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She/He Said week of June 26

By | 2008-06-26T09:00:00-04:00 June 26th, 2008|News|

compiled by Howard Israel

“Gay Marriage? This is an issue of zero actual importance to me. At this point in my life, if I get mugged by an overly aggressive gang-banger, I consider it a relationship and hope to see him again, soon.”
– Larry Amoros, comedian and TV writer, reviewing current issues in his blog, 23/6 News, June 21, 2008.

“I came out to my parents, and they were OK. Nobody stopped being my friend. Sometimes, when I’m around something, like ‘That’s so gay,’ will slip out, but then they apologize. They try not to use that stuff because they know they’ll offend me.”
– Ramsey Santos, 16 years old, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Manual Arts High in South Los Angeles, in a LA Times blog, June 17, 2008. Santos said the debate surrounding same-sex marriage has made it easier for students like himself. He used to hear classmates snicker about gays, but when he came out this year, it was “no big deal”.

“There’s always going to be struggles but today is about us getting together and celebrating Pride, pride in our unity, pride in our race and pride in our community.”
– Denise Simmons, Mayor of Cambridge, Mass., kicking off the annual Sistah Summit, a part of the 10th annual Black Pride festivities,, June 19, 2008. The Sistah Summit is an annual event where lesbians of color inspire women to journey to mountainous regions for spiritual renewal, fellowship and empowerment. Mayor Simmons is an out lesbian.

“As far as I’m concerned there is no argument anymore – if you are gay, you are born gay.”
– Dr Qazi Rahman, University of London, a lecturer in cognitive biology at the University of London, commenting on a Swedish study that compared the size of the brain’s halves in 90 healthy adults and found that, structurally, at least, the brains of gay men were more like heterosexual women, and gay women more like heterosexual men,, June 16, 2008. Dr Qazi Rahman said that he believed this is evidence that sexual orientation is set in the womb.

“‘Queer Pride’ is a celebration. It is about loving who we are, whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ‘hijra’ or straight, and affirming everyone’s right to be respected for his or her own sexual choices. It is a celebration of how far we have come and how long we still have to go.”

– Gautam Bhan, Indian writer and openly-gay activist, commenting on “Queer Pride”, the first ever queer pride parade in New Delhi, with simultaneously marches in Kolkata and Bangalore,, June 23, 2008. [ ‘Hijras” are men who dress and act like women and have been a presence in India for generations, maintaining a third-gender role that has become institutionalized through tradition.]

I don’t believe that John McCain is a homophobe when it comes to personal relationships; in fact a little bird told me he has high-level staff that are not only gay, but socially out of the closet. The fact of the matter is that John McCain is unwilling to challenge the far right wing of his party [on LGBT issues]. I would support a Republican who was willing to stand up for civil equality – if we were actually a demographic that was openly courted by the GOP; that would actually place more natural pressure on the Democrats to actually do something rather than show us their jellyfish spinelessness time and again. But that’s not the GOP I see. McCain had all primary season long to reject the professional fundie set and come out for fairness.’
– Pam Spaulding, blogger, commenting on a recent post from the Log Cabin Republicans organization supporting Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain,, June 19, 2008. Pam relates that she “almost lost her lunch” by the LCR “spin” on the senator.

“Working out means different things to a 23-year-old, a 48-year-old, and a 70-year-old. One myth is that going to the gym is ‘a superficial pursuit.’ There is a bit of vanity, but as people change and evolve, their reasons for working out do, too. Thirty years ago, gay men were not necessarily accepted at the gym. There was a stereotype that gay men were limp-wristed and frail. The turnaround has been complete. Today, being gay is equated with fitness, athleticism, having a great body.”
– Erick Alvarez, personal trainer and author, in an interview about his book “Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture”, about gym culture for gay males,, June 2008. “Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture” covers the history, sociology, fashion and porn, the Internet’s effect on body image, and the difference between gay and straight gyms.

“In states that offer some kind of legal recognition to same-sex couples, lesbians in committed relationships outnumber gay men by a 2-1 margin. Studies suggest that women pair up more often because they are more likely to have children together. Men, who historically make more money than women, are less likely to partner for economic protection. Women want to be married more than men do. The idea of partnering is more attractive to women. Yet some studies suggest that gay men are in relationships of longer duration than lesbians. Women initiate divorce at a higher rate than men.”
– Gary Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law, in an article titled “Lesbians wed more often than gay men”, Detroit Free Press, June 22, 2008. Based on a tally of the licenses since the first day same-sex marriage was legal in CA, using first names as a guide, 60 percent of the same-sex newlyweds are lesbians and 40 percent are gay men.

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