Top 1283 Gay Quotes

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“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’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

“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

“A Reagan appointee, Justice Kennedy is no liberal, as he has shown on issues from affirmative action to corporate campaign spending. But he has repeatedly sided with gay litigants before the court.”

― Adam Cohen

“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

“I am gay, and I’m very comfortable with it.”

― Adam Lambert

“My wish is for gay to become less of a label, and more of just one of many great colors in the collective box of humanity.”

― Adam Lambert

“I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay.”

― Adam Lambert

“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

“The living nightmare for a red state NASCAR driver would be a gay French driver.”

― Adam McKay

“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

“First and foremost, I’m an athlete. And I’m an Olympian. I’m not a gay Olympian. I’m just an Olympian that’s also gay. I don’t mind reading that – like, ‘gay Olympian Adam Rippon.’ It’s fine. I hope that, in a way, it makes it easier for other young kids who are gay. If they go to the Olympics, they can just be called Olympians.”

― Adam Rippon

“It’s 2018, and being an openly gay man and an athlete, that is part of the face of America now.”

― Adam Rippon

“I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick.”

― Adam Rippon

“Being gay has never been a big deal to me, which is why it’s a little funny to be getting all this attention about it.”

― Adam Rippon

“I’m not like a gay icon or America’s gay sweetheart. I’m just America’s sweetheart, and I’m just an icon.”

― Adam Rippon

“Sexuality is very fluid, but I never chose to be gay.”

― Adam Silvera

“For me, I remember being 19 and coming out as bi to all of my friends. I’d had girlfriends, and all of these experiences and such, and then, as I got older, I started identifying as gay.”

― Adam Silvera

“Obviously I’m not there to pick up anybody, but I’m not afraid to hang out in a predominantly gay establishment.”

― Adrien Brody

“The whole principle of coming out is that everyone knows someone who’s gay. The minute someone comes out, no one can be a bigot, because someone they love is gay.”

― Aisha Tyler

“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

“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 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

“As a lifelong Republican who served in the Army in Germany, I believe it is critical that we review – and overturn – the ban on gay service in the military. I voted for ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ But much has changed since 1993. My thinking shifted when I read that the military was firing translators because they are gay.”

― Alan K. Simpson

“The reason there’s so many gay people now is because it’s a chemical warfare operation, and I have the government documents where they said they’re going to encourage homosexuality with chemicals so that people don’t have children.”

― Alex Jones

“I want to play the mean girl one day – or the mean gay!”

― Alex Newell

“You don’t think that mean people can be funny, and Jane Lynch is the epitome of that. If there could be, like, a gay version of ‘Mean Girls,’ I’d totally be in it.”

― Alex Newell

“It’s better to be a dictator than gay.”

― Alexander Lukashenko

“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

“Fashion is fickle, and I was published because I was fashionable. Because I was gay.”

― Ali Smith

“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

“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

“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

“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 had so many crushes on gay boys.”

― Alicia Silverstone

“Drag was like ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ where she fell into the hole and her world changed. I fell into a gay bar, and my entire world changed.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“My dream is to have a gay son.”

― Amanda Holden

“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

“I used to be very interested in the history of women’s rights in this country and in other countries. I tried to learn as much as I could about it, and more than anything, I would be called gay. It was phenomenal. But if a boy has something to say, he is appreciated; he’s even popular. If a girl says something, it’s instantly a threat.”

― Amber Heard

“Gay, straight, bi, whatever – it doesn’t matter. Love is love.”

― Amber Liu

“Gay guys know how to craft, and they craft really well. Straight guys, forget it.”

― Amy Sedaris

“I’m not sure gay marriage was an issue that made or didn’t make any single election that I can think of.”

― Ana Navarro

“We’re no longer saying that people who are pro traditional marriage are bigots, and we’re also not saying that people who are, like me, a Republican that is for gay marriage, is less of a Republican.”

― Ana Navarro

“I don’t have any intention to be anti-gay or to persecute the gay community.”

― Ander Crenshaw

“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

“A lot of people thought I was gay.”

― Anderson Silva

“It used to be so important to choose what you were. Gay or straight. Male or female. I think the new generation is more fluid.”

― Andreja Pejic

“I thought about being gay, but it didn’t fit.”

― Andreja Pejic

“I deal with gay and black conservatives who don’t want to be called Uncle Toms of their politically correct Marxist multi-cultural unit structure. And they come to me saying, ‘What can I do?’ And I say, ‘Lay low.’”

― Andrew Breitbart

“People don’t think the struggles gay people have are worth talking about because everyone’s decided that we’re all equals now. Those struggles are much more subtle now. But the weight of being different does carry on.”

― Andrew Haigh

“I’m gay, and I know a lot of very liberal straight people, and, of course, they’re absolutely fine, but they still won’t necessarily come and see a film like ‘Weekend.’”

― Andrew Haigh

“I always think that there’s a weight of prejudice from the past that gay people perhaps carry around with them. Even if it doesn’t exist so much around them, they still have a feeling of being excluded, and perceived prejudice is almost as unsettling as actual prejudice.”

― Andrew Haigh

“I have seen a lot of gay-themed films that didn’t really express how I see being gay at this moment in the world. There never seemed to be a kind of authentic depiction of relationships.”

― Andrew Haigh

“Being gay, you’re kind of forced to ask, I suppose, very existential questions from a very, very early age. Your identity becomes so important to you because you’re trying to understand it, and, I think, from the age of, like, 9, you’re being forced to ask questions… that other kids maybe don’t have to ask.”

― Andrew Haigh

“I think the gay community is made up of so many little different things, different parts, different people… I think that can be quite hard for people. You think you’ve found your tribe, but actually, that isn’t your tribe, and then you have to keep searching for what kind of makes sense.”

― Andrew Haigh

“In the early stages of being out, you meet all these people from all kinds of backgrounds, and the one thing you have in common is you’re all gay, but then you start to realise how different your experiences actually are.”

― Andrew Haigh

“For me, it’s very important that shows about gay people are messy and complicated and are truthful about what we do.”

― Andrew Haigh

“There have been some good British gay films.”

― Andrew Haigh

“I’m happy to do gay material, and I’m gay, and I’m not embarrassed about it, but it’s nice not being limited to only doing gay material.”

― Andrew Haigh

“Any show that has a completely gay ensemble has the very difficult task of trying to represent the community.”

― Andrew Keenan-Bolger

“There isn’t a way to depict the gay community without at least mentioning the existence of online dating apps like Grindr.”

― Andrew Keenan-Bolger

“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 feel very fortunate that while I had a little bit of personal panic or maybe a little internal struggle as a teenager, really coming to terms with the fact that I was gay, and also knowing I was going to have to tell my family. And, how was that going to affect things? And would it affect things? And ultimately, it did not.”

― Andrew Rannells

“I arrived at New York, and I went from being Andy Rannells from Nebraska to being Andrew Rannells in New York who was gay. And those were just the facts.”

― Andrew Rannells

“I’m always thrilled when I get feedback from young people, particularly from ‘The New Normal,’ young gay people – when they say they want that when they grow up, that means a lot to me.”

― Andrew Rannells

“I would like to tell stories through the lens of the gay person, but not just for gay people.”

― Andrew Rannells

“I don’t think I’m a gay activist. I used to be.”

― Andrew Sean Greer

“Any gay man in America redeals a deck at some point.”

― Andrew Sean Greer

“Latino kids are not rejected by their parents for being Latino, nor are most Muslims disowned by their parents for being Muslims, but those who are gay are often the target of their families’ disapprobation or outright hostility.”

― Andrew Solomon

“Someday, being gay will be a simple fact, free of party hats and blame. But not yet.”

― Andrew Solomon

“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

“My own early crusade for same-sex marriage, for example, is now mainstream gay politics. It wasn’t when I started.”

― Andrew Sullivan

“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

“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

“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’m happy to be everybody’s gay best friend.”

― Andy Cohen

“I’ve been gay since the day I was born.”

― Andy Cohen

“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

“At an Antifa event meant to resist ‘fascist violence,’ I – a gay journalist of color – was beaten so badly that I was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage.”

― Andy Ngo

“As somebody who happens to be gay, I particularly resent that minorities are being encouraged to be fragile and bitter.”

― Andy Ngo

“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

“Everyone in the gay community doesn’t think alike.”

― Ang Lee

“I don’t know if I make the best gay films.”

― Ang Lee

“I’ve tried to be inclusive in my ‘2B’ series. Over the course of three books, I wrote African-American characters, a paraplegic character, gay and lesbian characters, a bisexual, Jewish heroine, a multiracial hero, Korean and Chinese-American characters, and a multiracial supporting character.”

― Ann Aguirre

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

― Anna Quindlen

“There are certain performers that the gay community receives and recognizes with love, and my whole life, I’ve always responded to those same artists.”

― Annaleigh Ashford

“I’ve always felt very attuned to, and at home in, the gay community.”

― Annaleigh Ashford

“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

“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

“American Presbyterians, as a whole, have already lost a large percentage of their population since 2008, in part because of the creation of the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO) – which formed in 2012 as a response to the ordination of out gay men and lesbians within the PCUSA.”

― Anthea Butler

“Issues over same-sex marriage and LGBT people in the PCUSA are not new: there is a 40-plus year history of arguments and tacit agreements over the issue of sexuality in the denomination, and the first openly gay minister in the PCUSA was ordained in 2011.”

― Anthea Butler

“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

“I’m a gay rights supporter. I’m a human-rights campaign initiative person.”

― Anthony Scaramucci

“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

“I’m someone who’s experienced impostor syndrome – as I think a lot of people have with their careers, especially when they pursue what they’re passionate about, because they want to be good at it. I’ve experienced that as a gay man; I’ve experienced that as a cook, as a gallery director, as a student of psychology.”

― Antoni Porowski

“I don’t think there is a guy that played more gay characters than I have done in my life.”

― Antonio Banderas

“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’m always very proud of belonging to three minorities: gay, Jewish, white South African.”

― Antony Sher

“I’m a very femme gay boy, so what better way to express that than through drag? It truly is the greatest mix of art forms.”

― Aquaria

“I knew from a very, very early age that I was gay, although in the social environment in Venezuela, you don’t ever let that be known.”

― Arca

“I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“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

“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 a gay rights activist.”

― ASAP Rocky

“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

“I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960’s, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.”

― Audre Lorde

“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

“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

“There’s something pure about our bloodline: There are no accidental kids of gay parents. Every single gay parent desperately, passionately wanted to be a parent. That’s neat, and I hope we can keep it that way.”

― B. D. Wong

“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

“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

“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’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 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 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

“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

“These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay, or transgender – this organization really is saving lives.”

― Bea Arthur

“My book, ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,’ is a gay love story. It’s also a story about friendship. Quite honestly, it’s also probably a 320-page product placement for Oreos.”

― Becky Albertalli

“There is no universal gay experience. All stories are relevant, and all stories are needed.”

― Becky Albertalli

“One of the things that ‘Love, Simon’ is doing that hasn’t been done before is it’s a gay teen rom-com with a mainstream wide release and the backing of a studio that previous gay rom-coms have not had. I’m really excited by that.”

― Becky Albertalli

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“People have labeled me homophobic. If I was homophobic, I wouldn’t have friends who are gay and lesbian, so that can’t be true.”

― Bernice King

“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

“Gay Liberation? I ain’t against it, it’s just that there’s nothing in it for me.”

― Bette Davis

“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

“Most of my pictures are never published. I just document things I think are important. For instance, I’ve documented the gay pride parade from its first days.”

― Bill Cunningham

“In general, everybody should admit the world is changing really fast, and it’s hard for the conversations to keep up. I mean, it’s hard to remember now, but when Barack Obama ran for president, he was against gay marriage.”

― Bill Haslam

“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

“Safe Schools lets young people who identify as gay know that they have every right to be accepted and respected for who they are. We should never underestimate how important this message is – or the consequences of trying to shout it down.”

― Bill Shorten

“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

“Saying gay people shouldn’t be the punchline is basically saying don’t make people the punch line, which I think is ridiculous. The whole point of comedy is, on some level, to make fun of ourselves and put everything into an absurdist context.”

― Billy Eichner

“It’s not enough for Hollywood to make a bunch of gay movies. That’s obviously a big part of the equation, but then gay people have to show up for those movies.”

― Billy Eichner

“I just worship Madonna. As, like, a young gay kid growing up in the ’80s and ’90s… I was at the Blond Ambition tour with my parents vogue-ing up in the mezzanine at the Nassau Coliseum.”

― Billy Eichner

“I had about five years as a gay guy in New York after college before the whole Grindr explosion happened, where people were still going out to meet each other.”

― Billy Eichner

“I’m not focused on the gay and lesbian movement.”

― Billy Graham

“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

“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

“I like to joke about being gay because it’s something teenagers would never joke about.”

― Bo Burnham

“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 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.

“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 an interior designer who happens to be gay.”

― Bobby Berk

“I think you could say L.A. has a bit of a cookie-cutter gay community.”

― Bobby Berk

“Harvey Milk gave hope to generations of gay and lesbian Americans by encouraging them to live their lives openly and to speak out against the discrimination and prejudice they faced.”

― Bonnie Hammer

“I’m not homophobic or anything like that, but when gay people come out, it’s like, ‘You didn’t have to tell me that, because I’m still going to still give you a hug.’”

