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By |2007-09-20T09:00:00-04:00September 20th, 2007|Opinions|

It’s become a tourist attraction. People are taking pictures.
Karen Evans, information specialist at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport of the bathroom stall made famous by U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest in a sex sting

The conservative religious rhetoric against homosexual people – against me – does far more than destroy marriages. It destroys people. I can honestly say, to take a page out of their book, that I love homophobes, but I hate, hate, hate their lies. Whose values are interfering with whose lives?
Charlotte Sullivan in her commentary “An unavoidable truth,” published by St. Paul Star Tribune, Sept. 16.

The fact that the question was being asked at all shows that ‘people are getting on with their lives, which was fundamentally what the whole debate was about. It’s really a debate that hopefully has run its course. We’re just part of the boring middle class now.
Michael Leshner, one of Canada’s first legally married gay men, CBC News, Sept. 12.

African Americans often cite that one of the barriers to advancement is being viewed as having divergent cultural norms from their white peers. I think the same is true for gay employees. So that means for black GLBT employees, it’s one more thing that might make them different, which makes it even more challenging to get ahead.
Alexander Robinson, executive director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition, as quoted in “Out of the Corporate Closet”, printed in Black Enterprise, Sept. 13.

Part of the thrill of public sex is the delicious danger, the exquisite risk, the trouble you know you’ll get into if you’re caught. So it’s hard to have much sympathy when someone who is aroused by the risk of discovery is discovered. It wouldn’t be a career-destroying event for an out gay man today – like, say, a George Michael. It would, however, be career destroying for gay-bashing, straight-identified hypocrites like, say, Senator Craig.
Dan Savage, advice columnist “Savage Love”, Village Voice, Sept. 4.

I don’t think straight people can truly understand the gravity of what this means emotionally. Peeing is basic. Anyone who feels a need to use a bathroom should be able to do so without someone rapping on the stall while your pants are down around your ankle. I don’t want to go to jail for trying to pee.
Sean, one of two female-to-male transgender people who, while attending the Gender Odyssey Conference in Seattle, were involved in an incident while using the men’s rooms in a movie theater. They weren’t arrested but said they were mortified as a security guard led them down escalators as shoppers gawked and pointed.

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