Outspoken

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Out of the Closet

Playwright and writer Topher PayneI have a talent for taking very small projects which could be completed in 20 minutes, and through careful evaluation, finding a way for them to consume the better part of a week. My husband would tell you I do this intentionally, in a clever plan to force him to unload the dishwasher himself, because me doing it will somehow lead to the kitchen being repainted.

I prefer to think of myself as very thorough. I enjoy projects, in much the same way that people with OCD enjoy hand-washing.

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Outspoken: 50 Cent, Lady Gaga, John Waters and more…

“Perez Hilton calld me douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better.” — Rapper 50 Cent, sounding off Sept. 6 on Twitter about gay gossip maven Perez Hilton. The t...
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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)

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Outspoken: Eminem, Betty White and more…

Rap star Eminem recently came out in support of gay marriage

“I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”

— Rapper Eminem, who has previously been criticized for anti-gay lyrics, supporting gay marriage in an interview with the New York Times Magazine (The Guardian, June 18)

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Outspoken: Miley Cyrus, Rue McClanahan, Ted Haggard and more…

Teen performer Miley Cyrus

“I promise you I did not kiss her and it is ridiculous that two entertainers can’t even rock out with each other without the media making it some type of story.”

— Pop singer Miley Cyrus, 17, defending her recent performance on “Britain’s Got Talent,” in which the Daily Mail reported she simulated a kiss — but did not actually touch lips — with a female backup dancer. (Us Magazine, June 5)

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Community Brunch is important to Pride

I’m not missing a minute of this, it’s the revolution. That’s what Sylvia Rivera said of the Stonewall Riots. And she was right. Not just about the beginning of the revolution but about a lot of things.

We commonly credit the Stonewall Riots with being the tipping point for the modern gay rights and Pride movements. And it was. But what we don’t commonly acknowledge is that the demography of the rioters is not the demography of the contemporary leadership of the movement.