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When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discha rge for loving one. ~Epitaph of Leonard P. Matlovich, 1988 (Thanks, Marlene) If gay and lesbian people are given civil rights, then everyone will want them! ~Author unknown, as seen on a button at evolvefish.com The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to het erosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just t hat they need more supervision. ~Lynn Lavner My lesbianism is an act of Christian charity. All those women out there praying for a man, and I'm giving them my share. ~Rita Mae Brown You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight. ~Barry Goldwater Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding gun s than holding hands? ~Ernest Gaines It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the s treet and frighten the horses. ~Daphne Fielding, The Duchess of Jermyn Street Homosexuality is god's way of insuring that the truly gifted aren't burdened wit h children. ~Sam Austin Isn't it a violation of the Georgia sodomy law for the Supreme Court to have its head up its ass? ~Letter to Playboy magazine, February 1987 Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. ~Boethius, T he Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524 If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work: "Hello. Can't work today, still queer." ~Robin Tyler You know what they say: You can't teach a gay dog straight tricks. ~Trey Parke r & Matt Stone, South Park No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody. ~Rita Mae Brown, speech, 28 Aug ust 1982

You could move. ~Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby," in response to a reader who co mplained that a gay couple was moving in across the street and wanted to know wh at he could do to improve the quality of the neighborhood War. Rape. Murder. Poverty. Equal rights for gays. Guess which one the Sout hern Baptist Convention is protesting? ~The Value of Families If time and space are curved, where do all of the straight people come from? ~A uthor Unknown Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more a bout them than it does about homosexuality. ~James Baldwin What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains. ~Tennessee Williams, A Streetca r Named Desire, 1947 There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. People s hould be very free with sex, they should draw the line at goats. ~Elton John I'd rather be black than gay because when you're black you don't have to tell yo ur mother. ~Charles Pierce, 1980 That word "lesbian" sounds like a disease. And straight men know because they'r e sure that they're the cure. ~Denise McCanles As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; the refore, they must recruit our children. ~Anita Bryant, 1977 If gays are granted rights, next we'll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nailbiters. ~Anita Bryant Anita Bryant like Anita hole in the head. ~Graffiti The radical right is so homophobic that they're blaming global warming on the AI DS quilt. ~Dennis Miller Jesse Helms and Newt Gingrich were shaking hands congratulating themselves on th e introduction of an antigay bill in Congress. If it passes, they won't be able to shake hands, because it will then be illegal for a prick to touch an asshole . ~Judy Carter My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broad cast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Drag is when a man wears everything a lesbian won't. ~Author Unknown Did you hear about the Scottish drag queen? He wore pants. ~Lynn Lavner I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the tim e I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay communi ty. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do wit h their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant. ~Pa ul Newman From various bumper stickers: My sexual orientation? Horizontal, usually. ~ I can't even think straight. ~ Let's get one thing straight, I'm not. ~ Stra ight But Not Narrow ~ Closets are for clothes. ~ I'm not a lesbian but my gi rlfriend is. ~ I'm not gay but my boyfriend is. ~ Equal rights are not speci al rights. ~ Homophobia is a social disease. I am reminded of a colleague who reiterated "all my homosexual patients are quit e sick" - to which I finally replied "so are all my heterosexual patients." ~Er nest van den Haag, psychotherapist For a long time I thought I wanted to be a nun. Then I realized that what I rea lly wanted to be was a lesbian. ~Mabel Maney When it comes to exploring the sea of love, I prefer buoys. ~Andrew G. Dehel What's the point of being a lesbian if a woman is going to look and act like an imitation man? ~Rita Mae Brown The degree and kind of a man's sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886 Why can't they have gay people in the army? Personally, I think they are just a fraid of a thousand guys with M16s going, "Who'd you call a faggot?" ~John Stew art If male homosexuals are called "gay," then female homosexuals should be called " ecstatic." ~Shelly Roberts My mother took me to a psychiatrist when I was fifteen because she thought I was a latent homosexual. There was nothing latent about it. ~Amanda Bearse Some women can't say the word lesbian... even when their mouth is full of one. ~Kate Clinton

