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SHe Said Aug. 4, 2005

By |2005-08-04T09:00:00-04:00August 4th, 2005|News|

“Even a straight man, you know, has the right to have good hair.”
– NASCAR driver Brian Vickers on the accusation that his sponsor, Garnier Fructis, is too gay for NASCAR during a July 2005 episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

“For one thing, stop debating whether you were born gay. The day heterosexuals need a ‘straight gene’ to prove they were born heterosexual is the day you’ll need a ‘gay gene’ to prove you are homosexual. You are who you are. You know yourself better than anyone else.”
– Issac J. Bailey in a July 28, 2005 column titled “An open letter to gay teenage boys” in the Myrtle Beach, S.C. Sun News.

“I was not going to be ashamed about my brother’s death, in any way…. I was proud of him; I was proud of his death. And I thought that it was incumbent upon me to talk, a lot, about AIDS, about our need for research. To do anything I could. And to do it with a woman’s face. To actually say, You know what? This is not just something that happens to gay men. The implications are profound for everyone.”
– Playwright Paula Vogel on her play “The Baltimore Waltz” as quoted by the Provincetown Banner Online, July 28, 2005.

“[Our gender] is definitely an important part of what we do, but it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with us being lesbians. There is certainly some unusual power in the idea of girls playing this particular music, and that doesn’t have anything do to with whether those girls are gay or straight. It’s just the profound intensity of females playing cock rock.”
– Steph Paynes, guitarist in the all female Led Zepplin tribute band Lez Zepplin, as quoted in the June 2005 issue of Spin.

“It may seem like opposition to [gay marriage] has subsided here since the predicted apocalypse after legalization didn’t occur. But I assure you, we Bostonians have been scandalized for months watching gay and lesbian couples argue about taking out the trash and doing the dishes rather than gyrating shirtless to thumping techno music in dance clubs where they belong.”
– From a satire piece by Michael Blanding on AlterNet.org July 16, 2005.

“If you’re going to say people choose a sexual orientation when they reach puberty, you’re going to have to find some people who remember making that choice, and there aren’t any. … The evidence is starting to look pretty good that hormones early in life influence the probability of who you will be attracted to 10 years later, when people start to get their first crushes.”
– Michigan State University neuroscientist Marc Breedlove as quoted by the Seattle Times, July 19, 2005.

“Gay people are some of the most loving and accepting people I’ve ever known. If you’ve got same-sex parents, it’s special.”
– Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Joe Valentine on being raised by two lesbians as quoted in the July 19, 2005 issue of The Advocate.

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