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being gay is a blessing, and it's something I am
thankful for every single day."
“There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s
now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day
by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way
“Soon the day will come when science will win victory
over error, justice a victory over injustice, and human
love a victory over human hatred and ignorance.”
"It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of
homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain."
"The most violent element in society is ignorance."
"Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love
with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that
many Americans consider it a disease says more about
them than it does about homosexuality."
"What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street,
but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road
-Tennessee Williams / Streetcar Named Desire
"The opportunity to be threatened, humiliated and to
live in fear of being beaten to death is the only
'special right' our culture bestows on homosexuals."
-Diane Carman / Denver Post
that I was one of the first ones to come out, singing
loud and proud.”
"Growing up, I felt there was something about me that
truly set me apart from other kids. But I didn't have a
grasp of what it was. I had a few fleeting crushes on
girls, then, a full-blown crush. Inside, they felt right
and normal. But at the same time, I didn't have any way
to process those feelings because I didn't know any gay
people or know that I knew them. I felt that I would
risk something if I expressed my feelings. Then I
started playing on my college rugby team - which had
some lesbian players - and for the first time I saw
women being openly affectionate to each other. It was
like being dropped into what was originally a foreign
country but, once there, I realized it was my country of
origin. I thought, Wow, the feelings I've been having
are normal. It is okay to be who I am."
-Candace Gingrich / Manager of HRC's National Coming Out
Project / Sister of Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich
"The world changes in direct proportion to the number of
people willing to be honest about their lives."
-Armistead Maupin / Writer
"I wanted to be out so I could relax and be me."
-Melissa Etheridge / Musician
"It's great to be out and proud."
-Greg Louganis / Olympic Gold-Medal Diver at Gay Games
"I just wish more of my fellow queers would come out
sometimes. It's nice out here, you know?"
-Elton John / Accepting Distinguished Achievement Award
from Elizabeth Taylor at Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian
Center's 25th anniversary blowout
"When my friends and I came out in college, the other
students took an obvious dislike to us. It was hateful.
horrible rhetoric - and divisive. I lost some friends. I
felt like they just couldn't step up to the plate. It
was very hard - really hard - to deal with that, and to
tell them that they were not being very supportive. You
learn many valuable lessons about what friendship means.
It's those first five minutes in coming out to your
friends and acquaintances that are really the hardest.
But after that - things get better than before. The most
important thing you can do is come out. People's hearts
have to change - and when a person meets someone who is
gay, that more than anything seems to make them
understand and take on new attitudes."
-Suzanne Westenhofer / Comedian
"The day we stop resisting our instincts, we’ll have
learned how to start living."
-Federico Garicia Lorca / Poet and Playwright
"I've been embraced by a new community. That's what
happens when you're finally honest about who you are;
you find others like you."
"Outing is a nasty word for telling the truth."
-Armistead Maupin / Writer
single most important thing you can do politically for
gay rights is to come out. Not to write a letter to your
congressman, but to come out."
-Senator Barney Frank
"Every gay person must come out.... Once they realize we
are indeed their children, we are indeed everywhere,
every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed
once and for all."
"Nothing has happened to me out of the closet that was
anywhere near as dangerous as being closeted."
"The closet symbolizes isolation, the individual without
society, a stranger even to the self."
"By staying closeted we make ourselves invisible; by
coming out we shatter the popular illusion that the
whole world is heterosexual."
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the
dark; the real tragedy of life is when adults are afraid
of the light."
"Being out means doing what your grandmother told you to
do, which is not to lie."
"There are many lesbians and gay men trapped by their
fear into silence and invisibility, and they exist in a
dim valley of terror wearing nooses of conformity."
"The moment you can learn to deal with homosexuality in
art, it's quite an exciting moment, just as in a sense
when people 'come out' it's quite an exciting moment. It
means they become aware of their desires, and can deal
with them in a remarkably honest way."
