“I always bring that back to my anathema for religion. That’s another issue that would not even be an issue if religion didn’t exist. No one would ever blink an eye at homosexuality. It’s so obviously natural. Why? I don’t know. We need decorators. Whatever. To hold up this old book of Jewish folklore and say, ‘It says in here that fags are wrong,’ and actually make people suffer….It’s submental.”
– Bill Maher on gay marriage, as quoted in the Aug. 24 issue of Rolling Stone.
“Or has no one else noticed how literally some Christians interpret those Scriptures that give them license to condemn, yet how elastic and liberal their readings are when dealing with scriptures that convict their personal behaviors. Meaning that it’s always a little more difficult to catch people being literal about turn the other cheek, do not store up treasures on earth, do not turn away the borrower, love your enemy. Yet, you can’t go to the store without tripping over someone who wants you to know the Bible calls homosexuality an abomination.”
– Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., The Sacramento Bee, Aug. 28.
“A lot of [gay] acceptance has been won, but we are on a precipice with the incredible division in people with this [Bush] administration. It has been so profound, using the same-sex marriage issue as a divisive issue and making this seem like such a threat to the tradition of marriage, whatever that may be. I feel if we don’t change this administration and turn some of this around, where could it possibly end? I don’t trust it at all and feel it is perilous.”
– Openly gay actress and former Detroiter Lily Tomlin to the gay newspaper Sydney Star Observer, Aug. 17.
“I went out with a guy for about two and a half weeks before he said to me, ‘I’m a female-to-male transsexual.’ And I remember our first dinner, I had said to him, ‘So, tell me about yourself.’ Now in what part of ‘tell me about yourself’ do you not think, ‘I should probably tell him I don’t have a penis’? Now had I been a woman – like a bisexual woman – that would have been, ‘Oh my God, I’ve struck the jackpot!'”
– Gay comic Ant to Instinct magazine, July issue.
“OK, I get it: I am going to live. Yeah, yeah, that’s great – now who’s gonna pay for my fucking Lexus? I had intended on dying before I ever had to make any major payments. I bought it as a going-away present to myself and financed the whole thing, even the taxes. Now, with new meds, I see a future, a future that is heavily mortgaged. For the past 16 years, I have planned to die within the next year. It is how I have lived my life.”
– Columnist River Huston in the September issue of POZ magazine.
“On one side, you have book-burners, congressional wives and Pat Robertson. On the other side, you have vulgar comedians, foul-mouthed rap groups and Dennis Hopper. All of your choices should be so easy.”
– Bisexual comic and actress Sandra Bernhard to Instinct magazine, July issue.