Quote of the Day: July 2009

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A Standard to Which We Should All Strive

Filed by Ed Team | July 31, 2009 | 7:30 AM | comments

"These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds. Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs. Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each...Read More


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Tea-bagging Queen?

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

"In the meantime we're all left to sort out the deeply confusing nature of what it means to be called a tea-bagging queen by Lou Dobbs. A tea-bagging queen? What kind of queen would that be exactly? And can a...Read More


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WNBA Mystics Don't Kiss and Tell

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

"Doesn't the KissCam question distill where we really are? A rite of spring in the NBA -- where couples of mixed creeds, ethnicities and ages are suckered by peer pressure into puckering -- is somehow taboo in the WNBA." --Washington...Read More


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An Utter but Not Complete Failure

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

"Whatever you believe the reason to be, the Leadership Summit on Sunday was an utter failure. And we have no one to blame but ourselves. . . . "But the Leadership Summit wasn't a complete failure. It illuminated many facts...Read More


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Nobody's Poster Children

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

"We didn't ask to be anybody's poster children here. We just wanted a child or children and a family." "Every day, you wake up and have this perfect baby, and you're like this normal family. Yet you sit and wait...Read More


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We're All Teammates

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

"The good news is that while a lot of people passionately disagreed on some stuff, we all agree that we're on the same team." --Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign, after a gathering in San Bernadino yesterday to discuss...Read More


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How Do You Fit In a Test Tube?

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

"When I was growing up they would ask things like how do you fit in a test tube and things like that! "It's quite scary to think I'm the first of them all, but it's also a nice feeling that...Read More


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The Most Trusted Man in America Supported Marriage Equality

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

"It certainly is the right of the anti-abortionists and those who oppose gay marriages to defend, express and even propagandize their beliefs. But is it their right to impose their definition of morality on those who hold opposing views? The...Read More


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Homophobia Is Killing Our Youth

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

"We in the black community have a long tradition of treating others with generosity, kindness, love, and compassion. Surely we can find better ways to deal with issues of sexuality than attempting to "exorcise" someone of his or her identity....Read More


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70 Years and Counting

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

''Honestly, I think they are more in love with each other than they were back then." --Gayle Scott, longtime close friend of Caroline Leto and Venera Magazzu, a Florida couple who have been partners for 70 years...Read More


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Young Zealots

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

"Thus, it is not merely that we atheists disapprove of people being religious because we like to chide them for not yet discarding that "crutch"... it's that we feel the violent political force of religion shaping our laws and leadership...Read More


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Harry Potter Keeps Them Guessing

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

"I grew up around gay people my entire life, basically, that's possibly why I'm quite camp, and some people think I'm gay when I meet them, which I think is awesome. It's always good to keep them guessing [laughs]. ....Read More


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A Disproportionate Number

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

"We have a disproportionate number of Black LGBT people who are suffering from hate crimes and we need you to speak about it and advocate for them. It is our Black brothers and sisters who are transgender people, or who...Read More


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Waited Long Enough

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

"I believe that 40-odd years ago, those first brave souls, many of whom were transgender, who stood up for their right to exist at Stonewall and the Compton Cafeteria could not have imagined that we would actually achieve the legal...Read More


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Still Felt

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

"The pain of discrimination is still felt in America. By African-American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and a different gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By...Read More


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Reid Is Asked, and Tells

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

"We're having trouble getting people into the military. And I think that we shouldn't turn down anybody that's willing to fight for our country, certainly based on sexual orientation." --Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), when questioned by reporters about whether he...Read More


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Bill Supports Us

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

"I personally support people doing what they want to do. I think it's wrong for someone to stop someone else from doing that [same-sex marriage]." --Former President Bill Clinton, when asked if he supports marriage for same-sex couples...Read More


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Know Yourself

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

"When people ask me 'How do I become an actor? How do I succeed?' I just say 'there's no secret, just keep knowing yourself.' You can apply that to any undertaking in life: the first thing you have to do...Read More


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Not the Right Moment

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

"As disappointing as it is to admit, it is clear that this week is not the right moment for same-sex marriage legislation." --New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane...Read More


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Kerry Disses DOMA

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

"DOMA should never have passed and should never have become the law of the land. Unconstitutional and fundamentally unfair, today the human cost is especially clear and compelling. Denying same sex couples the same rights and protections under the law...Read More


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Definition of a Hate Crime

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

"If that's not a hate-crime, what is? Do you need a signed letter saying 'we attacked her motivated by hate'?" -- Pauline Park of the Transgender Legal Defense Fund and the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, on the...Read More


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Can't Count On It

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

"This is an important issue and legitimate question that we're working to resolve." --Nick Kimball, spokesperson for the U.S. Commerce Department, on the Census Bureau's technical difficulties with counting married same-sex couples as married...Read More


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States' Rights Hurt, Not Helped, by DOMA

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

"It is unconstitutional for the federal government to discriminate, as it does because of DOMA's restrictive definition of marriage. It is also unconstitutional for the federal government to decide who is married and to create a system of first- and...Read More


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Kicking Down Doors

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

"When you wear the cloth of your country, you don't care what your battle buddy's race, creed, color, or orientation is, you worry if they can fire their M4 machine rifle, or whether they can kick down a door in...Read More


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Experience and Stature

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

"The guy's been trying to make schools safe for kids for more than two decades. But in the short-term, Jennings' experience may be less valuable to the administration than his stature as a gay leader. . . . Jennings might...Read More


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Advice to Take to Heart

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

"As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content." --President Barack Obama, in an e-mail message on July 4...Read More


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Something in Each Other

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

"We found something in each other that made us happy and kept the dark side of existence a little farther away from our demanding, difficult lives. We only had a short time together, enough time to begin to hope that...Read More


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A Step in the Right Direction

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

"There is a big divide between rural and urban India, and it is by no means an exaggeration to say that the Indian public opinion is overwhelmingly against homosexuality. To court popular support, it is possible that some blatantly anti-gay...Read More


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The True Duty of Patriots

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

"No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots." --Barbara Ehrenreich...Read More


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Globalizing Stonewall

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

"There are three great swathes of humanity still untouched by the spirit of Stonewall -- and terrified, terrorized gay people there are screaming for help. In the Caribbean, majority-Muslim countries, and most of Africa, being gay is a death sentence...Read More


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Separate Isn't So Equal

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

"Segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race deprives children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities, even though the physical facilities and other 'tangible' factors may be equal. The 'separate but equal' doctrine adopted...Read More


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"Never Give Up"

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

"Board recommends 'You're Fired' for being honest. Now we appeal. Never give up." --National Guard 1st Lt. Dan Choi, via Twitter, after his military review board yesterday...Read More