-David Hockney / Artist
"I have learned that coming out is a daily process, not
limited to where we live, who we're linked to, or how we
conduct our lives. It is understanding your place in the
world, born of your own family; it is entwined with your
personal ideas and the goals you set. Alas, these things
are ever-changing, and you have to keep discovering new
ways to exist as a gay or lesbian person while making
your life whole."
"Slowly but surely, gay people are coming around to the
idea that if you continue to be invisible, that's all
you will be, and it's not a nice life."
"When I see young men and old women come out of the
closet and face being called faggots and dykes and
pariahs and betrayers of the family dream, then I am
honored to be gay because I belong to a people who are
"I'm homosexual. How and why are idle questions. It's a
little like wanting to know why my eyes are green."
"I’m not willing to be tolerated. That wounds my love of
love and liberty."
-Jean Cocteau / Writer and Director
"The next time you feel you have to say I love you
to someone, say it to yourself and see if you believe
-Harvey Feirstein / Playwright, Torchsong Trilogy
"Whatever the public blames you for, cultivate it; it is
-Jean Cocteau / writer
“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s
a good place to start.”
"It is better to be hated for what one is than to be
loved for what one isn’t."
-Andre Gider / Writer
"You always have to remember – no matter what you’re
told – that God loves all the flowers, even the wild
ones that grow on the side of the highway."
-Cyndi Lauper / Musician
"All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or
identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in
which to achieve their full potential."
“We've made houses for hatred. It's time we made a place
where people's souls may be seen and made safe.”
"It's the job of the young to push the societal
"I like the word gay, though I think myself more as
queer. I believe the strength in my work comes from that
perspective - my being an outsider."
"Being queer is like being on a lifetime assignment as a
secret agent in some foreign country."
"I don't want to be labeled as either a pansy or a
heterosexual. Labeling is so self-limiting. We are what
we do - not what we say we are."
"I know I'm not a man. And I've come to the conclusion
that I'm probably not a woman either. The trouble is,
we're living in a world that insists we be one or the
"Because of our situation, God has given us an
opportunity to almost transcend our gender, which gives
us a vision and sensitivity that other people don't
have. They think that being white and male is going to
save the world; but life is not The Lion King."
"Lesbians and other oppressed people have a bigger
burden to bear because the rest of the world spends a
lot of time telling us we should feel bad about
"I know I can't tell you what it's like to be gay. But I
can tell you what it's not. It's not hiding behind
words, like family and decency and Christianity."
"I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the
idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t
matter who you are or where you come from or what you
look like or who you love. It doesn’t matter whether
you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native
American or young or old or rich or poor, able,
disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in
America if you’re willing to try."
-President Barack Obama
"Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed
your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the
Constitution. You did not place your hand on the
Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."
Raskin / Getting to the point, in a debate over a
proposed constitutional amendment to the Maryland state
constitution to prevent gay couples from having legal
"They have every right to be as miserable as the rest of
-Kinky Friedman / Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys
bluegrass band, running for Governor of Texas as an
Independent and supports gay marriage
"No government has the right to tell its citizens when
or whom to love."
-Rita Mae Brown / Speech, August 1982
"If you dream of a world in which you can put your
partner's picture on your desk, then put her picture on
your desk...and you will live in such a world. And if
you dream of a world in which you can walk down the
street holding your partner's hand, then hold her
hands...and you will live in such a world. If you dream
of a world in which there are more openly gay elected
officials, then run for office...and you will live in
such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you
can take your partner to the office party, even if your
office is the US House of Representatives, then take her
to the party. I do, and now I live in such a world.
Remember, there are two things that keep us oppressed
--- them and us. We are half of the equation."
-Senator Tammy Baldwin
people get money for being married; they get health
benefits for being married; they get money for having
children. When we want to be able to kiss and hold hands
on the street without being beaten up, suddenly we're
asking for special rights."
