“Housing and employment are not special rights. I think the right to live somewhere and to live where you please or to work where you please, as long as you’re not bothering anybody else, is a basic right, not a special right. … Civil rights for all Americans, black, white, red, yellow, the rich, poor, young, old, gay, straight, et cetera, is not a liberal or a conservative value. It’s an American value that I would think that we pretty much all agree on.”
– Rev. Jerry Falwell on the Aug. 8, 2005 episode of “The Situation with Tucker Carlson.”
“You look at gay people and all studies show we drink more, we smoke more, we do more recreational drugs. Gay people are more likely to take extreme ill-advised sexual risks. There’s a certain self-destructive streak that I don’t think has anything to do with homosexuality per se, but has everything to do with the pain that gets wedged into your soul when you internalize the bad things you are told about being gay and punish yourself all your life. I would add voting Republican when you’re gay to that list, along with doing crystal meth and having sex with 40 guys in one weekend. They’re both dumbass, self-destructive things to do. A certain number of people are stupid enough to off themselves.”
– Dan Savage in an Aug. 26, 2005 interview with AlterNet.org.
“There’s a big difference between simply being invited to stand on the Mall and actually being invited to speak and to bring up the issues that concern us, like homophobia, which the Movement is not addressing.”
– Washington, D.C. area gay rights activist Philip Pannell on the Millions More Movement, the 10th anniversary celebration of the Million Man March, as quoted in the Washington Post Aug. 22, 2005.
“Everybody anticipates that there won’t be enough votes to pass this.”
– Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi on next month’s vote on a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples and allow civil unions instead, as quoted by the Boston Globe Aug. 26, 2005.
“I would love to be optimistic. But until it’s voted down, I, as will GLAD and I think all the organizations involved, will continue to do everything we can to defeat it.”
– Lee Swislow, executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, on next month’s vote on a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples and allow civil unions instead, as quoted by the Boston Globe Aug. 26, 2005.
“Being queer not only describes the fact that I am interested in men, women, and those who fall in between; it also indicates a choice to live in a nontraditional way.”
– Girlyman band member Doris Muramatsu as quoted in the Aug. 2005 issue of Out.