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Say What? Bieber, Gaga, Madonna, Eminem and others talk LGBT issues

“That’s odd.’ Because God had called me twelve hours before, and He said the reason He was upset was because of people like Jerry Falwell.”

Over the last few months of researching content for LGBTicons.com, we’ve been astounded by the voices across the world that stand up for the rights of the LGBT community while also being alarmed at the volume of hate and fear evident in some people.

Here’s a collection of our favourite (and least favourite) quotes about the LGBT community.  Most are pulled from news reports over the past year, some from AfterElton.com and some are just great soundbites from history thrown in for the hell of it:

Chris Kluwe: “I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population … you know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails.”

 

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Jane Lynch:  “If there’s anything wrong with me, it has nothing to do with my orientation. I’ve got a lot of flaws. But being gay isn’t one of them.”

Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham: “Marriage is a fundamental social good. It builds community and enriches society by self-giving love, stability and faithfulness. Today some gay people want to marry. In my lifetime they have been seen as perverts, criminals, mental cases, stunted developers and the butts of many a joke. After fifty years of careful reflection, it turns out that every society contains a small minority of gay people who cannot and should not be “cured”. They are just people after all. Failing to recognise this is cruel, damages society and stigmatises people.”

Margaret Cho:  “The Pope talks so much shit. The Pope was castigating the media for making gays look normal. YEAH, you’re a real GOOD judge of normal, with your gold dress and your matching gold hat, living it up in the Vatican with 500 men surrounded by the finest antiques in the world! Queen, please! You live like Versace did!”

Jay Leno:  The Kinsey Institute says gay men have bigger sex organs.  Hence the origin of gay pride.”

Beth Ditto:  “If people don’t accept you, don’t change. If you’re being bullied, stay strong.  If someone tries to beat you up, pick up a brick.”

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Stromo on the un-named woman above:  “Hen you should be sterilized. Don’t get me started on THAT hair. Christ. Plus, how exactly can two gay men or two gay women reproduce? Icon”.

Lea Delaria:  “They say they’re preserving the sanctity of marriage, which means that two gay men who’ve been together for twenty-five years can’t get married, but a heterosexual guy can still get drunk in Vegas and marry a hooker at the Elvis chapel.  The sanctity of marriage has been saved.”

Bill Braudis:  “They say you can’t tell guys are gay just by looking.  But if two guys are kissing, you can figure at least one of them is gay.”

Sandra Bernhard:  “I didn’t belong in high school.  Now people are trying to buy lips.”

Darren Hayes:  “My creativity was my outlet, and I never censored myself there.”

Madonna:  “This is for people who are quoting the Bible – Jesus preached this; Moses preached this; Muhammed preached this; it’s in every holy book – ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’.  So, you cannot use religion to treat other people badly, you cannot use God’s name to treat other people badly.  We all deserve love.”

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George Clooney:  “At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”

Paul Newman:  “I’m a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being… by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”

Derek Jarman:  “Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking.”

Josef Church-Woods: “If you’re in the midst of falling madly in love with a hot man and he assures you, as he rips your shirt off, that he’s fine and there’s no need for a condom, you might just take his word for it. You may have been going out for a few weeks or a few months and decided that you’ve had enough of rubbers and besides, there’s no way those gorgeous eyes of his could lie. Well, here’s a thought: maybe they’re not lying. Maybe he is one of those gay men who for whatever reason don’t know they have an STI. He could have been tested too soon after having unprotected sex…maybe he didn’t realise a condom broke…or maybe, like you, he fell in love, got very horny and decided that the man on top of him was too young, too handsome or too damn nice to have an STI”.

Lewis Black:  “Jerry Falwell said that the reason that September 11th happened, the reason that God allowed it to happen, was because of certain people in our country. People like, and I’m quoting, ‘the pagans,’ which is a motorcycle group. Feminists; he brought up feminists. […] And I couldn’t believe it, he said that God had actually talked to him and said, these were the people. That was the reason. It was those people, and that was the reason God allowed this to happen. And I thought, ‘That’s odd.’ Because God had called me twelve hours before, and He said the reason He was upset was because of people like Jerry Falwell.”

Bill Maher:  “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.”

Harvey Milk:  “It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

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Herb Ritts:  “Being an American is about having the right to be who you are. Sometimes that doesn’t happen.”

