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"Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure." -- Part of a statement issued by the free online dating website OkCupid. The statement pops up whenever someone uses the web browser Firefox to reach the site. Controversy emerged when the Mozilla Foundation appointed Brendan Eich, ... [Read]

“By controlling for variables that might otherwise impact child outcomes, this study provides further evidence that raising children in families headed by same-sex couples is not a significant predictor of adolescent-parent relationships or of a child’s psychological adjustment.” -- Henny Bos, Ph.D., principal investigator of a study that compared 51 Dutch children born to lesbian couples with 51 demographically similar ... [Read]

“It is exceedingly difficult for us to sell Arizona as a destination against a backdrop of negative attention suggesting certain travelers or conference attendees would not be welcome here -- as a matter of law." -- Steve Hart, Marriott’s Arizona area vice president, in a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Marriott International, American Airlines, Apple, AT&T and Delta Airlines ... [Read]

"The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision. We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract." -- Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King on the signing of Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, making Collins the first openly gay athlete in the NBA. ... [Read]

"Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days." -- A post on the Facebook page of Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, Az. The post accompanied a shot of a sign front and center of the pizzeria's window, which reads "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators," in response to a bill passed ... [Read]

"We were attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic, but we made a mistake by misleading our listeners into thinking that this specific situation actually existed. We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a 'life of its own.' We deeply apologise for violating ... [Read]

"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical." Phil Robertson, the ... [Read]

"The government does not need to recognize the rights of same-sex couples in an official way. Gays chose what they want to be, and the government needs to respond but doesn’t need to recognize them." Uri Ariel, Israeli Construction and Housing Minister, responding to a question on Meet the Press on Israel’s Channel 2 regarding a bill that would ... [Read]

"A few thousand people who claim to be homosexuals cannot dictate rules for the majority; they cannot decide what is right and what is wrong." Prakash Sharma, spokesperson for the conservative Hindu group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, praising the decision of India's Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's decision to decriminalize homosexuality. The decision once again makes gay sex ... [Read]

"Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I've always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder. And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to ... [Read]

"We hope that the Irish Churches will embrace the message of inclusion, which is shared by many Christians, and will not oppose the extension of full civil rights to gay and lesbian persons.  In particular we hope that the minority Protestant churches in Ireland will empathise with the minority gay community and support legal equality for all the people of ... [Read]

  "NBCUniversal has taken quick and strong action regarding this matter and also started a productive dialogue around future 'Bill & Ted' programming to ensure that all park visitors can have an enjoyable experience. This decision falls in line with NBCUniversal's history of including groundbreaking and positive depictions of LGBT people across its brands."   GLAAD Spokesperson Wilson Cruz, ... [Read]

  "I am a white heterosexual male. This trifecta of privilege means that I'm not routinely subjected to prejudice. But for a few minutes I got to walk in the shoes of a gay person in a public place.... I was degraded. I was shamed. I was humiliated."   An anonymous passenger, writing on his personal blog, after Jetstar ... [Read]

"Let's talk about gay marriage. Yeah, buddy, that's right. Love is equal." Pop star Katy Perry to Tony Abbott, a conservative Australian politician who strongly opposes same-sex marriage, during an interview on an Australian radio show. Abbott, currently in the lead to become the country's next prime minister, phoned into the show to ask when Perry would perform in ... [Read]

English: Andy Murray, Australian Open 2010 Quarterfinals. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   “I would hope there are no issues on the tour. You know, there have to be some players who are probably gay but I don’t think other players have any issues with it.” -- British tennis player Andy Murray, ranked No. 2 in the world, responds to a ... [Read]

"The debate in Indian country is very similar to the debate in the United States in that you have strong feelings going both ways. What you see in Indian country is this struggle between the historical accepting of the two-spirit individuals versus the relatively new but yet very strong Christian influences." -- Elizabeth Ann Kronk, member of the Sault Ste. ... [Read]

"He was raped with beer bottles and had his skull smashed with a stone." Natalia Kunitskaya, spokesperson for investigators for the Russian city of Volgograd, on the brutal murder of a 23-year-old man. She confirmed that the attack was believed to be a hate crime. Two men, aged 22 and 27, have been detained; they had been out drinking with ... [Read]

“[G]ay people can just grow their own food.” An unidentified staffer for Washington state Sen. Sharron Brown (R), who has introduced a bill to grant businesses the right to deny services to any individual based for religious reasons, answers the question of what gays who live in rural areas are refused service by the only local grocery store. Source: The ... [Read]

"The truth is we don't have enough openly gay and lesbian MPs being selected for parliament; just as we don't have enough black and minority ethnic MPs and we don't have enough women MPs. Parliament ought to represent the country -- it ought to look like the country that we stand for and represent." -- Shadow Home Secretary and ... [Read]

"Just an FYI. I am NOT a part of the NFL draft. I am training right now with hopes of landing a tryout at a training camp in a couple months!" -- A tweet by Alan Gendreau, the 23-year-old openly gay former Middle Tennessee State placekicker who created a buzz earlier last week when it was thought he might ... [Read]

"Ooh, boy, I have so many. Josh Gad. Brian Williams. Patrick Stewart. Nathan Fillion. Kobe Bryant. Chaz Bono. . . . I'm not picky." Community star Joel McHale, in an interview with The Advocate, who asked if he had a "dude crush." McHale noted that he finds "it really weird when guys flip out over someone thinking they might ... [Read]

"I always had dreams and plans of doing my own thing and creating my own image, so it came a little sooner than I thought it would, but this is still something I knew I would be going through and would have to experience." E.J. Johnson, son of basketball legend Magic Johnson, on his recent coming out via paparazzi ... [Read]

"Nothing about being gay makes one inherently more or less prone to meningitis; likewise nor does being straight lower risks." Health editor James Hamblin on the fears among some in the gay community about the diseases, which most recently killed a Los Angeles lawyer. Hambling notes that meningitis, which is transmitted through the nose and mouth, is no more ... [Read]

"In our society, the meaning of marriage is universal -- it's a declaration of love and commitment to a special person. Nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill." New Zealand Member of Parliament Louisa Wall, sponsor of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Zealand. It's the 13th nation in the ... [Read]

"Bullying players made him feel better.... I can't believe that anywhere else in the country it is worse than this -- it's the absolute worst." Eric Murdock, former director of player development for Rutgers, commenting on the hours of video showing basketball coach Mike Rice throwing balls at players and berating them with epithets including "faggots," "pussies" and "sissy ... [Read]

"[W]e felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute. But people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. But she loved it." British actress Cleo Rocos describes her night out at a gay club with Queen frontman Freddy Mercury and a male-drag-wearing Princess Diana in the late 1980s. In her new book, ... [Read]

"We do not want to create hatred towards LGBT but it's just that we need to convince people not to get involved in such activities." Malaysian deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi defends the performances in schools of the anti-gay musical Abnormal Desire, which depicts LGBT people with offensive stereotypes until the end of the play when the characters ... [Read]

"Not many gay men [in Singapore] would pick up a copy of a magazine like this on a newsstand -- that's just the culture here." -- Hirokazu Mizuhara, managing director of Element magazine, an online-only magazine targeted to gay men Singapore and the rest of Asia. The bi-monthly, launching sometime in April, bills itself as "the voice of gay Asia," ... [Read]