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Outspoken: John Waters, Shangela and more…

Cult film director John Waters

“I consider myself a lower-case gay, not screaming like my good friend [porn director and drag queen] Chi Chi LaRue. I love all my friends in the community, and if the moment came [for induction into the Hall Of Fame], it would be a tremendous moment, not just for the band and our fans, but for the whole LGBT community.”

Rob Halford, vocalist of heavy metal band Judas Priest, when asked whether his being gay may be why the band hasn’t been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  (Xtra!, Nov. 21)

“I’m for gay marriage. I don’t want to do it, but I certainly think people should be allowed to, and I wouldn’t vote for anybody that would be against it. But at the same time, why do we have to be good now? Why can’t we be villains in movies?”

— Gay cult film director John Waters (“Hairspray, “Cry-Baby”) on the mainstreaming of gay culture (Slate.com, Nov. 20)

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What do a gay Cirque singer, a lesbian food writer, and Black Gay Pride parties have in common? All are featured in our latest edition!

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Outspoken: Tim Gunn, Lady Gaga, Julian Bond and more…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“Why must she dress that way? I think she’s confused about her gender.”

— Gay “Project Runway” host Tim Gunn, describing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s penchant for pant suits, in an interview on “Lopez Tonight.” (Huffington Post, July 27)

“Just got spam letter from M. Bachmann! My reply! Woman go back 2 school take history! & if I was on my deathbed & your best friend was JESUS!!! I WOULDN’T VOTE 4 YOUR GAY HATING, BULLY LOVING, POSER CHRISTIAN ASS!”

— Music icon Cher, mom to transgender son Chaz Bono, on Twitter, explaining why she will not vote for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for president. (On Top Magazine,  Aug. 1)

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Outspoken: Queen Latifah, Rudy Giuliani and more…

“Being gay is fabulous...I have six new Facebook fan pages. And for every sponsor that falls out, I’ve gotten two more.”

—Fictional news anchor Shannon Love, a character played by Queen Latifah on the July 11 episode of the VH1 show “Single Ladies,” discussing the impact of coming out in the media. Queen Latifah, who is also executive producer of the show, which is set in Atlanta, has long been the subject of speculation about her own sexual orientation. (BET.com, July 13)

“Every sector of the New York’s travel and tourism industry will immediately benefit from the economic opportunities created by same-sex marriage.”

— New advertising campaign that adds a rainbow to the iconic “I love New York” logo to encourage same-sex couples to wed in the state, where gay marriage becomes legal July 24. (New York Daily News, July 15)

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Outspoken: Tracy Morgan, Joy Behar and more…

“The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight. I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.”

—Comedian Tracy Morgan in one of his many apologies since going on an anti-gay tirade at a June 3 show in Nashville, Tenn., including saying he would stab his son if he were gay. (ABC News, June 21)

“Rock being a male-dominated, testosterone-driven place … I realized that it can be a place that can perpetuate homophobic behavior unless it’s addressed by bands like us.”