”It seems that editors at what are, arguably, the nation’s most respected (and liberal) newspapers believe that one personal detail cannot be mentioned in even the most complete biographies — being a lesbian.”
– Patrick Moore, in an op-ed, on the New York Times and other major newspaper obituaries of Susan Sontag that omitted any reference to the famous intellectual’s partner, photographer Annie Leibovitz. (Los Angeles Times) (January)
“Why don’t we have a constitutional amendment on lying, George Bush? Why don’t we have a constitutional amendment on adultery? Adultery has split up far more marriages than gay marriages have.”
– Rev. Al Sharpton, one of three 2004 Democratic presidential primary candidates to support same-sex marriage, speaking as a guest of the Madison, Wis., Distinguished Lecture Series. (Capital Times) (March)
”Washington, D.C., is the political success story of the gay movement. Quietly but effectively and don’t say that we have been docile.”
–Frank Kameny, countering Larry Kramer’s claim that D.C. gays are ”docile” at an April 21 reading of Kramer’s new book, The Tragedy of Today’s Gays at Lambda Rising. (Washington Post) (May)
”I committed a hate crime. I didn’t love my daughter unconditionally.”
– Mary Lou Wallner, whose adult lesbian daughter committed suicide nearly a decade ago, speaking to a PFLAG audience at Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Wash., July 9. The PFLAG event was called to counter a June conference by Focus on the Family that promoted the idea of homosexuality as preventable and treatable. (Seattle Times) (July)
“My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Life’s too damn short.”
– Armistead Maupin, as quoted on a Starbucks coffee cup. Aramark catering has removed the cups from the Starbucks at Baylor University, a Baptist school in Waco, Texas. (Associated Press) (September)
”If it’s a choice between serving in the ordained ministry with my credentials intact, and serving as an ‘out’ lesbian person acknowledging the most important relationship in my life and not having those credentials, I’ll take being out.”
– Rev. Irene ”Beth” Stroud, upon being defrocked by the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council Oct. 31 for her relationship with her female partner. (Washington Post) (November)
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