― Booker T

“The struggle isn’t just about being straight or gay or transgender – it’s a human struggle. That’s always really been my kind of starting point: If you’re out there and you’re odd, come over to my house.”

― Boy George

“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

“To be here in America so soon after the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and at the birth of the Caitlyn phenomena feels so timely. It feels perfect for my universe to collide with Caitlyn’s, but on a purely personal level, I just think she is utterly fabulous and brave.”

― Boy George

“For some strange reason, my gay life didn’t get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really.”

― Boy George

“I knew that I was different when I was six years old, but it wasn’t until I got to about 10 or 11 that I realised I was a gay man.”

― Boy George

“We need more gay in the world! I really believe that.”

― Brad Goreski

“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 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

“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 am lucky to say now that it is not frightening for me, living in L.A., to be gay. Even when I was in Texas, I wasn’t afraid. I was kind of out in high school. I just could never decide on what label. I am glad that I am public about it, and I think I should be.”

― Brianna Hildebrand

“What love life? I’m not gay, but I might as well be.”

― Brooke Hogan

“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 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

“Gay actors have been playing straight since Euripides.”

― 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

“I love that we’ve chipped away at the celluloid closet and have wonderful programs that feature gay and lesbian characters in really rich, fully developed ways.”

― Busy Philipps

“I used to hate myself for being gay. I couldn’t come to terms with it.”

― Calum Scott

“I had told one of my friends that I felt like I might be gay or that I just wasn’t into girls, and I was abandoned.”

― Calum Scott

“I purposely didn’t change the pronouns in ‘Dancing On My Own’ so that it was from a gay man’s perspective.”

― Calum Scott

“Two gay guys doing a beautiful duet – I think it would just be so powerful, you know.”

― Calum Scott

“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 think the gay community, just like anybody, should be represented in all forms and all types.”

― Cameron Monaghan

“I’m always happy to support the gay community.”

― Cameron Monaghan

“Gay marriage passed in New York because four Republican legislators crossed party lines. They did it in part because they had true bipartisan financial support.”

― Campbell Brown

“As a child, I used ‘gay’ as a bad word, as in, ‘That’s so gay.’ All my friends did.”

― Cara Delevingne

“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

“I have so many gay friends that I love.”

― Carly Rae Jepsen

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

― Carol Anshaw

“My kind of gay is like the late-breaking-lesbian kind of gay.”

― Carol Leifer

“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

“When I was a kid, I don’t think I even knew what being gay was, and now it’s just part of our culture. It’s changing so rapidly right now. It’s great.”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“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

“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’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 don’t know, maybe my sons will be gay.”

― Cate Blanchett

“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

“Someone once asked me if I was gay. I said, ‘Do you think a three-letter word defines the complexity of my humanity?’ I avoid the trap of easy definition.”

― Cecil Taylor

“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

“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 have quite a few gay couples and gay couples with children in my life.”

― Chandra Wilson

“Gay rights is just one of the social issues I’m interested in. I think that people might be less tense about it if we would all accept the fact that not everyone is wired the same way.”

― Charlaine Harris

“Being gay is not a crime.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“I’d love to see an openly gay player, a really, really good gay player come out.”

― Charles Barkley

“Every player has played with gay guys.”

― Charles Barkley

“I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”

― Charles Barkley

“Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot.”

― Charles Barkley

“One thing the gay rights movement taught the world is the importance of being visible.”

― Charles M. Blow

“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

“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 grew up in San Francisco. And I grew up with gay parents.”

― Chloe Benjamin

“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

“I think there’s too many gay jokes in comedy and not enough honest explorations of sexuality.”

― Chris Gethard

“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

“Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else.”

― Chris Rock

“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

“I have so many gay friends, and I love them so much because they’re fun.”

― CL

“In the world I’ve lived in, gay marriage, for example, seems completely logical. And yet there are many people who don’t live in that world.”

― Claire Messud

“I think it’s about as likely Jane Austen was gay as that she was found out to be a man.”

― Claire Tomalin

“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

“The adage that you’re either gay or straight or you’re lying, well, that’s not true. Bisexuality does exist.”

― Clive Davis

“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

“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

“I know a lot of very stable gay couples.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“Being gay is nothing but another way to live your life.”

― Connor Paolo

“Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union.”

― Coretta Scott King

“A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing to protect traditional marriages.”

― Coretta Scott King

“I do not support a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage.”

― Corrine Brown

“I feel, in the sense that if you’re heterosexual, if you’re bisexual, if you’re gay, if you’re a lesbian, if you’re transgender, whatever the vibe is, that’s what you represent. I’ve always found it quite strange that we always like to try and define people and say this is how it is, and this is how it should be.”

― Craig David

“It is cool to be gay, but I am not.”

― Craig David

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

― Craig Ferguson

“It is very, very important that people understand that you can tell different kinds of stories, and they do, related to gay and lesbian issues – especially when you know the people behind them.”

― Craig Zadan

“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

“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

“There are a lot of myths about gay people.”

― Cynthia Nixon

“Being gay immediately placed me outside the values of the society I was growing up in. Apartheid was a very patriarchal system, so its assumptions seemed foreign to me from the outset. I’ve always had the advantage of alienation.”

― Damon Galgut

“Being gay myself, I’m naturally drawn to the interactions between men rather than men and women.”

― Damon Galgut

“Being a young actor in the industry, I had a lot of people who strongly advised me to stay quiet. That was hard to live with. But I’ve never played a gay role before, and I didn’t want to be limited by some strange perception.”

― Dan Amboyer

“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

“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

“Gay relationships have historically not been treated the same as straight relationships.”

― Dan Levy

“I grew up and had a lot of friends who were gay and Mormon. They couldn’t come out to their parents. They couldn’t even come out to me because we just wouldn’t talk about it.”

― Dan Reynolds

“To be gay is beautiful and right and perfect; to tell someone they need to change their innermost being is setting up someone for an unhealthy life and unhealthy foundation.”

― Dan Reynolds

“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

“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

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

― 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

“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

“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

“What was interesting was talking to older gay men about what it was like being gay in the Eighties.”

― Dan Stevens

“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

“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 consciously think about the ethnicity of every character that I create and cast. But one thing that is equally important is quality representation. It’s not enough to put an African-American in there, a female in there, a gay character in there: How significant is their contribution? Can they drive the story?”

― Daniel Dae Kim

“If there is a substantial difference between a gay couple and a childless heterosexual couple, I’m unable to see it.”

― Daniel Keys Moran

“Some people think I am gay, which I think is awesome.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“I have actually been very fortunate that I’ve met a lot of really wonderful straight men in my life – and a lot of really wonderful gay men in my life.”

― Danielle Fishel

“Do you know people on the Right who are tolerant of people who are for gay marriage and are pro-choice? I actually do, plenty of them. When there is a disagreement, I see way more people on the Right… more often willing to agree to disagree rather than to de-friend or to smear.”

― Dave Rubin

“I don’t like Mitt Romney. I wouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney in a million years. Mitt Romney is no ally of the gay community.”

― Dave Rubin

“You can Google me, and I’m pretty sure the first thing that comes up is ‘gay,’ so that’s out there, and I’m proud of that.”

― Dave Rubin

“I’m so in favor of gay marriage that I even married a guy.”

― Dave Rubin

“I think for me, as a gay person, I can convince a lot more people to be for gay marriage by not screaming at them and berating them and embarrassing them and belittling them, but by showing them that we’re all exactly the same.”

― Dave Rubin

“If you took one of these One Direction kids, because they basically are kids, my guess is one of them is gay.”

― Dave Rubin

“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

“John Parsons, the gay art director at ‘Vogue,’ really started my career.”

― David Bailey

“Unlike people of my generation, my children and my grandchildren have grown up living with, knowing, people who were outwardly gay and lesbian. And they have learned that they’re just like us… And when you see that they’re just like us, the rationale for discrimination melts away.”

― David Boies

“One of the things that the court held in Brown v. Board of Education is that government can’t impose a badge of inferiority on some of its citizens. Yet that is exactly what Proposition 8 does with respect to gay and lesbian couples in California.”

― David Boies

“Any government I lead will continue with the equality of gay and lesbian people.”

― David Cameron

“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

“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

“When Stephen Harper was elected as the new Conservative Prime Minister – and he talked about repealing gay marriage and putting it to a vote in the House of Commons – Elton and I talked about getting married in Canada to make a statement, for ideological and political reasons.”

― David Furnish

“I believe in gay marriage.”

― David H. Koch

“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

“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

“A liberal pretending to be a conservative? That’s like a straight person pretending to be gay to get greater acceptance.”

― David Mamet

“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

“Cogsworth, the character I did on ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ could be a bit flamboyant onscreen, because basically, he is a cartoon. But they didn’t want Cogsworth to become Disney’s gay character, because it got around a gay man was playing him.”

― David Ogden Stiers

“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

“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

“’The Red Era’ is for everybody. Every gay, every fluid, every black, every white.”

― Dawn Richard

“Liberace – or Lee, as us friends called him – was great. He was gay, you know.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“Everyone I dated was gay.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“Creatively, I just like interesting characters. So straight, gay, or whatever – like, whatever, wherever the characters are coming from or their lifestyle.”

― Dee Rees

“’Sordid’ is rather unique. That’s why so many gay fans are comfortable to share ‘Sordid Lives’ with their families. It’s not really a gay story. It’s just much more a family story that happens to have gay members, which most people do.”

― Del Shores

“’Queer as Folk’ is gay gay gay gay gay.”

― Del Shores

“I don’t discriminate against straight or gay people in casting; I’m open to good acting.”

― Del Shores

“I’m a gay man and a proud gay man and a loud gay man.”

― Del Shores

“Putting a face on a gay is important. We are just people.”

― Del Shores

“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

“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

“I’m terrified to get married. I’m not getting married till my gay friends can.”

― Denise Mina

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

― Dennis Rodman

“I’m not ashamed to be gay.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“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

“Being gay facilitated my capacity for shame. As a child, I carried around this thing that gradually became this big dark secret. When I came out in a newspaper interview at 30 I was expecting the reaction the following day to be like the climax of ‘Dead Poets Society,’ but actually no one really cared.”

― Derren Brown

“I wore a cloak for many years, I had long hair, I may have had a drop earring for a week and I fancied myself as a philosopher poet but was somewhere more in the gay female leisure pirate.”

― Derren Brown

“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

“No candidate can win a presidential race advocating gay marriage and opposing the military action in Iraq.”

― Dick Morris

“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

“I definitely do not support a constitutional amendment that has to do with prohibiting gay marriage.”

― Dina Titus

“Dancehall has always had a homophobic problem, but you go to dance parties in Jamaica, and some of the biggest dancers are kinda gay, just not outspoken about it. Dancehall was the first kind of music I was DJing, and it was always more about the rhythm.”

― Diplo

“I have a big gay and lesbian following and they’ve been very loyal and kind to me.”

― Dolly Parton

“I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet.”

― Dolly Parton

“I didn’t know any gay people in my childhood.”

― Dolly Parton

“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 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

“Being gay doesn’t take your brain away or exclude me from having the same attributes as anyone else.”

― Don Lemon

“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 am very indebted to southern writers and not just Flannery O’Connor. Also Harry Crews, Larry Brown, Tennessee Williams, Barry Hannah and William Gay.”

― Donald Ray Pollock

“I keep telling these millennials it’s all about them to get into politics and start making things happen. They don’t care about whether or not someone is gay. They don’t care to see contraception taken away or want to even discuss it. They’re going forward, not backward.”

― Donna Brazile

“Gay comes in all shapes, sizes, strengths, and personalities. Just like straight does. It shouldn’t be news that- guess what – some gay people don’t fit your stereotype.”

― Donna Brazile

“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

“If I hadn’t been born a woman, I would have certainly been gay.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“For historic reasons – principally the political Right’s opposition to gay rights – most gay spokespeople continue to think that the political Right is the sole locale from which anti-gay sentiment can come.”

― Douglas Murray

“Gay men don’t have much in common with lesbians.”

― Douglas Murray

“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

“If I catch one of my fans saying something improper, a gay slur or any derogatory term, I instantly tweet directly at them and say, ‘This isn’t how we do it.’”

― Drake Bell

“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

“I oppose a constitutional amendment against gay marriage.”

― Ed Case

“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’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

“Just like Barack Obama, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and now I am a reluctant groom.”

― Edmund White

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

“’Milk’ doesn’t imply that all gay men who stayed in the closet were cowards.”

― Edward Zwick

“If it was up to me, I would send the gay community, who insisted on celebrating in Jerusalem, to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

― Eli Yishai

“I didn’t come out as gay; I came out as I don’t really believe in gender.”

― Eliot Sumner

“I grew up in a very small town, but it happened to be in western Massachusetts, where there were a lot of gay people. I remember my aunt going to a gay wedding when I was 11, and I thought it was the coolest thing.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“I have a gay cousin who came out to my parents before he came out to his own. So I benefited from having a very open, supportive family, and I want to pass that on.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“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

“Civil rights and women’s rights and gay rights all take time in this country.”

― Elizabeth Esty

“In the 1980s and the 1990s, when HIV hit its peak, the gay community was at the forefront of the fight against the silent killer.”

