³The job of the gay community is not to deal with extremists who would castigate us or put us on an island and

drop an H-bomb on us. The fact of the matter is that there is a small percentage of people in America who understand the true nature of the homosexual community. There is another small percentage who will never understand us. Our job is not to get those people who dislike us to love us. Nor was our aim in the civil rights movement to get prejudiced white people to love us. Our aim was to try to create the kind of America, legislatively, morally, and psychologically, such that even though some whites continued to hate us, they could not openly manifest that hate. That¶s our job today: to control the extent to which people can publicly manifest antigay sentiment.´ ~Bayard Rustin (civil rights activist and gay man who advised MLKjr and organized the 1963 March on Washington) ³I cannot prevent anyone from getting angry, or mad, or frustrated. I can only hope that they¶ll turn that anger and frustration and madness into something

positive, so that two, three, four, five hundred will step forward, so the gay doctors will come out, the gay lawyers, the gay judges, gay bankers, gay architects « I hope that every professional gay will say µenough¶, come forward and tell everybody, wear a sign, let the world know. Maybe that will help.´ ~Harvey Milk, 1978 ³Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group. || We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say ³common struggle´ because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination.´ ~Coretta Scott King ³When someone asks me, ³are gay rights civil rights?´ my answer is always, ³Of course, they are.´ Civil rights are positive legal prerogatives: the right

to equal treatment before the law. These are the rights shared by everyone. There is no one in the United States who does not, or should not, enjoy or share in enjoying these rights. Gay and lesbian rights are not special rights in any way. It isn¶t ³special´ to be free from discrimination. It is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship.´ ~NAACP National Chairman Julian Bond ³What would you do? «if you were thrown out of your house as a kid? «if you were beaten up in school and your teachers did nothing? «if you were fired from your job? «if you were banned from serving in our military? «if a landlord refused to rent to you? «if a doctor refused to treat you? «if you could not marry the person you love? «if your kids were taken away from you? «if the government denied 1,100 benefits to you and your spouse, but not to other couples? «if the government deported your spouse? «if the hospital prevented you from saying good-bye as your partner lay dying alone? Welcome To Our Lives. We are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans.´ ~The Dallas Principles ³The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as

legal principles to be applied by the courts. One¶s right to..fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.´ ~Judge Robert H. Jackson 1943 ³My feeling about gay people is that we have a responsibility not only to make gay marriage acceptable and to make gays feel accepted as much as heterosexuals«Gay people are downtrodden They are beaten. They are abused for their sexuality, and it goes across race. In the white community and the black community gay people are the bastards of the world. And in order for things to change, because any one of you could have gay children, or gay relatives, or gay friends«we have a responsibility to make this acceptable, to get all this bullshit so that some gay kid going to high school doesn¶t get the shit beaten out of him just because he¶s gay«I¶m as heterosexual as they come. What is this hang-up about gay marriage? Who cares? Get on with your life!´ ~Howard Stern ³This wedding ring means so much to me. We¶ve been together so long. It represents all the years since we first met. It represents all the family and friends who supported us all those years. It represents all the family and friends we¶ve lost together. It represents the future that we don¶t know what it¶s going to be

but we know we¶re going to face it together until, as they say, death do us part.´ ~David Hyde Pierce (married on October 28, 2008 to Brian Hargrove) ³I¶m a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. 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 with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.´ ~Paul Newman ³I was getting letters from kids that almost committed suicide but didn¶t because of what I did. And I realized that I had a purpose, and it wasn¶t just about me and it wasn¶t about celebrity.´ ~Ellen DeGeneres (giving the commencement speech at Tulane University, May 16, 2009, and reflecting on coming out) ³I am not seeking your approval for the way I live. Your approval is not terribly important to me. This is not a request for acceptance. We don¶t want it, we don¶t need it from those people.´ ~Barney Frank (to opponents of Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill) ³Where were these leaders of faith when college students of gay and lesbian orientation were beaten

