“The cheers were louder than the boos and I must say, ‘Thank you!’ If anything, I hope LGBTQ youth can see something like that and stand proud. I am proud to be standing with them. From the voice of a gay man who has been living with HIV/AIDS for nearly 30 years, my message to those LGBTQ youth: ‘Don’t give up and you are worth more than you know! Also, life does get better…”
- Greg Louganis, 56, five-time Olympic medalist, who received boos and cheers as the first gay grand marshal of the Rose Parade last week.
“She said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me.”
— Ellen Degeneres, talk show host, who canceled a scheduled appearance on her show by gospel singer Kim Burrell, who was supposed to perform a duet with Pharrell Williams from the new film Hidden Figures. A video went viral prior to Burrell’s appearance in which she railed against gays calling them “perverted.”
“We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way. Live and let live. Love and let love.”
—Pharrell Williams, appearing on Ellen.
“We are convinced that Jeff Sessions will not fairly enforce our nation’s laws and promote justice and equality in the United States.”
—A letter to Congress signed by more than 1,100 law professors protesting the appointment of President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, the anti-LGBT and racially-insensitive Jeff Sessions.
Why are dolls from the 1920s-1950s always the ones that are haunted? I wanna see a haunted Millennial Princess Barbie that will cut you…”
—Omar M., Ft. Lauderdale
“Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who took a stroll at 3 a.m. around Buckingham Palace because she couldn’t sleep and was “nearly shot” by a guard.