Quotes and Sayings about Gay



"Marriage hasn't been my thing. But gay people, knock yourselves out!"
- Ben Affleck
(Related: Marriage, People, Gay)

"I like to think that if I were gay I would be out. Rupert Everett-style."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: Gay)

"Marvin Gaye is one of my favorite revolutionaries. He spoke from his heart, his mind. That's what I want to do."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Heart, Favorite, Mind, Want)

"My hope is that gays will be running the world, because then there would be no war. Just a greater emphasis on military apparel."
- Roseanne Barr
(Related: War, Hope, Apparel, Military, Running, Will, World)

"I am not sure how much I would like being married if I wasn't married to him. A man who likes flea markets and isn't gay? I knew I was lucky."
- Lynda Barry
(Related: Being, Gay, Man)

"Though gay lifestyles have certainly moved into the open, there's little evidence that society has become more open in its basic attitudes or that entertainers should feel cozy in emerging from the velvet underground."
- Peter Bart
(Related: Society, Gay, Open)

"I'm in a little bit of a different situation, because working in the business that I do and living in the city that I live in, I haven't had a problem with people who are gay. Since I was 10 I've been working alongside them, and some of my best friends are gay."
- Jason Bateman
(Related: Business, People, Friends, Gay, Living)

"People have often asked if I'm gay because I don't go out of my way to spit and scratch and give people attitude."
- Jason Bateman
(Related: People, Attitude, Gay)

"If people are going to complain about stereotyping, it's as likely to be Italian-Americans as gay people."
- Jason Bateman
(Related: People, Gay)

"By definition, gay is smart. I see plenty of macho heterosexual idiots, but nine times out of 10 you can have a great conversation if you find a gay guy."
- Jason Bateman
(Related: Conversation, Gay, Idiots)

"Outside of being an actress, I feel like being out is the biggest way that gay people can change perception. There are people that give millions of dollars to gay organizations but are closeted to their own families."
- Jill Bennett
(Related: Change, People, Perception, Being, Gay)

"I want to make films that make a difference. I want to be out and hope that that will make things better for gay people and for myself. I hope one day I can start to make the kind of projects or be involved with kind of projects that can really make a difference."
- Jill Bennett
(Related: People, Hope, Day, Difference, Gay, Projects, Want, Will)

"They probably realized our interview would do more damage to their pro-"gay" piece - rather than help it."
- Stephen Bennett
(Related: Help)

"I'm trying to appeal to the disenfranchised everybody, not just specifically gay."
- Sandra Bernhard
(Related: Gay, Trying)

"I've become this sort of icon for the gay community. I don't like the position."
- Sandra Bernhard
(Related: Community, Gay)

"Gayness is a non-issue."
- Sandra Bernhard
"Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country. I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin."
- Michael Bloomberg
(Related: Country, Rights)

"I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown, perplexed by my own sexuality. I was gay."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Being, Gay, Open, Sexuality)

"I am pleased now that I have lived in a gay as well as a religious ghetto, though it hasn't been very comfortable. Taken together, their limitations cancel each other out and I have seen the world more kindly and more honestly."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Gay, Limitations, Now, Religious, World)

"Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics. There are social cross-currents. We see failed marriages. But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Economics, Gay, Lesbian, Today)

"Deep down, my mom had long suspected I was gay... Much of her anger and hurt came from her sense of betrayal that she was the last to be told."
- Chastity Bono
(Related: Anger, Mom, Betrayal, Deep, Gay, Hurt, Sense)

"Yet through history gays have always dominated religious life and churches."
- Malcolm Boyd
(Related: History, Life, Churches, Religious)

"Five days a week I drive from our home to the Episcopal Cathedral Center of Los Angeles where I have an office, my computer, and a wonderful sense of community - especially nurtured by the presence of several younger gay men and women who are good friends."
- Malcolm Boyd
(Related: Home, Men, Women, Community, Computer, Friends, Gay, Office, Sense)

"Gay men in L.A. are all a bunch of tens looking for an eleven."
- Zach Braff
(Related: Men, Gay)

"People have always said, are you gay? I've had a lot of that. But it's just not in me. I really like women a lot; I'm repulsed by men sexually."
- Russell Brand
(Related: Men, Women, People, Gay)

"It would have been convenient to be gay. Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost cliched Robin Askwith thing."
- Russell Brand
(Related: Gay)

"I do not support a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage."
- Corrine Brown
(Related: Marriage, Gay, Support)

"For the gay establishment, the death of right and wrong began when gaining civil rights ceased to be enough."
- Tammy Bruce
(Related: Death, Civil rights, Gay, Wrong)

"What is life, when wanting love? Night without a morning; love's the cloudless summer sun, nature gay adorning."
- Robert Burton
(Related: Nature, Life, Love, Gay, Night, Summer, Sun)

"I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist."
- Judith Butler
(Related: Gay, Lesbian)

"The two hot issues are the gay issue and the abortion issue. These are the two defining issues in the evangelical community these days. I'm sure that these hot buttons will be pushed, time and time again."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Time, Abortion, Community, Gay, Will)

"I don't know of many evangelicals who want to deny gay couples their legal rights. However, most of us don't want to call it marriage, because we think that word has religious connotations, and we're not ready to see it used in ways that offend us."
- Tony Campolo
(Related: Legal, Marriage, Rights, Gay, Religious, Want, Word)

"We must make it clear that a platform of 'I hate gay men and women' is not a way to become president of the United States."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Men, Women, Gay, Hate, President, states, United)

"I've never really worked on them. Just once in a while one hits me and makes me laugh. My Al Gore was sort of like a gay Gomer Pyle."
- Dana Carvey
(Related: Gay)

"I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn't have to get one."
- James Carville
(Related: Marriage, Gay)

"I oppose a constitutional amendment against gay marriage."
- Ed Case
(Related: Marriage, Gay)

"One of my favorite episodes was the one in which Homer grew hair. That was a very unique episode, since there was a gay secretary, but that wasn't even the issue of the show-the issue was Homer's image changing because he had hair."
- Dan Castellaneta
(Related: Favorite, Gay, Hair)

"As for our garments, my Mother did not only delight to see us neat and cleanly, fine and gay, but rich and costly: maintaining us to the heighth of her estate, but not beyond it."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: Mother, Delight, Gay)

"I actually feel sorry for people who have a lot of illusions in their head about what gay is. I mean, I know some gay people who are really wonderful people."
- Richard Chamberlain
(Related: People, Gay)

"There are millions of gay people in the United States, including well-known celebrities."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: People, Gay, states, United)

"It wasn't a secret that I was gay. I'd come out to my parents during my junior year of high school, on the day that I also wrecked the family car."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: Car, Family, Day, Gay, Parents, School)

"In the 1980s, there weren't a lot of role models for gay teenagers."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: Gay, Teenagers)

"I'm not sure when I first knew that I was gay."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: First, Gay)

"I think that the longer I look good, the better gay men feel."
- Cher
(Related: Men, Gay)

"The public has always had affection for gay entertainers. The time was right for an out gay entertainer."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Time, Affection, Gay, Public, Right)

"I knew that this was what I wanted to talk about on stage. There was no point being coy about it, or pretending that I wasn't gay. That was the substance of my whole act. If you took that away, there would be nothing left."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Act, Being, Gay, Nothing, Talk)

"I live in a kind of gay bubble. I live in a gay house, I drive a gay car. I eat gay food."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Food, Car, Gay)

"I thought they were staring at me because I was gay. But it was because I was on the telly."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Thought, Gay)

"A lot of gay men have a lot of sex. That's what we do. But I've stopped all that-the revolving door into my bedroom. Promiscuity. That was of its day, really."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Men, Sex, Day, Gay)

