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by Tracy Baim, Rex Wockner
1999-09-01

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"I value you as a person and I value you as a human being, and I want you to know, Glen, that what I say publicly about gay people doesn't pertain to you." ¯ Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Gov. George W. Bush to gay State Rep. Glen Maxey, D-Austin, April 19 on the floor of the state House of Representatives, according to Maxey, as reported in the Aug. 19 Houston Chronicle. Bush spokesman Scott McClellan told the Chronicle Maxey is lying.

"We don't have the gays and lesbians with us." ¯ From a David Letterman-style list of reasons Republicans should be proud of their party, read at last month's Utah Republican State Convention by U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is a candidate for U.S. President.

"People of color can't do anything about their color. But I do believe gay people have a choice to live within the legal rules or not. It's up to them, that they do have a choice, where an African-American has no choice with regard to the color of their skin." ¯ Hatch to the Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 13.

"I think marriage should be between a man and a woman, and I will work to defend that. It's going to come under attack, and I just vehemently disagree with that. As far as [ gays ] serving in my administration, believe me, I don't ask people their sexual orientation when I interview them. I didn't when I was in the House or Senate or vice president. But I have definite views on that, and I am just absolutely opposed to changing the institution of marriage to accommodate those of the same gender that want to get married. Marriage should be between a man and a woman." ¯ Presidential candidate Dan Quayle in an Aug. 3 appearance at the National Press Club.

"I think at this point ... there's enough happening there with all the demands on them in so many various places. I don't think we need to go into that situation again. Colin Powell, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came forward with that policy some time ago. I think we leave that right where it is." ¯ Presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole, speaking in support of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on the NBC TV program Meet the Press, Aug. 15.

"I'm a strong supporter of the Boy Scout organization, because I have, through the years, had the greatest respect for both Boys and Girl Scouts, and the fact that they are trying to build strong character in their young people. And parents make the decision as to what organizations they want their children to belong to. The parents should continue to have that right, and I think that this will end up in the Supreme Court and let's see what they say about it." ¯ Elizabeth Dole on the Boy Scouts' gay ban, on Meet the Press.

"I know there has to be a cure for both AIDS and cancer out there. We just need to make a stand like when President Kennedy said a man will be on the moon by this certain year. We have to declare that this is what we want to happen by this time. Because if we make that goal we have a better chance of realizing it." ¯ Diana Ross to the AIDS magazine A & U, August issue.

"Yes, I am a diva. ... The Diva! I'm kidding, you know. ... Come on, you can't take me seriously. I mean, I never considered it a negative word. It's certainly a positive word. But, it's been used so much recently that it has lost its value. It's supposed to refer to someone who's on the top, someone who has earned the title of the best. But what has happened now is that any female performer who's had any success at all is being labeled a diva. So it's losing its value for anyone who has really earned the right to be called a diva." ¯ Diana Ross to A & U.

"I love makeup and hair and dressing up. My hair has always been a big issue, it's still a big issue for me. I will have big hair one day and straight hair the next. In fact, I also love wigs. I have always loved them and I always will. So if I feel like being a blonde today, I'll be blonde. That's why drag queens can easily make themselves look like me. Really, it is not hard to look like me, you just put some fake eyelashes on and fix that hair." ¯ Diana Ross.

"If one of my kids was gay, I wouldn't have a problem with it. The only thing I care about is whether or not they are happy. So, I would be alright about it. I don't know how my parents would have felt about it because they were from a completely different generation. But, I don't judge people by their sexual orientation or the color of their skin. I never look at someone as gay or straight, so it wouldn't even occur to me to separate people out like that." ¯ Diana Ross.

"While it made sense in the early days of AIDS to pelt gay men with condoms¯we'd never really needed condoms before, and our awareness had to be raised¯it makes much less sense now that gay men know better. Gay men interested in maintaining their sexual health aren't going to do something reckless just because there are no free condoms in gay bars; gay men who aren't interested in maintaining their sexual health will behave recklessly no matter how many free condoms they have to wade through to get a drink." ¯ Syndicated sex advice columnist Dan Savage, Aug. 6.

"Going into a gay bar expecting to meet another single guy and start a healthy relationship is like arranging a commitment ceremony on Rentboy.com . Bars are all about red lights, dark urinals, and married gay guys getting woozy and trying to forget their mealy relationships with neat-freak visual merchandisers." ¯ Out magazine advice columnist Mike Albo, September issue.


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