Compiled by Howard Israel
“There is very little evidence to show that attempting to treat a person’s homosexual feelings is effective, and in fact it can actually be harmful, so it is surprising that a significant minority of practitioners still offer this help to their clients.”
– Michael King, Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at University College of London Mental Health Sciences, University College of London press release, March 26. In a recent British study, more than 1,400 mental health professionals were questioned about whether they would attempt to change a client’s sexual orientation, if requested to do so. Although only 4 percent said that they would do so, 17 percent reported having assisted at least one client to reduce their gay or lesbian feelings, usually through therapy.
“I never meant to hurt anyone in the gay or lesbian community at all, in any way, shape or form. I would never do that. As far as the gay and lesbian community, my comments were not directed toward them. I have no problem with the gay or lesbian community. I’m actually a supporter of many of their issues. The last thing that I would ever want anybody to think about me or think is cool is to go out and attack somebody because of their sexual orientation. That was not my intention. That’s not the way I said it and I apologize for anybody that I’ve offended or hurt.”
– Dana White, Ultimate Fighting Championship founder, apologizing for his torrent of expletives and slurs aimed at gays, women and people with mental disabilities in a posting on his video blog, referring to a sports reporter who covers mixed martial arts, http://www.ESPN.com, April 3.
“Bisexuals are not necessarily equally attracted to both sexes. Bisexuality is a sexual orientation, just as heterosexuality and homosexuality are. Sexual activity does not ‘make’ a person bisexual. Many people engage in same-sex activity who identify as straight. Likewise, many lesbian women have sex with men and later come out as lesbian. To be bisexual is to know that you are romantically, sexually and emotionally able to have relationships with both men and women.”
– Kathy Belge, in her ongoing column, Lesbian Life, answering the question “What is Bisexuality?,” http://www.lesbianlife.about.com, April 1.
“It’s still difficult because you have to come out over and over again, because if you’re not butch people think you’re heterosexual. (But) I think the world is immeasurably easier for young lesbians. There’s so much more acceptance. So many more people who are out.”
– Lillian Faderman, Cal State Fresno professor emeritus of women’s studies and literature and a lesbian historian, in an article titled “From the closet to the party, lesbians trace their journeys,” highlighting the personal histories of some lesbians in the Palm Springs area before the Dinah Shore Weekend, http://www.MyDesert.com, April 5.
“For how many years were they talking about gay marriage? How many years were they talking about demonizing the SUV? That started in 1995. Here it is 14 years later, and they’re on the verge of doing it. Liberals don’t stop. It’s like the Soviets. They didn’t have four-year plans based on the service of term of their leader. They had forever plans. But they had the objective, it was there, and whenever it got done was fine, as long as you’re always working for it. …This is why an electoral majority needs to happen in order to defeat these people, and even after they’re defeated, they try to go around it in other ways, getting judges, like unanimous decision in Iowa today, with the Supreme Court, unanimous, that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.”
– Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, commenting about the Iowa Supreme Court decision to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban, http://www.RushLimbaugh.com, April 3.
“I want every single one of you in this room to take note of what corporations put their time and money behind gays, behind lesbians – behind you. Do you want to continue to give your money to people in corporations that oppress us, that keep us down? Or do you want to give your money to the corporations who can help us rise and change what needs to be changed in the United States of America today. I ask you to honor those corporations not only with your support but with your money as well. We can do this – and here’s how you’re going to do it. You are going to think about every single penny you spend from this day forward. And the only thing I ask of you is to spend it and invest it in those companies that invest in you.”
– Suze Orman, personal finance expert and host of CNBC’s “The Suze Orman Show,” in accepting The Vito Russo Award at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards program, http://www.glaad.org, March 29. This award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.