“If I had to go through my formative years without fully being able to express fully who I was, I would definitely want parades, festivals, and celebrations once I was able to be myself and be around like-minded people.”
– Deborah Gibson on LGBT Pride festivals as quoted in the June 21, 2005 issue of the Advocate.
“It will be for a season, but eventually it will be a thing of the past, a brief social experiment that happened because of court activism.”
– Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, a group pushing for an anti-marriage amendment in the state that would bar same-sex couples from getting married but would not nullify existing marriages between same-sex couples, on whether that arrangement would be confusing, as quoted in the New York Times June 17, 2005.
“Acceptance is right. Kindness is right. Love is right. I pray, right now, that we’re moving into a kinder time when prejudice is overcome by understanding; when narrow-mindedness, and narrow-minded bigotry is overwhelmed by open-hearted empathy; when the pain of judgmentalism is replaced by the purity of love.”
– Janet Jackson during her acceptance speech at a Human Rights Campaign event where she was given a humanitarian award, as quoted by the Associated Press June 19, 2005.
“I’m not suggesting you run right out and buy a Ford (though those new Jaguar X5s make me drool), but take a cue from the small band of Internet activists who made enough noise in a few weeks to make Microsoft do another double-take and remember they’re pro-gay. Make some noise. Write a letter to your local paper. Call your neighborhood Ford dealer to thank their staff … and let them know that you’re gay and you appreciate them not capitulating to the ridiculous threats of bigots.”
– Shana Krochmal on the American Family Association’s now suspended Ford boycott, in a column posted June 9, 2005 on Gay.com.
“Following a Lord who reached out in compassion to all human beings, we oppose amending the Constitution in a way that would humiliate homosexuals.”
– From a June 17, 2005 New York Times op-ed on moderate Christians by Episcopal minister and former Republican senator from Missouri John C. Danforth.