and often brutalized for expressing their feelings for each other? « Why didn¶t they speak about that at the time when it was the other way around? See what really makes a democracy work is when you speak for others rights even when you disagree with them. I¶m saying most of the religious leaders that I hear speaking out now did not do it at the time. Had they done so I think they would have better moral standing to speak at this moment on this legislation even though I disagree with them.´ ~David Patterson while governor of New York ³As marital equality haltingly but inexorably spreads state by state for gay Americans in the years to come, Utah will hardly be in the lead to follow Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont. But the fact that it too is taking its first steps down that road is extraordinary. It is justice, not a storm, that is gathering. Only those who have spread the poisons of bigotry and fear have any reason to be afraid.´ ~Frank Rich ³If we didn¶t do it in 2004, do you think the party would have wanted us to do it in 2006 during the midterm elections to take back Congress? God forbid. 2008? Well, it¶s another presidential year. And now people are saying 2010? That¶s another critical year to hold Congress, and we¶ve got

statehouses across the nation. 2012? Another presidential year. 2014? Another Congressional year. Wait does almost always mean never. That was Dr. King¶s point.´ ~San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ³There were a whole bunch of conservative older men and those guys were talking about gay marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the country and my daughter Kate, after listening to them for about twenty minutes, said to them, µYou guys don¶t understand. You¶ve already lost. My generation doesn¶t care.¶ I think I learned something from my daughter that day« No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you.´ ~Sen. Gronstal (on a Bill to Amend Iowa¶s Constitution to take away Marriage Equality) ³As long as society is anti-gay, then it will seem like being gay is anti-social.´ ~Joseph Francis ³Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be madea victim. Accept no one¶s definition of your life; define yourself.´ ~Harvey Fierstein ³While many minority groups are the target for prejudice« and discrimination« in our society, few persons face this hostility without the support and acceptance of their family as do many gay, lesbian,

and bisexual youth.´ ~Virginia Uribe and Karen Harbeck ³For the gay and lesbian community in this country, I think it¶s clear that they feel victimized in fairly powerful ways and they¶re often hurt by not just certain teachings of the Catholic Church, but the Christian faith generally. And as a Christian, I¶m constantly wrestling with my faith and my solicitude and regard and concern for gays and lesbians.´ ~Barack Obama (July 2009, to the Catholic news media) ³I¶m struck by how many Republicans are still wedded to discrimination, even after so much evidence has been assembled revealing it to be counter-productive and based on nothing but prejudice and fear. They are the real culprits here. As for the Democrats, they seem permanently scarred by 1993, unable to move a measure that would help retain skilled service members at a time of great strain and remove a hideous burden from many patriotic Americans serving their country.´ ~Andrew Sullivan (on Don¶t Ask Don¶t Tell) ³Stand up for doing the right thing; for being a human being. Put human rights above politics ² because if you don¶t, you¶ll regret it for the rest of your political career. Conservatives should note that

the first American soldier to µtake a bullet¶ at the onset of the current war in Iraq was a gay man.´ ~Howard Dean ³In 1996, I voted against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act not just because I believed it was nothing more than a fundamentally political ploy to divide Americans, but because it is unconstitutional. Thirteen years later, I still defy you to find a single Senator who can credibly argue that it is within the Senate¶s power to strip away the word or spirit of a constitutional clause by simple statute. DOMA should never have passed and should never have become the law of the land. Unconstitutional and fundamentally unfair, today the human cost is especially clear and compelling. Denying same sex couples the same rights and protections under the law as enjoyed by opposite sex couples has absolutely nothing to do with defending marriage. This lawsuit [by the state of Massachusetts against DOMA] is a necessary step in ensuring everyone in Massachusetts can live their lives and raise their families secure in the knowledge that their commitment to each other doesn¶t make them any less an American than their heterosexual families, friends and neighbors.´ ~John Kerry

³The only queer people are those who don¶t love anybody.´ ~Rita Mae Brown ³One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness.´ ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 ³It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It¶s like disapproving of rain.´ ~Francis Maude ³As gay people are becoming more recognized as a demographic, a unique people with an innate and immutable attribute known as sexual orientation, the more that discrimination seems to be unAmerican and unChristian. And those who espouse it do, indeed, begin to be seen as cruel, discriminatory, hateful bigots unwilling to extend the rights they want for themselves to others who are not like them.´ ~Timothy Kincaid ³The fact that we are all human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish humans from one another.´ ~Simone de Beauvoir (1908±1986) ³When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.´ ~From the tombstone of a gay Vietnam veteran

