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

By |2006-11-30T09:00:00-05:00November 30th, 2006|News|

“A lot of the chiefs of staff, the people who really run the underpinnings of the Republican Party, are gay. [RNC Chairman] Ken Mehlman. OK, there’s one I think people have talked about. I don’t think he’s denied it when he’s been – people have suggested – he doesn’t say ‘I’m not.'”

{ITAL – TV talk-show host Bill Maher appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live, Nov.
8. CNN removed the attempted outing from rebroadcasts of the show and
forced YouTube to delete a clip of the remarks, claiming that blogger
John Aravosis, who posted the clip, had violated the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act. King responded to Maher that he’d “never heard” that
Mehlman is gay. Maher replied, “Maybe you don’t go to the same bathhouse
I do, Larry.” The following day, CNN reported that Mehlman will step
down from his job by the end of the year. This publication has no
independent knowledge of Mehlman’s sexual orientation.}

“While most callboys will continue to respect a code of silence where the average closet case is concerned, the Ted Haggards of the world have been placed on notice: You can’t have your callboy and disparage him too.”

– Writer Dan Savage in a New York Times opinion piece, Nov. 8.

“No matter how long he struggled, no matter how much faith he had, [Ted] Haggard’s sexual orientation remained unchanged. Nothing helped. Not prayer, not Jesus H. Christ on his cross. Nothing. … The ex-gay thing is over. It’s dead. It was bullshit from the start. And I will personally track down and bitch-slap the next fundie douche who sends me an e-mail explaining how Jesus can cure me. And I will personally track down and shit in the mouth of the next cable news anchor who entertains the notion of a miracle cure for homosexuality. Consider yourself warned, Paula Zahn.”

– Syndicated columnist Dan Savage, Nov. 14.

“I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many Christian people I know who are gay and love their religion. … I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it. I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it’s not really compassionate.”

– Elton John to Britain’s The Observer, Nov. 12.

“We’ll have been together 36 years in March. … It’s a matter of commitment and something that binds you soulwise. I don’t know what it is. I can’t imagine Jane [Wagner] not being in my life. If you really know what there is to love about someone, it really can’t be violated. Our families are intertwined and I’m close to her sister too. It just is.”
– Actress/comedian Lily Tomlin to the Carolinas gay newspaper Q-Notes,
Nov. 4.

“The auto-fellatio scene. We had to film it three times, with three cameras each time. And because there was a ‘money shot,’ we did it in the morning one day, then again that afternoon, and then again the next
morning.”

– Gay actor Paul Dawson recalling his most difficult scene in the critically acclaimed new film Shortbus, to the Palm Springs gay magazine The Bottom Line, Nov. 10. Dawson’s character fellates himself and then ejaculates into his own mouth while masturbating.

“Rick Santorum, the third-ranking GOP senator, compared same-sex marriage to ‘man on child, man on dog’ sex. He supported allowing faith-based service providers to discriminate in hiring based on religion with federal dollars and to proselytize. … We are thrilled, ecstatic and overjoyed that Rick Santorum has been thrashed at the polls. His extreme and gratuitous homophobia will no longer pollute the Senate. Good riddance.”
{ITAL – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman,
Nov. 7.}

“Doogie Howser wasn’t outed, he was ‘lanced.’ That’s a new term to describe celebrities who have been forced to reveal they’re gay, said Reichen Lehmkuhl, boyfriend of ‘N Sync star Lance Bass. ‘It’s to be outed by someone in the public media and to a celebrity, and Neil Patrick Harris, I understand, has been ‘lanced,'” Lehmkuhl told AP Radio News.”
– The Associated Press wire service, Nov. 7.

“Let me just say one thing to [disgraced former U.S. Rep.] Mark Foley: Mark, whenever you re-emerge from wherever you are, please don’t pop up looking to us for acceptance and support, or a toaster – there’s no toaster waiting for you here.”
{ITAL – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman
addressing the annual Creating Change conference, Nov. 10.}

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