compiled by Howard Israel
“Congressional leaders, who have disappointed frequently this year, have done it again. This time, the House leadership has failed to find a way to get a bipartisan law against hate crimes passed and signed into law. Racial, religious, sexual and other minorities have waited long enough. The Matthew Shepard Act would expand the definition of hate crimes and make important improvements in the federal response. To categories already covered by federal law, which include race and religion, it would add crimes committed because of the victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity, gender or disability. It would also broaden the federal government’s authority to investigate these hateful acts. Racial, religious, sexual and other minorities have waited long enough.”
– New York Times Editorial, Dec. 10, 2007.
The proposal offers little of value to HIV-positive applicants. It imposes strict requirements that unfairly limits travel to the U.S. It is mired in the past, a past where people feared HIV as a contagious disease that could not be controlled or effectively managed.”
– Sen. Ted Kennedy, chair of the Senate health committee, on hearing on the Bush administration’s international AIDS efforts, complaining that “the regulations proposed by the Homeland Security Department could actually create more barriers for HIV-positive applicants rather than fewer”, as reported by the Associated Press, in the San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 8, 2007.
“…my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss.”
– Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster accepting an award at a Hollywood breakfast last week acknoweldging her partner of 14 years,Cydney Bernard, Pink News.co.uk, Dec. 10,, 2007
“Jack Kennedy had an eye for history; Romney has only a tin ear. Kennedy de-emphasized the role of religion in politics; Romney only wants to amplify it. God knows there is neither silence nor an absence of religion in the public square.”
– Stanley Kutler, Huffington Post, Dec.9, 2007
“To be forced back into the heterosexual cage of coupledom is not a step forward but a step back into state-imposed definitions of relationship. With all that we have learned, we should be helping our heterosexual brothers and sisters out of their state-defined prisons, not volunteering to join them there.”
– Jane Rule, recently deceased, prominent Canadian writer of lesbian-themed books, as reported in her obituary, New York Times, Dec. 9, 2007. Rule, 76 at the time of her death, and her life partner, Helen Sonthoff, were together for 46 years, until Ms. Sonthoff died in 2000, at 83.
“A study of 100 heterosexual couples and 100 lesbian couples published by the University of Amsterdam in mid-2007 revealed that children raised by lesbian couples do not differ in well-being or child adjustment compared with their counterparts in heterosexual-parent families. In other studies on more than 500 children adopted by same-sex couples in the US found no differences in intelligence, type or prevalence of psychiatric disorders, self-esteem, well-being, peer relationships, couple relationships, or parental stress between heterosexual and same sex couples.’
– “Gay parenting on the rise globally”, as reported in The Times of India, Nov. 28, 2007
“Closets are emptying in Kentucky and across the heartland, belying the notion that the rights of gay men and lesbians are somehow separate from those of mainstream America. As Americans across the country meet their lesbian and gay neighbors, all evidence suggests that they will become more supportive of gay rights. Politicians beware — playing the gay card may just assure a losing hand.”
– Gary J. Gates, in a guest editorial, The Louisville Courier-Journal, Dec. 2, 2007. The well-publicized failure of the incumbent governor’s re-election campaign’s last minute “gay card” strategy may in part be a result of a dramatically more visible lesbian and gay population in some of the most conservative parts of the country — including Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville.