Outspoken

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Outspoken: Bill Maher, Eric Stonestreet, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and more…

The cast of Fox's Glee

“Please spare me the 40-minute dissertation on how fabulous ‘Glee’ is. It’s 2010. You can just come right out and say you’re gay.”

— Comedian Bill Maher in his “New Rules for Emmy,” a humorous take on the Aug. 29 television awards broadcast (HollywoodReporter.com, Aug. 26)

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Outspoken: Glenn Beck, Margaret Cho and more…

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck

“You have a rare opportunity to right a wrong and I pray to God that you will take it. As an African American you understand the ugliness of hate and the pain of discrimination. This is not a battle of heterosexual against homosexual, but a struggle of justice against injustice.”

— Black LGBT activist C.D. Kirven in an open letter to Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., requesting a meeting to discuss King’s claim that gay marriage is “genocide” at a recent anti-gay marriage rally in Atlanta (Cherrygrrl.com, Aug. 9)

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Outspoken: ‘Modern Family,’ Annise Parker, Joe Solmonese and more…

Modern Family

“If you had a daughter or son who was gay, would you not want them to be able to work and support themselves?”

— Memphis, Tenn., City Councilmember Janis Fullilove on why she is sponsoring a measure to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the non-discrimination policy for city workers. Fullilove has received death threats over the measure, which will be discussed by the council on Aug. 10 (Memphis Flyer, July 20; WREG.com, July 28)

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Outspoken: D.L. Hughley, GLAAD and more…

Actress Lindsay Lohan spends time in jail

“The gay inmates wear their shirts inside out to let others know they are available. So if Lindsay doesn’t want someone to grab her ass she’d better keep her shirt on straight. Women grab each other like animals when the guards aren’t looking. It’s disgusting.”

Tamara Haley, an inmate at Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, Calif., on what actress Lindsay Lohan can expect during her incarceration there for probation violations. (New York Daily News, July 15)

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Outspoken: Sen. Lindsey Graham, actor Nelsan Ellis, Tony Perkins and more…

Hockey player Brent Sobel

“Everyone has feelings and everyone is a person. That’s what we continue to promote to our kids. I hope [the gay community] gets equality and what they’re looking for.”

Brent Sopel, a player for the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks, who carried the Stanley Cup in the Chicago Gay Pride parade. Sopel has since been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers. (Chicago Tribune, June 22)