Being out is just about being who you are.—Carson Kressley ( pictured ) .
'Let me tell you what I have been telling voters across America. I am fully committed to the fair and equal treatment of LGBT Americans. For seven long years, the Bush Administration has tried to divide us—only seeing people who matter to them. It's been a government of the few, by the few, and for the few. And no community has been more invisible to this administration than the LGBT community. I will change that.' — Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Feb. 4 in 'A Message to LGBT Americans: 'I Want to be Your President.''
'There were, indeed, some factual inaccuracies in President Clinton's statement about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' ... Military members cannot be out to anyone, at any time, while serving under the law. Statements to friends, family members or anyone else are grounds for dismissal from the armed forces, as they have been since day one. The law, indeed, practically prevents any gay American, who is out in any way, from serving in the military.' — Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, to syndicated gay press columnist Chris Crain, Jan. 24.
'What's a feminist civil-rights supporter to do? This is an embarrassment of riches we have in the Democratic primary. Sure, they all have their limitations, but when was the last time we had some viable, charismatic choices? When didn't you hold your nose to vote for the president. ... We feminists are between a Barack and a hard place. Our fantasy presidential teams are flush.' — Tracy Baim, publisher of the Chicago gay newspaper Windy City Times, in a Jan. 16 opinion column.
'I always wanted to design clothes, or decorate houses, or just be fabulous, but I didn't expect it to come in the form of fame, and certainly didn't expect to have a TV show. I never even imagined that. Queer Eye was just an amazing, happy accident. I guess it's like that old adage where preparation met luck and it all worked out and was just really good karma.' — Carson Kressley to AfterElton.com, Jan. 30.
'If I say I was being stereotypical and I [ then ] do what 'shouldn't' be stereotypical, then I'm living my life for somebody else and I'm marching to the beat of somebody else's drummer, and that, I think, is a worse thing. [ B ] eing out is just about being who you are. It's a worse crime to have to be a certain [ non-stereotypical ] way. And really, I think that is being a little homophobic. It's just me being me, and if you don't like it, that's just too bad.' — TV celebrity Carson Kressley, of Queer Eye fame, to AfterElton.com, Jan. 30.
'I'm supporting her [ Hillary Clinton ] because I know her and I like her and she's smart and a tough girl. But I don't have much respect for either party. I just think Republicans are worse.' — Cher to USA Today, Feb. 6.
—Assistance: Bill Kelley