³The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn¶t mean that God doesn¶t love heterosexuals. It¶s just that they need more supervision.´ ~Lynn Lavner ³My 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 ³Why can¶t they have gay people in the army? Personally, I think they are just afraid of a thousand guys with M16s going: Who¶d you call a faggot?´ ~ John Stewart ³There¶s this illusion that homosexuals have sex and heterosexuals fall in love. That¶s completely untrue. Everybody wants to be loved.´ ~Boy George ³Soldiers who are not afraid of guns, bombs, capture, torture or death say they are afraid of homosexuals. Clearly we should not be used as soldiers; we should be used as weapons.´ ~Letter to the editor, The Advocate ³If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?´ ~Lily Tomlin

³Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?´ ~Ernest Gaines ³If homosexuality is a disease, let¶s all call in queer to work: Hello. Can¶t work today, still queer.´ ~Robin Tyler ³Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity«any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.´ ~John Updike ³War. Rape. Murder. Poverty. Equal rights for gays. Guess which one the Southern Baptist Convention is protesting?´ ~The Value of Families ³If time and space are curved, where do all of the straight people come from?´ ~Unknown ³What 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 Streetcar Named Desire, 1947 ³There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. People should be very free with sex, they should draw the line at goats.´ ~Elton John

³I¶d rather be black than gay because when you¶re black you don¶t have to tell your mother.´ ~Charles Pierce, 1980 ³That word ³lesbian´ sounds like a disease. And straight men know because they¶re sure that they¶re the cure.´ ~Denise McCanles ³If 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 ³Anita Bryant. Like Anita hole in the head.´ ~Graffiti ³The radical right is so homophobic that they¶re blaming global warming on the AIDS quilt.´ ~Dennis Miller ³Jesse Helms and Newt Gingrich were shaking hands congratulating themselves on the 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 ³My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.´ ~W. Somerset Maugham

³Drag is when a man wears everything a lesbian won¶t.´ ~Unknown ³I am reminded of a colleague who reiterated µall my homosexual patients are quite sick¶ ± to which I finally replied µso are all my heterosexual patients¶.´ ~Ernest van den Haag, psychotherapist ³For a long time I thought I wanted to be a nun. Then I realized that what I really wanted to be was a lesbian.´ ~Mabel Maney ³When it comes to exploring the sea of love, I prefer buoys.´ ~Andrew G. Dehel ³The degree and kind of a man¶s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit.´ ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886 ³If male homosexuals are called µgay¶, then female homosexuals should be called µecstatic¶.´ ~Shelly Roberts ³My 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 ³Some women can¶t say the word lesbian« even when their mouth is full of one.´ ~Kate Clinton

³No matter how far in or out of the closet you are, you still have a next step.´ ~Unknown ³People who can¶t think of anything else but whether the person you love is indented or convex should be doomed not to think of anything else but that, and so miss the other ninety-five percent of life.´ ~Robert Towne ³The closet is an awful place to die. ~Unknown ³The American is hysterical about his manhood.´ ~Gore Vidal ³Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.´ ~G.C. Lichtenberg ³You can¶t change the music of your soul.´ ~Katherine Hepburn ³We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.´ ~Oliver Wendell Holmes ³The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.´ ~Rod Steiger

³Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.´ ~Oscar Wilde ³I can take any amount of criticism, so long as it is unqualified praise.´ ~Noel Coward ³Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.´ ~Gloria Steinem ³The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.´ ~Mahatma Gandhi ³The best things and best people rise out of their separateness. I¶m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.´ ~Robert Frost ³I require three things in a man: he must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.´ ~Dorothy Parker ³Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.´ ~Woody Allen

³The only reason I feel guilty about masturbation is that I do it so badly.´ ~David Steinberg ³Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.´ ~Frank Lloyd Wright ³It is not irritating to be where one is. It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.´ ~John Cage ³I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.´ ~Albert Einstein ³The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.´ ~Brook Atkinson ³Sexual harassment at work ² is it a problem for the self-employed?´ ~Victoria Wood ³The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single

reason. That, that my friends, is true perversion..´ ~Harvey Milk ³I have tasted freedom. I will not give up that which I have tasted. I have a lot more to drink. For that reason, the political numbers game will be played. I know the rules of their game now and how to play it.´ ~Harvey Milk

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