One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quake r View of Sex, 1964 I think God is a callous bitch not making me a lesbian. I'm deeply disappointed by my sexual interest in men. ~Diamanda Galas The one bonus of not lifting the ban on gays in the military is that the next ti me the government mandates a draft we can all declare homosexuality instead of r unning off to Canada. ~Lorne Bloch Soldiers who are not afraid of guns, bombs, capture, torture or death say they a re afraid of homosexuals. Clearly we should not be used as soldiers; we should be used as weapons. ~Letter to the editor, The Advocate No matter how far in or out of the closet you are, you still have a next step. ~Author Unknown People who can't think of anything else but whether the person you love is inden ted or convex should be doomed not to think of anything else but that, and so mi ss the other ninety-five percent of life. ~Robert Towne It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's lik e disapproving of rain. ~Francis Maude You are digging for the answers until your fingers bleed, to satisfy the hunger, to satiate the need.... And as you pray in your darkness for wings to set you f ree, you are bound to your silent legacy. ~Melissa Etheridge, "Silent Legacy," Yes I Am, 1993 To hear two American men congratulating each other on being heterosexual is one of the most chilling experiences - and unique to the United States. You don't h ear two Italians sitting around complimenting each other because they actually l ike to go to bed with women. The American is hysterical about his manhood. ~Go re Vidal There's this illusion that homosexuals have sex and heterosexuals fall in love. That's completely untrue. Everybody wants to be loved. ~Boy George Straight Americans need... an education of the heart and soul. They must unders tand - to begin with - how it can feel to spend years denying your own deepest t ruths, to sit silently through classes, meals, and church services while people you love toss off remarks that brutalize your soul. ~Bruce Bawer, The Advocate, 28 April 1998 What are you trying to protect heterosexual marriages from? There isn't a limit ed amount of love in Iowa. It isn't a non-renewable resource. If Amy and Barba ra or Mike and Steve love each other, it doesn't mean that John and Mary can't. ~Ed Fallon

People sometimes think I'm gay because I once played a gay in a movie. It's fun ny. Audiences don't think you're a murderer if you play a murderer, but they do think you're gay if you play a gay. ~Perry King It's hard enough to be taken seriously in the struggle for gay rights without ha ving a bunch of straight girls running around kissing each other to get the atte ntion of boys and videocameras. ~M. Robin D'Antan, 2002 Let my lusts be my ruin, then, since all else is a fake and a mockery. ~Hart Cr ane I get sick of listening to straight people complain about, "Well, hey, we don't have a heterosexual-pride day, why do you need a gay-pride day?" I remember whe n I was a kid I'd always ask my mom: "Why don't we have a Kid's Day? We have a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but why don't we have a Kid's Day?" My mom wo uld always say, "Every day is Kid's Day." To all those heterosexuals that bitch about gay pride, I say the same thing: Every day is heterosexual-pride day! C an't you people enjoy your banquet and not piss on those of us enjoying our crum bs over here in the corner? ~Rob Nash Wouldn't it be great if you could only get AIDS from giving money to television preachers? ~Elayne Boosler In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feelin g fear, restraint, or obligation. ~Simone de Beauvoir Trust a nitwit society like this one to think that there are only two categories - fag and straight. ~Gore Vidal Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. ~Woo dy Allen The world is not divided into sheeps and goats. Not all things are black nor al l things white. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with d iscrete categories. Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force f acts into separated pigeon-holes. The living world is a continuum in each and e very one of its aspects. The sooner we learn this concerning sexual behavior th e sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex. ~Alfred Kinsey, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, 1948 Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people. ~M artina Navratilova Labels? Okay, fine. I'm bisensual. Heteroflexible. And life-curious. That a bout covers it. ~Morgan Torva The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself. ~Gore Vi

dal Pronouns make it hard to keep our sexual orientation a secret when our co-worker s ask us about our weekend. "I had a great time with... them." Great! Now the y don't think you're queer - just a big slut! ~Judy Carter I can't help looking gay. I put on a dress and people say, "Who's the dyke in t he dress?" ~Karen Ripley The geography of my heart has hills of desire and valleys and meadows of love for both men and women - a single day's trek passes through it all. ~Agavé Powers It's a public service when a gay chick goes lipstick instead of lumberjack. ~Tw o and a Half Men, "Alan Harper, Frontier Chiropractor," teleplay by Lee Aronsohn and Mark Roberts, original airdate 15 December 2003, spoken by the character Ch arlie Harper My cousin is an agoraphobic homosexual, which makes it kind of hard for him to c ome out of the closet. ~Bill Kelly As long as society is anti-gay, then it will seem like being gay is anti-social. ~Joseph Francis My mom blames California for me being a lesbian. "Everything was fine until you moved out there." "That's right, Mom, we have mandatory lesbianism in West Hol lywood. The Gay Patrol busted me, and I was given seven business days to add a significant amount of flannel to my wardrobe. ~Coley Sohn We love men. We just don't want to see them naked. ~Two Nice Girls The next time someone asks you, "Hey, howdja get to be a homosexual anyway?" tel l them, "Homosexuals are chosen first on talent, then interview... then the swim suit and evening gown competition pretty much gets rid of the rest of them." ~K aren Williams If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapere d. ~Robin Tyler If you removed all of the homosexuals and homosexual influence from what is gene rally regarded as American culture, you would pretty much be left with "Let's Ma ke a Deal." ~Fran Lebowitz Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. Wha t you have probably found is a Lesbian. ~Fran Lebowitz

