Homophobia: The irrational fear that three fags will break into your house and
redecorate it against your will.
I'm not really familiar with the history of
this particular issue with regards to Star Trek; in fact, the
first I ever heard of it was at our first junket when somebody
asked if there was going to be an opportunity for a gay or lesbian
character on the show. I was surprised at the question, because I
had just assumed that over the course of the years that it had
been addressed. I was surprised it was even an issue. Since then I
haven't sat down with Rick and Brannon to discuss it. It does seem
awkward [that nothing has ever happened].
I haven't heard anything coming down the
pipeline, but I would be in favor of it. I would hope it would be
handled in a great way. It would be wonderful, in my opinion, if
it was not such a huge issue, but was just there.
Scott Bakula, Metrosource 2002
Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a
boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it
does about homosexuality.
In my lifetime I've been to bed with men, women, and odd pieces of furniture.
You can't type what a lesbian is. We're anything and
everything. The one thing in common is that we make love to other
women. So give up trying to limit us.
There are a lot of gays among the women
surfers. We share rental cars, hotel rooms, dinner out. It makes
us open with each ether. You wake up in the morning and hear toe
rings clicking from two girls in the next bed.
Surfer Holly Beck, as quoted in the August 26, 2002 issue of Sports
My lover asked me if I wanted to have children. I told her I didn't know, but that we
should keep trying.
"I love it. It is the celebration of the flesh,
something that is not done in northern Europe. Tolerance is the
mark of any evolved society."
- U2 star Bono at Sydney's Mardi Gras parade, Feb. 28, 1998,
according to the Sydney Sunday Telegraph."
This is a celebration of individual freedom, not of homosexuality. No government has the right to tell its citizens when or
whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.
Rita Mae Brown on the Gay Olympics of 1982
lesbianism is an act of Christian charity. All those women
out there praying for a man, and I'm giving them my share.
Rita Mae Brown
No government has the right to tell its
citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are
those who don't love anybody.
Rita Mae Brown, speech, August 28, 1982
I became a lesbian because of women, because women are
beautiful, strong, and compassionate.
Rita Mae Brown
As everyone knows, a fag is a homosexual gentleman who has
just left the room.
One distressing thing is the way men react
to women who assert their equality: their ultimate weapon is to
call them unfeminine. They think she is anti-male; they even
whisper that she's probably a lesbian.
Many gay men ... helped me develop my own
sense of style, especially one ... who used to be Alec Guinness's
dresser in the '60s. His whole thing was, "It doesn't matter
what you're wearing so long as you get noticed."
Margaret Cho, as quoted in the September 2002 issue of Movieline
It is . . . the right of each individual in America to be judged on their merits and abilities and to be allowed to contribute to society without facing unfair discrimination on account of sexual orientation.
Clinton supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on April 24, 1997
turned [sexual ambiguity] into a big political subject, and it
ain't. It ain't at all you know. Why should we be ashamed of
anything we are?
Tony Curtis, talking about his sexually ambiguous roles in Some
Like It Hot and Spartacus, in the September
2002 issue of Details
We all carry some variety of infirmity or sorrow with
us - let's treat each other kindly. None of us is getting
out of our human condition alive.
Bette Davis, 1939,
- expressing her attitude towards homosexuals
CBS really wants me on TV. That's their aim. My
aim is to have an all-gay sitcom someday, with heterosexuals as
token guest stars. Let them be the next-door neighbors for a
Why is it that, as a
culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than
You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have
to be able to shoot straight.
As far as coming out, I never really did
that exactly; I just went along with the time. I never pulled an
Ellen in announcing 'I'm gay!' At every opening night, I just
quietly brought a boyfriend on my arm."
Veteran theater composer/songwriter Jerry Herman ("La
Cage Aux Folles," "Hello Dolly," "Mame,"
"Mack and Mabel" to name a few) to Art &
Understanding, February 1998 issue.
Don't tell me that you're doing something valuable for me when you're quietly climbing your way to the top of the straight ladder.
redneck came up to me and said, "What do you want me to call
you? Queer? Fag? Homo?" I said, "You can call me... Paul
If we even tolerate any oppression of gay and lesbian Americans, if we join those who would intrude upon the choices of our hearts, then who among us shall be free?
Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce,
who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their
rights on the job. For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious
form of discrimination against this group of Americans, who have worked
as hard as any group, paid their taxes like everyone else, and yet have
been denied equal protection under the law.
Mrs. Coretta Scott King
Why should I paint dead fish, onions, and beer glasses?
Girls are so much prettier.