"When my brother-in-law, BIll Clinton, was elected, he had gay friends. That was a coming out."
- Kate Clinton
(Related: Brother, Friends, Gay)

"We really got a lot of very conservative gay people. You could look at the figures from the last election and realize that a third of the gay movement voted Republican."
- Kate Clinton
(Related: People, Conservative, Gay, Republican)

"I want to host a religious show. I'm sure nobody will be wanting the 11 o'clock spot on Sunday morning. I think we should really get some of our own preachers and preach that gay is good. And we'd have a great choir."
- Kate Clinton
(Related: Gay, Religious, Want, Will)

"I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn't."
- Kurt Cobain
(Related: Being, Fact, Gay)

"There's nothing wrong with being gay. I have plenty of friends who are going to hell."
- Stephen Colbert
(Related: Being, Friends, Gay, Hell, Nothing, Wrong)

"Gaylord Perry and Willie McCovey should know each other like a book. They've been ex-teammates for years now."
- Jerry Coleman
(Related: Now, Years)

"Says he, 'I am a handsome man, but I'm a gay deceiver'."
- George Colman
(Related: Gay, Man)

"When it comes to two of the big social earthquakes in the last fifty years - which are the gay movement and the women's movement - I think there is a direct line from Kinsey to those."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Women, Gay, Years)

"When I first started editing GQ, it gave the impression of being, and in fact was, a gay magazine. There were female models in it and there were women on the cover, but the boys were always much, much more beautiful than the girls."
- Art Cooper
(Related: Women, Impression, Being, Boys, Fact, First, Gay, Girls)

"We've got gays working there. If they can demonstrate long-term relationships, we make same-sex benefits available just as we do with common-law marriages. Gays are productive people. Some fly airplanes, some work in breweries."
- Pete Coors
(Related: Work, People, Airplanes, Benefits, Relationships)

"No self-respecting gay guy would have ever made some of the hair and clothing choices I am still trying to live down."
- David Copperfield
(Related: Choices, Gay, Hair, Self, Trying)

"I have asked the village blacksmith to forge golden chains to tie our ankles together. I have gathered all the gay ribbons in the world to wind around and around and around and around and around and around again around our two waists."
- Harry Crosby
(Related: Gay, Wind, World)

"My cousins gay, he went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Gay, London)

"Gay nightclubs offer better dance music."
- Jack Davenport
(Related: Music, Dance, Gay)

"Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Gay, Nothing)

"I don't believe in organized religion - I dealt with them hand in hand, and a whole bunch of Catholic priests tried to molest me. Telling me I was gay and I should go home with them and stuff."
- Jonathan Davis
(Related: Home, Religion, Gay)

"Judy Garland's father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage."
- Judy Davis
(Related: Father, Gay)

"From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people."
- Howard Dean
(Related: God, Thought, People, Gay, Homosexuality, Religious, Sin)

"I was raised around heterosexuals, as all heterosexuals are, that's where us gay people come from... you heterosexuals."
- Ellen DeGeneres
(Related: People, Gay)

"If a person wants to be publicly gay, they should not be teaching in the public schools."
- Jim DeMint
(Related: Gay, Public, Schools, Teaching)

"Lesbians and gays... they still have to fight, even inside. It's not that simple, even if they seem to be accepted."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Fight)

"If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn't mean I'm gay."
- Leonardo DiCaprio
(Related: Friends, Gay, Party, Want)

"Straight people say, 'You know you're just gay,' and gay people say, 'You know you're just gay.' There is such a thing as bisexual!"
- Andy Dick
(Related: People, Gay)

"Without gay men, I am nothing."
- Janice Dickinson
(Related: Men, Gay, Nothing)

"I think, with the gay liberation movement has had need for heroes and heroines, and it would be rather nice to have Abraham Lincoln as your poster boy, wouldn't it?"
- David Herbert Donald
(Related: Gay, Heroes)

"It's not being marketed as a gay show by a gay person. It's just Ellen DeGeneres."
- Kyan Douglas
(Related: Being, Gay)

"I'm all for guys being butch and guys being men. I identify with that and appreciate that. But if I'm going to stab my gay brother in the back who isn't butch and who maybe acts a little bit more effeminate, what good is that?"
- Kyan Douglas
(Related: Men, Brother, Being, Gay)

"There is so much work to be done to treat gays and lesbians and gay and lesbian couples with the respect that they're entitled to. They deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits. They deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to adoption and immigration."
- John Edwards
(Related: Work, Adoption, Benefits, Gay, Judgment, Lesbian, Partnership, Respect)

"Honestly, if the worst these people can say about me is that I'm gay, then I think I'll be fine. I can handle it."
- Zac Efron
(Related: People, Gay)

"I am not gay, I just like pearls."
- Julian Eltinge
(Related: Gay, Pearls)

"A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Peace, Work, Heart, Gay, Man)

"I have hardly any friends who aren't gay."
- Tracey Emin
(Related: Friends, Gay)

"I have a naturally camp sensibility and a camp sense of humour. I love the icons that gay people love."
- Siobhan Fahey
(Related: Love, People, Gay, Sense, Sensibility)

"To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it, then I have a right to do it. And if it's important to the gay youth - who are now setting the agenda - then its important to me."
- Harvey Fierstein
(Related: Gay, Now, Right, Youth)

"My mission, I guess, has always been the kind of world where lesbian and gay people can celebrate who we are with equal freedom, dignity, and respect."
- John Fisher
(Related: People, Dignity, Freedom, Gay, Lesbian, Mission, Respect, World)

"I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Being, Gay, Majority, Minority)

"I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Marriage, Gay, Rest, Right, Support)

"I think the fact that I'm so well known to be gay makes it very difficult to have a convincing relationship with a woman on screen. It wouldn't be at all difficult for me to kiss a woman - I'll kiss a frog if you like."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Kiss, Fact, Gay, Woman)

"I'm sorry I'm not gay or Jewish, so I don't have a special interest group of journalists that support me."
- Vincent Gallo
(Related: Gay, Interest, Support)

"In the end, I think you really only get as far as you're allowed to get."
- Gayle Gardner
(Related: End)

"The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits."
- John Gay
(Related: Wife, Hope, Spirits)

"She who has never loved has never lived."
- John Gay
"Shadow owes its birth to light."
- John Gay
(Related: Light, Shadow)

"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand."
- John Gay
(Related: Forget)

"The brave love mercy, and delight to save."
- John Gay
(Related: Love, Delight, Mercy)

"There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self."
- John Gay
(Related: Dependence, Self)

"Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose."
- John Gay
(Related: Quarrels)

"We only part to meet again."
- John Gay
"But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest."
- John Gay
(Related: Kiss, Rest)

"On the choice of friends, Our good or evil name depends."
- John Gay
(Related: Choice, Evil, Friends, Name)

"What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us."
- John Gay
(Related: Love, Woman)

"O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on."
- John Gay
(Related: Men)

"Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save."
- John Gay
(Related: Love, Cowards, Delight, Mercy)

"An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse."
- John Gay
(Related: Friend, May, Open)

"But money, wife, is the true Fuller's Earth for reputations, there is not a spot or a stain but what it can take out."
- John Gay
(Related: Money, Wife, Earth)

"A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine."
- John Gay
(Related: Company, Contempt, Gentleman, World)

"Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee."
- John Gay
(Related: Love, Will)

"Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise."
- John Gay
(Related: Envy, Fools, May, Praise)

"Gamesters and highwaymen are generally very good to their whores, but they are very devils to their wives."
- John Gay
(Related: Wives)

"I must have women - there is nothing unbends the mind like them."
- John Gay
(Related: Women, Mind, Nothing)

"Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together."
- John Gay
(Related: Animals, Man)

"No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who've no retreat."
- John Gay
"Every historian has informally an anthropology, without ever using the word."
- Peter Gay
(Related: Anthropology, Word)