"By aspiring to join the mainstream rather than figuring
out the ways we need to change it, we risk loosing our
gay and lesbian souls in order to gain the world."
"It's time we did something to assert ourselves. After
all, we do comprise 10% of the population."
"It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it
takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no
political deal to give people freedom. It takes no
survey to remove repression."
"Straight Americans need an education of the heart and
soul. They must understand - to begin with - how it can
feel to spend years denying your own deepest truths, to
sit silently through classes, meals, and church services
while people you love toss off remarks that brutalize
“It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a
crime, and cruelty too”
"It takes some intelligence and insight to figure out
you're gay and then a tremendous amount of balls to live
it and live it proudly."
"Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough
to survive the turmoil of growing up is a survivor.
Survivors always have an obligation to those who will
face the same challenges."
-Bob Paris / Writer and Actor
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to
be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your
life; define yourself."
"Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that
not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes
have perished, and are perishing every hour--and in the
oddest places--for the lack of it."
-James Baldwin / Author
“Homosexuality is regarded as shameful by barbarians and
by those who live under despotic governments just as
philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it
is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have
great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful
friendships or passionate love - all of which
homosexuality is particularly apt to produce."
"If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created
-Johann von Goethe
"Silence kills the soul; it diminishes its possibilities
to rise and fly and explore. Silence withers what makes
you human. The soul shrinks, until it’s nothing."
-Marlon Riggs / Filmmaker
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who
mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead,
where there is no path and leave a trail."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you
feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of
"Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle
"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what
makes you happy."
"I am the love that dare not speak its name."
-Lord Alfred Douglas / From poem Two Loves
this illusion that homosexuals have sex and
heterosexuals fall in love. That's completely untrue.
Everybody wants to be loved."
“If you are not personally free to be yourself in that
most important of all human activities - the expression
of love - then life itself loses its meaning.”
"You must know that I am, of all men who were ever born,
the most inclined to love persons. Whenever I behold
someone who possesses any talent or displays any
dexterity of mind, who can do or say something more
appropriately than the rest of the world, I am compelled
to fall in love with him; and then I give myself up to
him so entirely that I am no longer my own property, but
"It is that deep spiritual affection that is as pure as
it is perfect. It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the
noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural
"I just want to be loved. Is that so wrong?"
“I say that homosexuality is not just a form of sex,
it’s a form of love, and it deserves our respect for
“In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as
heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of
loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without
feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.”
-Simone de Beauvoir
“The important thing is not the object of love, but the
“What people do in their own homes is their business,
and you can choose to love whoever you love.”
"If your Bible tells you that gay people ought not be
married in your church, don't tell them they can't be
married at city hall. Marriage is a civil rite as well a
civil right, and we can't let religious bigotry close
the door to justice to anyone."
"Protect marriage? Please. Give me a break.
With a 50 percent divorce rate, rampant domestic
violence, Las Vegas drive-through chapels, and I wanna-marry-a-really-rich-guy
reality TV shows, there's no way gays could trash
marriage the way straight people already have."
-Good Times / Santa Cruz County News
"We shouldn't just allow gay marriage. We should insist
on gay marriage. We should regard it as scandalous that
two people could claim to love each other and not want
to sanctify their love with marriage and fidelity."
-David Brooks / New York Times
"Gay and lesbian people fall in love. We settle down. We
commit our lives to one another. We raise our children.
We protect them. We try to be good citizens."
-California Sen. Sheila Kuehl / After California Senate
approved gay marriage bill
"The consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop of the New
Hampshire Diocese of the Episcopal Church is an affront
to Christians everywhere. I am just thankful that the
church's founder, Henry VIII, and his wife Catherine of
Aragon, and his wife Anne Boleyn, and his wife Jane
Seymour, and his wife Anne of Cleves, and his wife
Katherine Howard, and his wife Catherine Parr are no
longer here to suffer through this assault on
traditional Christian marriage."
