“I want to thank two people who don’t even exist. Or I should say, they do exist, because of the imagination of Annie Proulx and the artistry of Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Their names are Ennis and Jack. And they taught all of us who made ‘Brokeback Mountain’ so much about not just all the gay men and women whose love is denied by society, but just as important, the greatness of love itself.”
– “Brokeback Mountain” director Ang Lee during his acceptance speech for Best Director at the Academy Awards, March 5, 2006.
“[It] showed America that not all gay people are virile cowboys. Some are actually effete New York intellectuals.”
– Host Jon Stewart on the movie “Capote” at the Academy Awards, March 5, 2006.
“There are so many laws in the Torah about sexual behavior that we choose to ignore, so when we zero in on this one, I have to wonder what’s really behind it.”
– Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky on the ban on same-sex unions and rabbis by Conservative Jews, as quoted by The New York Time, March 6, 2006.
“I think it’s amazing what a good job the Christian right has done of diverting attention from other, more pressing issues by worrying about their children being infected with homosexuality.”
– Janis Ian, as quoted in the March 14, 2006 issue of The Advocate.
“As long as I serve on the Supreme Court I will keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me. I hope that we will have the opportunity to meet personally at some point in the future. In the meantime my entire family and I hope that you and the Focus on the Family staff know how much we appreciate all that you have done.”
– From a thank-you letter written by Supreme Court justice, Samuel A. Alito Jr. to Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.
“I don’t pander to the camp side that other people do. I can sit here and giggle with you about it and think that [camp] is heavenly sometimes and really well done, but there is another side to the gay and lesbian community that is trying to juggle the projections that people are putting on you. And if you’re going to do that, then you’d better be f–king armed internally, because you cannot take on other people’s judgments of who you are spiritually or you’ll have those balls in the air for your whole existence.”
– Tori Amos on her appeal to the gay and lesbian community, as quoted in the March 2006 issue of Out.