Outspoken: Rachel Maddow, Darren Criss, Boy George and more…

“Homosexuals have effectively co-opted blackness…to where now, we actually believe gay is the new black and we actually believe homosexual marriage is a civil rights issue. I’m insulted that people equate not just a sinful behavior but a behavior that’s a special category of sin called abomination with the level of melanin in my skin.

—Pastor Voddie Baucham of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas, in a Feb. 26 speech to the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tenn. (Christian Post, Feb. 27)

“My family knew I was gay when I was 15, long before I got famous. But it’s a very different thing coming out to your family and coming out to the universe. That’s a big step. Maybe without me, there wouldn’t be Adam Lambert. Without Bowie, there wouldn’t be me. Without Quentin Crisp, there wouldn’t have been Bowie. So everything is part of a big daisy chain.”

— Culture Club singer Boy George, known for his androgynous style in the ‘80s band, in an interview promoting the band’s reunion (Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 23)


Top photo: Actor Darren Criss says his character “Blaine” is ready to kiss Chris Colfer’s “Kurt” on the Fox show “Glee” (via Facebook)