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“There are some of my fam­ily mem­bers that are not thrilled that you can see me kiss­ing a man in the show’s pro­mos, but it’s an im­por­tant part of my life. You can be Per­sian and gay.” — Reza Fara­han, star of “Shahs of Sun­set,” which ap­pears on Bravo at 10 p.m. on Sun­days (Huff­in­g­ton Post, Dec. 3)

“Ryan is not gay. I’m 100 per­cent sure. If you spend two min­utes in his pres­ence, you would never ask that ques­tion.”

— Reza Fara­han, com­ment­ing on ru­mors about “Shahs of Sun­set” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ryan Seacrest (Huff­in­g­ton Post, Dec. 3)

“I hope all LGBTQ youth know that they are as valu­able as any­one else, that they are amaz­ing and unique, and make the world a more vi­brant place.”

— Pop singer Katy Perry, ac­cept­ing the Hero award Dec. 2 from the Trevor Project, which works to pre­vent sui­cide among LGBT youth. (AOL Mu­sic, Dec. 3).

“When I de­cided to run, I said ei­ther you come out and be­come an ac­tivist and have a ma­jor role there or I run for Congress. There was no way I could have been out and won.”

— U.S. Rep. Bar­ney Frank (D-Mass.) on his first run for Congress in 1980. Frank, who came out in 1987 while serv­ing in Congress, is re­tir­ing af­ter 32 years in the U.S. House. (Washington Post, Dec. 3)

“It’s im­por­tant to have a par­ent speak about rais­ing a mag­nif­i­cent, proud, in­tel­li­gent, funny, lovable, sexy gay son. And there are so many par­ents who are fright­ened of that and who don’t em­brace their chil­dren as they strug­gle. Those chil­dren are strug­gling to em­brace who they are, what na­ture in­tended them to be.”

— Sally Field, dis­cussing her gay son Sam, dur­ing a Dec. 2 in­ter­view with Oprah Win­frey on “Oprah’s Next Chap­ter.” (Towleroad.com, Dec. 3)

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