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By |2009-12-31T09:00:00-05:00December 31st, 2009|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel

“Just a couple of guys and their dog standing in a field. What could be more rural Nova Scotian than two guys and their dog standing in front of the Minas Basin. It’s almost got a Norman Rockwell quality to it. It’s kind of Canadian Gothic.”
– Scott Brison, Nova Scotia Liberal Member of Parliament, about the Christmas card he mailed to 5,000 constituents and friends, of Brison standing with Maxime St. Pierre, his husband of two years, with Simba, their golden retriever, in a field on their property in rural Nova Scotia, in an article titled, “Canadian Gothic or Brokeback Brisons?,”, Dec. 16.

“By looking broadly at the last decade, this report gives a much fuller perspective on where we are today – and how far we’ve come in just 10 years. From over 50 years of supporting causes that help advance equality, we understand that making meaningful change requires time. But these facts make it clear that equal rights for gay people are advancing at an exceptional rate. Gay people and their families deserve equal rights and an equal opportunity to participate in their communities and the institutions that bring Americans together. We are committed to supporting work that brings our country closer to that goal.”
– Linda Bush, executive director of the LGBT Movement Advancement Project and Ira Hirschfield, president of the Haas, Jr. Fund, in a press release, about their joint project, a report titled “A Decade of Progress on LGBT Rights,” showing the progress made over the past 10 years,, Dec. 16.

“I asked President Museveni to get us an island on Lake Victoria and we take these homosexuals and they die out there. If they (gays) die there then we shall have no more homosexuals in the country. We join other religions in the fight against homosexuality.”
– Mufti Sheikh Mubajje, at a press conference at the Old Kampala Mosque, after prayers on a holy day, about plans by the Muslim Tabliq youth to form what they call an “Anti-Gay Squad” to fight homosexuality in Uganda, Gays Without Borders, Oct. 15.

“My mom blames California for me being a lesbian. ‘Everything was fine until you moved out there.’ That’s right, Mom, we have mandatory lesbianism in West Hollywood. The Gay Patrol busted me, and I was given seven business days to add a significant amount of flannel to my wardrobe.”
– Coley Sohn, writer, filmmaker, director, as quoted in Quote of the Gay,, Nov. 28.

“It is time to acknowledge that the Catholic Church hierarchy can no longer pretend that it isn’t the active enemy of women, gay people and our families. That this church hierarchy – especially in its more conservative wing – is disproportionately gay itself and waging war against their fellow gays through the cowardly veil of the closet. It is time to demand that gay priests who are actively fighting against the dignity of gay people own their enmeshment in injustice, stigmatization and cruelty. It is time to reveal them in this respect as the enemies of the gospels, not the champions. It is time to tell the church that we are gay, Catholic and fed up with the church’s efforts to quash the same-sex marriage movement. It is time to join forces with Phil Attey who has come up with a controversial strategy: outing gay priests who speak out against homosexuality: It is time to get the federal government involved in opening the church to greater scrutiny of its finances, facilities and programs around the country – they need to enforce the important separation of church-state issues.”
– Carlos T. Mock, M.D., in his commentary titled “Separation of Church and State,” Ambiente Magazine, Dec. 2009.

“They promote this idea that they can make you straight. That’s their public message. As you dig deeper, you find out that people are actually suppressing their sexuality. They tell people these programs will make you free from homosexuality through faith and prayer; the programs will help you find the strength to live a chaste, Christian life. That doesn’t necessarily mean heterosexuality, or marriage and happy children; so what it means is leaving behind your urges, desires and actions. (These programs) say homosexuality is the result of emotional or psychological scarring in childhood, where you don’t properly identify with your parent of the same sex. They say you’re not born that way, it’s not genetic, but it is your choice as to whether or not you act on those feelings and attractions.”
– Ted Cox, a writer who, over the course of the past two years, posed as a gay man in the gay-to-straight movement, attending weekly Christian gay-conversion therapy meetings and a two-day intensive therapy camp, in an interview,, Dec. 5.

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