Voice for Equality: T.R. Knight


Best known for his role as Dr. George O'Malley on ABC's hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy, T.R. Knight began his acting career on the stage in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. In the early 2000s, he began appearing in a handful of guest spots on programs ranging from Frasier to Law & Order.

In response to his views on marriage equality, Knight said, ""It shouldn't be any different from any other fundamental rights - freedom or religion, freedom of speech. That's not for some, that's for all. We're in a free society." October 14, 2008, the day after Equality California called for an emergency LGBT media briefing, Knight donated $50,000 to "No on 8" to fight the proposed California state Constitutional amendment to overturn marriage equality.

Nominated by Margaret Santiago.

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Voice for Equality: Whoopi Goldberg

Actress Whoopi Goldberg often says, "If you don't believe in gay marriage, then don't marry a gay person." She has been a longtime supporter of civil rights for LGBT people. During fall 2008, she marched with 15,000 New Yorkers in protest of Proposition 8, calling for equal rights for all her friends. Goldberg has also won two Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award; appeared in such films as "The Color Purple" and "Sister Act;" and was the highest-paid actress of all time in the mid-1990's.

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Voice for Equality: Fall Out Boy

Grammy-nominated pop punk/alt rock band Fall Out Boy is Pete Wentz (bass, vocals, lyrics), Patrick Stump (vocals, guitar), Joe Trohman (guitar, vocals), and Andy Hurley (percussion). On October 28, 2008, the band donated $50,000 to fight California's Proposition 8. "We believe the government shouldn't legislate love," the band said in a statement.

When Wentz was married in 2008, he said in an e-mail to the Advocate (Oct): "I am happy to get married in the same state where the state supreme court recognizes the union of gay/lesbian couples....It seems like we could have a hell of a bash as a joint anniversary over in West Hollywood next year!"

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Voice for Equality:  John Cho

Korean-born actor John Cho is best known for playing Harold in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and for appearing in the movie American Pie. In October 2008, Cho partnered with George Takei (whose Star Trek role Cho will reprise) to denounce California's Proposition 8 and create a world were alll couples, including gay couples can marry.

Nominated for Voices For Equality by: Ben Bernard.

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Voice for Equality: Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho is the next nomination to be a Voice for Equality. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines which tackle social and political problems-- especially race, sex, and sexuality. She has spoken frequently on gay rights issues and in support of marriage equality. In 2003, she told NPR that she "thinks gay people should be allowed all the outlandish marriage ceremonies that straight couples claim as their right, such as drive-through ceremonies in Las Vegas."

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Voice for Equality: George Takei

George Takei currently plays Naito Nakamura on NBC's Heroes. Best known for starring in the original cast of Star Trek as Mr. Sulu, Takei has also made guest appearances in numerous television show and movies.

He and his husband, Brad Altman, were married on June 17, 2008.

A prominent activist for marriage equality and civil rights, Takei told Time after the November 2008 election that the fight for marriage equality is far from over and defended both his own marriage and broader marriage equality:
"You don't amend the Constitution of any state by threatening the very core of that Constitution: equal protection under the law."


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Voice for Equality: Christina Aguilera

She joined a long list of celebrities in 2008 voicing their support for the freedom to marry: "Marriage should be about two people celebrating their love for each other. It shouldn't have anything to do with someone's sexual preference."

Four-time Grammy Award-winner singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera is known for her vocal ability, commercial success, music videos, and ever-changing image. Apart from her work in music, she dedicates much of her time as a philanthropist for charities, human rights, and world issues.


Thanks John for this great nomination!

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