“You weasel your way out of it while trying not to be offensive. If that had been my inclination, I could’ve been a great trophy boyfriend. A kept man, a cabana boy. Alas, that’s not how I was made.”
– Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional on being hit on by guys, as quoted in the July 2006 issue of Blender.
“In their embrace of oral and anal thrills, in their rejection of shame, they assume a vocabulary of desire that owes everything to gay liberationÕs unlocking of sex even as they slam the door on the notion that gays and lesbians have any right to sexuality.”
– JoAnn Wypijewski writing about The Marriage Bed, a Christian sex Web site, in the July/August 2006 issue of Mother Jones.
“Estate taxes and gay bashing and flag burning seem to be their front-burner issues. Which if you think about it, it’s pretty cynical on their part. Bashing gays while spending most of their time down on their knees blowing the richÉ kisses.”
– Will Durst on the Republican Party, posted on AlterNet.org, June 23, 2006.
“But if the real source of today’s bitter partisanship is a Republican move to the right on economic issues, why have the last three elections been dominated by talk of terrorism, with a bit of religion on the side? Because a party whose economic policies favor a narrow elite needs to focus the public’s attention elsewhere. And there’s no better way to do that than accusing the other party of being unpatriotic and godless. Thus in 2004, President Bush basically ran as America’s defender against gay married terrorists. He waited until after the election to reveal that what he really wanted to do was privatize Social Security.”
— Paul Krugman, The New York Times, June 19, 2006.
“There are no gay people coming to our churches asking to get married, but there are plenty of people coming with problems voting or their sons in jail. I am not going to sit here silently and let these leaders distort our church with these issues.”
— Rev. Al Sharpton on Christian conservatives focused on gay marriage at the exclusion of real problems, as quoted by the Fort Worth Star Telegram, June 27, 2006.
“Republicans are right to publicly condemn Stabenow for thumbing her nose at the vote of the people of Michigan, but they cannot in fairness fail to equally condemn Joe Schwarz and John McCain for voting the exact same way.”
— Gary Glenn on the Michigan Republican Party’s selective criticism of Senators who voted against the Marriage Protection Amendment, as quoted by The Jackson Citizen Patriot, June 21, 2006.
“I wanted to show people that I’m here, and I’m gonna fight. Feeling confidant, feeling sexy and feeling sexual are all parts of living. I refuse to stop feeling those emotions just because I have HIV. My posing is not about glamorizing HIV; it’s about showing confidence. I don’t just mean confidence in your looks, but the confidence to believe in myself and live each day to the fullest. And the confidence not to let HIV be the driving factor in your life.”
— Todd Murray, executive director of Hope’s Voice, on his nearly nude cover shot for the July 2006 issue of POZ. Hope’s Voice serves HIV+ youth.
“We like to say the customer votes at the cash register, and we’ve seen healthy sales of that title.”
— Wal-Mart spokesperson Jolanda Stewart on right-wing complaints over the store carrying “Brokeback Mountain” on DVD, as quoted in the July 18, 2006 issue of The Advocate.