“Marriage should be between a spouse and a spouse, not a
gender and a gender.”
"Home is where the heart is, no matter how the heart
"He pressed his forehead against mine, clasped me around
my waist, and said henceforth we were married."
"Marriage is a long, dull meal with dessert served at
"The people who would forbid gays from marrying in the
country are those who would have made Rosa Parks sit in
the back of the bus.”
-Jason West / Mayor of New Paltz, NY
“Discrimination is discrimination no matter who the
victim is, and it is always wrong. There are no special
rights in America, despite the attempts by many to
divide blacks and the gay community with the argument
that the latter are seeking some imaginary special
rights at the expense of blacks. ”
-Julian Bond / NAACP Board Chairman
“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter which group is
most oppressed or whether they are identically
oppressed, what matters is that no group be oppressed.”
-Keith Boykin / President of The National Black Justice
“I am in the valley of prayer on the issue of gay
marriage, and I will err on the side of inclusiveness
and not exclusion. I’m going to follow Jesus and say,
Whosoever will, let them come. And I’m going to extend
rights to all of God’s children and if I am wrong, God
will have to judge me.
-Rev. Joseph Lowery / Founder of Southern Christian
"I believe that no one should ever have to choose
between a career we love and living our lives with
authenticity and integrity"
Berry / Out & Equal Executive Director
"I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're
not scared. You're an asshole."
"Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date
on Saturday night."
"Closets are for clothes."
"My mother took me to a psychiatrist when I was fifteen
because she thought I was a latent homosexual. There was
nothing latent about it."
"If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer
to work: Hello. Can't work today, still queer."
-Robin Tyler / Stephanie Strong
"If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel
would have been wallpapered."
"Did you hear about the Scottish drag queen? He wore
"I think gay people are like blondes: There’re fewer of
them but they have more fun."
-Rita Mae Brown / Writer
"Homosexuality is God’s way of insuring that the truly
gifted aren’t burdened with children."
-Sam Austin / Composer and Lyricist
"You could move."
-Abigail Van Buren / "Dear Abby," / In response to a
reader who complained that a gay couple was moving in
across the street and wanted to know what he could do to
improve the quality of the neighborhood
"Outsiders develop humor as a defense; why do you think
most comedians are gay or Jewish?"
"There are easier things in life than being a drag
queen. But I ain’t got no choice. Try as I may, I just
can’t walk in flats."
-Harvey Fierstein / Filmmaker
"Homophobia: The irrational fear the three fags will
break into your house and redecorate it against your
-Tom Ammiano / Comic
"When people have asked me in the past if I’m gay, I’ve
said I’m not gay, but I’m festive.”
-Sharon Gless / Actress
"I think it’s interesting that when you play a lesbian,
people ask you if you’re a lesbian, but if you play a
serial killer, nobody asks you if you’re a serial
-Nora Dunn / Actress
"You’re kidding. You really are queer. But you’re so
-Leslie Ann Warren / Actress, from the film
"I don't mind straight people as long as they act gay in
“Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment
is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men.
There is a three year waiting list.”
“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who
they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”
President Barack Obama
"All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the
history of our movement. We are no more - and no less -
heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the
19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders,
Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the
20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives,
and trying as civil-rights activist Dorothy Cotton said,
to 'fix what ain't right' in our society."
-Senator Tammy Baldwin
"You cannot demand your rights, civil or otherwise, if
you are unwilling to say what you are."
-Merle Miller / Writer
"Few contemporary cultures are as hostile to
homosexuality as America’s is."
-Myron Brenton / Writer, The American Male
"Whenever a society wants to demonize a particular
group, it prohibits them from marrying."
-California Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl / On state
governments legislating against gay marriages
"How dare you make my life a felony."
-Protest Sign / At 1987 Sandra Day O’ Connor speech
"If gay and lesbian people are given civil rights, then
everyone will want them!"
