Outspoken: Honey Boo Boo, Nate Berkus and more…

Lee Thompson, “Uncle Poodle,” in a video for Spirit Day recounting how he had been bullied “day in and day out” in school for being gay, but remains grateful for the support of his family. (GLAAD.org, Oct. 19)

“People always talk about the double entendres. There was not one double entendre in the music.”

—  David “Scar” Hodo, the construction worker in the ‘70s band The Village People, in an interview with other band members claiming songs like “YMCA” and “In the Navy” had no gay meaning. (The Sun, Oct. 22)

“I knew that I was a gay boy fairly early; what was interesting to me was that my mother didn’t know. … 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.’”

—  Interior design television host Nate Berkus, promoting “The Things that Matter,” his semiautobiographical book, in an interview with Joy Behar. (HuffingtonPost.com, Oct. 21)