By Nancy Ford

“If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events. The NFL embraces inclusiveness. We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.”

-NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, regarding proposed “Bathroom Bill” legislation that would prevent transgender people from using public restrooms that match their gender identity, saying the bill could potentially keep the state from hosting future Super Bowls. Via Houston Chronicle

“NFL decision-makers also benched Tom Brady last season. It ended with NFL handing the Super Bowl trophy to Brady.”
-Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. Via twitter.com3-caitlyn-jenner

“Can you imagine the message these bills send to children – the message of ‘ that child is different, that child is dangerous’ ? Transgender and gender non-conforming young people also already face higher rates of family rejection and homelessness, mental health issues and suicidality, and they already find it more difficult to find work and housing…. (We ask) you to end the needless targeting of LGBTQ people in Texas.”
-Passage of an open letter addressed to “Texas Leaders” signed by Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, Jennifer Lawrence and more than 140 artists, opposing several anti-LGBTQ bills currently pending in Texas. Via

“I have it in my head that it’ ll be set up just like the ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast, but that’ ll probably be a little over budget.”

-Gregory Anderson on his choice of wedding theme, after proposing marriage to his “Disney-obsessed” boyfriend, Craig Moss, at Disney World. Via

“When I got the role of amateur bank robber Cleo Sims in Set It Off, I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, ‘ Listen, I’ m playing a gay character. Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it. But I’ m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor.’ They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.”

-Queen Latifah, who may or may not be a lesbian in real life. Via

“Please Google Gavin Grimm. He’ s going to the Supreme Court in March. #StandWithGavin.”

-Laverne Cox at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Grimm is a 17-year-old transgender boy who fought against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia for rights to use the public school bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. The Supreme Court of the United States will hear the case on March 28. Via

“I was really touched and thrilled and honored that that was the first thing out of her mouth…. At this point, that’ s the role I occupy and I want to make sure I’ m using that platform for positive. I definitely didn’ t set out at the beginning wanting to or expecting to shouted on the Grammys.”

Gavin Grimm, responding to Cox’ s ‘ shout-out’ . Via

“Republicans need help understanding L.G.B.T.Q. issues. And I’ m here to help!… Pence was happy to see me. In so many ways, we have a lot of things in common. I’ m a Christian. I’ m also a Republican, and I’ m also trans. My faith played a very big role in what I’ m doing. And I would love to explain my story to him.”
-Caitlyn Jenner, explaining why she attended Donald Trump’ s Inauguration Freedom Ball. Via the New York Times

“The Lesbian Avengers 25 exhibit proves that it’ s possible to fight back. We have to. We’ ve done it before, and we’ ll do it again. It’ s not magic. But sustained activism does make a difference. It also shows that you have to take a leap of faith. The whole thing only happened because six people sat down in a room and said, ‘ We’ re doing this, whether anybody joins us or not.’”
-Kelly Cogswell, author of Eating Fire: My Life As A Lesbian Avenger, discussing the group and its plans to launch a photographic exhibit celebrating its 25th anniversary . Via