"I can't imagine that Cher didn't know! To me, that is ridiculous. I've known Chastity [ Bono ] since she was young, and this girl was a total tomboy. I just assumed she was gay from when she was 5. I can't imagine Cher could be in that kind of denial. But I guess she should talk to my dad [ Elliott Gould ] ." -; Jason Gould, Barbra Streisand's son, to The Advocate, Jan. 16.
"It's so horrible, ya know, when your parents can't accept who you are. I realize what a huge mistake I made about Chas: I knew Chas was gay before she knew she was gay. It's so hard, you have to keep trying in some sort of way to reach them. If one way doesn't reach them, you have to keep trying. Also, sometimes, it's not you that they can't accept, it's something they think is wrong with them. But you should never stop trying. I think it's so important that parents accept who their children are, and not be afraid of children who are different." -; Cher in a late December chat on gaywired.com .
"This is one [ question ] I hate most: How do I keep reinventing myself. I hate that fucking question. It's so stupid. I don't reinvent myself. I am myself, I am still the same. It bores me to tears that I'm so the same. I've been doing the same thing since the '70s, pretty much the exact same thing. I just don't understand why people are so, like, silly that they don't see that I always do the same type of stuff. I sing, I go on the road, I act, I'm funny, I'm Cher, I'm just me." -; Cher.
"I've been dating a woman for a while, but we're not monogamous. I don't believe in it." -; Actress/ singer/comedian Lea DeLaria to The Advocate, Jan. 16.
"The first question I usually get is, 'Are you a lesbian?' My only concern with that is, I think labels kind of put people in little boxes. A lot of times when you have heterosexual actors playing gay characters, they're so concerned about other people's perceptions that they want to step out in front immediately and say, 'Oh, I'm not gay.' So I just say it's not for anybody to know. It's not a big deal and it shouldn't be a big deal." -; Actress Valarie Rae Miller who plays Original Cindy on Fox TV's Dark Angel, to Curve magazine, February 2001 issue.
"You never know what people say when the 'fag' leaves the room. But the world has come a long way." -; Gay former pro football player Dave Kopay to The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 29.
"What happens with a serodiscordant couple when the guy who expected to die has a shot at living [ thanks to the new HIV treatments ] ? There's a term I use in [ my new novel, The Night Listener ] —cocktail divorce—that I heard several times around town, and I felt a sense of relief that there was an applicable expression for what was happening to [ ex-lover ] Terry [ Anderson ] and me. Both of us think there's something to be said about the way in which gay families often allow the form of their love to change in order to continue as a family." -; Author Armistead Maupin to Poz magazine, January issue.
"It was about as sexual as being in a doctor's office and turning your head and coughing. Now I'm more comfortable than ever with my sexuality." -; Heterosexual actor Hal Sparks on his gay love scenes in Showtime's Queer As Folk, to USA Today, Jan. 3. Sparks plays the Michael Novotny character.
"It's probably just me, but this New Year seems a lot more emphatic than the last one. Several themes which made the 1990s the 1990s have finally run their course. The tech boom is over; Clinton-Gore is over; New York is over; Miami is over; Napster is over. It will truly be over when Barbra Streisand finally sings for the last time. But even Streisand tickets, I'm told, are kinda over. I suggest we call it the end of an era when Salon.com goes under for good. You think February is too soon?" -; Gay writer Andrew Sullivan writing at andrewsullivan.com, Jan. 1.
"You faggots can vanish to volcanic ash and re-appear in hell with a can of gas and a match." -; Lyrics from rapper Eminem's Grammy-nominated The Marshall Mathers LP.
"My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge that'll stab you in the head, whether you're a fag or lez, or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest, pants or dress. Hate fags? The answer's yes. Homophobic? Nah, you're just heterophobic." -; Lyrics from rapper Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP.
"He represents some of the worst in defamation." -; The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on rapper Eminem, Jan. 2.
"I liked the Eminem record. I think it's a great-sounding record, and whether you like the content or not, it's a well-made record, and it's interesting-sounding and very infectious." -; Rocker Sheryl Crow to Wall of Sound, Jan. 5.
"The press eulogized him as a saint, when in fact, the pious creep was a stuck-in-the-1950s anti-gay menace. Good riddance!" -; New York City's Time Out magazine on the late New York Roman Catholic Cardinal John O'Connor, Jan. 4. The magazine later apologized for the item.