After Thwarted Kidnapping Plans, Whitmer Calls for Unity

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]

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She/He said this week

By |2009-04-24T09:00:00-04:00April 24th, 2009|Opinions|

compiled by Howard Israel

“Stereotypes are funny. It might not be politically correct, but sometimes stereotypes are there for a reason. (Pointing to a photo of a boy in a spandex figure skating outfit…) I mean, come on! He knew!”
– Shann Carr, a lesbian stand-up comedian and author of a new book titled “You’re Going to be Gay!”, in an interview in the Desert Sun, Apr. 19, 2008. The soft-cover book contains the childhood photos of 50 GLBT adults, alongside funny quotes about growing up gay.

“When you’re a woman, a person of color, openly gay, business owner, you bring all that with you to the table. I’ve been that woman with the kids going to look for an apartment and watch the person walk by me once they saw who I was. I had those very real experiences, and so it does influence what I do. No one has to come and tell me about it. I know. This is a window of opportunity for me to shed light on important issues to women, to families, to same-gender families, to the community of color. It’s an opportunity to have some control and make sure these issues stay at the forefront of all of us as policy makers.”
– Denise Simmons, Mayor, Cambridge, MA, the nation’s first black and openly lesbian mayor, Boston Globe, Apr. 13, 2008.

“This has been a long time coming. I’m in a place where I’m at peace with my faith, friends, family and more importantly myself. I know this will end my career in Christian television, but I must now live my life openly and honestly with everyone. This is my reason for doing this.”
– Azariah Southworth, producer/host of a popular Christian youth show, announced that he is gay, Out and About Newspapers, Tenneesee, April 16, 2008. His syndicated show can be seen in more than 128 million homes worldwide.

“I don’t know what will happen professionally … that is the fear, but I guess I can’t really be concerned about what will happen, because it’s my truth. There is this desire in L.A. to wonder who you are and what’s been blaring for me for the last three years is how can I be most authentic to myself. This is the first time I am speaking about it in this way.”
– Luke MacFarlane, actor on “Brothers & Sisters” comes out publicly as gay, The Toronto Globe & Mail, Apr. 15, 2008.

“I’m amazed we have such a great turnout, because there’s so much hate and crime and gay-bashing, and it’s really nice to see everyone come together.”
– Joshua Sutton, president, OUT LGBT student union at Indiana University, speaking at the 17th annual “Miss Gay IU” musical performance and beauty pageant, at which drag queen contestants perform a variety of pageant activities, Indiana Student Daily News, Apr, 21, 2008.

I can care less whether the Vatican approves of same-sex partnerships or not as long as they don’t get involved in policy making for those of us who are not religious (of course, reality is that the separation of church and state is most times a mirage particularly in Latin American countries). But when it comes to HIV prevention and the use of condoms, the Vatican has been as woefully blind and irresponsible as with its failure to address the pedophile scandal that has rocked Catholic churches in recent years (and, no, don’t tell me that the Pope’s apology this week or his meeting with abuse survivors atones for the damage done).
– Posted by Andres Duque, on Blabbeando.BlogSpot, Apr. 20, 2008.

“In a landmark judgment with far-reaching social implications, Italy’s highest appeals court has ruled it is a criminal offence for Italian men to touch their genitals in public. The court stressed that the ban applies to brazen crotch-scratching and to what might be termed superstitious pre-emption. Anyone who has seen a hearse go past in Italy, or been part of a discussion in which some terrible illness or disaster is mentioned, will know it is traditional for men to ward off bad luck with a quick grab at what are delicately called their ‘attributi’. The judges helpfully suggested that those seeking reassurance should wait till they had returned to the privacy of their own homes before letting their hands stray trouser-wards.”
– John Hooper, in an article regarding a new law in Italy that makes it a criminal offense for Italian men to touch their genitals in public, Guardian.co.uk, Feb. 27, 2008.

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