gay or lesbian look down upon the bisexual community as well and assume that people who are bisexual just don't know what they want or are just playing both sides of the fence, and that's not the case, either. -Crystal Bowersox

To be perfectly honest, I've gotten attention from gay men for a long time. -David Walton

I love being around cool, fun guys, so I've always enjoyed talking to gay men. Maybe it's because I'm an inherent flirt, but it just feels very natural. -David Walton

I have straight married friends that other friends think are gay, and I have gay friends who don't throw that vibe at all. I know there's a full range out there, but I feel that gay men who aren't flamboyant are underrepresented on-screen. -David Walton

Over the years, my marks on paper have landed me in all sorts of courts and controversies – I have been comprehensively labelled; anti-this and anti-that, anti-social, anti-football, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-science, anti-republican, anti-American, anti-Australian – to recall just an armful of the antis. -Michael Leunig

I won't be in gay parades – I don't think they need them. I believe in class – I believe that people should have a bit of class about them. -Tammy Faye Bakker

It's none of our business, the sexual preference of people. So, I hope if someone's thinking about it, that if they do come out as gay and are a professional football player, and it makes them happy, and it makes their life easier, then I think they should do it. -Andrew Luck

Being gay is nothing but another way to live your life. -Connor Paolo

I didn't want to be known as a gay comic, but as a comic who happens to be gay. -Judy Gold

I would love to get married, first of all, from my children's perspective. People don't think of children when they think of gay marriage, but I do have children, and for them to see their family validated as other families are validated and protected by our government, yes. -Judy Gold

I have lived my life very openly, and have never hidden the fact that I am gay! -Jonathan Knight

My fellow band members don't discuss their loved ones, and I don't feel that just because I am gay, I should have to discuss mine! -Jonathan Knight

Apparently, the prerequisite to being a gay public figure is to appear on the cover of a magazine with the caption 'I am gay'. I apologize for not doing so if this is what was expected! -Jonathan Knight

For me, I have gay family members, and I have a lot of friends in the LBGT community. -Ashley Wagner

I think growing up in skating, I was surrounded by the LGBT community, so I grew up very aware because I was around it so often, and some of the kindest people I know are gay figure skaters. -Ashley Wagner

People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage. -Pierce Brosnan

If I hadn't been born a woman, I would have certainly been gay. -Dorothy Hamill

I was never an assimilationist. I always thought gays had some special mission. -Edmund White

If bigots oppose gay marriage so vehemently, it must be because marriage is a defining institution for them; gays will never be fully accepted until they can marry and adopt, like anyone else. -Edmund White

The culmination of a long struggle was 2013, which could clearly be labeled the Year of the Gay. State after state had legalized gay marriage, despite intense opposition from the religious right. -Edmund White

AIDS had won gays sympathy; they no longer seemed the privileged brats that the general populace had resented in the 1970s. -Edmund White

Why did mainstream America come to accept marriage equality? Gay leaders had made a convincing case that gay families were like straight families and should have the same rights. The American spirit of fair play had been invoked. -Edmund White

A straight writer can write a gay novel and not worry about it, and a gay novelist can write about straight people. -Edmund White

Early on, after gay liberation, there was an almost Stalinist pressure from gay critics and even gay readers to write about positive role models. We were never supposed to write negative things about gays, or else we were seen as collaborating with the enemy. -Edmund White

I do probably come down a little hard on a group of people I call the 'blue chip gays.' I mean people who have managed to become very, very famous and are still very famous partly through staying in the closet, like Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, Susan Sontag, Harold Brodkey and others. -Edmund White

I'd say it's even harder to cater to Hispanics than to the lesbian or gay community. We're so culturally separated: Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Venezuelans. We're all so different. -Carlos Ponce

When AIDS hit, lots of people banded together to take care of each other and do what the government wasn't doing. When you grow up Jewish, as I have, you learn that everybody hates you, no one's going to help you, and you have to take care of yourself. That's a great maxim to the gay community, and we took it to heart; we took care of our own. -Bruce Vilanch

I've learned that most of gay America is coupled up, or looking to be. No wonder gay marriage has such traction. So many of us are already in it, so of course we want the legal benefits. -Bruce Vilanch

People come up to me in pubs – gay pubs, mind you – and can't believe that I'm gay. -Luke Evans

Everybody knew me as a gay man, and in my life in London, I never tried to hide. -Luke Evans

Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker. -Jeb Bush

Barack Obama's decision to come out in favour of gay marriage may be a historic occasion, but it is not an isolated one. His administration has been making pro-gay noises for some time; his demographic in the upcoming election is young and educated, precisely the group that favours equality for the LGBT community. -Edmund White