― Elizabeth Flock

“HIV/AIDS isn’t a top priority for any of the three major LGBT groups in the U.S.: not the HRC, or the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) – who together are somewhat pejoratively known as ‘Gay Inc.’”

― Elizabeth Flock

“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

“I was raised around heterosexuals, as all heterosexuals are, that’s where us gay people come from… you heterosexuals.”

― Ellen DeGeneres

“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’m still me, no matter if I’m gay or straight or whatever.”

― Elvis Duran

“I happen to know personally that Donald Trump does not have a problem with gay people.”

― Elvis Duran

“I was never hiding from being gay; I just never talked about it.”

― Elvis Duran

“I don’t think we have to make a big thing about being gay, except for when we get together for these gay pride events.”

― Elvis Duran

“I once had a large gay following, but I ducked into an alleyway and lost him.”

― Emo Philips

“If somebody says, ‘I am a gay person, and I want to get married,’ is their own family going to deny them that? Are our own fellow citizens going to deny them that?”

― Enda Kenny

“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

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

― Eric McCormack

“The Trevor Project provides crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens and young adults. It’s truly a lifeline to so many young people who just need someone to listen to them.”

― Eric McCormack

“I’m not sure sometimes if it was because Will was gay or it was a sitcom. But that combination does make it hard to become the new lead on the ‘Sopranos.’”

― Eric McCormack

“You and I must demonstrate love to our gay neighbors, of course, remembering that we are ultimately engaged in spiritual warfare. But we should boldly stand up when our rights as citizens and the demands of our conscience are threatened.”

― Eric Metaxas

“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

“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 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

“There are lots of different ideas, lots of different opinions about the First Amendment Defense Act and what it should be. There were a lot of different forms of it while I was on the Hill. But I would say that I agree that the decision on gay marriage does mean that we need to take some steps to defend religious liberty.”

― Evan McMullin

“The token gay character is always so funny and so fantastic. That’s happened a lot. Or they’re often purely victims.”

― Ezra Miller

“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

“I’ve always wanted, notionally, to be a mother. And I was certain I would be, because everyone I know, gay or straight, married or single, rich or not so much, who truly wants to have a child figures out a way, some way, to have one – whether through adoption, fostering, surrogacy, fertility, accident, or persistence.”

― Faith Salie

“The hip hop industry is most likely owned by gays. I happen to think there’s a gay mafia in hip hop. Not rappers – the editorial presidents of magazines, the PDs at radio stations, the people who give you awards at award shows.”

― Fat Joe

“If you gay, you gay. Like, that’s your preference, you know?”

― Fat Joe

“There’s millions of gay people in the world. In 2011, you’ve got to hide that you’re gay? Like, you know what I’m saying? Like, be real.”

― Fat Joe

“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

“I basically raised her. Ariana and I are 10 years apart, and she grew up with a really gay brother who just loves her unconditionally, and it’s reciprocated.”

― Frankie Grande

“Gay marriage is a divisive issue in France, where Fillon has vowed to block adoption by same-sex couples. The battle against Islamism also remains a rallying cry; Fillon’s campaign manifesto is called ‘Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism’.”

― Franklin Foer

“Gay couples cannot have children. All they can do is recruit your child.”

― Franklin Graham

“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

“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

“Famously, DC has been pretty great showing gay women, with characters like Batwoman, but has shown fewer prominent men on the sexuality spectrum outside of hetero. It’s something we need to address. I also think it’s lovely how the readers respond to this.”

― Gail Simone

“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 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

“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

“Some scenes are just more people’s thing than others, and I know that my Gay New York is truly whatever I make of it. If I want her loud and lively, she’s there. If I want sunsets and starlight, Battery Park, here I come.”

― Gavin Creel

“I still don’t go to gay bars all that often, but the difference now is that I’m not not going because I’m afraid, but rather I’m not going now because I don’t want to get off the couch.”

― Gavin Creel

“I have never really referred to my voice as ‘gay.’”

― Gavin Creel

“I don’t agree with those in our community who think that, as gay people, we are special and should therefore keep ourselves isolated from certain straight-associated thinking or conventions.”

― Gavin Creel

“Have you ever seen Michael Wolff? Now, this isn’t a fact, this is just my theory, but he has a gay face.”

― Gavin McInnes

“Chadwick Moore is a wonderful gay. So is Milo Yiannopoulous, but he appears to be a closeted gay, and my experience with them is that they tend to be sociopaths.”

― Gavin McInnes

“Gay marriage was a trick: it’s a tool to tell people to bake cakes. Laws are based on morality, so if it’s illegal for a Catholic to refuse a ceremony, you are saying that Catholicism is immoral, and that was really the goal of gay marriage – discredit Christianity.”

― Gavin McInnes

“While it was refreshing to finally see an openly gay man speak at a Republican convention, it doesn’t remove the stain of selecting Mike Pence, America’s most anti-LGBT governor.”

― Gavin Newsom

“Make no mistake: conversion therapy is not about ‘praying away the gay.’ It’s an emotional torture against our most innocent citizens: our children.”

― Gavin Newsom

“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

“Says he, ‘I am a handsome man, but I’m a gay deceiver’.”

― George Colman

“I had to try to understand how much of a taboo it was. My mum worked in ballet and theatre when she was younger, and I had been brought up around lots of gay people, so I had never had any issue and couldn’t imagine how hard it was to be out.”

― George MacKay

“I would advise any gay person that being out in the real sense can never happen too soon.”

― George Michael

“My depression at the end of Wham! was because I was beginning to realise I was gay, not bi.”

― George Michael

“I spent the first half of my career being accused of being gay when I hadn’t had anything like a gay relationship.”

― George Michael

“There are so many things and so many aspects to gay life that I’ve discovered and so many things to write about. I have a new life, and I have a new take on dance music because of that life.”

― George Michael

“For some strange reason, my gay life didn’t get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really.”

― George Michael

“In the years when HIV was a killer, any parent of an openly gay person was terrified. I knew my mother well enough that she would spend every day praying that I didn’t come across that virus. She’d have worried like that.”

― George Michael

“I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment.”

― George Osborne

“When I did ‘Wonder Woman,’ I was especially proud that I had both a very large straight female and gay male following.”

― George Perez

“When I was a teenager, the biggest heartthrob was Tab Hunter. He was in every movie out of Warner Bros. until he was exposed as gay, and his career faded. That was an object lesson. I knew I must protect my sexual orientation.”

― George Takei

“ISIS itself regularly fuels hatred of gay people and violence towards them. It broadcasts gruesome executions of homosexuals thrown blindfolded from rooftops.”

― George Takei

“I had convinced my father to let me pursue this career, and I passionately wanted it. And here was this conflict in me, and I hadn’t shared it with my father. And it was excruciating to always have your guard up. Particularly because, being an actor, you’re public and visible. I could be seen coming out of a gay bar. Who could have seen me?”

― George Takei

“People are interested not just in Sulu, but George Takei – and he’s gay. Life is full of twist and turns.”

― George Takei

“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

“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

“I’m Israeli and gay.”

― Gideon Raff

“In 1978, when I thought of creating a flag for the gay movement, there was no other international symbol for us than the pink triangle, which the Nazis used to identify homosexuals in concentration camps. Even though the pink triangle was and still is a powerful symbol, it was very much forced upon us.”

― Gilbert Baker

“Harvey Milk was a friend of mine, an important gay leader in San Francisco in the ’70s, and he carried a really important message about how important it was to be visible, how important it was to come out, and that was the single most important thing we had to do.”

― Gilbert Baker

“Anita Bryant is an important figure in gay history because she enraged a generation of people who got active.”

― Gilbert Baker

“Anita Bryant had the effect of galvanizing the whole gay movement. She was somebody whom everybody could hate. She was easy to hate.”

― Gilbert Baker

“When I was young, they thought I was from outer space. I was the only gay person they probably knew, and they struggled with that. Everybody knew I was gay. They just didn’t want to talk about it.”

― Gilbert Baker

“Being gay in San Francisco is fun. Being gay in Saudi Arabia – that’s a whole other matter.”

― Gilbert Baker

“Lately, I’ve been a little sad that I’m not a gay man.”

― Gina Gershon

“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

“I had a tremendous amount of gay friends, so my whole life was basically like that… I never noticed who was gay or who was straight.”

― Goldie Hawn

“I never said I was gay, because I don’t think anyone is.”

― Gore Vidal

“If I were gay, life would be a lot simpler. I’m kind of annoyed that I’m not.”

― Grace Slick

“The representation of gay characters on screen is important for us all to think about because there are sadly too few representations of gay characters on screen in mainstream cinema. If Marvel starts making movies about gay superheroes, then we’ll be in a really great place. We’re not at that place.”

― Graham Moore

“Over the years, I would go to my agents, my manager, and I would say, ‘Hey, there’s this amazing true story about this gay English mathematician who committed suicide in the 1950s.’ And they would be like, ‘Please don’t ever write that script. That is an unmakeable film.’”

― Graham Moore

“Alan Turing is so important to me and to the world, and his story is so important to be told, so it was a big thing to take up, and I was a little petrified. Like, who am I to write the Alan Turing story? He’s one of the great geniuses of the 20th century – who was horribly persecuted for being gay – and I’m a kid from Chicago.”

― Graham Moore

“I’m not gay, but I don’t think you have to be gay to have a gay hero. Growing up, Alan Turing was certainly mine. I’m also not the greatest mathematician of my generation. We have lots of biographical differences, but nonetheless, I always identified with him so much.”

― Graham Moore

“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

“I am not gay in real life.”

― Grant Gustin

“I didn’t happen to be one of those gay kids who knew definitively by the time I was 13.”

― Greg Berlanti

“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

“It is totally cool to be gay.”

― GRiZ

“I think we’re finally in a culture now where being gay is normalized.”

― GRiZ

“The way they control a population is by pointing at somebody else – whether they’re gay, Mexican, Jewish, black – and saying, ‘They are different than you. They’re the reason you’re in the shape you’re in. You’re not responsible.’ And when they exonerate you through vilifying and demonizing someone else, they control you.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“I went to school in the Bronx. I learned to constantly try to cover up the fact that I was gay. That facade of being somebody I’m really not just to protect myself definitely helped with acting.”

― Guillermo Diaz

“You can be gay and be proud of that and not have to worry about being unsuccessful or unaccepted.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“I hope that any gay kids see me as beacon of light, not just in sport but in general.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“I was insecure and ashamed. Unless you’re gay, being gay has never been looked at as being cool. And I wanted to be cool.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“For me, as a kid, I always felt like being gay was something that was going make people turn on me.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“The only way to really change perceptions, to break down barriers, break down homophobia, is through representation. That’s definitely not something I had as a kid. I never saw a gay athlete kissing their boyfriend at the Olympics. I think if I had, it would’ve made it easier for me.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“I don’t think that one thing defines me, but I know that by coming out the way that I did, sort of almost pioneering it in action sports – to take that stand – that it’s always going to be a label that is stuck with me, and I know that I’ll always be the ‘gay skier,’ and it actually doesn’t bother me.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“Growing up, I always wanted kids, and that was one of the things that made it hard for me to accept being gay, but now I know it’s totally an option to have kids.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“The thought of being the first openly gay male ever to compete in the Winter Olympics – I totally embrace that.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“Miley Cyrus followed me, tweeted at me. We started messaging; we traded numbers. She’s become like a friend. She’s super supportive of me being gay.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“Someone coming out as gay shouldn’t be newsworthy; it shouldn’t be warranting a magazine cover or anything like that, which I had as my story for coming out.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“As a kid, I just felt like I didn’t really have anyone to look up to that I felt like I could really relate to, someone that was out and gay and also competing in sports and finding success.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“Even if you’re ‘the gay guy,’ if you’re winning events, you’re still winning events.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“You don’t want to be defined by one thing. But at the same point… When you are the first in something, that’s gonna kinda be the title that sticks. And after Sochi, I was, like, the dog guy. Now I’m the gay guy, and it’s fine by me.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“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

“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

“An operetta is simply a small and gay opera.”

― Gustav Mahler

“It’s definitely my responsibility not to stereotype any character, but especially a gay character because of the misperceptions people still have about gays.”

― Haaz Sleiman

“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

“Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you’re not homophobic.”

― Hannah Gadsby

“I prefer men who are queer. Not gay men, but queer men – guys with an open mind. Bisexual men, because they’re able to understand the different elements of the body without judging that I don’t conform to a certain ideal.”

― Hari Nef

“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.

“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

“I condemn the national gay press for its emphasis on consumerism.”

― Harry Hay

“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

“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

“If every gay person were to come out only to his/her own family, friends, neighbors and fellow workers, within days the entire state would discover that we are not the stereotypes generally assumed.”

― Harvey Milk

“The first gay people we elect must be strong. They must not be content to sit in the back of the bus. They must not be content to accept pablum. They must be above wheeling and dealing.”

― Harvey Milk

“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

“When you have friends that are Muslim, Jewish, gay, from any marginalized group, you realize that they are so much more than this esoteric talking point.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“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

“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

“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

“Gay rights are human rights.”

― Hillary Clinton

“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

“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

“It’s a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while.”

― Horace

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

― Howard Dean

“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

“There have been a lot of gay punks before me, and there will be a lot after.”

