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by Rex Wockner
2005-04-06

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Pictured Openly gay actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. Photo by Rex Wockner

'Personally, I don't think people would reject a prime minister simply on the basis that he was gay.' — British Prime Minister Tony Blair as quoted in The Telegraph, March 19. The full interview from which the quotation came will appear in the gay magazine Attitude.

' [ T ] he court rulings are verifying why I took the position I took, and that is I don't believe judges ought to be deciding this issue. I believe this is an issue of particular importance to the American people and should be decided by the people. And I think the best way to do so is through the constitutional process. ... [ C ] ourt rulings such as this strengthen my position, it seems like to me. People now understand why I laid out the position I did. ... [ T ] he more that judges start deciding the issue, I'm confident the more the people will want to be involved in the issue. This is a very important issue for the country and one that obviously needs to be conducted with a great deal of sensitivity and concern about other people's feelings. But this is—it's an issue I feel strongly about.' — President George W. Bush March 16 responding to the March 14 San Francisco County Superior Court ruling declaring California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

'Civil union, while an amazing step forward, is not equal to marriage. But that is what politics is about. Politics is about making very tough decisions that involve figuring out how much you can get at any given time. Clearly, as painful as it may be, this is all that can be done right now.' — National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman to the Los Angeles Times, March 6.

'I have a problem with Madonna's devotion to Kabbalah, because I watched a documentary that said that Kabbalah believes that gay people are diseased and can be cured. She's such a hypocrite. This is the woman who has embraced homosexuality and used it to her advantage.' — Singer Boy George as quoted by the Irish Examiner, March 6.

'It's [ my life ] considerably more domesticated than it used to be. I found the perfect Jewish husband—actually, he found me—and he's about to make me buy a dog. He climbs on ladders to fix things while I wring my hands below and beg him to be careful. The truth is I was never very good at the hedonistic, partygoing lifestyle even when I was trying to be. It was always quite loud, which rarely gave me an opportunity to talk endlessly about myself. Today, Brian has to work hard to get me to leave the house.' — Gay author Christopher Rice to the Portland, Ore., gay newspaper Just Out.

'In one breath, they [ my family in Indiana ] want free tickets [ to wife Melissa Etheridge's concerts ] , and in the other breath, they're bitching that they've gotta look at all the faggots and lezzies make out.' — Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels ( Popular, Committed ) to The Advocate, March 29.

'I'm still baffled, when I go back to the 'flyover' states, at the amount of judgment and criticism that homosexuals receive. And every time I go back home [ to Indiana ] and visit, I send out prayers for all the homosexuals who live there on a daily basis. And it's just part of their life. I don't know how they do it. I feel like you and I, we get spoiled—we live here in L.A. and New York, we can walk around and hold hands with our lovers. But how do you bring New York to [ Indiana ] ?' — Michaels to The Advocate.

'Report to the police any crystal dealer you can identify. People in the clubs and elsewhere know who these people are. If one is arrested, another takes his or her place. Then we report that one, as well. One phone call, even an anonymous one, brings that person to the attention of the police who can then target them for an investigation. These are people who see every day what they are doing to people, yet because of the money involved or their own crystal use, they cannot or will not stop ruining the lives of those around them. We can't stop all of them, but we might be able to make a dent that will save at least some individuals from a life of despair. Draconian? Perhaps. But desperate times require desperate measures.' — Jeff Epperly, former longtime editor of the Boston gay newspaper Bay Windows and a recovered crystal user, writing in the Feb. 24 issue.


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