I don't have to get married myself in order to campaign on behalf of gay marriage. -Edmund White

First, I was opposed to gay marriage because it seemed like one more way that gays were wanting to assimilate. When I realized the Christian right was so opposed to it, as well as tyrannical governments in Africa and Russia, I thought, 'It must be a good thing to fight for.' -Edmund White

Paradoxically, since gay men rarely have gay parents, cultural transmission must come from friends or strangers (a problem since the generations so seldom mix in gay life). -Edmund White

The Stonewall riots were a key moment for gay people. Throughout modern history, gays had thought of themselves as something like a mental illness or maybe a sin or a crime. Gay liberation allowed us to make the leap to being a 'minority group,' which made life much easier. -Edmund White

I changed my writing style deliberately. My first two novels were written in a very self-consciously literary way. After I embraced gay subject matter, which was then new, I didn't want to stand in its way. I wanted to make the style as transparent as possible so I could get on with it and tell the story, which was inherently interesting. -Edmund White

Perhaps no other body of literature is as subject to political pressures from within the community as gay fiction. -Edmund White

Few writers in history have ever been 'politically correct' (a notion that rapidly changes in any case), and there's no reason to imagine that gay writers will ever suit their readers, especially since that readership is splintered into ghettos within ghettos. -Edmund White

In a novel, I think you have a contract with the reader to make the character representative – of a moment in history, a social class… for instance, I wanted to make the boy in 'A Boy's Own Story' more like other gay men of my generation in their youth and not like me. -Edmund White

While writing 'City Boy,' I relied mainly on my own memories. In particular, I was able to describe the effect of gay liberation on an individual life (mine) as events paralleled my own growing self-acceptance; in this case, the political truly was the personal. -Edmund White

I've always been impelled to say the truth. When I was 14, in 1954, I already wrote a gay novel, though I'd never read one. I felt that life handed me a great subject, gay life, that had scarcely been examined, and I was impelled to record it in all its strange detail. -Edmund White

Originally, I was against gay marriage because I was opposed to all marriage, being an old-fashioned gay bohemian. The straight people I knew in the sixties were very much opposed to it. I was, too, and it was never a possibility for gays, but when I saw how opposed the Religious Right was to it, I thought it a fight worth fighting. -Edmund White

Women and gay men have something in common after all: in that they are trying to deal with this goofy egotistical monster called a man. -Edmund White

I can remember in the late 1980s and early 1990s how many men with AIDS I saw everywhere in Key West. There were hospices and medical supply stores geared to people with AIDS. It seemed that every sick man who could afford it had headed for the warmth and the tranquillity and the gay-friendliness of the island. -Edmund White

The one thing that is sort of sneered at and not really believed is bisexuality. Any bisexual man is just seen as a closeted gay man. That shows how narrow-minded people are. The other thing that's totally neglected and which nobody approves of is celibacy. People again assume that you're just repressing something. -Edmund White

Just like Barack Obama, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and now I am a reluctant groom. -Edmund White

Originally I was opposed to gay assimilation and targeted gay marriage as just another effort on the part of gays to resemble their straight neighbours. -Edmund White

When a woman falls in love with me, I feel guilty. I am convinced that it's pure obstinacy that keeps me from reciprocating her passion. As I explain to her that I'm gay, it sounds, even to me, like a silly excuse; I scarcely believe it myself. -Edmund White

I plan to see St. Louis as a global competitor. As an international trade hub, as an incubator of new companies, as a place of culture and the arts, as a magnet for immigrants, for entrepreneurs, for animal lovers, and for gays, as a city of parks and trails, and as the sort of place that figures in young people's dreams. -Francis G. Slay

I decided to host a couple of the 'In The Life' programs. And I did that really as a result of meeting a lot of young gay people in the Midwest who really had nothing to relate to. At least I felt this program is presenting them with some options. -Lesley Gore

I think that in many ways, gays are behind women and behind blacks, as far as rights go. But I always say, if you know one of us, it's hard to hate us. -Lesley Gore

When I was 16, I knew I was gay. I loved a lot. But I lived as a straight guy, because there are people in my town who don't understand my story. I never told. I never wanted to show what was inside my heart. -Domenico Dolce

I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents. A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother. -Stefano Gabbana

I had a few problems. I didn't realise it until I started going to therapy. I did it for 10 years, two days a week, and pretty quickly I understood that a lot of my suffering, many of my issues, were rooted in my realising that I was gay when I was a little boy. I knew I was different. That made me very fragile. -Stefano Gabbana

Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay: it is pro-traditional marriage. And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry, then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before the 2012 election. -Marco Rubio

There are already gay players in the NFL and have been for a while. -Keyshawn Johnson

Securing for gays and lesbians the basic right to have their relationships and families recognized as part of a community makes all of our communities stronger. -Paul Singer

So many people, including stark conservatives, have family members and close friends who are gay. -Paul Singer

I respect every gay man and woman. They're that way, and they just want to be happy. -Juan Pablo Galavis

If you ask me, 'Are you for or against gay parents?' for example, having kids – it's hard for me to say, 'Yes.' -Juan Pablo Galavis

I know gay parents, and I support them and their families. They are good parents and loving families. -Juan Pablo Galavis

I am a father, and I know the feel of being a father. Why wouldn't I want my gay friends to also be happy parents? -Juan Pablo Galavis

Scrawling 'I'm gay' in lipstick on your parents' bedroom mirror may demonstrate a personal signature of the highest style, but is not particularly sensitive to their feelings. Upon hearing me utter those words almost twenty years ago, my own mother did what and self-respecting middle-class mom would do: went directly into a seizure. -Lance Loud

In retrospect, the most unnerving aspect of being openly gay was that it turned out to be as disappointingly normal as being straight. -Lance Loud

Unlike straight men, who have the luxury of being slobs because women usually expect them to be, gay men – whether preppies, fashion victims, or jocks – are thought to be more obsessed with how they look because they dress for themselves and, consequently, for each other. -Lance Loud

A lot of people call me gay because they don't see me with anyone. -Sharon Jones

I'm just going to say I'm not gay. I really, really like women. That's all I can really say about that. -Aaron Rodgers

I'm not really sure what gay propaganda is. -Chris Pine

Right now I just want to play good roles, and if the role happens to be a gay man, that's not of any import other than, 'Is it a good story? Does it say something that's interesting?' -Chris Pine

I don't know, maybe my sons will be gay. -Cate Blanchett

The battle going on over gay marriage in America reveals an awful lot. The Bible belt – people hate gay people. Because the Bible tells them? No, the Bible tells them an awful lot of things that they ignore. -Ian Mckellen

I was a shy gay man at a time when it was illegal to be gay. -Ian Mckellen

In the past, kids didn't tell their parents they were gay, so there were never the bust-ups. Some parents react so strongly to the news that their children are gay that the reaction is, 'Get out of our house.' There's a residue of old prejudices that are going to die hard. -Ian Mckellen

Thanks to every gay person in public and non-public life who has come out. -Ian Mckellen

The conventional wisdom is that if you are gay, you cannot play the romantic straight lead in a movie. -Ian Mckellen

One school invited me down, as two pupils had come out, and the headmaster didn't know what to do about it. I said, 'How many students here are gay?' and he said, 'Just these two.' Clearly not. 'How many gay members of staff have you got?' He had no idea. And this was a concerned man. -Ian Mckellen

Establishing the rights for gay people to be married would cost the Australian government nothing financially and would gain for you worldwide respect from people like us and, of course, would change lives enormously – the lives of gay people and of their friends and of their families and therefore of Australia as a whole. -Ian Mckellen

There are deaths in public places on the grounds that the victim is gay. -Ian Mckellen

You won't hear me talk about my politics, you won't hear me talk about my vegetarianism, you won't hear me comment on the Iraq war. You'll only hear me talk about being gay and being an actor. I am just public on those two issues. -Ian Mckellen

In the '50s and '60s, the life of a gay man was a secret. Homosexuality was illegal, so you didn't draw attention to yourself. -Ian Mckellen

Even now, there are young actors who want careers as romantic leading men, and the best thing is not to reveal you're gay. -Ian Mckellen

There is a fantasy as old as the modern gay rights movement that if all our skins turned lavender overnight, the majority, confounded by our numbers and our diversity, and recognising a few of our faces, would at once let go of prejudice forevermore. -Ian Mckellen

There have been many gay knights in the past – like Sir Noel Coward or Sir John Gielgud. -Ian Mckellen

The huge difference in my lifetime is that you can just go up to somebody and make a pass. You couldn't do that in the 1950s if you were gay. There were secret handshakes, a secret language. There was nowhere you could go to be romantic outside of people's houses. -Ian Mckellen

In the U.K. there is still work to be done, particularly in schools, stopping the homophobic bullies in the playground and introducing unbiased discussion on gay issues in the classroom. -Ian Mckellen

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