― Hunx

“I love it at our shows when there’s the big, tough, punk guys standing next to the weird teenagers and the gay guys. It’s so weird, and it’s so awesome.”

― Hunx

“There have been many gay knights in the past – like Sir Noel Coward or Sir John Gielgud.”

― 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 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

“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

“I was a shy gay man at a time when it was illegal to be gay.”

― 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

“There are deaths in public places on the grounds that the victim is 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

“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

“Imagine trying to be a gay actor, a gay anything in modern Russia? Where to be positively oneself, to be affectionate in public with someone you love of the same gender, or to talk of that love in the hearing of anyone under 18, will put you prison?”

― Ian Mckellen

“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

“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

“My first yak was fairly quiet and looked a noble steed with my Mexican saddle and gay blanket among rather than upon his thick black locks. His back seemed as broad as that of an elephant, and with his slow, sure, resolute step, he was like a mountain in motion.”

― Isabella Bird

“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

“’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

“Gay nightclubs offer better dance music.”

― Jack Davenport

“We don’t ask the actor playing James Bond what his sexual preference is. So I don’t know what it is, really, with trying to out actors who portray gay characters on television. But it is some sort of fascination in society.”

― Jack Falahee

“I think when I was a young person, there was just kind of – there was very little dialogue about it. And there was just kind of one way to be gay, right? You saw very effeminate guys. You saw very butch women. And there was no kind of in-between. And there was no – you know, there wasn’t anything in the media. There wasn’t anything on television.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“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 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

“I think we’re realizing that gay people are able to do the type of comedy that we just assumed was for straight people over the years. Whatever old boundaries there were, which were very real and still have an effect on us, in the way we socialize, I think that’s slowly becoming less important.”

― James Adomian

“One funny thing I realized is how many people had no idea that I was gay because they don’t bother to look it up or ask.”

― James Adomian

“I grew up in a house full of women – I have four sisters. I’m more feminine than some gay men.”

― James Arthur

“To call me gay is a compliment. Also, if I’d been macho, I’d just have had an audience full of men.”

― James Blunt

“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

“I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn’t have to get one.”

― James Carville

“My style, I’d definitely describe as athleisure with a twist of gay, which I really, really live for.”

― James Charles

“I say I just happen to be gay. It’s just like everything else – I’ve been on the board of The Humane Society, and I’m a vegetarian, but these are just some of the things that define me as a person. They don’t define me in general.”

― James Costos

“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

“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

“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

“When I wrote a gay character, I spent six months asking questions I’ve never asked a gay friend, the questions you don’t ask just because you don’t have the right to do it.”

― James L. Brooks

“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

“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

“I am a gay American.”

― James McGreevey

“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 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

“But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers?”

― James Thomson

“We got a lot of gay fan mail when the show first started. Something to do with being in San Francisco and being a big, burly guy with a big moustache. But we’re both happily married. To women.”

― Jamie Hyneman

“Straight men should take a thirteen-week course from a gay man to fully appreciate what’s fabulous about women.”

― Jane Krakowski

“I didn’t want to be gay. I wanted to be… I wanted an easy life. And you know what? I am gay, and I still have an easy life.”

― Jane Lynch

“I became quite a diva, and intolerant, and people knew when I was not pleased. Some people were afraid of me, and other people just kind of blew me off. But I wasn’t making any friends. I only had one person who remained my friend, and he was my boyfriend for a while. Even though I told him I was gay, he was like, ‘That’s alright.’”

― Jane Lynch

“It was my own internalised homophobia. I didn’t want to be gay.”

― Jane Lynch

“There are still parts of the country where it’s hard: when you realize you’re gay, it’s like a death sentence.”

― Jane Lynch

“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

“Today, it seems almost everyone knows a friend or relative who is gay.”

― 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 think a lot of people are very interested in why other people are trans or why people are gay.”

― Janet Mock

“Without gay men, I am nothing.”

― Janice Dickinson

“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

“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

“Gay marriage won’t be more of an issue 25 years from now than interracial marriage is today.”

― Jared Polis

“It’s insulting when somebody who is not a member of our community feels like they have a great understanding of what it’s like to grow up gay in this country.”

― Jared Polis

“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

“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

“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

“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

“I’ve been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I’ve been controversial.”

― Jean O’Leary

“As a closeted gay man, Jim McGreevey lived a life of presentation, a gay man portraying a straight man.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“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

“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

“I knew I was gay since, like, fifth grade.”

― Jeffree Star

“Growing up, me and my mom never really talked about me being gay.”

― Jeffree Star

“I feel like people are so eager and willing to accept the concept of females being bisexual and having it be a very natural thing, but as soon as a male proclaims himself as bisexual, we automatically dismiss it and say, ‘No, he’s just gay.’”

― Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

“I had examples from a very young age of gay actors or personalities coming out in late ’90s and early 2000s who faced a lot of backlash and didn’t have a lot of support and risked ruining their careers.”

― Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

“As an actor, it was important to me to play gay characters because, growing up, it was something I never really saw done on television and in film, and I was questioning why there weren’t more people like me.”

― Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

“With the rise of the push for gay rights, it is beyond wanting there to be an appreciation and respect for gay rights. Now a segment of our population is seeking to have that right trump religious freedom.”

― Jeffrey C. Mateer

“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

“The gay community has been so faithful and good to me.”

― Jennifer Holliday

“I would love to be on ‘Glee,’ thus furthering the myth that I’m a gay man.”

― Jennifer Nettles

“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

“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

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

― Jeri Ryan

“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 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 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 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

“The color and the diversity dies out, and it gets whiter and whiter, and that’s in any field. There is also this idea that there can only be one gay person or there can only be one Asian-American woman in the office, and so it also perpetuates itself where we are isolated, especially the more successful we get.”

― Jessica Williams

“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

“The gay thing has always been hard for me.”

― Jillian Michaels

“I was homophobic because I obviously didn’t know that I was gay.”

― Jillian Michaels

“I’m on the younger end of Gen X, and for me, growing up gay was not cool.”

― Jillian Michaels

“It’s like, ‘Oh, well of course you want gay marriage, you’re gay.’ I think when heterosexual people are talking to their peers and they’re like, ‘This is an equal rights thing,’ it’s a little bit easier.”

― Jillian Michaels

“Gay is not a choice.”

― Jillian Michaels

“I was a gay kid who didn’t know I was a gay kid, which was really challenging because you think there is something wrong with you until you understand what it is.”

― Jillian Michaels

“If a person wants to be publicly gay, they should not be teaching in the public schools.”

― Jim DeMint

“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

“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

“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

“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 personally have always been in favor of people who are gay being permitted to marry legally – and I still feel that way.”

― Jimmy Carter

“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

“Gay rights is not something most of us think about – because most of us happen to have been born straight.”

― Jodi Picoult

“Gay teenagers are four times as likely to attempt suicide as straight ones. I wish they knew that there’s nothing wrong with them; that they are just a different shade of normal.”

― Jodi Picoult

“There’s nothing wrong with being gay, but I’m not.”

― Joe Jonas

“For some reason, I was deeply ashamed of the theater early on. I think it had to do with this growing sense I was gay, although I couldn’t have put a word to it back then.”

― Joe Mantello

“I don’t think of gay writers. I mean if you were to say to me who are the straight writers, well, you wouldn’t ask me that question. So for me to identify a little tribe of gay writers, I don’t know.”

― Joe Mantello

“In ‘The Humans,’ there’s a gay character, and the fact that she’s gay is probably the least interesting thing about her.”

― Joe Mantello

“I always disliked that anytime you had gays represented in – and there were some exceptions, certainly – but represented in popular fiction, they were usually the goofy neighbor next door, you know? And I just thought, ‘Well, I know a lot of gay people, and they’re just as varied as the heterosexual people I know.’”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

― Joel Grey

“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

“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

“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

“There never was a happier or more devoted husband than the male bluebird. He is the gay champion and escort of the female at all times, and while she is sitting, he feeds her regularly.”

― John Burroughs

“Coming out as a gay man, it was very much about finding my own identity and dealing with labeling.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“I quickly found that I didn’t really fit into ‘gay culture,’ as identified by many gay people, and that it can be just as confining as straight culture, not least in the way that bisexual people are told that ‘they can’t make up their mind.’”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“I went to a very small Catholic school. It wasn’t an easy place to be growing up gay.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“Bob Fosse, even though he wasn’t gay. He was certainly queer and had a huge effect on the ‘Hedwig’ film, as did Hal Ashby and Robert Altman, who had a weird butch queer feeling about him. His films almost flirted with camp but in an extremely realistic acting way.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“I remember being afraid of doing drag when I was younger because I didn’t really like my feminine side – most gay guys at some point are told that that’s the worst part of you, so that becomes a negative thing.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“Drag is a little scary, especially for a gay man who’s not comfortable with his feminine side.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“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

“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

“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

“When I was young, people were so disgusted by me. Before I even knew that I was gay… everybody else had it figured out and, you know, they were letting you know.”

― John Grant

“I was so ashamed of who I was. And I also felt like an outcast in gay society as well because I wasn’t good-looking enough; my body wasn’t good enough.”

― John Grant

“It’s not like we wanted to talk about the fact that we’re gay all the time, but the world has forced it to be an issue.”

― John Grant

“When I came out, I found I hadn’t been born with the right genes. It’s quite brutal. If you’re beautiful and you have the right genes, then the gay scene is a place where you can be worshipped. But if you don’t, it’s a different ball of wax.”

― John Grant

“I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do, doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them or can’t love them.”

― John Kasich

“What ‘March’ is saying is that it doesn’t matter whether we are black or white, Latino or Asian. It doesn’t matter whether we are straight or gay.”

― John Lewis

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“When I was young, there were bars called the ‘Hungry Hole,’ and in those same neighbourhoods are now gay people pushing baby carriages.”

― John Waters

“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’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

“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

“I’m not gay, and I’m not a superhero.”

― Jon Hamm

“If I’ve had roadblocks along the way for being gay, I’m not aware of them.”

― Jonathan Groff

“I haven’t had anyone say, ‘No, we can’t because he’s gay.’ In fact, it’s been quite the opposite.”

― Jonathan Groff

“When I was doing ‘Spring Awakening’ the first couple of years I was living in New York, I was gay, and I was living with my ‘roommate,’ who was my boyfriend but was my roommate to everyone else.”

― Jonathan Groff

“There’s kind of a gift in being gay because, if you come out, you’re forced to express yourself.”

― Jonathan Groff

“There’s not a lot of gay programming on TV.”

― Jonathan Groff

“It’s daunting, taking on the task of representing the gay community, because there are so many different facets and different schools of thought and behavior.”

― Jonathan Groff

“Obviously, gay projects play a special role for me because I am gay, so I’m doubly proud of them.”

― Jonathan Groff

“I guess I think of myself as an actor before I think of myself as a gay actor.”

― Jonathan Groff

“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

“I kind of live my life as an example, and I just never felt like I had to be on the cover of a magazine announcing that I was gay; it’s just who I am. I just live my life, and I never really thought about it.”

― Jonathan Knight

“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

“Even when the band got back together in 2008, New Kids fans knew I was gay. Everyone did.”

― Jonathan Knight

“I want to show straight men and gay men alike that self-care and grooming isn’t mutually exclusive with, like, femininity or masculinity.”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“I think that the ideal of men’s physiques in general, gay or straight, is one of the most under-talked-about things ever. Ninety-five percent of these bodies that we’re seeing, that we’re striving so hard to look like, are genetically engineered – like, let’s be very clear.”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“I think that because I struggled and did get very bullied, that definitely made me learn how to be funny and let things roll off and be able to laugh, and I think that has definitely helped me when it comes to being in the public eye with ‘Gay of Thrones’ and ‘Queer Eye.’”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“Podcasts are hard! I mean, you gotta get the microphones and all these things… there’s a lot going on there. I never really realized how much goes into producing things till I did ‘Gay of Thrones.’”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“I’m interested in telling a story about a gay man and what he’s going through as an artist and as a lonely, single gay man. I want to reveal what I know about loneliness.”

― Jordan Gavaris

“I’m a very political person. I’m a very opinionated person. I have a lot of opinions about LGBTQ representations in the media, and it’s not just a gay community issue. It’s a black issue. It’s an Asian issue. It’s a minority issue in general.”

― Jordan Gavaris

“I’m a gay, undocumented immigrant; I have to be optimistic.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“I found out that I was illegal when I was 16. I’m gay. I’m Filipino.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“To me, politics is culture. I became a journalist, and later a filmmaker, to get to know my new country and my volatile place in it as a gay, undocumented Filipino-American.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“My being gay is not a social issue; it’s a fact. It’s not something to be debated. It’s a reality.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“I’m okay with the path that I’m on, but it’s fascinating to think, ‘I could’ve been a gay guy in Key West. I could be working at an insurance company in Lansing. But somehow, this is what’s happening.’”

― Josh Malerman

“I think, almost, the film industry thinks that by making gay characters super masculine, it’s an attempt at saying being gay is OK if you act like straight people. I don’t think we should just have gay characters who are 100 percent femme, either. I just think it’s about that mix and creating more diverse gay characters.”

― Josie Totah

“Obama has presided over sweeping cultural advances, particularly in the rights of gay and lesbian Americans.”

