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She/He Said week of March 8

By | 2007-03-08T09:00:00-05:00 March 8th, 2007|Opinions|

“Or maybe I’m trying too hard. Anyone who would beat to death a 72-year-old
because he’s gay is not a homophobe — he’s a monster.”
Desiree Cooper, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 27 discussing the hatred leading to the murder of Andrew Anthos, a Detroit gay man.

“Homophobia is a weasel word because it focuses attention on the wrong thing,” he said. “It seems to indicate that there’s a pathological explanation, rather than it’s inappropriate, learned behavior.”
Jack Kay, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint, who has researched hate speech, speaking with Desiree Cooper, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 27

“The hatred and loathing that led to the vicious murder of Andrew Anthos only because he was gay is not innate. Instead it is being taught every day by leaders of the so-called Christian right and their political allies.”
— Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“This is really a remarkable development in the (HIV/AIDS medications) field.”
Dr. John W. Mellors of the University of Pittsburgh said at a news conference at the 14th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Dr. Mellors, who has been a consultant to the manufacturers of the drugs, said he “wouldn’t be going out on a limb” to say the new results were as exciting as those from the mid-1990s, when researchers first discovered that cocktails of drugs for HIV/AIDS, could significantly prolong lives.

At a time when our military is scrambling to find qualified recruits, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy makes absolutely no sense and undermines the fight against terrorism. These patriotic and courageous men and women who want to serve our country ought to be allowed to do so.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, who said he was extremely troubled by the response he received March 1 in a letter from the Pentagon concerning its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. This is the second time the Pentagon has avoided answering the question of whether there is any military reason for maintaining the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

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