The Last Word

Quotes from this week's GLBT headliners

”I was just at the very point of striking him with my belt but we were separated.”

Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, brother of the ruler of the UAE, explaining his actions at a Geneva hotel four years ago, when he scuffled with Silvano Orsi. Orsi, of Rochester, N.Y., is claiming in a Swiss court that al-Nahyan attacked him in the hotel after he refused the sheik’s sexual advances in the hotel’s lounge. (The Guardian)



”During his stay in Ghana, Adda travelled round the country with Macleod, who took the opportunity to sodomise him and took pictures as well.”

A Ghana police spokesperson, explaining why a Briton, John Ross Macleod, was arrested upon landing in Ghana to visit Emmanuel Adda. While being searched at customs, police discovered a disc with images of the Macleod and Adda engaged in sexual acts. Homosexual acts are illegal in Ghana. (Evening Echo)


”[Democratic challenger Steve] Beshear is receiving major support from out-of-state gay activists and has publicly committed to same-gender relationships, employment of more homosexuals in state government, including teachers, and support for homosexual adoption of children.”

Pat Boone, in an automated call sponsored by the Republican Party of Kentucky that went out to Kentucky voters ahead of the Nov. 7 vote for governor. The call warns a Beshear win could turn Kentucky into ”another San Francisco.” (The Courier-Journal)


”Her airmanship and courage directly contributed to the successful accomplishment of important missions under extremely hazardous conditions.”

President George W. Bush, in a 1999 citation to Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt, following her work as a flight nurse supporting the invasion of Afghanistan. Witt’s attorney on Nov. 5 asked a federal appeals court panel in Seattle to reinstate her lawsuit against the Air Force, which dismissed her in 2004 for being a lesbian. (Associated Press)


”Hi, my name is Benicio. I am not an addict, and I am not gay. I am here to support my friend.”

Benecio de Toro, at New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center, during a meeting for methamphetamine addicts Nov. 2. (New York Post)

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