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So they said: Quotes from the news

“The last thing is, Olivia Gondek said I want to eat her pussy. I’ve never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married and I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.”

— Embattled Toronto Mayor ROB FORD publicly denying allegations that he thought were made by a former female staffer, who denied saying such things.

“I think it’s safe to say that my brother would have crushed playing the Rob Ford guy on SNL.”

— KEVIN FARLEY, brother of the late Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley, commenting on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s shenanigans.

“I think it’s got to be an outsider. I think both the presidential and vice presidential nomination needs to be a former or current governor, people who have done successful things in their states, taken on big reforms, who are ready to move America forward.”

— GOV. SCOTT WALKER coming perilously close to announcing his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 on ABC’s This Week.

“Unintimidated? Well, that makes two of us. – MB”

— Tweet sent out by MARY BURKE, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s recently released memoir titled Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.

“I am available to be a flower girl, and I’ll even waive the fee.”
— Illinois Comptroller JUDY BAAR TOPINKA, a pioneer for equality in the Republican Party, addressing the crowd at the signing of the state’s marriage equality bill on Nov. 20.

“For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage. Freedom means freedom for everyone. That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other.”

— MARY CHENEY writing on Facebook in opposition to sister Liz Cheney’s statements against same-sex marriage. Mary Cheney and her wife Heather Poe have two children as well as the support of her father, former vice president Dick Cheney.

“You could teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is. Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice — to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure.”

— Advice columnist DEAR AMY responding to a letter from a homophobic woman who recently discovered that her 17-year-old son is gay. She wanted Amy’s help convincing her son not to be gay anymore. 

So they said… Quotes from the news

“Boycotting a movie made by 99 percent LGBT equality folks in an LGBT equality industry is a waste of our collective energy.”

— Out, Oscar-winning screenwriter DUSTIN LANCE BLACK, writing on his Facebook page in opposition to an LGBT boycott of the recently released feature film Enders Game. The movie is based on a popular Y/A book by homophobe Orson Scott Card. Black removed the Facebook post after he was deluged with criticism.

“I’m anti-gay. I know that’s not politically correct these days, but that’s the way I feel. I’m a Christian and in the eyes of God it’s an abomination.”

— BETTY SCOTT, an 80-year-old resident of Shannon, Miss., explaining why she lobbied to prevent a gay bar from opening in her town of 1,753. P.J. Newton, who applied for a license to open the establishment, was the subject of a 2006 documtary titled Small Town Gay Bar, about a previous bar she owned in the town.

“I just didn’t want to be a lesbian. I’d never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious and I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politicians or anybody that I could look to and go, ‘Oh, I could be like that.’  I just kind of thought I don’t want to live like this. I just shut down the emotional life.’’

— PORTIA De ROSSI on “The Conversation With Amanda De Cadene” talking about the struggle she had accepting her sexual orientation. She’s currently married to lesbian superstar Ellen DeGeneres.

“At #lax Some s-–tbag shot up the place.’’

— JAMES FRANCO tweeting from his plane, which was landing at LAX amid the recent shooting that occurred there. His tweet included a self-portrait of him an airplane window seat.

 “The Moscow authorities are becoming increasingly absurd, and the banning of the rally to denounce the crimes of Hitler and Nazism is more proof of this. The government is approving of Nazi Germany’s genocidal policies.”

— NIKOLAI ALEKSEEV, founder of Moscow Pride, condemning city  leaders for banning a demonstration denouncing Hitler’s persecution of gays.

“A homosexual who can’t rent a room or get a job because of his orientation doesn’t make any sense to anybody. Why some of the politicians are not more sensitive than that — more sensible, I should say than that — beats me.”

— PHIL BATT, the former Republican governor of Idaho, in a speech thanking the Idaho Human Rights Commission for giving him its Lifetime Achievement Award. Batt, 86, endorsed Idaho’s “Add the Words” campaign, which aims to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

“Tea partier goes down.”

— HUFFINGTON POST headline announcing Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s loss to Democrat Terry McAullife in the Nov. 4 Virginia gubernatorial race. The headline refers to Cucinnelli’s unsuccessful attempt to criminalize oral sex.

So they said… Quotes from the news

“Well, something that shocked me about Russia – and I’m surprised this is not a huge story – suddenly, homosexuality is against the law. I mean, this seems like Germany: Let’s round up the Jews, let’s round up the gays, let’s round up the blacks. I mean, it starts with that. Why is not more of the world outraged at this?”

– JAY LENO speaking with President Barack Obama on the “Tonight Show.”

“It is a shame and it is a sin but it is a personal choice. It is not normal but a person cannot be punished in Russia for being homosexual, or to live with a dog, with a horse, with a sheep, whatever.”

– Russian politician VITALY MILONOV speaking to the BBC about the “sin” of homosexuality. Milonov is behind St. Petersburg’s anti-gay law, which was later adopted by the nation as a whole.

“I applaud the Russians for taking a stand for children!”

