“Society finally has a chance to see and learn who we are.”

New Hope, Texas Mayor Jess Herbst, who came out as transgender eight months after taking office.

“My [family] immigrated from Germany in 1700s escaping religious persecution. America is created by immigrants.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has been voted NASCAR’s most popular driver a record 13 times, on Twitter.

“Marriage equality is here to stay, and the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch – or any conservative justice—will not change that…”

Gregory T. Angelo, president, Log Cabin Republicans

“You know you struck a cultural and political nerve when a week after a stirring and defiant speech at the historic Women’s March on Washington on January 21, people are still talking, debating, and pissed off about it. Love it or hate it, Madonna’s speech was a rousing success.”

Brian Andersen, blogging on

“Pro-immigrant Super Bowl ad. I have to say that Trump/Bannon have succeeded in bringing the best of us together in opposing him. It’s hard top imagine where this will all end…”

–Fort Lauderdale attorney and LGBT legal advocate Robin L. Bodiford

“This is the hate speech that I hear day in and day out from homophobic “Christian” America – singling me out as a threat to their sanctified lives, a threat to their children whom I supposedly prey upon, and a threat to their religious “God-given right” to denigrate, deny and deprive me in any way they see fit. These are the hate-filled bigots who drive the anti-gay policies of the craven and duplicitous Republican Party. And this delusional and dangerous woman is their head cheerleader.”

JRD, commenting on Trump adviser Michelle Bachman’s claims that gays, Islamic terrorists and the Black Lives Matter movement are “working together” to destroy America.

“Wish more rappers made country-infused music…”

Kingsley Young, Davie, FL

“[Attorney General nominee Jeff] Sessions said that hate crimes were mere ‘thought crimes.’ But Matthew was not killed by thoughts. He was not murdered because the two men who killed him said hateful things. He was brutally beaten with the butt of a .357 magnum pistol, tied to a fence, and was left to die because he was gay.”

Judy Shepard, mother of 1998 hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, speaking to NBC News against the confirmation of anti-LGBT Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.