"My assumption is that fundamentally the picture of the human animal, as developed by Freud, is largely right."
- Peter Gay
(Related: Right)

"And my interest in history was, and remains, very strong: what I wanted was to understand certain things better by understanding them psychoanalytically."
- Peter Gay
(Related: History, Interest, Understanding)

"There is something very intriguing about, for example, the sense of accomplishment that a small child has, which you might be able to reduce to aggression and libido, but which might also have some independent existence."
- Peter Gay
(Related: Accomplishment, Aggression, Example, Existence, Sense)

"People seem to forget that one reason they are now thinking differently is Freud's legacy itself."
- Peter Gay
(Related: People, Forget, Now, Reason, Thinking)

"My definition of modernism took a while to develop."
- Peter Gay
"What interests me, and has always interested me, has been modernism."
- Peter Gay
"To have a liberal temperament is a kind of psychological boon, To be able to understand that someone you disagree with is not just a terrible creature but somebody with whom you disagree."
- Peter Gay
(Related: Liberal, Temperament)

"War is not the answer, because only love can conquer hate."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Love, War, Hate)

"Negotiating means getting the best of your opponent."
- Marvin Gaye
"Great artists suffer for the people."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: People, Artists)

"I am not going to be dictated to by fans, certainly. I am dictated enough to by my record company to last me a million years."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Company, Fans, Years)

"I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Music, Hope, Study, World)

"I sing about life."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Life)

"If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Peace, Will)

"Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Marriage, Right)

"Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Peace, Fear, Sin, Spirit)

"Music, not sex, got me aroused."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Music, Sex)

"Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell."
- Marvin Gaye
(Related: Heaven, Hell)

"It used to be that Nashville would work to develop promising artists."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Work, Artists)

"Country is not what you heard on the Grammys."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Country)

"But these days, it's hard to make it just on a beautiful voice."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Voice)

"You have to be committed or you fall behind, lose out."
- Crystal Gayle
"Well, maybe surf one time; I think it would be fun to catch a wave just once."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Time, Fun)

"Now so many really good groups who have had a first major hit can't get a deal for a second one."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: First, Now)

"So many singers want to act, and so many actors try to sing."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Act, Actors, Want)

"You're either in it for the long haul or you're not."
- Crystal Gayle
"Staying focused is hard work and staying married is even harder."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Work, Hard work)

"All I ever want to do is what I am: a singer."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Want)

"There was a time when country never used to do videos."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Time, Country)

"Women have to show that tummy to stay noticed."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Women)

"Nashville used to have more integrity than just looking at the bottom line."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Integrity)

"A man may not always be what he appears to be, but what he appears to be is always a significant part of what he is."
- Willard Gaylin
(Related: Man, May)

"A street thug and a paid killer are professionals - beasts of prey, if you will, who have dissociated themselves from the rest of humanity and can now see human beings in the same way that trout fishermen see trout."
- Willard Gaylin
(Related: Fishermen, Humanity, Now, professionals, Rest, Trout, Will)

"Expressing anger is a form of public littering."
- Willard Gaylin
(Related: Anger, Public)

"To probe for unconscious determinants of behavior and then define a man in their terms exclusively, ignoring his overt behavior altogether, is a greater distortion than ignoring the unconscious completely."
- Willard Gaylin
(Related: Behavior, Man, Unconscious)

"A team championship doesn't happen because three people score 10s, it happens because all the guys score well. In my opinion, everyone deserved 10s, we're all 10s on this team."
- Mitch Gaylord
(Related: People, Opinion)

"The greatest memory for me of the 1984 Olympics was not the individual honors, but standing on the podium with my teammates to receive our team gold medal."
- Mitch Gaylord
(Related: Gold, Memory)

"People always want to ask me about my drug problem - I never had a drug problem; I had a self-esteem problem!"
- Gloria Gaynor
(Related: People, Self, Want)

"That's why you find a lot of entertainers are insecure, because it's the perfect camouflage for insecurity."
- Gloria Gaynor
(Related: Insecurity)

"Well, we all know that self-esteem comes from what you think of you, not what other people think of you."
- Gloria Gaynor
(Related: People, Self)

"Well, I went through some emotionally abusive relationships and allowed myself to not be properly respected as a lady, as a human being even, though I tried everything I knew to be a lady."
- Gloria Gaynor
(Related: Being, Lady, Relationships)

"I had a fear of being alone."
- Gloria Gaynor
(Related: Fear, Being)

"I think I sound like Barry White."
- Gloria Gaynor
(Related: Sound)

"I have never been a different person onstage than I am off."
- Gloria Gaynor
"There's nothing to compare to live music, there just isn't anything."
- Gloria Gaynor
(Related: Music, Nothing)

"Part of me looks at the gay movement now and worries that we're losing our individuality."
- Boy George
(Related: Gay, Individuality, Losing, Now)

"Remember that I was out of the closet at the age of sixteen. My parents knew I was gay; I'd had to tell them."
- Boy George
(Related: Age, Gay, Parents)

"Lately, I've been a little sad that I'm not a gay man."
- Gina Gershon
(Related: Gay, Man)

"I graduated from high school in '62 and I didn't know any people who were gay. I'm sure there were people, but I didn't know any. For years and years, I guess, I was very uptight about being a gay actor. I thought it would make me less hirable."
- John Glover
(Related: Thought, People, Actor, Being, Gay, School, Years)

"I meet a lot of young people in the Midwest, and I saw what a difference a show like In the Life can make to their lives in some of these small towns where, you know, there are probably two gay people in the whole damn town."
- Lesley Gore
(Related: Life, People, Difference, Gay)

"Oh, there's going to be debate because you're dealing with the Bible and religion is supposed to be separate from state and that to me is already a conflict before it even hits the gay issue."
- Pam Grier
(Related: Religion, Bible, Conflict, Debate, Gay, State)

"Today, many people are engaging in same sex relationships and saying they are not gay."
- Pam Grier
(Related: Sex, People, Gay, Relationships, Saying, Today)

"I'm an Air force Brat and I've lived all over the world and this country and there were people in my community who were gay - nurses, hairdressers, designers - people who just had a different way about themselves."
- Pam Grier
(Related: People, Community, Country, Force, Gay, Nurses, World)

"When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958, I could not announce that I was gay to anybody, though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew."
- Thom Gunn
(Related: First, Gay, Teachers, Teaching)

"It was difficult being a teacher and out of the closet in the '50s. By the time I retired, the English department was proud of having a gay poet of a certain minor fame. It was a very satisfactory change!"
- Thom Gunn
(Related: Time, Being, English, Fame, Gay)

"I notice that students, particularly for gay students, it's too easy to write about my last trick or something. It's not very interesting to the reader."
- Thom Gunn
(Related: Gay, Students)

"A gay man can be friends with a straight man. That can happen."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Friends, Gay, Man)

"One disco, one soft ball game, one lost love, one gay pride rally at a time."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Time, Love, Gay, Pride)

"There are brilliant out lesbians and gay men and bisexuals and transgendered people and heterosexuals keeping the fire of change alive. Not a day goes by when I don't feel grateful to them for their work."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Change, Men, Work, People, Day, Fire, Gay)

"I don't much care who is gay or straight or married or not. I mostly notice if they are brave enough to confront bigotry."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Bigotry, Care, Gay)

"I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what. The rest is public relations."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: Love, Rights, Gay, Lesbian, Public, Rest, Songs, Support)

"I grew up in a family where many of our close friends were gay couples. As well as that, every man goes through a period of thinking they're attracted to another guy."
- Jake Gyllenhaal
(Related: Family, Friends, Gay, Man, Thinking)

"I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: Hope, Being, Gay, Writer, Writing)