– National Organization for Marriage spokesperson REV. BILL OWENS praising Russia’s persecution of LGBT people.

“Our (Russian) problem with homosexuals is that they behave in a provocative, victim-like way. They are aggressively foisting minority’s values on the majority. It is likely that society would counteract this. Naturally, right? In various ways, including brutal ones. … They should be prohibited from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts – in case of a car accident – should be buried or burned as unfit for extending anyone’s life.”

– Russian state television host DIMITRY KISELYVOV during a radio interview. He was promoted shortly after making the remarks.

“You go to jail in Russia for being gay. Someone better arrest those nesting dolls. They’re ladies inside other ladies!”

– STEPHEN COLBERT tweeting a comment about Russia’s crackdown on homosexuality.

“Reince Priebus, when I got engaged, congratulated me at the White House Correspondents’ weekend. Last year, Sean Spicer (RNC communications director) congratulated me on getting married to my husband. Yet they incorporate into the platform of the RNC their stance against marriage equality.”

– MSNBC host THOMAS ROBERTS speaking on “Morning Joe.”

“My mother’s illegal abortion marked a time in America that we have worked long and hard to leave behind. It was a time when women were seen as second-rate citizens who were not smart enough, nor responsible enough, nor capable enough to make decisions about their lives. It was a time that deserved to be left behind.”

– Kenosha native MARK RUFFALO speaking out for reproductive rights in a letter read during a rally outside of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic.

“I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”

– New Jersey GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE explaining why he signed a bill on Aug. 19 banning “ex-gay” therapy for children in his state.

Proud quotables

Writing in 1951, when gay people were being locked up and lobotomized, the brave pioneers of the Mattachine Society adopted this earnest, forward-looking mission statement:

“(T)housands of homosexuals live out their lives bewildered, unhappy and alone – isolated from their own kind and unable to adjust to the dominant culture. …A major purpose of the Mattachine Society is to provide a consensus of principle around which all of our people can rally and from which they can derive a feeling of ‘belonging.’

“The Society believes homosexuals can lead well-adjusted, wholesome and socially productive lives once ignorance against them is successfully combated and once homosexuals themselves feel they have a dignified and useful role to play in society. …Once unification and education have progressed, it becomes imperative … to push forward into the realm of political action to erase from our law books the discriminatory and oppressive legislation presently directed against the homosexual minority.”

Twenty years later, after the Stonewall Rebellion, Gay liberation took up a more militant posture. In “Gay is Good,” Martha Shelley warned: “Look out straights. Here comes the Gay Liberation Front. …We want something more now, something more than the tolerance you never gave us. But to understand that, you must understand who we are.”

“We are the extrusions of your unconscious mind – your worst fears made flesh. From the beautiful boys at Cherry Grove to the aging queens in the uptown bars, the taxi-driving dykes to the lesbian fashion models, the hookers on 42nd Street, the leather lovers, and the very ordinary, very un-lurid gays. …We are the sort of people everyone was taught to despise – and now we are shaking off the chains of self-hatred and marching on your citadels of repression.”

In 1978, Harvey Milk ingeniously co-opted the slur about gays “recruiting”: “I want to recruit you for the fight to preserve your democracy from the John Briggses and the Anita Bryants who are trying to constitutionalize bigotry. We are not going to allow that to happen. On this anniversary of Stonewall, I ask my gay sisters and brothers to make the commitment to fight for themselves. For their freedom. For their country.”

In his “Political Will,” Milk asked that people’s anger be channeled into coming out: “That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody could imagine. I urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights.”

Every LGBT person should know about the two Supreme Court rulings that have upheld our rights to privacy and equal protection. The first, Romer v. Evans (1996), struck down a Colorado amendment that repealed civil rights protections pertaining to sexual orientation. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision was eloquent:

“If the constitutional conception of ‘equal protection of the laws’ means anything, it must at the very least mean that a bare desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest. …We must conclude that Amendment 2 classifies homosexuals not to further a proper legislative end but to make them unequal to everyone else. This Colorado cannot do. A State cannot so deem a class of persons a stranger to its laws.”

From Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which struck down the Texas sodomy statute and reversed a previous ruling that states could criminalize private, consensual sexual behavior between adults, here again is Justice Kennedy:

“When homosexual conduct is made criminal by the law of the state, that declaration in and of itself is an invitation to subject homosexual persons to discrimination both in the public and in the private spheres. …The petitioners are entitled to respect for their private lives. The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime.”

Mark Neumann, Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor, in a 1997 speech. Nuemann has pulled even with his Republican primary opponent Scott Walker in recent polls

“If somebody walks in to me and says, ‘I’m a gay person; I want a job in your office.’ I would say, ‘That’s inappropriate’ and they wouldn’t be hired, because that would mean they are promoting their agenda. The gay and lesbian lifestyle (is) unacceptable, lest there be any question about that.”

Mark Neumann, Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor, in a 1997 speech. Nuemann has pulled even with his Republican primary opponent Scott Walker in recent polls