The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals, and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean God doesn't love heterosexuals, it's just that they need more
Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather
archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't
put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have
probably found is a lesbian.
Dear Miss Manners: What should I say when I am introduced to
a homosexual "couple"?
Gentle Reader: "How do you do?" "How do you
do?"Judith Martin, Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly
Correct Behavior, 1982
They gave me a medal for killing a man, and a discharge for loving one.
Sargeant Leonard Matlovich
"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."
That word "lesbian" sounds like a disease. And
straight men know because they're sure that they're the cure.
It always seemed to me a bit pointless to
disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain.
The radical right is so homophobic that they're blaming global
warming on the AIDS quilt.
Most of our parents are straight. Heteros
who hate us should stop having us!
"A study done in the Des Moines public schools showed
that the average high school student hears anti-gay comments like
'dyke' and 'faggot' a stunning 26 times a day, and that teachers
who witness such incidents do nothing a shocking 97 percent of the
time. The results of this kind of behavior for gay and lesbian
students is terrifying."
Martina Navratilova addressing the Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Education Network Oct. 25, 1997, in New York City.
I'm a supporter of gay rights. And
not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I
have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community.
There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the
time I get through with all the things that I really admire about
people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low
on the list that it is irrelevant.
I have lived and slept in the same bed with English
countesses and Prussian farm women...no woman has excited passions
among women more than I have.
Heterosexuality is not normal, it's just common.
If the General pleases I will be happy to do this
investigation... But, sir, it would be unfair of me not to tell
you, my name is going to head the list... You should also be aware
that you're going to have to replace all the file clerks, the
section heads, most of the commanders, and the motor pool... I
think you should also take into consideration that there have been
no illegal pregnancies, no cases of venereal disease, and the
General himself has been the one to award good conduct
commendations and service commendations to these members of the
WII WAC sergeant Johnnie Phelps (1922-1997), when ordered by
General Eisenhower to ferret out the lesbians in her battalion;
Eisenhower rescinded the order.
I'm sorry I never had a homosexual relationship, because I know there must be many joys and pleasures and degrees of closeness in those relationships.
Gene Roddenberry, quoted in The Last Conversation by Yvonne Fern
It wasn't easy telling my parents that I'm gay. I told them at Thanksgiving. I said,
"Mom, would you please pass the gravy to a homosexual?" She passed it to my father.
A terrible scene followed.
My mom blames California for me being a lesbian. 'Everything
was fine until you moved out there.' 'That's right, Mom, we have
mandatory lesbianism in West Hollywood. The Gay Patrol busted me,
and I was given seven business days to add a significant amount of
flannel to my wardrobe.
Why can't they have gay
people in the army? Personally, I think they are just afraid
of a thousand guys with M16s going, "Who'd you call a
Just imagine how boring life would be
if we were all the same. My idea of a perfect world is one in
which we really appreciated each other's differences: Short, tall;
Democrat, Republican; black, white; gay, straight--a world in
which all of us are equal, but definitely not the same.
If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work:
"Hello. Can't work today, still queer."
You could move.
Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby," in response to a reader
who complained that a gay couple was moving in across the street
and wanted to know what he could do to improve the quality of the
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that homosexuality 'is a
lifestyle I don't agree with.' This is a trope you hear from the
religious right a good deal, and it seems to have entered the
conservative mainstream, rolling easily off the tongue. But it is
a very odd thing to say. No one (speaking rationally) says, 'I
don't agree with the Pacific Ocean' or 'I don't agree with the
Grand Canyon.' Facts are not things you agree or disagree with.
You can agree or disagree with viewpoints, thoughts or ideas, but
homosexuality is not a viewpoint or an idea. It is a thing, an
attribute, a nature, a fact.
"In the '50s and '60s, gay men seemed to despise one
another. The idea of hanging out with another gay man was just not
something you did."
- Author Edmund White to Atlanta's Etcetera magazine, March 6,
In the town of Alamo, CA, the residents living on a street named "Gay Court" were so
embarrassed that they changed the name to "High Eagle Court." I guess the name
"Homophobic Idiot Boulevard" was already taken.
The next time someone asks you, 'Hey, howdja get to be a homosexual anyway?' tell
them, 'Homosexuals are chosen first on talent, then interview, then the swimsuit and
evening gown competition pretty much gets rid of the rest of them.
