Quote of the Day: June 2009

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Tell a Story

Filed by Ed Team | June 30, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Reform advocates need to remember the four things that persuasive leaders do well: tell compelling stories, focus on principles, move people emotionally and send clear messages. Humans are a storytelling species. People have trouble remembering lists of facts, figures and...Read More


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A Disappointment for All

Filed by Ed Team | June 29, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It's a press cliché that 'gay supporters' are disappointed with Obama, but we should all be. Gay Americans aren't just another political special interest group. They are Americans who are actively discriminated against by federal laws." --Frank Rich, New York...Read More


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A Historical Coming Together

Filed by Ed Team | June 28, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I certainly don't see gay and lesbian history starting with Stonewall ... and I don't see resistance starting with Stonewall. What I do see is a historical coming together of forces, and the sixties changed how human beings endured things...Read More


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Missed Opportunities to Address HIV

Filed by Ed Team | June 27, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"At the end of 2006, an estimated 48 percent of adolescents and young adults infected with HIV were unaware of their infection, representing missed opportunities for diagnosis, treatment and reduction in the number of new HIV transmissions." --The Centers for...Read More


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Farrah Fawcett Explains Her Success

Filed by Ed Team | June 26, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"When the show was number three, I thought it was our acting. When we got to be number one, I decided it could only be because none of us wears a bra." --Farrah Fawcett in a 1977 TV Guide interview...Read More


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Not Just for the Bonobos

Filed by Ed Team | June 25, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It's clear that same-sex sexual behavior extends far beyond the well-known examples that dominate both the scientific and popular literature: for example, bonobos, dolphins, penguins and fruit flies." --Nathan Bailey, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Riverside....Read More


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A Different Reality

Filed by Ed Team | June 24, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The fact that I was raised a certain way just isn't a good enough reason to stand in the way of fairness anymore. "My young daughters are growing up in a different reality than I did. Our family knows many...Read More


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Another Look, with Prudence

Filed by Ed Team | June 23, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We have gays serving honorably in the military today. The policy we have now, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, is the least worst policy we could have had 15 years ago, but it's probably time to take another look. . ....Read More


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Over the Rainbow

Filed by Ed Team | June 22, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it." --Judy Garland, who died on this date in 1969...Read More


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Becoming a Father

Filed by Ed Team | June 21, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"When I first became a father, the one thing that I learned that I didn't really realize before is how much you have to want to be a father to become a father when you're gay. You have to put...Read More


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A Rose By Any Legal Name

Filed by Ed Team | June 20, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"i find it a wee bit fascinating that i legally, formally, and across the board, changed my name to Etheridge years ago. and yet, as all of these reports are published about the 'Prop Wait-We-Changed-Our-Minds-Git-To-The-Back-Of-The-Bus-Again'. all the articles are talking...Read More


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New Light on the Past

Filed by Ed Team | June 19, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Police have been keeping an eye on the Stonewall Inn at 55 Christopher St. for some time. . . . Last week, they raided the Greenwich Village place, tabbed a homosexual handout and said they gathered evidence of illegal sale...Read More


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A Joint Responsibility

Filed by Ed Team | June 18, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Last week the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA. I was profoundly disappointed by this action, particularly coming from this administration. I still take President Obama at his word that he...Read More


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Shock and Disappointment

Filed by Ed Team | June 17, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I was shocked and disappointed to learn that President Obama chose to defend DOMA in federal court, especially given his campaign promise to call for a full repeal of DOMA. My sadness turned to outrage when I read the Justice...Read More


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One Year Ago Today

Filed by Ed Team | June 16, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"This is bigger, more profound, more overwhelming than I ever imagined." --Kendra Mon, daughter of lesbian-rights pioneers Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, on her mothers' wedding day, June 16, 2008...Read More


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Adam Lambert Off the Charts

Filed by Ed Team | June 15, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"There is something very contemporary about it - the fact that he is speaking openly about his sexuality, defusing it at a very early point in his career, making his calculation that he is going to be able to be...Read More


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Allied Pride

Filed by Ed Team | June 14, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"It struck me that the point of the Pride Festival and the Pride Parade wasn't just for GLBT people to be proud of themselves. Feeling proud of yourself is harder when you're part of a stigmatized minority, to be sure...but...Read More


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Departing from Reality

Filed by Ed Team | June 13, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"We are also extremely disturbed by a new and nonsensical argument the administration has advanced suggesting that the federal government needs to be 'neutral' with regard to its treatment of married same-sex couples in order to ensure that federal tax...Read More


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Loving Words

Filed by Ed Team | June 12, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to...Read More


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San Fran toning down Pride this year?

Filed by Ed Team | June 11, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"There's a movement to make it a little more political this year. But if we tone it down because of what others might think of us, we don't deserve to use the word pride." -- Mikayla Connell, president of San...Read More


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Idol and Inspiration

Filed by Ed Team | June 10, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"American Idol has become iconic in our culture, and as Adam continues to share his story during his post-Idol career, we hope his decision to live openly and honestly inspires gay people and opens the hearts and minds of his...Read More


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Cars and Sex

Filed by Ed Team | June 09, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It's all above the collar." --Alice Huyler Ramsey, the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast. She set out on her journey on this date in 1909....Read More


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The Power of Language

Filed by Ed Team | June 08, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Each of us is here now because in one way or another we share a commitment to language and to the power of language, and to the reclaiming of that language which has been made to work against us. In...Read More


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Intelligent people

Filed by Ed Team | June 07, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"The great thing about intelligent people is that they're really not that bright." -- Linda Becker...Read More


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The State of Things

Filed by Ed Team | June 06, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Some states allow us to get married. Just today we learned that some of us were allowed to get married in one state but now the rest of us can't. None of us are allowed to get married in most...Read More


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Setting the Tone

Filed by Ed Team | June 05, 2009 | 10:53 PM | comments

"I'm going to angle a little bit more towards Jon Stewart in a perfect world." --Neil Patrick Harris, in People, on hosting the Tony Awards tonight...Read More


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Women 4 Women

Filed by Ed Team | June 05, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"I'm a woman and I'm so proud to be a woman, and I'm proud to do programming for women. But we need to build each other up, not tear each other down...We all have to make sure that women rule...Read More


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What Was that About Marriage and Procreation Again?

Filed by Ed Team | June 04, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Homosexuality is nothing unusual among animals. Sex and coupling up in our world do not necessarily have anything to do with reproduction." --A representative of Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany, where a male penguin couple are raising a chick together...Read More


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Dick Cheney on Marriage

Filed by Ed Team | June 03, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union...Read More


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All Americans Are Affected

Filed by Ed Team | June 02, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call...Read More


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The Most Important Thing

Filed by Ed Team | June 01, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"Harvey would have loved this because he said the single most important thing you can do is come out." --Cleve Jones, speaking of his friend Harvey Milk at last Saturday's "Meet in the Middle for Equality" march in Fresno, California...Read More