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LGBT quotes for the year 2011

Opinions are like, well, you know. And in 2011, everybody had one — from celebrities to politicians — especially on LGBT issues. Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting or outrageous.

“It bothers me when I hear these reporters and jocks get on TV and say: ‘Oh, no guy can come out in a team sport. These guys would go crazy.’ First of all, quit telling me what I think. I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”

NBA Hall of Famer and now sports analyst Charles Barkley (Washington Post, May 17)

“My family knew I was gay when I was 15, long before I got famous. But it’s a very different thing coming out to your family and coming out to the universe. That’s a big step. Maybe without me, there wouldn’t be Adam Lambert. Without Bowie, there wouldn’t be me. Without Quentin Crisp, there wouldn’t have been Bowie. So everything is part of a big daisy chain.”

Culture Club singer Boy George, known for his androgynous style in the ‘80s band, in an interview promoting the band’s reunion (Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 23)

“NEW YORK! I [love] U! You’re OFFICIALLY the coolest place on the planet!”

Pop star Katy Perry, via Twitter, reacting to the New York Senate vote to legalize same sex marriage. (MTV News, June 25)

To see the entire list of LGBT quotes from the year 2011, click HERE.