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" ADCOLOR is an incredible organization that not only empowers people from all backgrounds to rise up but also to give back. "
" It's important that we continue to uplift and strengthen our LGBTQ youth who are the future of our community and remind them that their voices are heard. "
" When we talk about LGBT characters on TV we're talking about the entire rainbow, and that includes trans people, and that includes non-binary people, people of color, women, differently-abled people. There is so much opportunity for storytelling there, and I hope that we continue to see more of that. "
" When I got the appetite for more and more theatre, all I could think of was trying to get back to New York. "
" I consider myself an 'actorvist.' When I say that, what I mean is that I use my art to inform my activism and to be my activism sometimes, but I also use my activism in my art. "
" My dad is now an incredibly important ally of mine. I'm so impressed with him. He's a hero to me because he put love and his family first. "
" You cannot overstate, I don't think, the impact of a show like 'Glee' on a generation. "
" I remember watching the premiere of the pilot episode of 'Next Gen' when I was a teenager. "
" President Clinton's support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality. Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward. "
" I hope that upon this scorched earth we have planted the seeds of ideas that will bear the fruit of more diverse and inclusive stories that include people of color in the LGBT community. "
" I am honored to be receiving the Point Courage Award. "
" I've always been drawn to love stories. Growing up, I would devour films like 'Moonstruck,' 'Ghost,' 'Love and Basketball,' and 'Love, Jones,' replacing the lovers in my imagination with two men. "
" I came out to my dad in Christmas of '94. "
" I like to bring a level of vulnerability and real humanity to the characters I play when appropriate, and I feel like Dr. Culber lives pretty comfortably in that vulnerable world, but he's a professional first. "
" When you're 14, 15, the most important thing in your life should be education, because that's what's going to set you up for success as an adult. So if coming out now will hinder your education, maybe we take some time to think about whether the time is right or not. Those are my concern. "
" Sometimes we make progress in leaps. And sometimes we make them in small steps. "
" Adam Lambert's continued success as one of the world's best-selling pop stars shows LGBT people that they can be themselves and make it in a mainstream industry that many feel unfairly rejects them. "
" What's disheartening for me and to all of us in GLAAD is when it comes to major studio films, LGBT people are basically invisible. And when we do show up, it's largely a part of comedies as carictatures to service a joke that's at the expense of the character. "
" I had no idea what being on stage would be like or how I'd react to the applause. I didn't think I deserved their applause. Then I realized I'd done something to make them feel something. That made it okay. But it was weird. A nice weird. "
" The seeds of marriage equality... were planted on MTV. "
" It sounds corny, but I wanted to be the change I wanted to see in the world. I used to have that on my notebook in school. "
" I think people come home, and they turn on the TV and don't necessarily want a mirror in their face. They want to escape. "
" I'm aware that I'm playing one of the first LGBT characters on 'Star Trek' in the first relationship, so there's a responsibility that comes with that. I'm aware of that. "
" The thing about me and school was that as much as I felt that I didn't belong, as long as I was on a stage or dancing, that's where I excelled the most, felt worthy. "
" As a fan of the franchise, I count myself among the countless LGBTQ fans who have longed to see themselves and our relationships depicted on 'Star Trek.' "
" I love being an actor. "
" I was 19, 20. I didn't know what to do. I knew one thing: I never saw myself on TV or anyone like me, and I wanted to be that for someone else. I think the most courageous thing I did was ask for help. "
" It's 'Star Trek!' It's as close to an American mythology as we get. To be a part of that storytelling after being a fan since I was a teenage boy who saw the pilot episode of 'Next Generation' air, it's all very surreal. "
" All I ever wanted to do when I was a kid was be in a Broadway musical and to be in 'Star Trek,' and I can finally say I've done that. "
" I don't think it's exaggeration or hyperbole to say that Pedro Zamora changed the world. "
" Steve Warren's work and career have opened doors for out professionals across the entertainment industry. In addition to advocating for LGBT people, he has continuously mobilized a large base of high-profile allies to help bring about social change. "