"I'm not a big fan of mediocre."
- Marcia Gay Harden
"I'm always a little starstruck anyway. So to work with a movie star, which is Brad, I was excited about that; to work with a movie legend, which is Tony, I wouldn't have passed that up. Just to get to watch him and watch how he works."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Work)

"In the theater, it's about taking time in a musical segment, a pause in a musical way and then moving on."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Time, Theater)

"You're over there in the corner either thinking about the dead dog or whatever, you're bringing up your personal life and you need the space, and then somebody throws you a joke. Especially if it's an emotional scene, you don't want the joke."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Life, Space, Thinking, Want)

"I'm just a pack mule. I've played leads and I've played character roles. Any actress in Hollywood will tell you as your age climbs, the leads thin."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Age, Character, Hollywood, Will)

"I think in terms of family, in terms of relationships, in terms of work, competition to be the favorite, to be the noticed, to be the one - I don't know if it exists for all personalities, but I know for sure it did with me."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Family, Work, Competition, Favorite, Relationships)

"I love it when ugliness is beautiful. I love character flaws."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Love, Character, Flaws, Ugliness)

"Having a dad in the service was helpful. I was forever meeting new kids, going to new schools, moving to new neighborhoods. I was encouraged when I attended the American School in Germany."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Dad, American, Germany, Kids, Meeting, School, Schools, Service)

"All those days of waiting on tables until I could get a role on Broadway, all that time going to school taking lessons, and all those years of being a nobody following a dream-and now here it is."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Time, Dream, Being, Now, School, Waiting, Years)

"In theater, you have a rehearsal period and you know just who to be."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Theater)

"I was always the child who wore her emotions on her sleeve."
- Marcia Gay Harden
(Related: Emotions)

"It's upsetting that it is such a big deal. I wish it weren't an issue all the time. It's funny that people say it's a departure, because I've been acting since I was a child. I've played three gay roles out of hundreds."
- Randy Harrison
(Related: Funny, Time, People, Acting, Departure, Gay)

"A lot of my friends are club people. It's not me. It's funny to represent that, because it's not me. I don't fit into a gay club setting. It's just ironic that I represent that somehow."
- Randy Harrison
(Related: Funny, People, Friends, Gay)

"I condemn the national gay press for its emphasis on consumerism."
- Harry Hay
(Related: Gay, Press)

"They might have a long way to go before truly accepting gay people into their lives, but they have accepted the show into their living rooms each and every week."
- Sean Hayes
(Related: People, Gay, Living)

"But when I did think about it and looked at the whole package - the producers behind the show, the writers, the cast I would be working with - I would have been a fool to turn it down just because the role for me was another gay role."
- Sean Hayes
(Related: Fool, Gay, Writers)

"The writers have slowly taken the show, with subjects other gay shows have dived right into, slowly. It was over a year before Will even started to date."
- Sean Hayes
(Related: Gay, Right, Will, Writers)

"And I'd like to believe that's true, you know, kind of showing gay people in this kind of light and - where it's not about that, it's just about the characters for the first time, like those shows were."
- Sean Hayes
(Related: Time, People, First, Gay, Light)

"Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colors that are but skin-deep."
- Matthew Henry
(Related: Colors, Gay, Skin, Temptation)

"Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in gay, fine colours, that are but skin-deep."
- Matthew Henry
(Related: Gay, Skin, Temptation)

"I don't think Ripley is gay. He appreciates good looks in other men, that's true. But he's married in later books. I'm not saying he's very strong in the sex department. But he makes it in bed with his wife."
- Patricia Highsmith
(Related: Men, Sex, Wife, Bed, Books, Gay, Saying)

"It's a good thing to be foolishly gay once in a while."
- Horace
(Related: Gay)

"The party of Lincoln should be reaching out to blacks, Hispanics gays and so forth and so on."
- Michael Huffington
(Related: Party)

"Homophobia is gay."
- Frank Iero
(Related: Gay)

"I do not think our priorities are misplaced when we are looking at creating a whole new class of children from these gay marriages who could end up completely dependent on the State, on the taxpayers - the American people."
- James Inhofe
(Related: People, American, Children, Class, End, Gay, Priorities, State)

"I'm straight and I have a lot of gay friends."
- Laura Innes
(Related: Friends, Gay)

"Our intention is to really explore this transition and, beyond that, explore the particular things that someone comes up against when they're gay or lesbian."
- Laura Innes
(Related: Gay, Intention, Lesbian)

"I have a friend who is around my age, a little younger, and she's gay and came out to her own community when she was younger but not to her family and to the community at large."
- Laura Innes
(Related: Family, Age, Friend, Community, Gay)

"I have a wife and a son, but the gay rumors have started. I guess it's a sign that I'm moving up the ladder."
- Hugh Jackman
(Related: Wife, Son, Gay, Rumors)

"These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them. For me to use the word "queer" is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer."
- Derek Jarman
(Related: Love, Gay, Word)

"It never occurred to me that I needed to say that I was gay. I simply am. Anyone who knows me or who's been around me ten minutes knows it too."
- Michael Jeter
(Related: Gay)

"And the danger is - and it's happening - is we're seeing an incredibly big rise amongst young gay people, young heterosexual people as far as catching HIV, which is, you know, in an educated country like this or in Britain, it's frightening."
- Elton John
(Related: People, Country, Danger, Gay)

"I think there is a generation gap. I personally look forward to, as our generation becomes the leaders, you are gonna see a change, and I think hopefully gay marriage will be a part of that country."
- Vanessa Kerry
(Related: Marriage, Change, Country, Gay, Leaders, Will)

"If I talk to a girl, it's assumed that I'm having a scene with her. If I don't, then it's assumed that I'm gay."
- Shahrukh Khan
(Related: Gay, Talk)

"They've said I'm gay, they've said everyone is gay. I personally don't believe in doing huge lawsuits about that stuff. Tom does. That's what he wants to do, that's what he's going to do. You do not tell Tom what to do. He is a force to be reckoned with."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Force, Gay)

"For as long as the power of America's diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Power, People, Muslim, America, Discrimination, Diversity, Gay, Violence)

"Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody."
- Billie Jean King
(Related: People, Gay, Lesbian, May, Want)

"I'm not ashamed of being gay, never have been and never will be. For that I have no apologies."
- Tommy Kirk
(Related: Apologies, Being, Gay, Will)

"The way I approach the character isn't about being gay or straight. It's just about who you love. Gender has very little to do with it."
- Mia Kirshner
(Related: Love, Character, Being, Gay, Gender)

"We're not thought of in terms of color because we are entertainers. We are there to entertain you not because we are black, white, pink, or green or gay or straight or because we are Catholic or Protestant."
- Eartha Kitt
(Related: Thought, Gay)

"There's an awareness of fashion in this country, and it's not limited to gay people."
- Calvin Klein
(Related: People, Awareness, Country, Fashion, Gay)

"There are a lot of gay people in fashion, but it's not as if every gay person is a great creator."
- Calvin Klein
(Related: People, Fashion, Gay)

"I would rather be known as 'Jim Kolbe, the trade expert in Congress who happens to be gay,' rather than 'Jim Kolbe, gay congressman from Arizona.'"
- Jim Kolbe
(Related: Congress, Gay, Trade)

"People think they know who I am, because I've played so many very, very out gay men on stage, and they think that's me."
- Nathan Lane
(Related: Men, People, Gay)

"There are some people that the press like to pick on and not just the gay press, but the press in general. And some people, the press just doesn't care about at all."
- Nathan Lane
(Related: People, Care, Gay, Press)

"I am not bisexual. I am not gay. I have never had sex with men."
- Matt LeBlanc
(Related: Men, Sex, Gay)

"I did a women's movie, and I'm not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I'm not gay. I learned as I went along."
- Ang Lee
(Related: Women, Gay, Woman)

