Outspoken: Rick Perry, Jason Mraz, Tracey Gold and more…

“I want my voice of love and support to be louder. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”

—Actress Tracey Gold, criticizing actor Kirk Cameron’s (far right) recent comment that being gay is “detrimental, and ultimately destructive,” during her remarks at the March 24 GLAAD Media Awards. The two played siblings on the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains.” (On Top Magazine, March 26)

“For LGBTQ African Americans, Rustin is the only open gay hero we have, and for many of us, his work and words give us courage to fight homophobia in ourselves and in our communities.”

— Syndicated columnist Irene Monroe in an essay praising Bayard Rustin, the late activist and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this month. (HuffingtonPost.com, March 22)

“I sing songs about love and just as people have a right to choose to listen to songs about love, I believe people have a right to marry the person that they love.”

— Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz in a video for Americans for Marriage Equality, an HRC campaign to let gay couples marry. (HRC.org, March 21)

Top photo: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (publicity photo via texas.gov)