Hearing or seeing the word "gay" or "queer" in magazines, on TV or the radio was unheard of not too long ago. But now with gay rights in the spotlight and more gay celebrities taking the mic, you hear and see comments about glbtq people all the time.
Here's a list of some of the most notable gay quotes from famous people, politician, commentators and just everyday folks.
"Gay and lesbian people fall in love. We settle down. We commit our lives to one another. We raise our children. We protect them. We try to be good citizens."
California Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica (after the California Senate approved gay marriage bill AB849)
"Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, `Yo, stop it.'"
Hip Hop Artist Kanye West (during an MTV special)
"We are not the first but I am sure we will not be the last. After us will come many other countries, driven, ladies and gentleman, by two unstopable forces: freedom and equality"
Jose Luis Rodrigueaz, Prime Minister of Spain (in a speech given after Spain legalized gay marriage)
"The reluctance to osculate has to do with affection- the idea that we'll blow someone because we desire him, but kiss him because we like him."
Simon Sheppard, author of "Sex Parties 101," "Kinkorama," and "In Deep: Erotic Stories."
"I invented the spin."
Linda Carter (in an OUT Magazine interview)
"I think everybody in their career needs to play a lesbian once- even if you're a man!"
Kristin Chenoweth (in an OUT Magazine interview)
"The reason you're going to make a great fag is that most of you guys are just like dogs anyway.
You do whatever with whomever pleases you and don't seem to care about the consequences."
Author Terry McMillan (in an alleged letter to her gay husband)
"That was Lola with 'No Strings' or should I say the Gay.com theme song?"
DJ and Dance Music Guide, Ron Slomowicz (describing a song he played during a DJ set)
"Is a gay play a play that has sex with other plays?"
"Anytime I can support the gay community in whichever way I can, I want to really show up big."
Alanis Morissette (explaining why she changed the lyrics of "Ironic" to be more gay inclusive)
"There is a tendency in the gay community to become worse than straight people ever could be!"
Michael Lucas (in an HX interview about filming his gay adult movie Dangerous Liaisons)