She/He Said this week

By |2007-10-11T09:00:00-04:00October 11th, 2007|Opinions|

“Coming out is not a one-time happening, but involves a lifelong process of coming out over and over again at home, in school, at work and in the community. There are gays present in all walks of life, all ages and all ethnic groups. They are our children, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, friends and co-workers.”
– Ruth Dorfman, Guest commentary: “Straight allies needed on Coming Out Day, every day”, Naples Daily News, Oct. 5, 2007
“Elderly gay people like Ms. Donadello, living in nursing homes or assisted-living centers or receiving home care, increasingly report that they have been disrespected, shunned or mistreated in ways that range from hurtful to deadly, even leading some to commit suicide.
Some have seen their partners and friends insulted or isolated. Others live in fear of the day when they are dependent on strangers for the most personal care. That dread alone can be damaging, physically and emotionally, say geriatric doctors, psychiatrists and social workers.”
– Jane Gross, New York Times, “Aging and Gay, and Facing Prejudice in Twilight,,Aeu Oct. 9, 2007

“I think people who oppose rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and relationships between same-sex partners should know that a gay family really isn’t much different, and they shouldn’t really make such a big deal out of it.”
– A college freshman with two moms, at a Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights rally in Augusta, Maine, for straight people to show support for LGBT rights, as reported in the Bangor Daily News, October 06, 2007.

“According to [the] study, black and Latino gay men and lesbians do not have more mental disorders than whites. Based on the theory that stress related to prejudice would increase risk for mental disorders, researchers typically expect that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals face prejudice related to both racism and homophobia and therefore would have more disorders than their white counterparts. Contrary to this expectation, however, the study found that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals had significantly fewer disorders than white individuals. Latinos had a prevalence of disorders similar to whites.”
– Science Daily, Oct. 4, 2007, according to a study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

“NARTH’s therapists [are] ‘con artists’ who have developed anti-gay therapy procedures as means of reaping big profits. It’s a good business model. Ethical therapists won’t do this work. It’s a way for the [NARTH therpaists] to get perpetual clients who never get any better. It’s a big scam. As therapists, they are the worst of the worst.”
– Wayne Bensen, founder of Truth Wins Out, a national organization devoted to exposing practitioners of ex-gay therapy as charlatans, describing the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) conference scheduled to be held in Dallas during October, Dallas Voice, Oct. 4, 2007. NARTH advocates the reclassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

“The fight against gay marriage is often compared to the old one against interracial unions, but again, we mistake its virulence. After all, the love a black man may feel for a white woman isn’t an integral part of his character; it’s coincidence. This is the wonderful woman he happened to find.”

– Emily L. Hauser, OpEd “A Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name”, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 7, 2007

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