"I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere... Being a human being is what truly counts. That's where you'll find me."
- Annie Lennox
(Related: Music, Being, Community, Gay, May)

"Yesterday Senator John Kerry changed his mind and now supports the ban on gay marriages. I'm telling you this guy has more positions than Paris Hilton."
- David Letterman
(Related: Gay, Mind, Now, Paris, Yesterday)

"I got into theatre very early, so yes I was surrounded by gay people quite early and frequently."
- Judith Light
(Related: People, Gay, Theatre)

"Exactly Straight women who surround themselves only with gay men or white people who refuse any other race into their circles are unhealthy and it has more to do with one's individual fear and individual closets."
- Judith Light
(Related: Men, Women, People, Fear, Gay, Race)

"I couldn't care less if someone is gay or straight."
- Judith Light
(Related: Care, Gay)

"The gay community just recognizes what their closets are and we straight have to spend years trying to figure out which closet we are trapped in."
- Judith Light
(Related: Community, Gay, Trying, Years)

"To me, celebrity doesn't mean a whole lot unless you're willing to use it. So I wanted to use it in a different way, with my AIDS work, the human rights stuff for the gay and lesbian community and the speaking I do."
- Judith Light
(Related: Work, Celebrity, Community, Rights, Gay, Human rights, Lesbian)

"You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender - people are people."
- Judith Light
(Related: People, Gay, Lesbian)

"This... there's nothing more difficult than this. Because we have really, truly good white people in important positions. And the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions. And unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions we will not change the problem. We're in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power."
- Mark Lloyd
(Related: Change, Power, People, Fact, Nothing, Will)

"I remember how being young and black and gay and lonely felt. A lot of it was fine, feeling I had the truth and the light and the key, but a lot of it was purely hell."
- Audre Lorde
(Related: Truth, Being, Feeling, Gay, Hell, Key, Light, Lonely)

"I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community."
- Audre Lorde
(Related: Parenting, Community, Fiction, Gay, Lesbian, Relationships)

"My gayness became quietly accepted and, shock of all shocks, life went on."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Life)

"As anyone who is gay will confirm, being that way is not something you become, it is a set of emotional and physical responses that just are."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Being, Gay, Will)

"If there is a gay uniform, the differences are in how each man coordinates the details: the brand and cut of the jeans, the design of belts and boots, the haircut, the number and size of earrings."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Design, Gay, Man)

"One result of An American Family was that I became a gay role model."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Family, American, Gay, Result)

"It was a pleasure to be a gay eyesore."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Gay, Pleasure)

"Gay culture is surviving and thriving. Some activists believe the recent rise in homophobic violence might be a gauge of the success of positive gay images."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Success, Positive, Culture, Gay, Violence)

"David Bowie and Boy George created a safely contained theatrical expression of gay style."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Expression, Gay, Style)

"When you're a kid growing up, and you think you're gay, you know that you're different; you're often teased and it can really destroy your self-esteem. But sports can be great for building self-esteem."
- Greg Louganis
(Related: Sports, Building, Gay, Growing up, Self)

"I'm a very recent convert to the gay scene. I went to a party a couple of years ago and met a very nice man who took me under his wing and started taking me out to clubs. It was a revelation."
- Matt Lucas
(Related: Gay, Man, Party, Years)

"A gay man has no business leading on a heterosexual woman."
- Lorna Luft
(Related: Business, Gay, Leading, Man, Woman)

"I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals."
- Norm MacDonald
(Related: Gay)

"And I'm in favor of that because I have a gay son, who's a very successful theater designer."
- Robert MacNeil
(Related: Son, Successful, Gay, Theater)

"Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the "will of the people" goes out the window."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Marriage, Medical, People, Gay, Suicide)

"Let's make a law that gay people can have birthdays, but straight people get more cake - you know, to send the right message to kids."
- Bill Maher
(Related: People, Gay, Kids, Law, Right)

"An operetta is simply a small and gay opera."
- Gustav Mahler
(Related: Gay, Opera)

"How many gangsters you know, from Al Capone up to John Gotti, been gay?"
- Method Man
(Related: Gay)

"I don't think any gay dude is gangsta, period."
- Method Man
(Related: Gay)

"Think about it: Look at the strides of awareness and treatment and tests that women have had with breast cancer, that the gay community has had with AIDS, because they're active and they talk about it."
- Herbie Mann
(Related: Women, Awareness, Cancer, Community, Gay, Talk, Tests, Treatment)

"I became the toast of London. A lot of people I met came from these really decadent families where the married men were gay and no one thought anything about it."
- Robert Mapplethorpe
(Related: Men, Thought, People, Gay, London)

"The homosexual community wants me to be gay. The heterosexual community wants me to be straight. Every writer thinks, I'm the journalist who's going to make him talk. I pray for them. I pray that they get a life and stop living mine!"
- Ricky Martin
(Related: Life, Community, Gay, Living, Talk, Writer)

"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: Life, Mistake, People, Being, Gay, Regret, Youth)

"But it's amazing how many people think that gay men should slink off into the shadows when it comes to having friendships with children."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: Men, People, Children, Gay, Shadows)

"I believe very firmly that gay people of every stripe and age should be role models for all children, and that means interacting with them."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: Age, People, Children, Gay)

"Will isn't a screaming queen - that's Jack's part. They needed someone to play the part for America. It's just not the same as Britain. To have a gay character as a lead is risky."
- Eric McCormack
(Related: Character, America, Gay, Play, Queen, Will)

"If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does."
- Phil McGraw
(Related: Marriage, Abortion, Americans, Country, Gay, Research)

"I am a gay American."
- James McGreevey
(Related: American, Gay)

"It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous."
- Ian Mckellen
(Related: Marriage, People, Rights, Gay, Relationships)

"It was wrongly assumed that I wished to become some sort of leader among gay activists, whereas in reality I was happier to be a foot soldier."
- Ian Mckellen
(Related: Leader, Gay, Reality)

"I can't take on all the worries of the world, you know. I can only talk about being gay and being an actor. I'll have to leave those other battles to somebody else."
- Ian McKellen
(Related: Actor, Being, Gay, Talk, World)

"Americans don't want cowboys to be gay."
- Larry McMurtry
(Related: Americans, Cowboys, Gay, Want)

"I come from the New York theatre world, and I have a lot of gay male friends, so this friendship of Will and Grace's isn't such a stretch."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Friendship, Gay, Grace, Theatre, Will, World)

"My American gay audience have continued to dance and sing to the music I make in a way that straight Americans haven't. I am grateful to them for that."
- George Michael
(Related: Music, Dance, American, Americans, Gay)

"I would advise any gay person that being out in the real sense can never happen too soon."
- George Michael
(Related: Being, Gay, Sense)

"All over the country, they're reading about me, and the story doesn't center on me being gay. It's just about a gay person who is doing his job."
- Harvey Milk
(Related: Being, Country, Gay, Job, Reading)

"My gay audience has been with me from the beginning."
- Kylie Minogue
(Related: Beginning, Gay)

"Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives, but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits."
- Kylie Minogue
(Related: Gay, Tragedy)

"If there is a substantial difference between a gay couple and a childless heterosexual couple, I'm unable to see it."
- Daniel Keys Moran
(Related: Difference, Gay)

"Public-opinion polls show that Americans split about evenly on civil unions. But when the words "gay marriage" are presented, they break 3-to-1 against it."
- Dick Morris
(Related: Americans, Public, Words)

"No candidate can win a presidential race advocating gay marriage and opposing the military action in Iraq."
- Dick Morris
(Related: Marriage, Action, Gay, Iraq, Military, Race)

"I think also there was a lot of coming to terms with where I am in life, where I fit in as a gay man in America, and getting more comfortable with who I am."
- Bob Mould
(Related: Life, America, Gay, Man)

