“No what I said was I wouldn’t fire gays. I’m not going to discriminate against people.”
– George W. Bush to Doug Wead, a Bush family friend who secretly recorded conversations with Bush in 1998 and 2000 and released some of the tapes this month. Bush was responding to Wead’s claim that Bush had promised not to hire gays in his administration.
“I have known an inordinate number of bisexual men. I’ve had relationships with men who have been married for many years and who have gone back to being married after being with me. I think it happens all the time; it’s just not talked about. It’s a very, very hard way to be in this world. There’s no room for it in our culture.”
– Writer-director Craig Lucas (“Longtime Companion,” “The Dying Gaul”) as quoted in the March 1 issue of The Advocate.
“Twelve million people died of AIDS under Bush’s first term – and more will likely die this term because of his go-slow, unilateral approach. They’re so far from coming close to what is needed to respond to this epidemic that it’s frankly embarrassing as an American.”
– Dr. Paul Zeitz of the Global AIDS Alliance as quoted in the Feb. 24, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone.
“My son will probably never live in Michigan. He looks around and he sees places where gays and lesbians are more accepted. He realizes his limitations here, which is unfortunate. I don’t think anyone should have to move based on their sexual orientation.”
– Michigan resident and PFLAG board member Mark Naimy as quoted in the March 2005 issue of Hour Detroit.
“The music industry doesn’t know what to do with gay people. It’s OK if you are extreme in some way, if you are a Boy George or an Elton John.”
– Actor and singer Billy Porter as quoted in the Feb. 15, 2005 issue of The Advocate.