Allen Ginsberg:  “Just because I like to suck cock doesn’t make me any less American than Jesse Helms.”

Jodi Picoult:  “You can argue that it’s a different world now than the one when Matthew Shepard was killed, but there is a subtle difference between tolerance and acceptance. It’s the distance between moving into the cul-de-sac and having your next door neighbor trust you to keep an eye on her preschool daughter for a few minutes while she runs out to the post office. It’s the chasm between being invited to a colleague’s wedding with your same-sex partner and being able to slow-dance without the other guests whispering.”

James Howe: Another Thing I’m Sick of Hearing: If I started that gay rights group, I must be gay. So if I start an animal rights group, what does that make me? A giraffe?”

Tracey Hickman:  “[A] couple I had known – who were old friends – asked me what I was going to work on next. I told them I wanted to write a near future book about AIDS concentration camps. They were vehement in their response: they thought it was a terrible idea. Their words both shocked and saddened me. “Do you really want to write a book about homosexuals?” they asked me. “Won’t people who read your work be influenced toward sin?”

I notice that I don’t hear from them much lately.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger: “I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.”

President Barack Obama:  “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Dan Cathy, president, Chick-fil-A“Guilty as charged. We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Orlando Cruz:  “15 or 20 years ago it would not have been possible for me to come out. Back then, people still had such narrow views, but today many of them are more liberal. Being gay is no longer a taboo in many parts of society. That has affected sports, even boxing.”

Newt Gingrich“Heterosexual marriage is the heart of our civilization.”

Wanda Sykes:  “When my wife and I leave California, I want to have my marriage recognized in Nevada, Arizona, all the way to New York. How can you stop people from loving each other? How can you get upset about loving?”

Whoopi Goldberg:  “If you’re not sure how you feel [about same-sex marriage], go and meet some of the families and see what they’re looking for. Once you take it out of the caricature of what gay people are and what gay marriage is, and put it in the reality of family and what these folks are fighting for, it’s really amazing.”

Gretchen Carlson about Glee: “Here we go again. Pandering to the .3 percent of the American population that consider themselves transgender. Now I get to explain this to my 8-year-old, if I just wanted to watch a nice family show with some nice music.”

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Chris Colfer:  “I feel like those people (who criticize Glee’s gay characters) should stop writing letters and get a hobby. I personally get letters from kids every single day who write to me in secret because they live in environments that don’t accept who they are. So I really could care less about what those people say.”

Lady Gaga:  “I feel the denial of gay marriage sends a prejudice message. Our youth deserve a fair and hopeful future with government that values us equally.”

Honey Boo Boo:  “Ain’t nothing wrong with being gay. Everybody’s a little gay.”

Rev. Sean Harris, in a sermon in Fayetteville, North Carolina:  “Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign [sic] her in. And you say, Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”

Ryan Andresen, 17, learning that he will not earn Eagle Scout status because he is gay: “[My Scoutmaster] had been telling me all along that we’d get by the gay thing. It was by far the biggest goal of my life. It’s totally devastating.”

Mitt Romney“I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”

Zach Wahls“Governor Romney says he’s against same-sex marriage because every child deserves a mother and a father. I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine. Because the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us; that’s what makes a family. Mr. Romney, my family is just as real as yours.”

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Chad Griffin:  “With the country moving toward inclusion, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have instead sent a message to young people that only some of them are valued. They’ve chosen to teach division and intolerance.”

Louis C.K.:  “When I see two guys kissing, I’m like, how come I can’t kiss one of those guys? They look like they’re having a good time.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann:  “It isn’t that some gays will get some rights. It’s that everyone else in our state will lose rights. For instance, parents will lose the right to protect and direct the upbringing of their children. Because our K-12 public school system, of which ninety percent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality.”

Bruce Springsteen:  “The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is – a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law.”

State Senator Ed Murray:  “My friends, welcome to the other side of the rainbow.”

Charles Barkley:  “I’m really disturbed about the gay marriage thing. Because I think gay people should get married, cause it’s their own business … Because as a Black man, I think you’ve got to be against any form of discrimination.”

Rep. Barney Frank: “There were a lot of Romneys. There was the Romney who was going to be better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy; now there’s the Romney who checks with Rick Santorum on that issue.”