About a year ago I was a guest on a network news show in New York. They were sh owing film clips from a gay pride parade down Fifth Avenue, but they only decide d to show the part with men in dresses and heels. I had seen the parade, and th ere were men in business suits as well. After showing the film, the newsperson made some comments, and I found the comments extremely offensive. "This is what 's wrong with the media," I said. "You show a fringe position. You show one po int of view. You're closing the minds of the people by not showing them what th e reality is." I got up and walked out, and I've never been asked back again. ~Kathleen Nolan My urges to write poetry are lesbian, but whatever compels me to prose is straig ht. ~Agavé Powers If adjustment is necessary, it should be made primarily with regard to the posit ion the homosexual occupies in present-day society, and society should more ofte n be treated than the homosexual. ~Harry Benjamin Lesbianism has always seemed to me an extremely inventive response to a shortage of men, but otherwise not worth the trouble. ~Nora Ephron, Heartburn, 1983 If horse racing is the sport of kings, then drag racing must be the sport of que ens. ~Bert R. Sugar In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once in habited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address t hey eventually live in the metropolis. ~Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant, 1978 The diagnosis of homosexuality as a "disorder" is a contributing factor to the p athology of those homosexuals who do become mentally ill.... Nothing is more lik ely to make you sick than being constantly told that you are sick. ~Ronald Gold Homosexuality is a sickness, just as are baby-rape or wanting to become head of General Motors. ~Eldridge Cleaver, "Notes on a Native Son," Soul on Ice, 1968 The Reagan Administration has fostered a climate in which a barest majority of t he Supreme Court caters to the passions and hatreds of the American mob, strippi ng away the constitutional shield outside our bedrooms.... How tragically ironic that an Administration that promised to get Government "off our backs" is now s o active in draping Government gumshoes over every part of our anatomies. ~Carl T. Rowan An engineering professor is treating her husband, a loan officer, to dinne r for finally giving in to her pleas to shave off the scraggly beard he grew on vacation. His favorite restaurant is a casual place where they both feel comfor table in slacks and cotton/polyester-blend golf shirts. But, as always, she wea rs the gold and pearl pendant he gave her the day her divorce decree was final. They're laughing over their menus because they know he always ends up diving in to a giant plate of ribs but she won't be talked into anything more fattening th an shrimp. Quiz: How many biblical prohibitions are they violating? Well, wives are

supposed to be 'submissive' to their husbands (I Peter 3:1). And all women are forbidden to teach men (I Timothy 2:12), wear gold or pearls (I Timothy 2:9) or dress in clothing that 'pertains to a man' (Deuteronomy 22:5). Shellfish and p ork are definitely out (Leviticus 11:7, 10) as are usury (Deuteronomy 23:19), sh aving (Leviticus 19:27) and clothes of more than one fabric (Leviticus 19:19). And since the Bible rarely recognizes divorce, they're committing adultery, whic h carries the rather harsh penalty of death by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:22). So why are they having such a good time? Probably because they wouldn't t hink of worrying about rules that seem absurd, anachronistic or - at best - unre alistic. Yet this same modern-day couple could easily be among the millions of Americans who never hesitate to lean on the Bible to justify their own anti-gay attitudes. ~Deb Price, And Say Hi To Joyce The Lord is my Shepherd and he knows I'm gay. ~Troy Perry - My mother made me a homosexual. - If I gave her the wool, would she make me one too? ~Graffiti, London, 1978 I like my beer cold, my TV loud, and my homosexuals flaming. ~Matt Groening, Th e Simpsons (Homer) While many minority groups are the target for prejudice... and discrimination... in our society, few persons face this hostility without the support and accepta nce of their family as do many gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. ~Virginia Urib e and Karen Harbeck Mothers, tell your children: be quick, you must be strong. Life is full of wond er, love is never wrong. Remember how they taught you, how much of it was fear. Refuse to hand it down - the legacy stops here. ~Melissa Etheridge, "Silent L egacy," Yes I Am, 1993 Bisexuality is a blessing and a curse, but viewing it as a schizophrenia will ma ke you insane.... I am not a whole person with split desires: I am a whole perso n with desire. As everyone is, regardless. ~Agavé Powers There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~AnaÃ‾s Nin God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. ~William Shakespeare Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. ~Homer Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accep t no one's definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein There is just one life for each of us: our own. ~Euripides

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the trut h. ~Benjamin Disraeli If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise. ~Johann von Goethe Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness. ~Shakti Gawain The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. ~ Author Unknown Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and th ose who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do. ~Eric Hoffer Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves. ~Friedrich Ni etzsche The white light streams down to be broken up by those human prisms into all the colors of the rainbow. Take your own color in the pattern and be just that. ~C harles R. Brown It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~Agnes Repplier Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery. ~M atthew Arnold, "Self-Dependence," Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems, 1852 There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. ~Pearl Bailey It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~Lucille Ba ll For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get the mselves filed. ~Clifton Fadiman You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart. ~George Michael , "Kissing A Fool"

To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive. ~Robert Louis Stevenson Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~Friedrich Ni etzsche My theory is that the hardest work anyone does in life is to appear normal. ~Fr om the movie Ed TV The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity: monotheism, monar chy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine. The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity. ~Thomas Sza sz

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