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Themes about class, race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity permeate Netflix’s breakout hit Orange is the New Black, but many of the cast members are also carrying that message off screen.

Here is our top four favorite moments OITNB’s cast members & crew spoke out in support of the LGBT community. What are your favorite moments? Let us know in the comments below.

On Same-Sex Relationships 

“Everybody has the right to be who they are. I believe in equality for all and am so happy to be part of a show that gives people in same-sex relationships a voice. The amazing support from our fans of all ages, sexual orientations and creed…shows how far we’ve come as a society.”

-Laura Prepon, exclusive interview with HRC’s Equality Magazine, “Behind Bars and Loving It”

On Embracing Gender Identity and Expression

“Soleil is a baby and is being told that they can’t be themselves. I think about when I was that age and my gender was being policed and how deeply painful it was and how it made me feel like I was wrong, at my very core, that every instinct I had, to reach for this and be who I was, was wrong. And seeing Soleil, I just thought … we need to protect this child. And we need to protect our children from that and allow them to be themselves.”

-Laverne Cox, Time Magazine, “The Transgender Tipping Point”

On Living Openly and Authentically 

“Now, when I am in the writers' room or on set, I no longer feel like I am stuck in the middle of two truths. I belong because my own narrative fits in alongside the fictional stories that we are telling on the show: stories of people finding themselves, of difficult paths and of redemption. “

- Writer Lauren Morelli on her personal coming out journey

On Russia's Anti-LGBT "Propoganda" Law 

“Recently the Russian government passed a terrible law outlawing public support of LGBT equality. In recent weeks Russian LGBT and their allies have been arrested simply for speaking out. And the sad truth is that laws like this exist all over the world. So today I’m taking a moment to speak out for the Russians and the LGBT community that live in fear just for who they are and who they choose to love.”

-Taryn Manning on joining HRC’s Love Conquers Hate Campaign

Season two of Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix on June 6. 

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