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SHe Said May 4, 2006

By |2006-05-04T09:00:00-04:00May 4th, 2006|News|

“When I think of gay people, I think of a brave group that has made tremendous contributions to society, in arts, letters, science, philosophy, and politics. I think of some of the most hilarious people I know. I think of a group that has served as a cultural guardian for an ungrateful and ignorant America. I think of a group of people who have undergone a brave act of inventing themselves. Every single out-of-the-closet gay person has had to say, ‘I am not part of mainstream society.’ Mr. Leno, that takes bigger balls than stepping out in front of TV-watching America every night.”
– Jeff Whitty in an April 20, 2006 open letter to Jay Leno.

“For more than 20 years, the hierarchy’s rejection of condom use has been killing people. Even were the Vatican to change its position now – and pray it does – Catholics must still reckon with that betrayal.”
– Boston Globe columnist James Carroll on the Catholic Church’s announcement that it is reconsidering its position on condom use, May 1, 2006.

“Access to birth control is not a civil right. More troubling, however, is the idea that the state would be mandating that a company facilitate sexual activity, much of which is occurring between unmarried couples and minors.”
– Michigan Family Forum Executive Director Brad Snavely on whether insurance companies should be required to cover birth control, as quoted in Forum Online, April 27, 2006.

“A lot of them are living in glass closets. People know that they’re gay, but because they haven’t said it, they get off the hook. My point is, no more glass closets. Just be who you are. Be authentic to who God made you to be. Because once you do that, that’s your only power. Society no longer can condemn you or throw you in the closet.”
– Rev. Tommie Watkins on black LGBTs afraid to come out, as quoted in the May 9, 2006 issue of The Advocate.

“We have a war raging in Iraq, we have a Gulf Coast that needs to be rebuilt, we have an economy barely hanging on. The last thing America wants is this Republican-controlled Congress spending time writing discrimination into the Constitution.”
– Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, as quoted in The New York Times, April 24, 2006.

“There are two types of girls I get crushes on. One is the sort of girl who’s really got it together and who has a sort of boyish look and who’s really got it going on. And then the other is the blond cheerleader type who has like a lip ring or something like that but yet is still just clueless.”
– Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as quoted in the May 9, 2006 issue of The Advocate.

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