"The player thinking of coming out knows he'll have some teammates treat him as badly as some treated Jackie Robinson. But if he senses that 10 to 15 teammates would rally around him, then he might be willing to do it."
Yvette Christofilis, executive director of The Loft, a gay and lesbian community services center based in White Plains, N.Y.
Allen Iverson,basketball star
"Don't make decisions because they are the easiest, the cheapest, or the most popular. Make your decision because it's right."
Theodore Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame
Maya Angelou,poet, actress, civil rights activist
"I compete because I love to compete. I love to win but there's a bigger picture. I go out and give it my best."
Rick Draney,wheelchair tennis champion
Soren Kierkegaard,Danish writer, philosopher
"We are finally able to let them see we are everyday people who need the same legal benefits and protections as everyone else. ... We are now each other's legal next of kin."
Gloria Bailey-Davies, a Mass. resident explaining how her legal marriage to her partner of 35 years, Linda Bailey-Davies, helps her feel more secure.
Oscar Wilde,Irish writer
"Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires."
Benjamin Franklin, member, Advertising Hall of Fame
Samuel Johnson,English literary icon