"This world would be a whole lot better if we just made
an effort to be less horrible to one another."
"I am reminded of a colleague who said that all my
homosexual patients are quite sick, to which I finally
replied, so are all my heterosexual patients."
-Ernest van den Haag / Psychotherapist
"I'm living by example by continuing on with my career
and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally
-Portia DeRossi / Actress
“Being gay is natural. Hating gay is a lifestyle
"We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference,
and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at
the diversity of humanity."
"I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet
supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have
never been able to understand attacks upon the gay
community. There are so many qualities that make up a
human being... by the time I get through with all the
things that I really admire about people, what they do
with their private parts is probably so low on the list
that it is irrelevant."
"I do not have to be a woman to believe in women’s
rights. I do not have to be an Asian, an African
American, a Latino, or Native-American to believe in
civil rights. I do not have to be gay to believe in gay,
lesbian and bisexual rights. But I do have to be a human
being to believe in human rights."
“We need, in every community, a group of angelic
troublemakers…. When an individual is protesting
society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human
being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.”
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
-Martin Luther King Jr
"The torch has been passed to a new generation of
Americans, born in this century... unwilling to witness
or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to
which this nation has always been committed, and to
which we are committed today."
-John F. Kennedy
"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And
moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
"If you can't raise consciousness, at least raise hell."
-Rita Mae Brown
"I became an activist to reconcile myself, and to give
voice to experiences of oppression, and to resist the
slow death of silence and inaction."
"Real love cannot be silent in the face of injustice."
"Sometimes you have to speak your mind rather than mind
“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet
destroy every closet door.”
Orientation and Gender
“I don't think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces
you to think it's a choice, but in fact, it's in one's
nature. The choice is whether one expresses one's nature
truthfully or spends the rest of one's life lying about
"There are some people in this world that believe being
gay is a choice. It's not a choice, we're born this
"As anyone who is gay will confirm, being that way is
not something you become, it is a set of emotional and
physical responses that just are."
“Only the human mind invents categories and tries to
force facts into separated pigeon-holes. The living
world is a continuum in each and every one of its
aspects. The sooner we learn this concerning sexual
behavior the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding
of the realities of sex.”
"I believe that gender is something between your ears,
not between your legs."
"I don’t think there is such a thing as a precise sexual
orientation. I think we’re all ambiguous sexually."
-Tennessee Williams / Playwright
"I always have and still do consider myself queer. To
me, being queer isn't who you're sleeping with; it's
just an idea that sexuality isn't gender-based, that
"I desire a person, not a gender."
-Matthew Ehrlich / Writer
"It is long past time to eliminate bigotry in the
workplace and to ensure equal opportunity for all
Americans. It is time to make clear that lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender Americans are first class
citizens. They are full and welcome members of our
American family and they deserve the same civil rights
protections as all other Americans. It is time for us to
prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and
gender identity. Such discrimination is wrong and should
not be tolerated."
-Senator Tom Harkin
"While many minority groups are the target for
prejudice... and discrimination... in our society, few
persons face this hostility without the support and
acceptance of their family as do many gay, lesbian, and
-Virginia Uribe & Karen Harbeck
"You just can’t say lesbianism hurts women’s golf. It’s
more correct to say homophobia does."
-Donna Lopiano / Executive Director of the Women’s
"The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye: the
more light you pour on it, the more it will contract."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes / American Jurist
"I still hear people say that I should not be talking
about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should
stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to
remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to
everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream
to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for
lesbian and gay people."
"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other
forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large
group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity
and personhood. This sets the stage for further
repression and violence that spread all too easily to
victimize the next minority group."
"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny
. . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are
allowed to be what you ought to be."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
"I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies
were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be
opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy. The
civil rights movement thrives on unity and inclusion,
not division and exclusion. My husband's struggle
parallels that of the gay rights movement."
"For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter
of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people.
Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in
Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine,
Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights
Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were
fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find
few voices for their own, and I salute their
"We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle
against bigotry and discrimination. I say “common
struggle” because I believe very strongly that all forms
of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and
should be opposed by right-thinking Americans
everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual
orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any
great democracy, as much as freedom from racial,
religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination."
"For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious
form of discrimination against this group of Americans,
who have worked as hard as any other group, paid their
taxes like everyone else, and yet have been denied equal
protection under the law.... I believe that freedom and
justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit
political convenience. My husband, Martin Luther King,
Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice
everywhere.' On another occasion he said, 'I have worked
too long and hard against segregated public
accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern.
Justice is indivisible.' Like Martin, I don’t believe
you can stand for freedom for one group of people and
deny it to others. The great promise of American
democracy is that no group of people will be forced to
suffer discrimination and injustice."
“From a religious point of view, if God had thought
homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay
"My sexual orientation is not a sickness to be healed or
a sin to be forgiven. My sexual orientation is a gift
from my Creator to be accepted, celebrated, and lived
"It is never legitimate to use the words of scripture to
promote a loveless agenda."
-Right Rev. Dr. Peter Short / Moderator of United Church
"The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and
362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean
that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they
need more supervision."
"It took the Catholic Church 359 years to admit that
they were wrong when they accused Galileo of heresy and
condemned him to death, unless he recanted that the
earth rotates around the sun. Since he wanted to live,
he was forced to deny the truth and agree with the
Church that the sun rotates around the earth, but he was
still placed under house arrest until his death."
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has
good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalize
people for this. They must be integrated into society."
"The Church is powerful and has a history of pressuring
society and individuals to say and believe what the
Church thinks is right. They were wrong then and they
are wrong now regarding homosexuality. Let's hope it
doesn't take them that long this time to discover and
admit their error."
"The Scriptures have been misused to defend bloody
crusades and inquisitions; to support slavery,
apartheid, and segregation; to sanction the physical and
emotional abuse of women and children; to persecute Jews
and other non-Christian people of faith; to support the
holocaust of Hitler's Third Reich; to oppose medical
science; to condemn inter-racial marriage; to execute
women as witches; to excuse the violent racism of the Ku
Klux Klan; to mobilize militias, white supremacy and
neo-nazi movements; and to condone intolerance and
discrimination against sexual minorities. "
-Mel White / Letter to Jerry Falwell
"There is nothing in the Bible or in my own theology
that would lead me to believe that God regards
homosexuality as sin. God is interested in our
relationships with ourselves, others, the things in our
lives, and with God. There is nothing in the mind of God
that could be against a loving, sexual relationship,
freely entered into, without coercion, among sincere
adults whether gay, bisexual or straight."
-Dr. Slayton / Baptist
"Some argue that since homosexual behavior is
"unnatural," it is contrary to the order of creation.
Behind this pronouncement are stereotypic definitions of
masculinity and femininity that reflect the rigid gender
categories of patriarchal society. There is nothing
unnatural about any shared love, even between two of the
same gender, if that experience calls both partners into
a fuller state of being. Contemporary research is
uncovering new facts that are producing a rising
conviction that homosexuality, far from being a
sickness, sin, perversion or unnatural act, is a healthy
natural, and affirming of human sexuality for some
people. Findings indicate that homosexuality is a given
fact in the nature of a significant portion of people,
and that it is unchangeable."
-Bishop John Shelby Spong / Episcopalian
"Our sexual orientation is a given, something we
discover about ourselves. Some might say it is a gift
from God. How one relates to others (caring or
exploiting) is the source of sin."
-Bishop Wood / Episcopalian
"Do you want to protect your children from gay
influence? Very well. Destroy the Mona Lisa and The Last
Supper, silence Messiah and Swan Lake, and burn Moby
Dick and The Portrait of a Lady. Gay culture is all
around you. And it belongs to everybody."
“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable
seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”
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