Laverne Cox on attending conversion therapy as a child:
My third grade teacher called my mother on the phone and famously said, “Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress if you don't get him into therapy right away.” I went into this reparative therapy of sorts – that was awful, horrible and shaming, and that was a moment that really instilled in me that I shouldn't be as feminine as I was and should try to act differently. I did, kind of, but couldn't really help myself and who I was.
I internalized so much shame because of my therapist, my mother and my teacher, and everyone trying to 'fix' me. It wasn't until I moved to New York and met real trans women that I was able to accept I was a girl — to let me stop running from it. My transition, for me, was about moving out of denial and moving into acceptance about who I am.
Ezra Miller on the importance of queer visibility:
Having been a mentally ill, disaffected queer youth, I know how much it can matter to see queer people surviving and thriving. Being loved, and loving themselves, life and the world. We all know vaguely the statistics of suicide among queer youth, and the murder of queer and gender nonconforming people. Promoting visibility is a really powerful tool against that.
Charlie Carver on what Pride means to him:
There's individual pride and the pride in being part of something larger than yourself. For me, coming out, there’s poetics of that. Not only is it an acknowledgement of your sexuality and who you are, but of coming out and coming into your own. I'm not unafraid to really claim what I want and claim who I am — to be unapologetic about how I see the world and in what I want to contribute to that world. There's also the pride in seeing that you have this experience and initiation that you had that's shared by so many other people.
Jinkx Monsoon on what RuPaul gets wrong:
In the drag community, ever since I started drag, there's been trans drag queens in my life. In every club I've worked in, in every major drag setting, there's been trans female drag queens and trans male drag kings. I think to discredit their contribution to the drag community at large is really problematic and I don't think the show will be able to keep going on year after year if it doesn't start to embrace more aspects of the drag community.