Laverne Cox, transgender actress and star of Orange is the New Black, speaking at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 'Creating Change' conference:
"This feels so amazing, all this love that you're giving me tonight. I have to say that a black, transgender woman from a working class background raised by a single mother — that's me — getting all this love tonight. This feels like the change I need to see more of in this country."
Cox is further proof that coming out and speaking out and speaking up only results in positive response.
Hiding does no one any good. She is the change we need to see more of in this country.
Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart columnist, on that Coke commercial:
"Executives at Coca Cola thought it was a good idea to run a 60 second Super Bowl ad featuring children singing America The Beautiful – a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity – in several foreign languages. The ad also prominently features a gay couple. Conservatives instantly lit up social media with objections, with many vowing to boycott the soda company's products. The lyrics of the song, written in 1893 by Wellesley College Professor Katherine Lee Bates, ask God to grant America 'brotherhood / From sea to shining sea.' As far as the executives at Coca Cola are concerned, however, the United States of America is no longer a nation ruled by the Constitution and American traditions in which English is the language of government. It is not a nation governed in the Anglo-American tradition of liberty. It is instead a nation governed by some all inclusive multi-cultural synthesis of the various forms of government in the world, as expressed by the multiple languages used in the Super Bowl ad to sing a uniquely American hymn that celebrates our heritage."
I love how he misses the irony in complaining that a song about unity being sung by children in all different languages and featuring a gay couple, is a bad thing.
Unity, Leahy; that’s what the song was about, and that was what the ad was about too, but your racism and homophobia wouldn’t let you see that.
Stephen Colbert, on that Coke commercial:
"For pete's sake, since when are gays allowed to gay up 'America the Beautiful'? I mean, if the woman who wrote the song, Katharine Lee Bates, saw this ad she would be disgusted and so would her life partner Katharine Coman who lived with her for 25 years in what was then referred to as a Boston marriage."
Snap. Let's throw stones at an ad featuring a gay couple included with America The Beautiful and then gloss over the fact that the song was written by a gay woman.
Svetlana Zhurova, former Olympic champion and mayor of Sochi's mountain Olympic village, calling for no protests at the upcoming Games:
"I have never seen (this) at any Olympic Games and I would call on the people who are going to protest, that it doesn't make sense...For the spectators, it is more important who wins than whether he or her is homosexual or not...We are all participants of the Games and we are going to applaud the straight people and the homosexuals just like the previous Olympic Games."
As long as the homosexual people stay quiet and silent and, well, not so gay.
Bill De Blasio, New York City mayor, on his boycott of the St. Patrick's Day parade because of its "exclusion of some individuals [The Gays] in the city":
“No I am not planning on marching in the parade, I haven’t in the past in my capacity as a public official. I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city … But I simply disagree with the organizer of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in the city.”
Inclusion is inclusion and when you exclude people expect others to exclude themselves.
Bravo Mister Mayor.
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council leader, on the Disney channel’s featuring of a same-sex couple:
“After a year of planning, Disney finally made good on its promise, using the show "Good Luck Charlie" to give Taylor two moms. A spokesman says the show "was developed under the [advice] of child development experts..." But if Disney thinks that'll fly with parents, they've spent too much time in Fantasyland. OneMillionMoms is flooding the channel with complaints. Like us, they know what the research says: which is that kids who are deprived of a mom or dad grow up with significantly more emotional and academic problems. So it's a little ironic that the show's called, "Good luck, Charlie." Without a dad, he'll need it. “
First off, OneMillionMoms is a lie, Tony; try about 40K Moms. And then toss in the fact that every time they protest a TV show, it scored huge ratings. So they help more than hurt.
And then, Tony, you moron, let’s talk about how with one line — 'Without a dad, he’ll need it' — you denigrate all the single mothers out there.
Children don’t need a mother and father; they need loving and nurturing parents or parent.
Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints linebacker, on openly gay football players:
"I think he would not be accepted as much as we think he would be accepted. I don't want people to just naturally assume, oh, we're all homophobic. That's really not the case. Imagine if he's the guy next to me, and you know, I get dressed, naked, taking a shower, the whole nine, and it just so happens he looks at me, how am I supposed to respond?"
Oh, no, I would never think you’re homophobic. I’d just think you’re a moron who thinks that all gay players ever think about is how to seduce a straight guy and not how to play football.
And I would wonder why you spend so much time thinking about a gay player looking at your naked body.