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She Said this Week

By |2008-03-06T09:00:00-05:00March 6th, 2008|Opinions|

compiled by Howard Israel

Sports

“I was concerned about losing a fight and people saying that he lost the fight because he is gay. But I wanted to be the one voice that makes a difference. I wanted to win a world title so I can have a platform to come out and say, ‘Y’all got beat by a sissy.’ I would have the credentials to say, and have the platform to say, I am the best I am at the most manliest sport and be able to say I’m gay.”
– Rod Llaneza, 2001 USA Amateur Kickboxing Champion, commenting on his struggle to come to terms with his sexual orientation in a physically brutal and hyper-masculine sport, Outsports.com, Feb. 27, 2008
She/He Said this week
compiled by Howard Israel

School & Campus

“There’s no way I’d let my child be educated about gays and lesbians. That would be like me saying, ‘Go on, go ahead, I want you to be gay, son.'”
– Brian Taylor, a parent, commenting on the idea of including LGBT issues in the curriculum of Sandusky, OH public schools, Sandusky Register, March 2, 2008

“If it happens, it happens. I think by promoting gay or bisexual issues and discussions in schools, we’d also be encouraging more students to stray toward that way of life. It wouldn’t be all that wrong, but if everyone dated the same sex, we wouldn’t have any more babies! The population would shrink.”
– Tara Reidy, a parent, commenting on the idea of including GLBT issues in the curriculum of Sandusky, OH public schools, Sandusky Register, March 2, 2008

Election 2008; Politics

“Though same-sex liberation defiantly emerged alongside its path-breaking sister movements in the 1960s – the civil rights and women’s rights movements – not many in the Democratic Party seem disquieted that, while a women and an African-American share a milestone for their respective histories, a lesbian or gay presidential candidate remains beyond even the reaches of fantasy. For all of our so-called American progress, lesbians and gays continue to suffer discrimination in the most retrogressive and violent – just ask the family of Lawrence King, the 15 year old boy from Oxnard, California murdered by a classmate after proclaiming he was gay.”
– Shaun Jacob Halper, wondering whether Barack Obama, as president, would actually deliver legal equality to LGBT citizens, in his blog titled “Brokeback Barack: Our First Gay President?”, Huffington Post, Feb. 28, 2008

“An interesting moment came when [Obama] was asked a question about LGBT rights and delivered an answer that seemed to suit the questioner, listing the various attributes – race, gender, etc. – that shouldn’t trigger discrimination, to successive cheers. When he came to saying that gays and lesbians deserve equality, though, the crowd fell silent. So [Obama] took a different tack: ‘Now I’m a Christian, and I praise Jesus every Sunday,’ he said, to a sudden wave of noisy applause and cheers. ‘I hear people saying things that I don’t think are very Christian with respect to people who are gay and lesbian,’ he said, and the crowd seemed to come along with him this time.”
– Ben Smith, reporting on a speech given by Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate, speaking before a mostly black audience in Beaumont, TX, Politico.com, Feb. 28, 2008

Anti-Gay Violence

“As long as there’s a notion that it’s socially acceptable to insult, harass, beat or even kill gay people, we never can take our safety for granted no matter where we are.”
– Stratton Pollitzer, South Florida director of Equality Florida, a national gay advocacy group, commenting on the second of two possible hate crimes against gay men, when a gay man was beaten outside a gay-friendly city diner amid a torrent of anti-gay slurs, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Feb. 27, 2008.

Surverys

“Forty-four per cent of gays and lesbians and 41 per cent of bisexuals said they had experienced discrimination, compared to only 14 per cent of heterosexuals. When those respondents were asked if they were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, 78 per cent of gays and lesbians said that sexual orientation was the root of the discrimination. Fifteen per cent of gays or lesbians and 28 per cent of bisexuals reported being victims of spousal abuse compared to 7 per cent of heterosexuals.”
– according to a new study by Statistics Canada, Toronto Star, Feb. 28, 2008.. The study, which included responses from 24,000 Canadians, was the first time asked respondents to identify their sexual orientation

Culture

“So many gay people over the years have asked me where our ‘leader’ is. It’s the wrong question. We are the ones we have been waiting for. Be the change you want to see in the world. And the world changes. In exact proportion to the number of gay people who have abandoned their fear and self-hatred, it already has. No excuses, people. And no need to wait.”
– Andrew Sullivan, in his daily log, The Daily Dish, Fe. 27, 2008

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