"First, I used some of my own experiences and observations from attending a public high school. Secondly, I joined in some Internet chat rooms for gays and lesbians."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: First, Internet, Public, School)

"Just by being out you're doing your part. It's like recycling. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out."
- Martina Navratilova
(Related: Being, Environment, Gay, Recycling)

"Franklin Roosevelt was very concerned about environmental issues."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Environmental)

"Teddy Roosevelt of course was a great outdoorsman all his life."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Life)

"We must recognize that we're all part of a web of life around the world. Anytime you extinguish a species, the consequences are serious."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Life, Consequences, World)

"The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Environmental, Conservation, Culture)

"The issues are by some geometric number - 100 or 200 or 500 - times more complicated today than we appreciated them to be when Franklin Roosevelt was around."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Today)

"Loads of chemicals and hazardous wastes have been introduced into the atmosphere that didn't even exist in 1948. The environmental condition of the planet is far worse than it was 42 years ago."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Environmental, Years)

"In the state of Wisconsin it's mandated that teachers in the social sciences and hard sciences have to start giving environmental education by the first grade, through high school."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Education, Environmental, First, Giving, School, State, Teachers)

"I think the internal combustion engine will disappear from the streets of our cities in the next thirty years because transportation will be mass transportation, or probably electrical power."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Power, Cities, Will, Years)

"If we continue to address the issue of the environment where we live as though we're the only species that lives here, we'll create a disaster for ourselves."
- Gaylord Nelson
(Related: Disaster, Environment)

"In the gay (Catholic) community, it would seem, the maxim is: love the sin and love the sinner, but hate anyone who calls it a sin or him a sinner."
- Richard John Neuhaus
(Related: Love, Community, Gay, Hate, Maxim, Sin)

"If I know I make this much trouble, I never climb Everest."
- Tenzing Norgay
(Related: Trouble)

"If it is a shame to be the second man on Mount Everest, then I will have to live with this shame."
- Tenzing Norgay
(Related: Man, Shame, Will)

"And I used to go the punk clubs such as a gay club in Poland Street that everyone would go to because it was the only place you could go to looking like that without getting beaten senseless."
- Gary Numan
(Related: Gay, Punk)

"We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Mom, Heart, African, Empathy, Gay, Judges, Old, Poor, Teenage)

"I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Marriage, Act, Constitution, Defense, Senate, Vote, Will)

"We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States."
- Barack Obama
(Related: God, Coach, Friends, Gay, Libraries, states, Worship)

"Tom Cruise's attorney said he is going to sue anyone who claims he is gay. In a related story, Ricky Martin's attorney has been hospitalized for exhaustion."
- Conan O'Brien
(Related: Exhaustion, Gay, Martin)

"During last night's debate, John Kerry and John Edwards were so friendly to each other some political experts think that they may end up running together. In fact Kerry and Edwards were so friendly, President Bush accused them of planning a gay marriage."
- Conan O'Brien
(Related: Marriage, Debate, End, Experts, Fact, Gay, May, Night, Planning, President, Running)

"Joyce for all his devotion to his art, terrible in its austerity, was a lad born with a song on one side of him, a dance on the other; two gay guardian angels every human ought to have."
- Sean O'Casey
(Related: Art, Dance, Angels, Devotion, Gay, Song)

"The hallway of every man's life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live."
- Sean O'Casey
(Related: Life, Gay, Man)

"Pessimists are usually kind. The gay, bubbling over, have to time for the pitiful."
- Sean O'Faolain
(Related: Time, Gay)

"Our invisibility is the essence of our oppression. And until we eliminate that invisibility, people are going to be able to perpetuate the lies and myths about gay people."
- Jean O'Leary
(Related: People, Gay, Lies, Myths, Oppression)

"I've been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I've been controversial."
- Jean O'Leary
(Related: Leader, Rights, Gay)

"Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive, is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage. I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means. In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples?"
- Ted Olson
(Related: Marriage, Argument, Gay, Harm)

"Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan."
- Ouida
(Related: Death, Christianity, Gay, Terror)

"Gay sex is a veritable breeding ground for disease."
- Rod Parsley
(Related: Sex, Breeding, Disease, Gay)

"Rock Hudson let his gay agent marry him off to his secretary because he didn't want people to get the right idea."
- Anthony Perkins
(Related: People, Idea, Gay, Right, Want)

"The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round."
- Gaylord Perry
(Related: Baseball, Trouble)

"I'd always have grease in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn't be professional."
- Gaylord Perry
"I reckon I tried everything on the old apple, but salt and pepper and chocolate sauce topping."
- Gaylord Perry
(Related: Old)

"Going back down to the minors is the toughest thing to handle in baseball."
- Gaylord Perry
(Related: Baseball)

"There is a difference between jaywalking and grand larceny."
- Gaylord Perry
(Related: Difference)

"I've just found out there are pages on the internet dedicated to whether I'm gay or not."
- Matthew Perry
(Related: Gay, Internet)

"If you had told me 28 years ago that the largest organization in the world touching the lives of gays and lesbians would be a church, I would not have believed you."
- Troy Perry
(Related: Church, World, Years)

"The Lord is my Shepherd and he knows I'm gay."
- Troy Perry
(Related: Gay)

"God did not create gays and lesbians so He could have something to hate!"
- Troy Perry
(Related: God)

"It was one of the most exciting, perfect evenings of my life, my solo debut at Carnegie Hall. And knowing we were all there to raise money for Gay Men's Health Crisis made the evening an extraordinary experience."
- Bernadette Peters
(Related: Experience, Health, Money, Life, Men, Crisis, Evening, Gay)

"In my career, there have been three things that were challenging: playing gay; playing a Jewish woman; and playing Chekhov. The scariest part was playing Chekhov!"
- Bernadette Peters
(Related: Career, Gay, Woman)

"I feel strongly for gay marriage to be accepted."
- Bernadette Peters
(Related: Marriage, Gay)

"I once had a large gay following, but I ducked into an alleyway and lost him."
- Emo Philips
(Related: Gay)

"It's better to be black than gay because when you're black you don't have to tell your mother."
- Charles Pierce
(Related: Mother, Gay)

"No, I've never thought that I was gay. And that's not something you think. It's something you know."
- Robert Plant
(Related: Thought, Gay)

"I'm open-minded. I don't consider myself gay or hetero, I just am. I've had experiences all over the planet but it always comes down to just me, but I think at this point if I had an ongoing relationship I believe it would be with a man."
- Dana Plato
(Related: Gay, Man, Open)

"In my opinion it's not about gay or straight or bi, we're attracted to spirits, whatever body they're in. There are other reasons too, but that's how I see it."
- Dana Plato
(Related: Body, Gay, Opinion, Spirits)

"I'm not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and that fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it. Committing yourself to one person is sacred."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Marriage, People, Divorce, Fact, Gay, Meaning)

"If people think I am gay, yeah, hey that doesn't bother me. Not at all. What would people think? To me I am such a heterosexual guy. It doesn't even, I don't even think about it."
- Jason Priestley
(Related: People, Gay)

"I think it's great now that we seem to be in an era where it's OK to be gay and I think that the society in North America has had more of a problem with it than any other society."
- Jason Priestley
(Related: Society, America, Gay, Now)

"I think the moral majority and religious right have been shrinking and having not quite as loud a voice in America, and all of a sudden people are coming to their own realizations going, 'Joe down the street is gay and he's a great guy.'"
- Jason Priestley
(Related: People, America, Gay, Majority, Religious, Right, Voice)

"I'm for human lib, the liberation of all people, not just black people or female people or gay people."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: People, Gay)

"All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: People, Gay, May, Parents)

"Here is the real domino theory - gay man to gay man, bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby, they all fall down and someday it will come to you."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Mother, Baby, Gay, Man, Theory, Will, Woman)

