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Outspoken: Rapper Lil B, Pat Robertson, Rachel Maddow and more…

Rapper Lil B responds to controversy over his latest CD title

“I’m very gay, but I love women. I’m not attracted to men in any way. … But yes I am gay, I’m so happy. I’m a gay, heterosexual male. … I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation.”

—Rapper Lil B on why he is titling his next album “I’m Gay,” despite negative reaction and even threats from fans. (MTV News, April 21)

“I’m sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing, but I do think that if you’re gay you have a responsibility to come out.”

—MSNBC news show host Rachel Maddow, on other television news anchors who are rumored to be gay but are not open about it. (The Guardian, April 25)

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

Actor Darren Criss on the hit Fox show

“You know just because you don’t like the way it sounds when I say it or you don’t like my haircut or you don’t like that I’m gay, it does not mean that what we say is not true. If you squint a little bit, it is true I do sometimes look like a dude, and I am definitely gay.”

Rachel Maddow, host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, denying claims that she erred in reporting on the Wisconsin labor union controversy. (On Top Magazine, Feb. 27)

“Obviously, there are social-political connotations of playing a gay character, especially as a straight actor, but I really find it no different than … Max Adler, who plays a homophobic football-playing bully, which couldn’t be farther from who he is, and Heather Morris, who plays, you know, like a dumb cheerleader, also a character."

— “Glee” actor Darren Criss (pictured) on playing gay student Blaine Anderson, who Criss says is ready to kiss gay student Kurt Hummel, played by Chris Colfer. (Access Hollywood via On Top Magazine, Feb. 28)