Pictured #1 Harvey Fierstein. Photo by Rex Wockner. #2 Chad Allen.
'At some point, he would start wrestling with one of us. Then he would be putting his hands into your pants.' — Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit revealing Jan. 12 that he was molested by a priest in 1945 when he was in ninth grade at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit.
'I love giving the 'golden shower.' I've done it before in the shower. It's like, so sexy, you know, the temperature of your body and the shower water is very different. I'm open to everything. There are moments for soft, gentle sex. And there are moments for a good spank in the butt.' — Pop singer Ricky Martin to Blender magazine, in December.
' [ P ] laying Edna for two years, I felt there was no need to watch my weight at all. The fatter I was, the less fat I had to wear in the fat suit. So in my dressing room at 'Hairspray,' I kept the whole counter covered in potato chips and candy and every bit of good things there are to eat. But when I left 'Hairspray,' I was grand marshalling the Gay Day Parade in New York and I saw the photos on TV. I couldn't tell where my ass ended and the convertible's seat began. I said to myself, 'Cookie, who's gonna hire ya looking like that?' I was just too big. So I started doing the low-carb thing.' — Gay actor Harvey Fierstein to Newsweek, Jan. 15.
''Brokeback Mountain' is doing fabulous business and I'm very happy about that, but had it been two gay actors, I don't know.' — Gay actor Harvey Fierstein to Newsweek, Jan. 15.
'When tradition is the guise under which prejudice or animosity hides, it is not a legitimate state interest. ... The Court is not unaware of the dramatic impact of its ruling, but it must not shy away from deciding significant legal issues when fairly presented to it for judicial determination. As others assessing the constitutionality of preventing same-sex marriage note, justifying the continued application of a classification through its past application is 'circular reasoning, not analysis,' and that it is not persuasive.' — Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Brooke Murdock ruling Jan. 20 that denying same-sex couples access to marriage violates the state constitution's Equal Rights Amendment, which bans discrimination based on sex.
'My dad was my hero, and the thought of someone playing him that advocates that lifestyle made me very uncomfortable. But I realized it wasn't for me to condone or to condemn what Chad does or doesn't do. That is God's prerogative. And I feel that God had his hand in setting up this complex scenario for Chad to play this part.' — Steve Saint on actor Chad Allen, in Newsweek.
'The government's waiver for the Gay Games is great for the participants and underscores the irrationality of the policy. To pick and choose which people with HIV/AIDS can enter the country is the height of arbitrariness and discrimination. We should use this waiver to push for a lifting of the ban.' — International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Executive Director Paula Ettelbrick issued a brief statement regarding the Gay Games' news that the federal government is allowing foreign HIV- and AIDS-affected people to compete in and watch the event.
'The Department of Defense has not only acknowledged that it conducted surveillance of civilian groups, but also that the surveillance and information collected were 'inappropriate.' There are unanswered questions, however, about the exact information collected, the purposes it was used for and what DoD now intends to do with that information. SLDN will continue to pursue the truth about our government's spy program and we will continue to press for answers about why it was implemented in the first place.' — C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.