― Joy Reid

“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

“Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination, and I want them to know that I’m on their side.”

― Juan Pablo Galavis

“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 would say that I’m a feminist theorist before I’m a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.”

― Judith Butler

“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

“You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people.”

― Judith Light

“I couldn’t care less if someone is gay or straight.”

― 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

“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

“I didn’t want to be known as a gay comic, but as a comic who happens to be gay.”

― Judy Gold

“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

“I am not gay, I just like pearls.”

― Julian Eltinge

“Self-doubt is a constant companion for a chubby, gay, black boy born in the South.”

― Justin Simien

“For whatever reason, gay characters, or characters that deal with sexuality issues, who are black, in ‘black films’… are typically not dealt with with any sort of complexity. They’re exoticized: their being gay is sort of the point.”

― Justin Simien

“I like to play this game where I ask people to count gay pop writers and producers they know. Everyone’s always like, ‘Oh, there are plenty!’ But we always end up counting them on one hand.”

― Justin Tranter

“I’ve experienced some really very obvious, direct homophobia – when I was still trying to be an artist, behind the scenes, being told to be less gay, be less feminine.”

― Justin Tranter

“You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship.”

― Justin Welby

“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

“Having a baby had always seemed the easiest and most natural thing to do, and I had never felt – even in my most furtive days of coming out – that being gay would mean I could not become a mother.”

― Kara Swisher

“Really, I think the extra layer of raising a son as a gay black man comes from trying to raise a son who doesn’t subscribe to masculine stereotypes.”

― Karamo Brown

“I have been a proud, openly gay man since I was 18.”

― Karamo Brown

“The perpetuation of family and cultural pressures to conform to prescribed masculine behaviors is what creates social isolation and distress in many young gay and trans people of color.”

― Karamo Brown

“For many gay and bisexual men of color, economic inequalities add to the pernicious effects of oppression and homophobia.”

― Karamo Brown

“Southern black gay and bi men are suffering from a self-esteem issue.”

― Karamo Brown

“Gay men must be more effective caregivers to the women in their lives.”

― Karamo Brown

“We, as communities that are marginalized, need to open up our minds and realize that we should be asking and advocating for more of everyone. Let’s get more gay black men; let’s get more trans women.”

― Karamo Brown

“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

“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

“My father is gay.”

― Karrueche Tran

“I’ve always been a huge ‘Divine’ fan. He was so iconic and so ground-breaking, especially for the time that he was around, because he was not only breaking barriers in the regular world, just being openly gay, but in the drag world as well.”

― Kat Von D

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

― Kate Clinton

“When I was on ‘The Big Gay Sketch Show’ I thought, ‘Well, this is going well now, but then when it’s over I’ll just be a barista.’”

― Kate McKinnon

“I know, being a band that’s mostly gay and has women in it, I just think that there are the male icon bands: they are always – and they deserve it – but they are always touted as, ‘These guys are heavy-duty.’ I think bands, because we have a sense of humor, we are not always taken as seriously.”

― Kate Pierson

“All our friends – so many friends are gay or lesbian and transgender. We’re just in that world. We all went through the devastating time of the AIDS crisis, and I think that galvanized us to be more activists – AIDS activists.”

― Kate Pierson

“Why do people care if I’m gay or not?”

― Katherine Moennig

“I’d hesitated to have a wedding because my gay and lesbian friends don’t have that right.”

― Kathy Najimy

“You’re not homophobic for thinking that something gay is bad. All gay movies are bad.”

― Katya Zamolodchikova

“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

“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 don’t Google myself, but I’ve heard that people think I’m gay. I’ve heard it all.”

― Kellan Lutz

“Christians are increasingly being punished for the free exercise of their faith and for standing on God’s Word and holding to biblical convictions about sin. This is especially apparent with the gay lobby.”

― Ken Ham

“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

“I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights.”

― Ken Livingstone

“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

“Conservatives don’t need to change core convictions to embrace the growing support for equal rights for gay Americans.”

― Ken Mehlman

“I can’t help the way you was born if you was gay.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“In WWE, a gay person is usually portrayed like some sort of comedy act to be mocked and laughed at. The world’s not like that anymore.”

― Kenny Omega

“I’ve had friends of mine say, like, they’re tired of ‘gayface,’ and I was like, ‘What’s gayface?’ They were like, ‘It’s the gay version of blackface: like, come in and be more effeminate.’”

― Kerry Washington

“Committed and loving gay and lesbian couples deserve to have their love, their relationships, and their families recognized like everyone else.”

― Kevin McHale

“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 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

“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

“There are already gay players in the NFL and have been for a while.”

― Keyshawn Johnson

“I probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the gay community supporting me. I wouldn’t be the artist I was today if it wasn’t for that because that was the only community that let me try, let me perform without knowing who I was.”

― Kiesza

“I’m a great example of somebody who is gay but exists on a very complicated gender spectrum. I’m okay with that uncertainty, and I’m okay with existing in a gray area and not always being sure.”

― King Princess

“You’re in for a live band. That’s really what I wanted; I wanted to put on a show for people where they could come for the gay and stay for the musicianship. It’s a live show; there’s some rock stuff, too. Some rock and roll. Get ready.”

― King Princess

“How I can be an active voice for gay people but also the music industry? This is the art we need right now. This is what we need right now. We’re in a renaissance, and we need people to rebel, come forth, and bring messages into art.”

― King Princess

“I didn’t have a lot of homies in school when I was young because I was gay and weird and mean, so I went to theater class because I was like, ‘Yo, I need a hobby.’”

― King Princess

“I’m a big Cate Blanchett fan. I’m ready. I’m coming! I mean, come on, I am a gay girl; I want what I want. I want to come to Australia and marry Cate Blanchett. Just let everybody know for me.”

― King Princess

“It’s time for gay people to be in the industry and talking about their stories.”

― King Princess

“The inspiration behind ‘1950’ was… gay history and the way that our people had to hide in public and how that affected the way that we love each other now.”

― King Princess

“I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.”

― Kinky Friedman

“Do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”

― Kirk Cameron

“I didn’t want that 15 minutes of fame moment like, ‘Oh, she said she was gay.’”

― Kirsten Vangsness

“Gay marriage has jumped out of the closet on to the front page. Everyone from the president of the U.S. to retired four-star general Colin Powell is embracing the issue, now supported by most Americans. Still, a few people, like former First Lady Laura Bush appear to be conflicted.”

― Kitty Kelley

“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

“In all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about my community, haha.”

― Kristian Nairn

“It’s just making sure that everyone is treated equally. Is that so progressive? I don’t think it’s progressive, I think it’s human. And not just gay people – women’s rights, immigrants, people of different ethnic backgrounds.”

― Kristian Nairn

“Obviously, there’s so many different types of gay people, but some people don’t know that. Some people think we all look and act a certain type of way.”

― Kristian Nairn

“Most of the clubbing I did was gay clubbing.”

― Kristian Nairn

“When I was 13, my mum knew that I was gay, and she just always knew.”

― Kristian Nairn

“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 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 started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn’t.”

― Kurt Cobain

“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 gay audience has been with me from the beginning.”

― Kylie Minogue

“Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives, but I’ve only had tragic haircuts and outfits.”

― Kylie Minogue

“Bisexuals are gay people – we’re all gay. Some people don’t like that.”

― Kyrsten Sinema

“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

“Gay marriage is going to happen. It must.”

― Lady Gaga

“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

“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

“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

“One result of An American Family was that I became a gay role model.”

― 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

“Gay culture is in a coming-out process of its own. From out of the closets in the ’60s, the culture moved onto the disco floors of the ’70s and through the hospital wards of the ’80s and onwards to the streets.”

― Lance Loud

“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

“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

“We didn’t exist. Ronald Reagan didn’t say the word ‘AIDS’ until 1987. I’ve tried desperately to get a meeting in the White House; Gay Men’s Health Crisis is already an established organization. I have a certain presence.”

― 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

“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

“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

“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

“Americans don’t want cowboys to be gay.”

― Larry McMurtry

“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

“We all have different perspectives on the world. I’m a woman. I live in Chicago. I’m gay.”

― Laura Ricketts

“When I was 5, I wore a tie, and I wanted to change my name to Larry, which probably tipped my parents off that I was gay.”

― Laura Ricketts

“Gay activists claim that because I don’t subscribe to their political agenda, I am a homophobe, meaning I have a mental disorder – because that is what phobias are.”

― Laura Schlessinger

“That’s the thing about ‘Torchwood’: It will pull the rug out from under you. It goes along being cute and campy and gay, and then, all of a sudden, it’ll nail you.”

― Lauren Ambrose

“There’s straight people, and there’s super gay people, and then there’s everybody in between, and everybody is a little bit of something because sexuality is fluid.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“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

“My mom knew early on that I was gay, and she knew that I had to get out of the ghetto.”

― Lee Daniels

“I’ve thought about adopting, but I’m a bit paranoid that because I’m gay and disabled I’d be put straight off the list. My mother thinks that I would jump the queue because they like minorities adopting. I have great genes, though, and I would like to pass them on.”

― Lee Pearson

“Gay people are made and not born.”

― Lemmy

“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’ve known I was gay since I was young, I think. And I mean young – like, young – like 5 or 6. I think most gay people or queer people know there’s something different about them very early, but I didn’t know what to call it.”

― Lena Waithe

“It’s weird because I see black gay characters on television all the time, but do I relate to them? Not always, because they’re set pieces.”

― Lena Waithe

“Being born gay, black, and female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay black female is.”

― Lena Waithe

“It’s not something that defines me. I’m not a half-Indian politician or a doctor politician or a gay politician for that matter… it is part of my character, I suppose.”

― Leo Varadkar

“I am a gay man. It’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know.”

― Leo Varadkar

“If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn’t mean I’m gay.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“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 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

“Most of the longer-term relationships I’ve known have been gay relationships. They seem to be able to hang out longer.”

― Lewis Black

“The worst bar fights I ever saw were in London. I saw a guy break a pint glass in another guy’s face in a club in the Eighties. It was a gay club, too.”

― Liev Schreiber

“Just like food, you could think peanut butter is your favorite food for 5,000 years and then be like, ‘I actually like burgers better’, you know? I was just trying to say that kids and people in general don’t have to label themselves and say, ‘I’m straight’ or ‘I’m gay’ or ‘I’m whatever.’”

― Lily-Rose Depp

“I was just trying to say that it’s unnecessary; you don’t need to label yourself. I guess it came off the wrong way, because then everyone labelled me as gay. That’s not what I was trying to say. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course!”

― Lily-Rose Depp

“I told my mom I was gay when I was 16, and my mom said with her heavy Brazilian accent, ‘OK, but at least look good at it.’”

― Linda Perry

“I’m 44, and I’ve never had a problem being gay, and maybe I dodged a lot of bullets, and maybe I’m one of the lucky ones. I want to make sure every kid can have that experience.”

― Linda Perry

“The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has this wonderful program where they take in the youth, feed them, help them learn how to cook, clean, they help them get jobs, help them learn how to save their money, and they have shelters all over the city.”

― Linda Perry

“Being transgender, like being gay, tall, short, white, black, male, or female, is another part of the human condition that makes each individual unique, and something over which we have no control. We are who we are in the deepest recesses of our minds, hearts and identities.”

― Linda Thompson

“Gay men are still men.”

― Lindsay Mendez

“I do think television has really fantasized it to the point where now everyone wants a gay best friend.”

― Lindsay Mendez

“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 feel like I’ve been observed as an individual more than a gay person, or as a filmmaker with a certain point of view rather than a lesbian filmmaker with a gay point of view.”

― Lisa Cholodenko

“Andy Dick is so gay, he thinks Margaret Cho is funny.”

― Lisa Lampanelli

“In 2011, when the General Assembly passed the law allowing civil unions, Illinois took an important step forward to recognize that gay and lesbian couples have the right to build lives together and create strong, loving families.”

― Lisa Madigan

“Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they’ve ever been is kicked.”

― Little Richard

“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

“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

“I despise stereotypes. A gay man can be a macho athlete, or he can be an interior designer or any career in between.”

― Lori Foster

“A gay man has no business leading on a heterosexual woman.”

― Lorna Luft

“Gay men have to go through something to own their – who they are. They get beat up. They get ostracized. Whatever they go through, if they survive it, they come out very confident people.”

― Louis C. K.

“All of my besties are gay.”

― Louise Linton

“I think one of the people that’s done the most for the gay movement is Ellen DeGeneres.”

― LP

“My mom died before she knew I was gay, and my dad thought it was a phase, then realized it wasn’t.”

― LP

“I like diversity. I’d like there to be all levels of gay and straight, all different variations of gender, all colors, all creeds. I’m into seeing that.”

― LP

“I’m not looking to be a gay poster child. If you’re gay, and I inspire you, I don’t want to put that down. But I’m not looking to be your gay savior.”

― LP

“Gay marriage – it’s not about two people being gay: it’s about two people who love each other and who have decided to commit to each other for the exact same reasons any other couple would get married.”

― Luke Macfarlane

“Most important, in portraying gay people… it’s just like portraying anybody else.”

― Luke Macfarlane

“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

“I always supported gay issues, but I never understood transgender issues. But after I heard Bruce Jenner speak so honestly, so sincerely, and so relatably, I totally got it. I totally understood what he was saying – it was so compelling.”

