Results tagged “GAY” from Last Word

"This is a unique precedent for our country. It is the first time that a gay marriage has been recognized in Italy." -- Sergio Lo Giudice, Italian Senator and former president of Arcigay, Italy's largest national gay organization, speaking with Reuters. Sen. Guidice's statement refers to Stefano Bucci and Stefano Chigiotti, an Italian couple who married in New York in ... [Read]

"I was told I couldn't come back unless I petitioned to the president or I wrote a statement that I would adhere to the moral guidelines and basically not be gay anymore." -- Chase Martinson, who was refused reentry to Hannibal-LaGrange University (HGLU) after withdrawing due to illness in October of last year. The 20-year-old came out to friends on ... [Read]

"I’m gay, I’m a Latino, and I’m a senator. And it’s okay.” -- Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo (D.), coming out to reporters in the Senate Caucus in Arizona. Gallardo felt compelled to come out publicly after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which provided legal cover to business owners who discriminated against LGBT people. "After I stood ... [Read]

“By controlling for variables that might otherwise impact child outcomes, this study provides further evidence that raising children in families headed by same-sex couples is not a significant predictor of adolescent-parent relationships or of a child’s psychological adjustment.” -- Henny Bos, Ph.D., principal investigator of a study that compared 51 Dutch children born to lesbian couples with 51 demographically similar ... [Read]

"Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days." -- A post on the Facebook page of Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, Az. The post accompanied a shot of a sign front and center of the pizzeria's window, which reads "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators," in response to a bill passed ... [Read]

"We were attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic, but we made a mistake by misleading our listeners into thinking that this specific situation actually existed. We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a 'life of its own.' We deeply apologise for violating ... [Read]

"You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft. You kill people while driving drunk? That guy's welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they're welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to ... [Read]

"Despite the fact that it’s the 21st century and America is so proud of being a free country, sometimes incomprehensible things happen in our society. There is racism and discrimination. I fight against that. I demand more tolerance, especially for homosexuals, who of course should be allowed to marry." Despite the fact that it’s the 21st century and America is ... [Read]

"I am an openly proud gay man." -- Michael Sam, defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers, in an interview with ESPN. Named the Associated Press' "SEC Defensive Player of the Year," Sam is eligible for the NFL draft in May, and, if selected, could become the sport's first openly gay player. Watch the ESPN interview below. Follow @metroweekly Join our ... [Read]

"Their actions today are undeniable proof that their ‘anti-propaganda’ law is being applied widely to restrict the basic rights of LGBT people and our allies." -- Ty Cobb, director of HRC's Global Engagement program, responding to news that four LGBT-activists were arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia after displaying a banner reading "Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. ... [Read]

"We filmed these groups with their knowledge, and what I found shocking afterwards was that only a few asked to have their faces disguised. They all believe they are doing the right thing.” – Liz Mackean, an investigative journalist with the UK's Channel 4, commenting on filming the news piece "Hunted," which details Russian gangs’ attacks on LGBT people. The ... [Read]

“They're living together, they have their own nest. We even saw them trying to mate a few weeks ago. They're also acting as if they were nesting. Obviously they don't have their own egg, but they’re doing everything like a couple of male and female.” – Mor Porat, a zookeeper at Israel’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center, speaking about two ... [Read]

Morning TV host Robin Roberts used her Facebook page to thank those who have helped her recover from a rare and serious blood disorder. Somewhere between her expressions of gratitude to God, her dog and her GMA fans, Roberts seems to have acknowledged, perhaps for the first time, that she has a female partner: "I am grateful for my entire family, ... [Read]

Uganda Parliament passes anti-gay bill

Posted by Will O'Bryan
December 20, 2013 10:15 AM |
“I am officially illegal.” --Frank Mugisha, head of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), following the Ugandan Parliament’s passage of a bill that, while no longer including the death penalty, allows for life imprisonment for those who do not report gay people to authorities. (BBC) (Photo by Julian Vankim/Metro Weekly)  “I am glad the Parliament has voted against evil. … Because we ... [Read]

"The government does not need to recognize the rights of same-sex couples in an official way. Gays chose what they want to be, and the government needs to respond but doesn’t need to recognize them." Uri Ariel, Israeli Construction and Housing Minister, responding to a question on Meet the Press on Israel’s Channel 2 regarding a bill that would ... [Read]

“It’s really amazing to be recognized by the Vatican, especially as a gay scientist. I mean this  would be unheard of just a few years ago.” “It’s really amazing to be recognized by the Vatican, especially as a gay scientist. I mean this would be unheard of just a few years ago. -- Jack Andraka, the 16-year-old scientist and developer ... [Read]

"Homophobia is policy in Putin's Russia!"    -Spectrum Human Rights, from the Virginia-based human-rights group's Nov. 16 release advisving that affiliates in Moscow and Russian media are reporting that two gunmen opened fire at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Moscow time, on a popular gay nightclub there, Central Station. While bullets struck the buildling housing the club, no one was ... [Read]

"Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I've always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder. And Michelle and I extend our best wishes to ... [Read]

"[H]ollywood is a pretty accurate reflection of the way most of the world is looking. And the fact that they can have actors who are openly gay... is not something you should thank or congratulate Hollywood for. You thank and congratulate the culture that Hollywood recognizes, accepts, things like that.... Hollywood is the thermometer that is thrust up the ... [Read]

“Our family is a traditional family. If gays like our pasta and our advertisings, they will eat our pasta; if they don’t like that, they will eat someone else’s pasta. You can’t always please everyone not to displease anyone. I would not do a commercial with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect toward homosexuals – who have the ... [Read]