“Does America hate the gays? David Sedaris is a national phenomenon. That ol’ carpet muncher Ellen DeGeneres has a hit TV talk show. A pole-smoker writes the most widely syndicated sex advice column in the country. Lupe Valdez, a lesbian, was elected sheriff in Dallas County, Texas [Nov. 2]. And George W. Bush gave his acceptance speech standing on a stage next to Dick Cheney’s carpet-munching daughter and her bulldyke girlfriend. (Let’s pause here to imagine the pit in hell these two lesbos will roast in.) This shit just doesn’t compute, America. Can we get some consistency here? Should we stay or should we go?”
– Dan Savage in his syndicated sex advice column “Savage Love,” Nov. 11, 2004.
“The 2006 race has begun today, and we are laying the values debate at Gov.
Granholm’s doorstep. … She’s wrong on abortion, she’s wrong on gay marriage and she’s wrong on the war on terror.”
– Michigan GOP Executive Director Greg McNeilly as quoted by the Detroit Free Press Nov. 5, 2004.
“I am interested in changing the public discourse and challenging the assumptions that are the underpinnings of this discourse: The worn out God vs. gays rhetoric; the imperialistic and violent language of both politicians and religious leaders; the abuse of power; the worship of corporations; the blatant double standards in our justice system; the hijacking of religion for political expediency.”
– Rev. Dr. Penny Nixon, from a sermon preached at Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco on Nov. 7, 2004.
“I come from a very devout Baptist family, very conservative. My mother says to me all the time, ‘Leslie Alan, why do you feel this deep-seated need to air your dirty laundry? Why can’t you just whisper it to a therapist?'”
– Leslie Jordan on his autobiographical one-man show “Like a Dog on Linoleum,” as quoted in the Nov. 9, 2004 issue of The Advocate.