― Lynda Carter

“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

“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

“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 am not gay; I don’t have a relationship with Ricky Martin.”

― Maluma

“I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way.”

― Manny Pacquiao

“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

“I’m not against gay people.”

― Manny Pacquiao

“I’ve been openly gay since I can remember.”

― Marc Jacobs

“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

“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

“Gay men in a very real way created my career.”

― Marianne Williamson

“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

“I know I will never be happy, but I know I can be gay!”

― Marilyn Monroe

“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

“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 hope gay marriage will be legal in every state.”

― Mark Consuelos

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

― Mark Gatiss

“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

“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

“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

“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

“’The Daily Mail’ interviewed my friends in Jamaica to find out if I was ever the victim of a vicious homophobic attack because, to them, I’m a gay refugee. But nothing like that happened. So, no surprise, that story didn’t appear. I’m really pretty boring.”

― Marlon James

“Not every gay person recites poetry or has read Keats. You can get readers through anything if the characters are complicated. You can’t dismiss Josey Wales’ quite liberal worldview.”

― Marlon James

“I was the nerd. Because I was reading. I wasn’t into sports. I was really into art. Very geekish about comics. Assumed gay.”

― Marlon James

“It’s so politically incorrect to make a character gay and then make them ‘un-gay’ again. Like, once you become gay, you’ve crossed over, or you’re not allowed to be a person who doesn’t want to be defined by a label like that.”

― Marti Noxon

“I never felt I had anything to hide. I never felt being gay was anything to be ashamed of, so I never felt apologetic. I didn’t have issues with it, didn’t grow up with any religion, so I didn’t have any religious, you know, issues to deal with as far as homosexuality is concerned. So, I accepted it very easily. For me, it wasn’t that big a deal.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I really couldn’t come out until after I got my citizenship, because it was a disclaim – back then, it could have been a disqualifier. I could have been denied my U.S. citizenship because I was gay. So I didn’t – I stayed quiet.”

― Martina Navratilova

“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

“I do get pissed off when I’m at some gay event, and there’s a 25-year-old, and he has no idea who I am. And I say, ‘You need to know more about your gay history, boy.’ I think the younger generation takes it a little bit for granted.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I was political by coming out of the womb. I was gay, and I wanted to play tennis.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I was always controversial, being gay, so nothing was more controversial than that.”

― Martina Navratilova

“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

“I’m openly gay, and I’ve got a major label record deal in Nashville, and it happened when I was 42 years old. It’s not supposed to happen that way.”

― Mary Gauthier

“I’ve got lots of problems. Being gay isn’t one of them.”

― Mary Gauthier

“When I came out, I said, ‘I’m going to be a proud gay artist.’ I’m not going to be Melissa Etheridge. But she’s a goddess!”

― Mary Lambert

“Gay rights and body acceptance are two things I feel very passionately about.”

― Mary Lambert

“I think artists are scared to have same-gendered pronouns in their writing, and I don’t think it’s because they’re scared to be out, because gay artists are visible, but they don’t want to alienate an audience.”

― Mary Lambert

“When you’re 17 in the suburbs and know only three gay people, holding hands with your girlfriend is a proclamation.”

― Mary Lambert

“The first gay person I ever met was surely not the first gay person I ever met.”

― Mary Schmich

“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 did a one-off episode of ‘The New Normal’ for Ryan Murphy, and that was the first time I played a gay role.”

― Matt Bomer

“As a gay man in Hollywood, I certainly understand what it means to be in it but not of it, to be marginalized at times and kept out of certain clubs.”

― Matt Bomer

“It’s not like the right for gay people to marry just happened.”

― Matt Bomer

“It was a gift to get to play a gay role that was written in a three-dimensional, human way.”

― Matt Bomer

“I don’t understand what Republicans have to gain from appearing like we’re mean to gay people.”

― Matt Gaetz

“I am not bisexual. I am not gay. I have never had sex with men.”

― Matt LeBlanc

“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

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

― Matthew Henry

“I’m not gay.”

― Matthew Morrison

“I’ve just found out there are pages on the internet dedicated to whether I’m gay or not.”

― Matthew Perry

“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

“If I don’t get a TV show next year because someone looks up my Wikipedia and it says ‘openly gay,’ then it’s worth the risk because I’ve had so many years being openly gay and proud of myself as a role model.”

― Max von Essen

“Isn’t that sort of what happened with gay marriage? Right before gay marriage was legalized, everybody was just losing their minds and, like, the worst possible things were happening, and it was just all like it couldn’t get any worse, and then it suddenly got a lot better.”

― Megan Mullally

“Nobody knew if the pilot would even get picked up because it had two gay lead characters, which has never happened before. And now every show has at least two gay characters, if not many more.”

― Megan Mullally

“We had a gay marriage on ‘Will & Grace’ in 2000, 2001. And I was like, ‘Gay marriage?’ I mean, it was just really early.”

― Megan Mullally

“I had a lot of friends for a long time who were gay, and I didn’t even realize it for awhile. Even in my mid- to late 20s, I was still pretty naive about it.”

― Megan Mullally

“Now, it’s weird not to have gay characters on a show.”

― Megan Mullally

“The more I’ve been able to learn about gay rights and equal pay and gender equity and racial inequality, the more that it all intersects. You can’t really pick it apart. It’s all intertwined.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“As I got more into gay rights, I got more into equal pay, and you just see that it’s all connected. You can’t really speak out on one thing and not another without it not being the full picture.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“I do wish, when I was younger, that I knew that I was gay. It would have made things a lot clearer for me. Really. Looking back on it, it was so obvious, but it never really dawned on me. Socially, I felt like I didn’t know how to be and who to be. If I had known back then, it would have given me more self-confidence.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“For the record, I am gay.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“I think people now – you know, a lot of athletes have come out and said, I would definitely accept, you know, a gay male athlete in the locker room and on my team.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“I think there’s a lot of gay women in sports, and it’s widely known in the team; they can live a pretty open lifestyle without being open in the media.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“I spend a lot of time dancing in gay bars and want my gay friends to be able to get married, but I don’t know if I ever want to get married and have kids. And I think that’s a common struggle.”

― Meghan McCain

“We have to find a way to try and reconcile our beliefs – and Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, has traditionally seen homosexuality as a sin – with the reality of life in modern, pluralistic, secular societies in which gay people cannot be wished away or banished from sight.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“I’m for gay marriage, because I’m for gay divorce.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“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

“Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“I’m not one for big public displays of affection, anyway. Straight, gay, whatever.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“I’ve always had mostly gay male friends.”

― Melissa McCarthy

“My parents are kind and accepting. Because so many of my friends were gay, it was just an accepted thing in my house. I was very lucky.”

― Melissa McCarthy

“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

“A lot of times, comedy writers will go for the gay joke, and I’ve been vocal about saying, ‘Go for the smart joke.’”

― Michael Arden

“Growing up as a gay boy in West Texas, I definitely felt like a bit of an outcast sometimes – that there was a world that I would never be a part of.”

― Michael Arden

“I’m not homophobic in the slightest. I have lots of gay friends.”

― Michael Bisping

“I just didn’t like the word ‘gay.’ I still don’t like it. It’s a dumb way of describing sexuality. I like ‘queer’ or other words, but ‘gay’ is a word that had a completely different-meaning word and has been reappropriated. I just don’t like it.”

― Michael Feinstein

“I started out as a pianist and singer in gay and piano bars – they were the only places I could get a job singing show tunes.”

― Michael Feinstein

“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

“I feel like it’s important for young people – practically, young gay people – to know what to do and how to handle bigotry and opposition and where to go to have those resources of help and guidance. I think it’s important.”

― Michael J. Willett

“I haven’t seen that many gay movies, but I haven’t loved a lot of the ones I’ve seen.”

― Michael J. Willett

“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 I were to be cast as Cyrano or a Connecticut prep-school teacher or a gay boutique owner, it would only happen if some director I had worked with in the past said, ‘Why don’t we give Rispoli a shot at it?’”

― Michael Rispoli

“A straight person doesn’t have to go in the media and tell them that they’re straight, and I don’t think a gay person should do that, neither. But that’s the society we have to live in.”

― Michael Sam

“I’ll say this: I want to become a distraction! And what I mean is by making big plays and doing good stuff on the field. Although nobody would print that, because that’s not a story. Gotta keep bringing up the locker-room situation because he’s gay.”

― Michael Sam

“I am an openly proud gay man.”

― Michael Sam

“I knew from a young age that I was attracted to guys. I didn’t know if it was a phase… I didn’t want to say, ‘Hey, I might be gay. I might be bi.’ I just didn’t know… I wanted to find who I was and make sure I knew what was comfortable. So I didn’t tell anyone growing up.”

― Michael Sam

“Directly after Rock Hudson’s death came the fears that gay writers and actors and directors would be denied jobs; who knew if they would live long enough to finish a feature film or television series? And would the unions force directors to give blood tests and ban actors who tested positive?”

― Michael Shnayerson

“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

“I’m not an adulterer. I’m not gay.”

― Michael Strahan

“On the gay issue, hey, you know what, if people love each other, Jesus, I mean come on.”

― Michael T. Flynn

“When I moved to New York, the gay community welcomed me with open arms and told me how beautiful I was. I will never turn my back on them.”

― Michelle Visage

“’Drag Race’ is the escape that everybody needs – gay, straight, or otherwise.”

― Michelle Visage

“A lot of people want Trump to be impeached. I do not. Because just when you think Trump is awful, you remember Mike Pence. Mike Pence is what happens when Anderson Cooper isn’t gay.”

― Michelle Wolf

“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

“When I got lucky enough to be successful as an actor, and I got involved in the anti-war stuff and gay rights movement, there was always this thing eating at me about the death penalty, because that was, to me, the bottom line. That was the anti-life – by definition – position, and I didn’t understand why we did it.”

― Mike Farrell

“If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore. As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it.”

― Mike Pence

“The FDA first began prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the early 1980s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, when the risk from blood transfusion was just beginning to be understood. In the decades to follow, the ‘lifetime ban’ was left largely unchanged.”

― Mike Quigley

“The only real shaming I’ve ever experienced has been from other gay people when I reveal my politics or my religion.”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“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

“People who were gay were pitied and ridiculed by my parents – they had no modern sense of people being allowed to be who they were.”

― Miriam Margolyes

“I don’t understand why gay people are so anxious to get married.”

― Miriam Margolyes

“I think I should be described as ‘bi’ – not bisexual, because I’m not – I’m gay – but ‘binational’ because I retain British nationality, and I add to it being Australian, which is like having your cake and eating it.”

― Miriam Margolyes

“It is hard to be unhappy in a gay bar where everyone’s singing show tunes! In fact, I’ve spent many a night in those kind of places – in that particular place, actually – Marie’s Crisis: it’s truly a New York establishment.”

― Miriam Shor

“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

“Anyone who watched George W. and Karl Rove while the former was governor of Texas will recognize a familiar pattern. Like much of Bush’s social policy – from faith-based social services to railing against gay marriage – women’s issues are one of the bones they’ve decided they can throw to the Christian right.”

― Molly Ivins

“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’m lively and gay by nature.”

― Monica Vitti

“If I did the structure and had this thing about a straight character, I would never have a sex scene to prove that he’s heterosexual. If I have a gay character in a movie, I need to have a sex scene in it – just to prove that he’s gay?”

― Morten Tyldum

“I’m always performing at Gay Pride events.”

― Mya

“I think it can be difficult for young lesbian or young gay, bisexual, transgender to come out and be open with who they are because there’s such a huge stigma attached to that preference of their sexuality.”

― Nafessa Williams

“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

“Many of my early Vines and collaborations were with gay people.”

― Nash Grier

“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 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

“It’s so easy to call something a Jewish story or a gay story or a woman’s story. Aesthetically, if a story is not universal, it has failed. Your obligation is to the story. One rule creatively, and emotionally, is its universality.”

― Nathan Englander

“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

“Honestly, when I first heard that there were rumors out there about me being gay, I thought, ‘Wow, someone must really hate me.’ There’s nothing wrong with being gay, but I just couldn’t understand why someone would make up lies like that.”

― Ne-Yo

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

― Neil Gorsuch

“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

“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

“Hated ‘The Imitation Game.’ Totally inaccurate. A gay man with a messy room? Don’t buy it.”

― Nell Scovell

“The beautiful thing about this country is that I can be a Christian and feel free to do so. Or somebody cannot be a Christian and do whatever that entails. Or somebody can be a Christian and still be gay, and I support it.”

― Nelsan Ellis

“Let gay people get married.”

― Nelsan Ellis

“You have to be a tough gay person in the South.”

― Nelsan Ellis

“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

“We absolutely have to support our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. We just must. It’s not fair that they don’t get to live an authentic life.”

― Nia Vardalos

“Gays and lesbians began to gain civil rights when Americans realized that their brothers, cousins, daughters were gay.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“I mean, come on: At the end of the day, we’re all bisexual. A hundred years from now, there’s not gonna be gay or straight. There’s gonna be everything.”

― Nicholas Stoller

“I think a lot of gay kids in the midwest or in places not in New York have to overachieve in order to sort of get through the fear of what they’re going through.”

