''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)
"This child's world was
turned upside down all because a Virginia court issued a knee-jerk,
anti-gay custody restriction. He lost his home, his school,
his park and, most importantly, the proximity of the caring adult
who has helped raise him.''
-- Susan Sommer, supervising attorney at Lambda Legal,
on an Alexandria, Va., court order granting partial custody to the
child's mother, while requiring the father's same-sex partner to
move out. The order forced the same-sex couple to sell their home
in Virginia and move to two smaller apartments in Montgomery County,
Md. The father and his partner had raised the child together for
more than five years. The mother lives in Florida. (Associated
"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)
"This is not a hate
crime. It never would have happened if [he] wasn't drunk."
-- The unnamed 22-year-old girlfriend of Joseph Lawrence, 23,
the accused murderer of Jason Gage, a gay man, in Waterloo, Iowa.
She told a reporter that Lawrence reacted violently to a sexual
advance. (The New Mexican) (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)
''Of course it's a civil
rights issue.... This is what Martin Luther King would want."
-- Monica Simpson, organizer of the first Black Gay Pride
festival in the Carolinas, to be held in Charlotte, N.C., July 14-17,
countering claims that racial and gay civil rights movements are
not similar. (WCNC-6News) (July)
''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)
''Fred [Phelps] makes
an easy target for the media and secularists who are tempted to
paint any opposition to 'gay rights' as hateful. For this reason,
I have sometimes wondered if Phelps and his lawyerly clan are
-- Peter LaBarbera, executive director of the Illinois
Family Institute, suggesting in an Aug. 15 statement that the infamously
homophobic Phelps family may be a creation of gay civil-rights advocates.
"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)
"Gay Pride -- well, you
can do that in Sydney, in London, in San Francisco. But I'm
not sure if I want to do that in Singapore."
-- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the recent
decision to ban gay pride marches because there are "some segment
of Singaporeans who vehemently disagree with that." (PlanetOut.com)
''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)
"I believe the homosexuals
are using the residence halls as a recruitment tool to get more
individuals into their group."
-- David Miller, father of a University of Florida student
given gay-inclusive diversity training as part of her job as a resident
assistant. Miller was detained briefly by police while preaching
about the "immorality" of the UF Office of LGBT Affairs in a public
plaza. (Independent Florida Alligator) (November)