“Who is it hurting? You know, my grandmother used to say who is it hurting? So, I ask you, Larry, if you have two adults and they happen to both be of the same sex and they love each other and they want to set up a home with each other they have as much of a shot as heterogeneous couples do. Fifty-two percent of marriages end in divorce, you know. So if it works it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. And if it’s important for them to use the word marriage, rather than civil union or whatever other language that some people would prefer that they use I ask you it’s not hurting me. It doesn’t impact on my life. Why is there such a big fuss about it? Why are people so invested in it? I just don’t get the negativity.”
Ñ Judge Judy Sheindlin on Larry King Live, Oct. 4, 2005.
“The biggest sleeping asset in the fight for full gay equality lies in the shadows of the closet. When we live openly, we force those around us to reconsider their negative views of homosexuality. That’s when the stereotypes give way to understanding and real change occurs. No Human Rights Campaign ad campaign in the ‘red states’ can produce the impact of gays who live in those states actually coming out.”
– From an Oct. 21, 2005 Southern Voice editorial by Kevin Naff.
“For me it’s more about not feeling 100 percent comfortable identifying as a woman, because I don’t feel like I fit into any of the stereotypes….But I don’t identify as a man, either, in any way. I’m in that sort of fluid zone where who I am is not really represented by society.”
– UW-Madison student Dite Bray as quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 10, 2005.
“I never thought that being out in my work would have the financial consequences that it has had….I thought that the world would evolve in such a way that people would appreciate the boldness of my content, and be able to see clearly my scope of craft and palette. I really never thought that having integrity about the content and perspective of my work would keep people from being able to accept what a good writer I am.”
– Lesbian playwright and author Sarah Schulman as quoted in the New York Times, Oct. 23, 2005.
“If sexuality were a preference, then I might choose to be gay, because I seem to know so many fabulous women. Let’s stipulate that a person’s sexuality is not a preference or a choice any more than eye color is.”
– Amy Dickinson arguing against the idea that homosexuality is a sexual preference, from the Oct. 20, 2005 Ask Amy column in the Chicago Tribune.
“Why is it suddenly so important for the sex a priest isn’t having to be with a woman?”
– Lewis Black on the Catholic Church’s investigation of its seminaries for evidence of homosexuality, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Oct. 18, 2005.