― Nick Wooster

“I hate that femininity in a gay men is a ‘stereotype.’”

― Nico Santos

“It still baffles my brain that I actually get to portray a character on American television that’s this gay, femme-y Filipino guy.”

― Nico Santos

“I was in the closet up until I moved to the U.S. But I was always one of those kids who couldn’t really hide being gay. Some queer kids are just more straight-passing than others. I was not one of those kids.”

― Nico Santos

“I know Jonathan Van Ness from comedy, and he’s got this wonderful show on Funny or Die called ‘Gay of Thrones.’”

― Nicole Byer

“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

“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

“The majority of people are straight, and movies, with their bigger budgets and burdensome marketing costs, will try to appeal to as many people as they can. As the means of production and distribution become more democratized with advances in technology, more gay stories will make their way to the mainstream.”

― Nina Jacobson

“The reality is that diversity as an overall subject has to continue to be addressed onscreen. That goes beyond having a gay superhero. There should be a black superhero, a Latino superhero and, while we’re at it, we still aren’t seeing nearly enough women behind the scenes and as the anchors of movies.”

― Nina Jacobson

“I realized so much of my college years were spent not wanting to be gay. I just imagined how different it would be if I were going through that experience in 2016 as opposed to 1984.”

― Nina Jacobson

“Gay people are all like Superman. You have to be quite strong to be gay – or to be different in any way. You build special muscles.”

― Noel Fielding

“I’m not gay, so I don’t know much about Broadway musicals.”

― Norm MacDonald

“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

“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

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

― Ouida

“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

“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

“Gay marriage acceptance is happening in the blink of an eye.”

― 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 never said I don’t like gay people.”

― Pam Bondi

“I have many, many gay friends.”

― Pam Bondi

“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

“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

“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

“I love straight guys that seem gay. I’m a little like that.”

― Paul Rudd

“So many people, including stark conservatives, have family members and close friends who are gay.”

― Paul Singer

“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

“Peter Jennings came to us and said to make a PSA, ‘Let’s Talk About AIDS.’ But I was naive about how the virus is contracted – until Magic Johnson came out. I’d stereotyped it, thinking it was a gay disease, a white man’s disease.”

― Pepa

“There’s a book called ‘You’re Not a Stranger Here’ by Adam Haslett – short stories, a lot of them are about mental illness and gay people – that classic combination. But they’re really well-written, really powerful. It’s pretty good.”

― Perfume Genius

“I think all gay men are used to people saying no to them, to people not giving them choices.”

― Perfume Genius

“Whenever anything ‘gay’ comes along, everybody wants that thing to somehow be everything to everybody. And usually, it is too gay or not gay enough. There’s never the right amount. I think that happens a little bit in the media.”

― Perfume Genius

“I’m really into gay stuff getting funded: having it be on TV and having a show.”

― Perfume Genius

“I view marriage as a sacred institution. I think two men naturally are predators. Gay relationships are a commercial break, not a whole movie.”

― Pete Burns

“Being gay isn’t something you choose, but you do face choices about whether and how to discuss it.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“My high school in South Bend had nearly a thousand students. Statistically, that means that several dozen were gay or lesbian. Yet, when I graduated in 2000, I had yet to encounter a single openly LGBT student there.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“Experiences with friends or family members coming out have helped millions of Americans to see past stereotypes and better understand what being gay is – and is not.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“If somebody is saying that I should not compete because I’m a man, I don’t know what to say to that. And if somebody is saying that I had it easy, I would invite them to join the military and enter Indiana politics in 2010 as a gay person. See how easy they find it.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“It was always my ambition to be on the cover of a free gay magazine.”

― Pete Doherty

“I have never been in favor of gay marriage, and I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

― Pete Gallego

“I hate when pastors have a gay son and then they become pro-gay.”

― Pete Holmes

“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

“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

“We’ve all been watching stories about heterosexuals forever… As a gay kid, you are always having to translate. You are always having to pretend like you are one of the other characters. You’re not seeing your life accurately reflected.”

― Peter Paige

“Gay adults start as gay kids… Now they’ve got to figure out how to be with each other and be with family, friends, and the communities at school.”

― Peter Paige

“My life’s not about being gay – although one could argue I’m pretty professionally gay – but that’s not how I experience life. Being gay is a profound part of who I am, but it isn’t all of who I am.”

― Peter Paige

“I think effeminacy is something that’s really important to talk about in the context of gay media representations and in terms of the gay experience at large.”

― Peter Paige

“There definitely has been this kind of Hollywood swing back from the pendulum of, ‘OK, we’re gonna do gay people; we’re gonna do queens.’ And then it’s like, ‘No, no, no queens. Queen is too much.’”

― Peter Paige

“Is there something about the gay experience, being gay and the gay experience, that pushes us even more than other people toward competition?”

― Peter Thiel

“I think it’s always good for gay people to come out, but it’s also understandable why people might choose not to do so.”

― Peter Thiel

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

― Peter Thiel

“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

“Like lots of people, I really love Roxane Gay.”

― Phoebe Robinson

“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

“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

“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

“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

“I have friends that are gay, and we study the Bible together.”

― Prince

“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

“I was gay before I began to play soccer over 40 years ago. It’s been 28 years since a friend and I organized one of the first gay soccer teams in the world.”

― Rabih Alameddine

“I endeavour to read more, be more informed on gay rights. Whatever floats your boat is my outlook. It’s hard enough to be happy without having legislation against you, too.”

― Rachel Shelley

“I don’t think I’ve ever used the word ‘gay rights,’ because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.”

― Rand Paul

“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

“You can’t be an openly gay movie star. You can’t be an openly gay pop star, really – minus Ricky Martin.”

― Rashida Jones

“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

“The first director who ever allowed me to shoot a film for him was a male. He was a gay male. My first feature also came from him. I worked for a lot of dudes at NYU.”

― Reed Morano

“I love my neighborhood: There are Russian families, the artistic community, the gay community, and industry professionals – all ethnicities and ages are represented. That’s the kind of neighborhood that I grew up in.”

― Reiko Aylesworth

“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

“A triumph of consciousness-raising has been the homosexual hijacking of the word ‘gay.’”

― Richard Dawkins

“I have been hung in effigy by the gay community for a long time, from when I was on President Reagan’s first AIDS commission.”

― Richard DeVos

“What is needed to pass gay marriage is not a Democratic majority – this past year has proven that to be true – but politicians and judges comfortable enough to ignore what the majority of the voters want and do what is uncomfortable, unpopular – and morally right.”

― Richard Grenell

“Equal rights should not be a partisan political issue – so why are all gay leaders in one political party?”

― Richard Grenell

“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

“We don’t really get to see gay characters who are completely open with their sexuality, but it doesn’t define who they are.”

― Richard Madden

“I’m for human lib, the liberation of all people, not just black people or female people or gay people.”

― Richard Pryor

“I was terrified about people knowing I was gay. I’d cringe inside at the idea that they’d be talking behind my back.”

― Richard Quest

“If there are countries that discriminate against the gay community, they are the countries that I will not spend my own personal money. I will go for work there, but I will not spend my own money there. Why would I?”

― Richard Quest

“I always knew I was gay. I always knew that somehow it would work out.”

― Rick Mercer

“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

“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

“There are gay and lesbian people in all walks of life, in all different types of professions. I just happen to be a gay man who sings in a heavy metal band.”

― Rob Halford

“I discovered that I was gay when I was about nine or ten. I did go out with girls for a while, but it didn’t last.”

― Rob Halford

“The moment I came out as a gay man, I never really thought of the consequences. Of course, the proverbial happened: it hits the newswires, and it’s this big, big thing.”

― Rob Halford

“The thing about gay people is that until we come out of the closet, we’re always protecting other people: ‘I can’t do this, because it’s gonna hurt so-and-so.’ We’re trying to live the lives of other people, and that’s the worst thing you can do.”

― Rob Halford

“The fact that there are now gay men and women who can openly serve their country is a wonderful thing.”

― Rob Halford

“I think that the fact of the matter is that metal isn’t really part of the big picture of the gay, lesbian, transgender music scene. But it’s certainly there. There’s gay metalheads all over the world.”

― Rob Halford

“It’s hard being gay in Edwardian times.”

― Rob James-Collier

“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

“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

“I was a gay man living in the epicenter of 20th-century America’s worst health epidemic.”

― Robert Gober

“And I’m in favor of that because I have a gay son, who’s a very successful theater designer.”

― Robert MacNeil

“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

“No, I’ve never thought that I was gay. And that’s not something you think. It’s something you know.”

― Robert Plant

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

― Robert Reich

“There are plenty of organisations making a real difference to the lives of gay people around the country that do need our help, so why undermine the wonder of ‘Strictly’ by politicising it?”

― Robert Rinder

“What Russia really needs is not gay rights but human rights, and the rule of law.”

― Robert Zubrin

“The problem with Russia is not that it has laws restricting promotion of the gay lifestyle. The problem with Russia is that it has no laws that effectively constrain the strong or protect the weak.”

― Robert Zubrin

“I am not gay.”

― Roberto Cavalli

“We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.”

― Robin Williams

“My cousin’s gay, he went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock.”

― Rodney Dangerfield

“While shooting in Uganda in 2011, the conservative evangelical pastors I was filming – the most ardent supporters of the country’s now infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill – discovered that I myself am gay.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“Gay Africans must speak up and let everyone know they are there, they have always been there, and that they are not going away.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“I believe the GOP should pitch its big-top tent around fiscal conservatism and a muscular foreign policy rather than carnival bark outside the sideshow tents of gay marriage and reproductive choice.”

― Roger Stone

“Manbags are only acceptable if you are Italian, French, or gay.”

― Roger Stone

“Once I was embraced by gay culture, I finally started to feel I was fitting in. I was understood by those people in a way I had never predicted or courted.”

― Roisin Murphy

“I’ve been so private. That’s part of the reason they’ve said, ‘Is Romeo gay?’ No. I just don’t want to show you my girl – if I got a girl.”

― Romeo Santos

“I think gay marriage should be the national law.”

― Rose McGowan

“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

“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

“Whether straight, gay, bi, trans… body image and identity can be a struggle for us all.”

― Ruby Rose

“My mother and father could not handle even me being gay. We never talked about it, really.”

― Rufus Wainwright

“When my husband and I first became parents, we joked that our chubby baby was destined to grow into an Alex P. Keaton Reaganite – the most unlikely, and therefore hilarious, course for the child of an interracial gay couple in gentrifying Brooklyn.”

― Rumaan Alam

“Vanity is a sensitive subject for gay men.”

― Rumaan Alam

“We encrypt ‘Drag Race’ with the secret language that kept gay people linked for many years before the ’80s.”

― RuPaul

“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

“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

“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

“I get told a lot that I’m kind of carving my own path. That there are not many actors who are out and are able to play straight and gay, and everyone’s OK with it.”

― Russell Tovey

“I love musicals – that’s probably one of my most gay traits: that’s one of my giveaways!”

― Russell Tovey

“For me to play gay, it has to be something special because it might actually be more of a risk. So I’m waiting for that role – I want it to be something that moves things forward.”

― Russell Tovey

“My mum used to think it was the pill that made you gay. There was too much estrogen in the water, and people started taking the pill in the ’60s, and it made everybody gay.”

― Russell Tovey

“When I started, you couldn’t do anything. A gay person trying to write a gay character in 1998 – it was so difficult.”

― Ryan Murphy

“Trust me, if I were gay I’d be getting more action than I’m getting now.”

― Ryan Seacrest

“In Hollywood it seems that you’re considered gay until proven otherwise.”

― Ryan Seacrest

“Certainly our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters need to be supported in living out their call to holiness.”

― Salvatore J. Cordileone

“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

“People say, ‘He doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community.’ I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone. Ya know, straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.”

― Sam Smith

“I’m a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there’s nothing in my life that I’m prouder of.”

― Sam Smith

“When someone calls you ‘gay,’ there’s not much you can do about that because I am. Whereas, if someone calls you fat, there is something you can do about that.”

― Sam Smith

“From 1968 on, I was pretty much the black, gay SF writer.”

― Samuel R. Delany

“I was born gay, OK? I’ve always known. I don’t think my family were the least bit surprised.”

― Sandi Toksvig

“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

“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

“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

“I’m a really proud, happy Canadian. I think we’ve got it figured out in our country. For example, gay marriage has just been legalized in all of the U.S. and it’s like, ‘Wow, hashtag lovewins,’ but that’s not necessarily a leap forward compared to what we’ve already experienced in Canada years ago.”

― Sarah Gadon

“Most of my friends in New York are single women or gay men.”

― Sarah Jessica Parker

“Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions are using their powers and offices to make life as difficult as possible for everyone from the transgender worker to the gay widower to the queer undocumented immigrant. These efforts are not about bathrooms or religious freedom; they’re about driving LGBTQ people out of public life.”

― Sarah McBride

“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

“I want to do something that is not just a pastiche of drag that’s come before but is really authentically me. I try to tune out all the drag that’s out there and tap into the drag that I was doing when I was a little kid – when I didn’t even know the word ‘queer’ or that gay people were out there.”

― Sasha Velour

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“When I play a gay character, I want to be as believable as possible. And when I’m playing a straight character, I also want to be as believable as possible. So the less that people know about my personal life, the more believable I can be as a character.”

