By Nancy Ford

“MTV’ s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different for everyone, but to me it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’ s shoes and that doesn’ t need to be separated into two different categories. Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits.”

—Emma Watson accepting MTV Movie & TV Awards’ first gender-neutral “ Best Actor” award, for her portrayal of “ Belle” in Beauty and The Beast. Via

“Women will now win a lot less awards because they’ve made them gender neutral and there are more male actors so actually in trying to get equality you end up with more inequality. It’ s a masterpiece. Do we need to have men and women? Do we just get rid of all of it and take the ‘ man’ out of ‘ woman’ and call them ‘ woes’ ? You’ve got man in there, that’ s offensive and sexist. We can’ t be ‘ men’ anymore, we have to be called persons and everything becomes gender neutral. Eventually I’ ll have to smash my head repeatedly into a brick wall. I think it’ s all utterly ridiculous.”

—Talk show host Piers Morgan reacting to the gender-neutral award on an episode of Good Morning Britain. Via

“This represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like the others, the misfits. This represents us.”

—Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders, accepting MTV Movie & TV Awards’ Best Kiss trophy with his male costar, Jharrel Jerome. Same-sex pairs have won MTV’s “Best Kiss” award before, but mostly for “joke” smooches. Via

“Imagine this scenario: An evangelical Christian couple is planning their wedding and wants a cake for their reception from the best bakery in town. So they visit the Jewish baker to make arrangements but are greeted with bad news: ‘ Sorry, we don’ t bake cakes for Christian weddings.’ Can you imagine the outcry in the Christian community?”

—Mark Wingfield, an associate pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, addressing “ religious liberty” legislation. Via

“They tortured a man for two weeks. They summoned his parents and brothers who all came. They said to them: ‘ your son is a homosexual. Sort it out or we’ ll do it ourselves.’ They replied: ‘ It’ s our family, we’ ll do it.’ The family took him and killed him in the forest. They buried him there. They didn’ t even give him a funeral. If I go home my own family will kill me.”

—Anonymous survivor of “ concentration camp” in the Republic of Chechnya, where gay men are being rounded up and subjected to torture and death. Via

“It’ s unlikely Trump will be able to get the religious right grass roots energized for his re-election―something he needs desperately―without doing something major to inhibit LGBTQ rights. We’ ve of course already seen the administration rescind guidance to schools regarding transgender students, effectively block the executive order President Obama signed banning discrimination against LGBTQ people among federal contractors, install bigots in important posts and much more…. With Pence, Trump has someone in the driver’ s seat who knows what they want, and who will know when to pull the trigger on something that will definitely satisfy them. Stay alert, and be prepared.”—Columnist Michelangelo Signorile. Via

“I don’ t think about it. It’ s not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I’ m in love with.”—FOX News anchor, Shepard Smith. Via

“There are so many people in this boat, who needed a forum in which to put their hand up and say: ‘ I want to make a baby.’ I figure if we can all get together, we’ re going to find people who want to make babies with us, one way or another.”—Paul Ryan (no, not the Speaker of the House), creator of Just a Baby, a Tinder-like matching service where individuals can offer or seek sperm, eggs or surrogates. Via

“The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’ s c*ckholster.”—Late Night host and satirist Stephen Colbert, on President Donald Trump. Colbert was labeled “ homophobic,” mostly by far-right homophobes, who called by some to be fired. Via

“Republicans have been fighting to strip gay people of legal protections and equal rights for decades. Suddenly, they’ re demanding apologies and doling out pink slips for homophobia? Fine. I expect your apologies in writing and your resignations by Friday.”—Columnist Lindy West, responding to critics of Stephen Colbert’s “ c*ckholster” monologue. Via