"People were saying that David Geffen and I had gotten married and it just blew me away. Not that they thought I was gay, but that they thought I could land a guy that hot."
- Keanu Reeves
(Related: Thought, People, Gay, Land, Saying)

"A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Values, Abortion, Attention, Rights, Gay)

"I want to love all the children of God - Christian, Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist - everyone. I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians."
- Anne Rice
(Related: Love, God, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Children, Gay, Want)

"Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they've ever been is kicked."
- Little Richard
(Related: Time, People, Beginning, Gay, Thoughtful, World)

"Most people don't know that I am an accomplished dramatic actor... But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him."
- John Ritter
(Related: Women, People, Actor, Gay, Shakespeare)

"I think knowing people by first names, not by what they do sexually, is really what it's about. Not being afraid. Fear is the enemy. I've always been comfortable with being gay."
- Herb Ritts
(Related: People, Fear, Being, Enemy, First, Gay, Names)

"There are enormously gifted Episcopal priests around this church who are gay and lesbian, some of whom are partnered, who would make wonderful bishops and they're going to be nominated and they're going to be elected."
- Gene Robinson
(Related: Church, Gay, Lesbian)

"I think my election is one of several indications that gay and lesbian folk are being brought more into the center of things. I'd like to think that my election signals my bringing of gay and lesbian folk into the center of the church."
- Gene Robinson
(Related: Church, Being, Folk, Gay, Lesbian)

"Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else."
- Chris Rock
(Related: People, Gay, Right)

"To hang out in a gay bar or put on a sequined halter top makes me feel like a total person."
- Dennis Rodman
(Related: Gay)

"I've been looking forward to doing an album, but it's really sad to see how many doors have been closed because of the gay thing. I thought it was about the music."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Music, Thought, Gay)

"I've done the gay, over-the-top guy. I want to jump into another show where I wear pants for the majority of the time."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Time, Gay, Majority, Want)

"Just because you are out doesn't make you the poster boy for the gay community."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Community, Gay)

"My mom doesn't get the whole gay thing, but she loves me."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Mom, Gay)

"My mother thought me being gay was a death sentence."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Death, Mother, Thought, Being, Gay)

"I was raised thinking I'd burn in hell for being gay, but I didn't have a choice. It's just who I am."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: Being, Choice, Gay, Hell, Thinking)

"I consider myself gay because at the end of the night, that's who I want to cuddle with. But when I go out, I go to straight clubs."
- Jai Rodriguez
(Related: End, Gay, Night, Want)

"I don't care if you're gay, black, Chinese, straight. That means nothing to me. It's all an illusion."
- Joe Rogan
(Related: Care, Gay, Illusion, Nothing)

"Valentino was apparently gay or bisexual. And his two lesbian wives. But without any question, he had sex with men. From choice. So he was one or the other."
- Cesar Romero
(Related: Men, Sex, Choice, Gay, Lesbian, Question, Wives)

"Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Marriage, Americans, Intolerance, Majority)

"I don't judge people by their sexual orientation or the color of their skin, so I find it really hard to identify someone by saying that they're a gay person or a black person or a Jewish person."
- Diana Ross
(Related: People, Gay, Saying, Skin)

"If I was 14 and knew some gay people, I wouldn't nearly have had the struggle I had. Our world is definitely changing."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: People, Gay, Struggle, World)

"I've had so many interviews where the last question is, Are you gay? I had to find very creative ways to say that I was gay, but that I wasn't going to talk about it."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: Gay, Question, Talk)

"I'm living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: Life, Career, Example, Gay, Living)

"I knew that I was gay, I knew it. I just couldn't see myself as a gay woman, even though that's where my heart was."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: Heart, Gay, Woman)

"I had a hell of a time convincing people I was gay - which was so annoying!"
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: Time, People, Gay, Hell)

"I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman-that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: Life, Being, Fact, Gay, Woman)

"You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don't think you are gay. It's enough to drive you crazy."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: People, Fear, Courage, Gay)

"The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn't really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, The people who need to know I'm gay know."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: People, Courage, Gay, Talk, Thinking)

"When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn't fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: Being, Gay, Name, Struggle, Trying)

"If the tenth of the population that is gay became visible tomorrow, the panic of the majority of people would inspire repressive legislation of a sort that would shock even the pessimists among us."
- Jane Rule
(Related: People, Gay, Legislation, Majority, Population, Tomorrow)

"West Hollywood is predominantly gay, so every man that came into the grocery store was shopping for his boyfriend."
- Jeri Ryan
(Related: Boyfriend, Gay, Hollywood, Man)

"You know, when you don't go on TV and talk about how many women you sleep with, some people in Hollywood, that are supposedly 'in the know,' start whispering that you're gay. If I were gay, I wouldn't be ashamed to admit it, but I'm not."
- Adam Sandler
(Related: Women, People, Gay, Hollywood, Sleep, Talk)

"We had this party in New York, and there were a lot of gay men there dressed up as the characters. I showed up just looking like myself, but it was a real case of shame. They looked so fantastic. We could never quite live up to it."
- Jennifer Saunders
(Related: Men, Gay, Party, Shame)

"I think change is possible, but only for individuals who were never truly gay in the first place and who have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Change, Motivation, First, Gay)

"Yes, but I think if you look at it with a sort of gay sensibility and want everything to be positive about gay life, it could be interpreted as antigay."
- John Schlesinger
(Related: Life, Positive, Gay, Sensibility, Want)

"I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Marriage, Gay, Man, Woman)

"The crucial task of old age is balance: keeping just well enough, just brave enough, just gay and interested and starkly honest enough to remain a sentient human being."
- Florida Scott-Maxwell
(Related: Age, Being, Gay, Old)

"Trust me, if I were gay I'd be getting more action than I'm getting now."
- Ryan Seacrest
(Related: Trust, Action, Gay, Now)

"I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are fantastic people and I love hanging out with them. But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life, does that mean that I'm gay? I promise you that I very much love women."
- Ryan Seacrest
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Work, Life, People, Gay, Promise)

"This record has a lot of influences that I'd love to cover, like Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind and Fire. Maybe I'll do some covers of my major influences during my live show."
- Jon Secada
(Related: Love, Earth, Fire, Wind)

"As a gay Jewish white South African, I belong to quite a lot of minority groups. You constantly have to question who you are, what you are and whether you have the courage to be who you are."
- Antony Sher
(Related: Courage, African, Gay, Minority, Question)

"I don't know where to put whales. I'm sticking them here, but I don't have any reason for it."
- George Gaylord Simpson
(Related: Reason)

"I have a debt, a loyalty to the museum; the best place for me to do what I wanted to do."
- George Gaylord Simpson
(Related: Debt, Loyalty)

"The gays like 'Project Runway' because it's a fashion, and the gays are into fashion and into design. It's a creative industry, and most of the gays are pretty creative, in general. That's just like the culture. We're not all into politics necessarily. We're more into the creative environment. I also think Heidi is a big draw. The boys love Heidi and think she's so fabulous. I just think it's a glitzy, fun show, and there are also always lots of gay boys on it, and, you know, that's fun."
- Christian Siriano
(Related: Love, Politics, Design, Boys, Culture, Environment, Fashion, Fun, Gay, Pretty)

"If I were gay, life would be a lot simpler. I'm kind of annoyed that I'm not."
- Grace Slick
(Related: Life, Gay)

"I don't know what would have been worse: If Mira had come home one day to say she was gay or an actress."
- Paul Sorvino
(Related: Home, Day, Gay)

"Ultimately, love conquers all, and gay or straight, don't we all want to believe that? I would that if this was to happen to me, and one of my kids had come and told me he or she was gay, I would say: If that's the only way you can live, then I love you."
- Paul Sorvino
(Related: Love, Gay, Kids, Want)

