Outspoken: Chris Colfer, k.d. lang, Conan O’Brien and more

“Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags.”

— “Tower Heist” director and Oscar producer Brett Ratner, in response to an audience member’s question after a Nov. 4 public screening of the film (Reuters, Nov. 7)

“I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”

Brett Ratner, apologizing publicly for his remarks (Reuters, Nov. 7)

“By the power invested in me by the state of New York and the Universal Life Church, I now pronounce you husband and husband. You can kiss the groom.”

— Talk show host Conan O’Brien after officiating the televised Nov. 3 wedding of Scott Cronick, who is O’Brien’s costume designer, and David Gorshein. (LA Times, Nov. 4)

“… Since we have all been given free will, let’s use our will to let others be free. Gay and lesbian couples believe in commitment, family and love. If you don’t believe me, did you happen to notice that all that is being asked for is the right to be married, which ironically promotes commitment, family and love? Join me and support marriage equality.”

— Actress Mo’Nique in a video released late last month for the Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign (HRC, Oct. 26)


Top photo: Curt and Blaine on Fox’s “Glee” (by Mike Yarish/FOX)