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"We don’t have that massive, famous star who is still competing in sports. Most people wait until they’re finished and then retired, so [we need that person] who is still competing, who is still relevant and is out there, doing his thing every day, on the field, telling us what it’s like. And that one person, whoever they are, is gonna shatter that barrier."

- Blake Skjellerup

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"There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we’re all supposed to act, dress and speak and they serve no one. Anyone who defies these so-called ‘norms’ becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny and the LGBT community knows this all too well. Yet there is courage all around us. The football hero, Michael Sam; the actress, Laverne Cox; the musicians Tegan and Sara Quin. The family that supports their daughter or son who has come out. And there is courage in this room. All of you."

- Ellen Page

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"I was concerned about the reaction from my family, my friends. I’m pleased to say that in telling them, and especially my parents, they told me that they love me and they support me. And for young people out there, know that that’s usually what the answer is."

- Ian Thorpe

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“I’m an athlete. Realistically, I put on a spandex suit and slide down a mountain. I’m no message board for political movements. But we need to have leaders in our sport community. If it takes a 19 year old to step up and to that, I’m more than willing to use my voice or the platform that I’ve been given to give a figurehead to gay youth in sport.”
- John Fennell

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"There will be negativity, negative reactions, I expect that. … Everyone can say hurtful things and hateful things; I don’t let stuff like that distract me. But there are going to be positives. The positives will outweigh the negative."

- Michael Sam

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"You know, it’s not really coming out, … It’s more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen."

- George Takei

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"It’s funny, when I was younger I used to lie in bed and think, ‘What will I do if I ever get famous and they find out I’m gay?’ I would really angst about that. It just happened so naturally and I didn’t hide anything. I never let anything like my sexuality stop me from pursuing what I wanted to do and what I do has nothing to do with my orientation really."

- Jane Lynch

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"My whole world just changed right there and then. Of course, I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier. I feel safe and it just feels right.

People are going to have their own opinions and people are going to make a deal of this. Is it a big deal? I don’t think so. People are going to call me a liar, it’s going to be big, but I wanted to say something and right now I’m ready and I wanted to do it.”

- Tom Daley

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"Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret."

- Robbie Rogers

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"I want to be clear and here are the values that I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for."

- Ellen Degeneres