"My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights."
- Bruce Springsteen
(Related: Experience, Feelings, Chance, Civil rights, Gay, Lesbian)

"Yeah, I had gay friends. The first thing I realized was that everybody's different, and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous."
- Bruce Springsteen
(Related: First, Friends, Gay, Obvious)

"There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian, and then I think there are a lot of people who are kind of some percentage or some version of that."
- Michael Stipe
(Related: People, Gay, Lesbian)

"The most successful marriages, gay or straight, even if they begin in romantic love, often become friendships. It's the ones that become the friendships that last."
- Andrew Sullivan
(Related: Love, Successful, Gay, Romantic)

"If you are a gay couple living in Alabama, you know one thing: your family has no standing under the law; and it can and will be violated by strangers."
- Andrew Sullivan
(Related: Family, Gay, Law, Living, Strangers, Will)

"My own early crusade for same-sex marriage, for example, is now mainstream gay politics. It wasn't when I started."
- Andrew Sullivan
(Related: Marriage, Politics, Example, Gay, Now)

"The reporter wrote with the hope that he would get a by-line in the Times, a testimony to his being alive on that day and all the tomorrows of microfilm."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Hope, Being, Day)

"The real problem is what to do with the problem-solvers after the problems are solved."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Problems)

"People go to restaurants for so many different reasons. To court a girl, to make some deal. Maybe to talk to some lawyer about how to get an alimony settlement better than they got last week."
- Gay Talese
(Related: People, Court, Restaurants, Talk)

"I write and rewrite and rewrite and write and like to turn in what I think is finished work."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Work)

"I could come up with 50 stories that I am thinking about."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Thinking)

"I am writing about people who are alive in the city of New York during mid-20th-century America. And these people are like a character in a play or they are figures in a short story or a novel."
- Gay Talese
(Related: People, Character, America, Play, Writing)

"For example, many colleges in their writing programs teach some of my work."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Work, Example, Writing)

"Thirteen years I took on this last book."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Years)

"Better that you should take the chance of trying something that is close to your heart, you think is what you want to write, and if they do not publish it, put it in your drawer. But maybe another day will come and you will find a place to put that."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Heart, Chance, Day, Trying, Want, Will)

"Restaurants are a wonderful escape for me. And are for a lot of people."
- Gay Talese
(Related: People, Restaurants)

"Even after they had stopped modeling for Playboy and had settled down with other men to raise families of their own, Hugh Hefner still considered them his women, and in the bound volumes of his magazine he would always possess them."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Men, Women)

"Yes there is a little group of soccer aficionados, but I am not one of them."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Soccer)

"News, if unreported, has no impact. It might as well have not happened at all."
- Gay Talese
(Related: News)

"With all of the qualities of the scene-setting, the dialogue, the place and time and the time and place in which your characters move. And I want to move with the characters, move with them and describe the world in which they are living."
- Gay Talese
(Related: Time, Living, Want, World)

"A lot of what used to be known as gay culture - broadly speaking, homoeroticism and being camp - has been brought into mainstream culture. I think we should be moving to an era where it's just sex."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Sex, Being, Culture, Gay)

"He comes to London and gets a job in a nightclub, a gay club, where he's known as Straight Dave by the bar staff - and no one believes he's as straight as he claims to be. He meets the daughter of the club manager, and he has an affair with her."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Manager, Daughter, Gay, Job, London)

"We hope we are moving toward a world where sexual orientation is not an issue, because we hate the idea of a gay ghetto. I think that it's a real shame that people become restricted by their sexuality or define their whole lives by their sexuality."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: People, Idea, Hope, Gay, Hate, Sexuality, Shame, World)

"The big gay clubs like Heaven started having mixed nights in the late '80s."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Gay, Heaven)

"When I was I younger I didn't want to be gay. Not because I was scared of the sexual thing; I didn't want to be a clone. Now this was in the late '70s."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Gay, Now, Want)

"As I walk around, I have met 70-year-old women who live on the Upper West Side who love the show. And I met a couple in Kansas - a couple of truck drivers who drove around together - who loved it. It's popular all over the place and definitely in the gay community."
- Lee Tergesen
(Related: Love, Women, Community, Gay, Popular)

"A lot of people in my world - in the acting world - have either lost friends to Aids or live with HIV because its origin in our culture, in New York for instance, was in the gay community."
- Emma Thompson
(Related: People, Acting, Community, Culture, Friends, Gay, World)

"Americans know as much about Canada as straight people do about gays. Americans arrive at the border with skis in July, and straight people think that being gay is just a phase. A very long phase."
- Scott Thompson
(Related: People, Americans, Being, Canada, Gay, July)

"But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers?"
- James Thomson
(Related: Imagination, Nature, Creation, Gay)

"I know there are nights when I have power, when I could put on something and walk in somewhere, and if there is a man who doesn't look at me, it's because he's gay."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Power, Gay, Man)

"Who quick be to borrow and slow be to pay, their credit is naught, go they ever so gay."
- Thomas Tusser
(Related: Credit, Gay, Quick)

"There's lots of stuff about me being a fan of Cliff but not being gay. Which suggests that he is, but he's not. Anyway, this is Channel 4, let their lawyers sort it out."
- Johnny Vegas
(Related: Being, Gay, Lawyers)

"The media seems to think only abortion and gay marriage are religious issues. Poverty is a moral issue, it's a faith issue, it's a religious issue."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Faith, Marriage, Abortion, Gay, Media, Poverty, Religious)

"My dearest friend in the movement is Jack Nichols. If there were no such thing as gay or straight, we would still talk and share experiences till the end of time."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Time, Friend, Gay, Talk)

"We have many cases of men committing suicide rather than face their own individuality. I know of no case of a woman who committed suicide because she was gay."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Men, Gay, Individuality, Suicide, Woman)

"Many people secretly think that gays are a lot happier than they are, and want to punish them."
- George Weinberg
(Related: People, Want)

"Coming out to gays is a way of affirming sanity and self-worth."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Sanity, Self)

"It wouldn't have mattered to my mother if I married a black, was gay, lived in a commune or wore a dress."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Mother, Dress, Gay)

"Finally, fighting for gay rights, speaking out in various places and making friends, men and women, was great."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Men, Women, Fighting, Friends, Rights, Gay)

"Sooner or later they are going to live in a New York City where gay marriage is not only legal, but it's common and they don't even notice."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Marriage, Legal, Gay)

"I extend that to the abortion issue, I extend that to the so-called gay rights issue, I think this is a freedom principle and consistent with the analysis in the economic area as well."
- William Weld
(Related: Abortion, Freedom, Rights, Gay)

"In the case of my book, I don't think it's really the coming-out gay novel that everyone really needed, even though it was received as such. The boy is too creepy, he betrays his teacher, the only adult man with whom he's enjoyed a sexual experience, etc."
- Edmund White
(Related: Experience, Gay, Man)

"An awful lot of gay pop stars pretend to be straight. I'm going to start a movement of straight pop stars pretending to be gay."
- Robbie Williams
(Related: Gay, Stars)

"We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture."
- Robin Williams
(Related: Gay, Night)

"I am a Colorado native, and, no, I did not vote for the anti-gay amendment or the same-sex marriage ban, and I am not a member of a militia."
- Connie Willis
(Related: Marriage, Vote)

"It's kind of a shame that it's even an issue. Not being gay, I can't fully appreciate how complicated that is. In the article, the interviewer asked me, and I said that if I were, I would just say it."
- Scott Wolf
(Related: Being, Gay, Shame)

"I had heard before that there were rumors I was gay. It's funny. My cousin gets his hair cut at this place, and one of the guys there told him that Scott Wolf was gay. He didn't realize that he was my cousin."
- Scott Wolf
(Related: Funny, Gay, Hair, Rumors)