The civil rights movement was not made from whole cloth. Nor
were its achievements limited to the interests of African
Americans. It was part of a narrative of extending human rights to
those who had been denied them that helped remove discriminatory
barriers for many, not least white women and Jews. Its roots, like
its appeal, were universal. It drew inspiration from Gandhi (among
others) and can give inspiration to the likes of Norris and other
There are two main reasons why this comparison jars with
many. The first is blatant homophobia. It is far easier to
marginalise the lesbian and gay agenda if you can sever any
association between it and other struggles for equality. The
second is latent homophobia, which argues that such comparisons
trivialise racism, as though the right to love who you want and
still keep your job, your home and sometimes your life is a
Gary Younge, "Extreme prejudice", The Guardian,
Monday March 7, 2005
And the bad guys get their own little section:
As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically
reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.
Anita Bryant, 1977
"Unless we get medically lucky, in three or four years, one of the options discussed will be the extermination of homosexuals."
Paul Cameron, 1985 Conservative Political Action Conference
"God hates homosexuality"
Jerry Falwell on TV
"[Vice President Gore] recently
praised the lesbian actress who plays 'Ellen' on ABC
Television...I believe he may even put children, young people, and
adults in danger by his public endorsement of deviant homosexual
behavior...Our elected leaders are attempting to glorify and
Jerry Falwell as quoted by People for the American Way,
"Hostile Climate", 1998, p.9.
"Someone must not be afraid to
say, 'moral perversion is wrong.' If we do not act now,
homosexuals will 'own' America!...If you and I do not speak up
now, this homosexual steamroller will literally crush all decent
men, women, and children who get in its way...and our nation will
pay a terrible price!"
Jerry Falwell as quoted by People for the American Way,
"Hostile Climate," 1997, p.15.
"...Hatred for men, which is very typical of a lesbian experience"
Kristi Hamrick, Family Research Council
...one of the primary
goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of
consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the
'prophets' of a new sexual order.
"Homosexual Activists Work to Normalize Sex With
Boys," FRC publication, July 1999
We've got to have some common sense about a disease transmitted by people deliberately engaging in unnatural acts.
Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), on why he opposed approval of the Ryan White CARE act,
whi+ch funds AIDS research
"There is a strong undercurrent of pedophilia in the homosexual subculture. Homosexual activists want to promote the flouting of traditional sexual prohibitions at the earliest possible age....they want to encourage a promiscuous society - and the best place to start is with a young and credulous captive audience in the public schools."
Robert Knight, Family Research Council http://www.frc.org/insight/is93f1hs.html
Homosexuals have never been forced to sit in the back of the
bus. They are as privileged a group as any. To compare their
attempts to affirm deviant sexual conduct to the legitimate
discrimination claims of true minorities is a sham.
Robert H. Knight, FRC Director of Cultural Studies
FRC's CultureFacts July 28, 1999
I don't believe in the gay movement....I think they should stay to themselves, just climb back into the cupboards....I don't think they are gay at all, they are very unhappy.
Rupert Murdoch in 1980.
"Not only is homosexuality a sin, but anyone who supports fags is just as guilty as they are. You are both worthy of death (Romans 1:32)."
Rev. Fred Phelps quoted by State Press (Arizona State University), March 11, 1998.
Women's liberation and gay liberation [are] part of the same thing: a weakening of the moral standards of this nation. It is appalling to see parades in San Francisco and elsewhere claiming "gay pride" and all that. What in the world do they have to be proud of?
Nancy Reagan quoted in The Globe in 1981
It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children,
practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.
Pat Robertson at the 1992 Republican National Convention
When lawlessness is abroad in the land, the same thing will happen here that happened in Nazi Germany. Many of those people involved with Adolph Hitler were Satanists, many of them were homosexuals--the two things seem to go together.
"...the acceptance of
homosexuality is the last step in the decline of Gentile
civilization." --Pat Robertson, of the Christian Broadcasting
Network, warned that hurricanes could hit Orlando, Fla., because
of gay events there.
Pat Robertson Time magazine, Oct 26, 1998
I'm sorry — hear it one more time, perfectly clearly: If you're
gay or a lesbian, it's a biological error that inhibits you from
relating normally to the opposite sex. The fact that you are
intelligent, creative and valuable is all true. The error is in
your inability to relate sexually intimately, in a loving way to a
member of the opposite sex — it is a biological error.
Laura Schlessinger December 8, 1998 on her Radio show
[Homosexuality] is the opposite of love for God. It is a
rebellion against God and God's natural order, and embodies a
deep-seated hatred against true religion.
Steven A. Schwalm, Family Research Council
THE ASSAULT ON
CHRISTIANS BY THE MILITANT HOMOSEXUAL MOVEMENT http://www.frc.org/podium/pd98j2hs.html
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