― Sean Hayes

“Knowing you’re gay, as a kid in the ’80s, is a very scary thing.”

― Sean Hayes

“I didn’t want the responsibility, I didn’t know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late.”

― Sean Hayes

“Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms.”

― Sean Hayes

“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 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

“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

“Pessimists are usually kind. The gay, bubbling over, have to time for the pitiful.”

― Sean O’Faolain

“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

“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’m not really gay, and I can’t sit here and say that I am, because that’s not real and that’s not genuine. But I also can’t sit here and say that I’m straight. This is something I’ve come to the conclusion through therapy and from being honest with myself. I am bisexual.”

― Shane Dawson

“I always wished that I was gay, that I was just 100 percent gay – for so many reasons. No. 1, that means I would know who I was. No. 2, it would be a lot easier for me to be accepted by people because I wear wigs and dresses on the Internet, and I’m feminine and all these things. It’d be so much easier to be just like, ‘Yeah, I’m gay.’ But I’m not.”

― Shane Dawson

“There are a lot of coming out videos of people who are gay or lesbian, and they’re so confident. But it made me cry because I’m not that. I don’t know who I am 100 percent.”

― Shane Dawson

“Not everybody is either gay or straight.”

― Shane Dawson

“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

“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

“A lot of times, gay characters are represented in unrealistic or stereotypical ways.”

― Shannon Purser

“A lot of people call me gay because they don’t see me with anyone.”

― Sharon Jones

“I’m not gay – everybody thinks I am – but I dig ‘The L Word.’”

― Shawn Colvin

“First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t make a difference if I was or if I wasn’t.”

― Shawn Mendes

“We are Christian and Jewish and Muslim and Hindu and none of the above. We are gay and straight. We are black, brown, white, and innumerable combinations. We are young and old, female and male, with and without disabilities, urban and rural, and liberal and conservative. Every one of us is an equal American.”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“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

“Discovering I’m gay just sort of happened much later in life.”

― Sheryl Swoopes

“It was never like I had to go, ‘I am gay.’ Slowly, almost by osmosis, by the way I was behaving, it became obvious and accepted.”

― Shura

“I don’t really identify as gay; I don’t really know what I am.”

― Sia

“If I was gay, why wouldn’t I admit it? It wouldn’t harm me.”

― Simon Cowell

“Gay weddings will be remembered as Tony Blair’s greatest achievement!”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“I have a naturally camp sensibility and a camp sense of humour. I love the icons that gay people love.”

― Siobhan Fahey

“It’s insane how many fans I have from the LGBTQ+ community. I would say the majority of my fanbase are young, gay women.”

― Sonya Deville

“I just, I was in such denial within myself for the longest time, just because of the place I grew up in. Like, it wasn’t common. I didn’t know anybody that was gay. I think I had one gay friend in high school and she never even, like, came out. It was just, like, we all just knew.”

― Sonya Deville

“I think I was more just not comfortable with saying it. I was also in denial. I was like, ‘I’m not gay, am I?’ Cause I think, also the fact that I didn’t fit the stereotypical mold of what a lesbian is supposed to be or act, I was just this girl that nobody would have expected.”

― Sonya Deville

“I don’t want it to be Sonya Deville, the gay wrestler. I want it to be Sonya Deville, the awesome performer who happens to be gay.”

― Sonya Deville

“I’m the first-ever openly gay female in the WWE.”

― Sonya Deville

“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

“I was influenced by big, strong voices – writers like Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf, Jane Bowles; gay writers like Ed White, Michael Cunningham, Allen Hollinghurst; and contemporary lesbian writers, like Dorothy Allison.”

― Stacey D’Erasmo

“I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly.”

― Stan Lee

“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

“The playing ground is so uneven, and there have been so many straight characters for such a long time, and so many gay actors that have had to hide their sexuality to get the parts they want to play.”

― Stephanie Beatriz

“There’s nothing wrong with being gay. I have plenty of friends who are going to hell.”

― Stephen Colbert

“When I got married, my mother was very surprised. She said: ‘What on earth is going on? I thought you were gay?’”

― Stephen Daldry

“Without a conscious effort, all of my plays have all featured gay characters. I’m proud of that.”

― Stephen Karam

“I think being gay has resulted in gay characters standing front and center in all of my work.”

― Stephen Karam

“I didn’t quite fit in in any particular, specific way. I was a gay teenager who was into drama.”

― Stephen Karam

“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

“Early on, I got some criticism from other gay writers and queer theorists for being too ‘assimilationist,’ probably because my characters are outsiders, even in the gay world.”

― Stephen McCauley

“I have gay people in my family who weren’t able to openly discuss homosexuality, and I feel like that’s shifted, especially here on the coast.”

― Sterling K. Brown

“A gay man can be friends with a straight man. That can happen.”

― Steve Guttenberg

“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

“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

“I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused.”

― Stevie Wonder

“Ten years from now, we’ll still be talked about as the first gay couple that ESPN had in ‘The Body Issue.’ You might not realize, in the moment, the impact that something like that can have. Every now and then, when you talk to people and hear the reactions, maybe we helped somebody.”

― Sue Bird

“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

“Every time I hear someone making ignorant comments about the supposed ‘evils’ of homosexuality, I think about the true evil of the high suicide rates among gay and lesbian teens.”

― Susan Estrich

“Compared to being caught in the wrong body, being plagued by ‘dysmorphic OCD thoughts,’ being gay is commonplace and mostly accepted. What once seemed unimaginable and shameful has been revealed to be perfectly normal.”

― Susan Estrich

“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

“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’m not ashamed in the least bit of being gay or being a lesbian. I just prefer to call myself gay for some reason.”

― Syd

“Most of my friends are straight dudes. I talk to them about girls. I don’t talk to girls about girls; I don’t talk to gay girls about girls.”

― Syd

“I’ve written songs about women since I’ve been involved with women, but I do know a few gay female artists who, back in the day, would write songs about men.”

― Syd

“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

“Unless you’re of a certain age, you may not know my name, but you can Google it – I was a pretty big movie star in the 1950s. Oh, and another thing: I was – am – gay.”

― Tab Hunter

“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

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

― Tammy Bruce

“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

“Yes, it’s called ‘Queer Eye’ and there are five gay men on it, but we’re also tackling real issues. The conversations we have on our show would be just as valid if they swapped us out with straight guys. What we do is important, not just because we’re a niche gay show.”

― Tan France

“We have the luxury in the West of being able to say, ‘Yeah, absolutely, we’re progressive, we’ve moved forward with the gay community.’ We haven’t in a lot of other countries. My people from Pakistan – I know we haven’t moved forward.”

― Tan France

“I live in Salt Lake City, and I don’t have a lot of gay friends.”

― Tan France

“A stereotype is that all gay men know everything there is to know about the LGBTQ community. We don’t.”

― Tan France

“When think about the Frank Oceans of the world, it’s not like we don’t have gay men within the hip-hop community.”

― Tasha Smith

“For many older Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, a lifetime of discrimination has undermined their right to a retirement with dignity.”

― Ted Deutch

“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

“I’ve been strongly opposed to racial discrimination and anything like that my whole life. Maybe it’s thanks to my parents and where I grew up and that sort of thing, but particularly with gay and lesbian citizens, I’ve seen that people can be cruel, and it’s very distressing.”

― Ted Olson

“The more gays and lesbians come out – the more people realize that they have a friend who’s gay, which they may not have known before, and they realize this person has the same aspirations and desires and need to be committed and to be part of a community – then they become more accepting.”

― Ted Olson

“On gay adoption I have changed my mind.”

― Theresa May

“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

“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

“With ‘Fellow Travelers,’ I think I was consciously trying to imagine what my own life as a gay man might have been like if I’d been born exactly 20 years earlier.”

― Thomas Mallon

“Who quick be to borrow and slow be to pay, their credit is naught, go they ever so gay.”

― Thomas Tusser

“Any comedic roles that I’ve gone out for usually end up going to a white woman or a gay man instead.”

― Tiffany Haddish

“I think that people are going to think of me however they want to think of me, whether it’s female or gay or cancer or funny or unfunny.”

― Tig Notaro

“It’s not the ’90s anymore. I think the gay community is a lot more accepted these days.”

― Tila Tequila

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

― Tim Cook

“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

“Gay individuals should be able to adopt.”

― Tim Kaine

“Was President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage crassly political? God, I hope so.”

― Timothy Noah

“I’m not homophobic; I’m just not gay.”

― Tionne Watkins

“I’m a walking contradiction on so many levels. I’m gay, black, and a Christian.”

― Tituss Burgess

“There were interesting ways that queerness could hide out and get played out pre-Stonewall. It is part of a vast history that is getting forgotten quickly as we trumpet forward into gay marriage and gays in the military and a much different cultural attitude toward gay lives.”

― Todd Haynes

“The term ‘new queer cinema’ and the films of mine that were associated with that term are from a very, very different time, one almost entirely defined by the AIDS era. It was a very different social and cultural regard for the lives, the experiences, the worth of gay people.”

― Todd Haynes

“I think many of the ideas that opened up in the ’60s got implemented in the ’70s and that certain minority voices that were not being heard in the ’60s, like women and gay people, were being heard in the ’70s. Black Civil Rights had also found its foothold, and those ideas were also very pertinent.”

― Todd Haynes

“Now I’ve devoted my life to making sure that I can be a trailblazer for any other African American kids or any other gay kids or any other kids that just feel weird or uncomfortable and have their own issues and don’t know how to express themselves. I want to be like a beacon for those kids now.”

― Todrick Hall

“Growing up in the Bible Belt of Texas, I thought for sure there was no way – if I’m 100 percent true to myself and come out as a gay, African-American person in 2015 – that people are going to be able to accept that and understand it.”

― Todrick Hall

“My own strong feeling was that the gay liberation movement really got national attraction in the truest sense of the word later in the ’70s, in the ’80s, and especially in the ’90s.”

― Tom Brokaw

“Coming to the Gold Coast and being able to live as an openly gay man is really important.”

― Tom Daley

“I’m not ashamed of being gay, never have been and never will be. For that I have no apologies.”

― Tommy Kirk

“My son wasn’t gay. No way.”

― Tommy Lasorda

“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

“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

“Gay writers now have both a sense of history and the fables that allows them to dwell in the realms of the ridiculous and at the same time talk seriously about things.”

― Tony Kushner

“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

“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 have hardly any friends who aren’t gay.”

― Tracey Emin

“No matter what, if my son was gay, I’d treat him like a king.”

― Tracy Morgan

“I love that drag is a way for people to vacation in the gay nightlife, but… it’s quite a different experience to perform for a gay audience than a straight audience.”

― Trixie Mattel

“I remember being obsessed with Christina Aguilera’s ‘Stripped.’ That was her peak, and she is such an amazing singer. Plus, I was a little gay boy, and the music video for ‘Beautiful’ existed, so obviously I was affected.”

― Trixie Mattel

“I don’t think gay guys are in touch with how many fabulous divas we have that actually play their own instruments and write their own music, too.”

― Trixie Mattel

“The Lord is my Shepherd and he knows I’m gay.”

― Troy Perry

“Before I came out, the thought of someone calling me gay, even when I knew very well that I was, was petrifying.”

― Troye Sivan

“Someone actually asked me once if I used coming out as a publicity stunt. It’s cool that we live in a time when being gay could be seen as helping your career.”

― Troye Sivan

“On YouTube, if anything, coming out as gay or bi or trans explodes someone’s popularity.”

― Tyler Oakley

“I’ve never wanted to live in a ghetto or write in a ghetto. I want to write about a world that reflects the one most people live in. Gay people are just one aspect of that.”

― Val McDermid

“You don’t have to be gay to be attracted to your friend.”

― Vera Farmiga

“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 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 myself know some people who are gay. We’re on friendly terms. I’m not prejudiced in any way.”

― Vladimir Putin

“I consider William Gay one of the great writers that no one has ever heard of.”

― W. Earl Brown

“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 have a very diverse crowd from old, young, black, white, straight, gay. It’s a little bit of everybody.”

― Wanda Sykes

“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

“When I was first starting out in the industry in the early ’90s, gay love stories were relegated to limited-release films that were hidden deep in the back of Blockbuster video stores.”

― Wilson Cruz

“Women are a minority the same way gay people are.”

― Yasmine Hamdan

“The moment to tell my barber I was gay just never came up.”

― Yotam Ottolenghi

“There’s a lot of rappers out there, a lot of gay girls expressing themselves; I’m not the first to say it; I’m not the first to rap about it. But I’m the one who broke down those doors that everybody has been trying to break down. I did that. I’m the one who went triple platinum first.”

― Young M.A

“I didn’t want to wave the flag and be like, ‘Look! I’m gay! Da da da.’ I just wanted to say, ‘This is my lifestyle.’”

― Young M.A

“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

“Gay men in L.A. are all a bunch of tens looking for an eleven.”

― Zach Braff

“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

“Gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying.”

― Zachary Quinto

“It’s awesome to be part of a gay family.”

― Zal Batmanglij

“I’m a gay man of colour.”

― Zal Batmanglij

“Television has played an important role in normalizing the experiences of gay men and lesbians in America.”

― Zoey Tur
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