compiled by Howard Israel
“Gay and lesbian people will have children and you can’t stop them. What makes a family is love and that’s what people care about – that the kids are loved, happy and well looked after.”
– Rodney Cruise, Gay Dads Australia (a resource for gay dads), in an article about lesbian and gay parents, The Sydney Morning Herald, Mar. 23, 2008.
“Go ahead and let them try.”
– James Burgess, replying to the question “What would happen if somebody outed you as a cross-dresser” when interviewed for a high security clearance job at a U.S. air force base, Dayton Daily News, Mar. 16, 2008. He got his clearance. Burgess, a married, heterosexual, retired electrical engineer, cross-dresser and “dedicated to better education about transgender issues”, Dayton Daily News, Mar.16, 2008
– VP Dick Cheney’s response to the statement “Two-thirds of Americans say the Iraq War is not worth fighting”, in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, on the fifth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, RawStory.com, Mar. 19, 2008.
“What is frustrating is that the gay and lesbian community has been so abused for so long that we become grateful for any crumbs from the table we can get, and crumbs is all the Clintons ever have offered us & in this interview Bill is essentially telling us that we better be grateful for those crumbs or suffer the infamous Clinton wrath. The fact is that Bill & Hill signed into law two of the most homophobic pieces of federal legislation in decades — Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell & Defense of Marriage Act — and the Clintons have the nerve to continue showing their ugly pusses around the gay and lesbian community. If gay Republicans are self-loathing, then gay supporters of the Clintons are self-deluded.”
– Blogger “History of Gay Bars”, commenting on Bill Clinton’s defense of the Defense of Marriage Act as a “reasonable compromise” for the political climate of its time and accused Melissa Etheridge of “rewriting history” when she said that his administration “threw gays under the bus” once his election was achieved, on The Visible Vote 08 online forum, Mar. 24, 2008. Clinton also seems to predict that gays will suffer greater harassment if states are forced to recognize gay marriages from other states.
“It is important, when considering reaching out to “subcultures” of the gay community to consider what other elements make up their culture. We are not all just “gay” – we are individuals with our own influences and role models. For example, some lean more heavily towards gay rights concerns, while others [gay Hispanics] may be more concerned about immigration and education issues as they relate to the Hispanic community. Although tailoring a multicultural campaign may not be as simple as one would hope, it is in my opinion, the most effective method to establish brand loyalty.”
– Ivette Lopez, blogger and Hispanic lesbian traveler, commenting on merging her two cultures, Out Front Blog, Mar. 21, 2008.
“Some people are gay. Get over it!”
– Appearing on 600 bright red billboards with thick black and white lettering, across England, Scotland and Wales, the advertising campaign was donated to Stonewall U.K. by an outdoor advertising company, reported by Ben Finzel on Out Front Blog, Mar. 19, 2008.
“Homophobia is almost endemic in our schools and blights the lives of people throughout society. It makes sense that this zero-tolerance message should be extended to the wider public. Across urban and rural Britain, this plain-speaking slogan will remind people that discrimination against gay men and lesbians is no longer acceptable.”
– Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive, commenting on the billboard campaign that publicizing its work combating homophobic bullying in schools, PinkNews.co.uk, Feb. 11, 2008.
“We are proud to announce that this pregnancy is free of complications and our baby girl has a clean bill of health. We are happily awaiting her birth, with an estimated due date of July 3, 2008. How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible. Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am. In a technical sense I see myself as my own surrogate, though my gender identity as male is constant. To Nancy, I am her husband carrying our child – I am so lucky to have such a loving, supportive wife. I will be my daughter’s father, and Nancy will be her mother. We will be a family.
– Thomas Beatie, transgender, legally male, and legally married to Nancy, writing about his successful pregnancy, in an article titled “Is society ready for this pregnant husband?”, The Advocate, Mar. 14, 2008.