Cheyenne Jackson:  “The more it happens, the easier it is for others, although I do understand why some actors choose not to come out. I have several famous friends who are still in the closet.”

Manny Pacquiao:  “To the gay community I apologize if I did something, but all I said was I was against same-sex marriage. But I am not condemning you. My favorite expression is, ‘Love one another … as you love yourself, love thy neighbor.’”

Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin:  “The Wisconsin I know believes that with each passing year and each generation, our country must become more equal, not less.”

Jennifer Hudson:  “I think to each its own, if nobody is hurting anybody, who cares? Everyone should be able to do what they want and be happy. Who you love is who you love. That’s the way I see it.”

Patti LaBelle:  “I was asked earlier if I was gay. Well, I can answer this way: I’m very gay and happy. I’ve never been with a woman, so I guess I’m straight. Okay? But I’m straight enough to know the difference between right and wrong. I am straight enough to know that if you want to marry whoever you want to marry you should be able to marry whoever you want to marry.”

Eminem:  “I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want. It’s the new tolerant me!”

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Morgan Freeman:  “I grew up in the South but I started dancing in my twenties when I got out of the Air Force, and studying dance, you’re surrounded by gay guys all the time. You get to know them and you have to shift gears!”

Michelle Obama, First LadyIf proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love … then surely, surely we can give everybody in this country a fair chance at the American Dream.”

Kal Penn:  “My buddy Kevin’s boyfriend was able to watch him graduate from Marine Corps training. That’s change! And we can’t turn back now.”

Daniel Heimbach:  “If marriage is radically redefined as a way of just affirming loving feelings of attraction, then equality will require allowing people who love dogs to marry dogs. And people who love ice cream to marry ice cream.”

Justin Bieber“It’s everyone’s own decision to [be gay]. It doesn’t affect me and shouldn’t affect anyone else.”

Anderson Cooper:  “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

Carrie Underwood:  “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” she said. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

Michael Musto:  “The gay porn audience often looks to a hulking macho fantasy, and he (Erik Rhodes) provided that. He was Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the ‘Avengers’ cast wrapped in a gay package. And the fashion connection and the fact that he had a brain elevated him from your everyday escort-slash-porn-god and gave him texture.”

Neil Patrick Harris:  “Welcome to the 66th annual Tony Awards, or as we like to call it, 50 Shades of Gay!”

Daniel Radcliffe:  “I had to smile when stories emerged questioning whether I was gay. Obviously I knew I wasn’t but people were curiously desperate to suggest I was … when you know a gay guy has a crush on you, it’s the most flattering thing.”

Matt Bomer:  “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson:  “The majority of my fans have been amazing & supportive. But I am in shock and ashamed of many of my ‘fans’ who are standing firm in their stance that I am ‘less than’ them because of my sexual orientation. To those who feel this way: I gladly show you the door and wish you well on your journey.”

Ken Mehlman:  “As I’ve been involved in the fight for marriage equality, one of the things I’ve learned is how many people were harmed by the campaigns in which I was involved. I apologize to them and tell them I am sorry. While there have been recent victories, this could still be a long struggle in which there will be setbacks, and I’ll do my part to be helpful.”

Stevie Wonder:  “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.”

Sally Field:  “Nature made Sam, it wasn’t a choice…. You all have fought for him as surely as you were one of his parents. You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realized somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers and sisters. And so the fuck what.”

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Dan Savage:  “Tony Perkins and the [Family Research Council] point to the LGBT youth suicide rate as proof that the ‘gay lifestyle’ is dangerous and unhealthy … while at the same time doing everything in their power to drive up that suicide rate. Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids”

Paris Hilton:  “Ewwww … gay guys are the horniest people in the world. Most of them probably have AIDS … I would be so scared if I was a gay guy … you’ll like die of AIDS.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton :  “Gay people are born and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And, whether we know it, or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends and our neighbors. Being gay is not a western invention. It is a human reality.”

Rupert Everett:  “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”

Frank Ocean:  “My eyes don’t shed tears, but boy, they bawl when I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you.”

Jay-Z:  “You shared one of the most intimate things that ever happened to you – falling in love with someone who wasn’t brave enough to love you back. Your relieving yourself of your ‘secret’ is as much about wanting to honestly connect as it is about exhibition. We are all made better by your decision to share publicly.”

Orlando Cruz:  “I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”

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