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Friday, March 16, 2012

Let's Get One Thing Straight, I'm Not

"The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming--to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you're not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise" ~Alex Sanchez

“If no one had ever challenged religious authority, there’d be no democracy, no public schools, women’s rights, improvements to science and medicine, evolution of slavery and no laws against child abuse or spousal abuse. I was afraid to challenge my religious beliefs because that was the basis of creation—mine anyway. I was afraid to question the Bible or anything in it, and when I did, that’s when I became involved with PFLAG and realized that my son was a perfectly normal human being and there was nothing for God to heal because Bobby was perfect just the way he was.” ~Mary Griffith 

“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.”  ~Paul Newman

"The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals.  That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals.  It's just that they need more supervision"  ~Lynn Lavner

"Who would give a law to lovers?  Love is unto itself a higher law"  ~Boethius,The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

"If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work:  'Hello.  Can't work today, still queer.'"  ~Robin Tyler

"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

"There's this illusion that homosexuals have sex and heterosexuals fall in love.  That's completely untrue.  Everybody wants to be loved."  ~Boy George

"I get sick of listening to straight people complain about, 'Well, hey, we don't have a heterosexual-pride day, why do you need a gay-pride day?'  I remember when I was a kid I'd always ask my mom:  'Why don't we have a Kid's Day?  We have a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but why don't we have a Kid's Day?'  My mom would always say, 'Every day is Kid's Day.'  To all those heterosexuals that bitch about gay pride, I say the same thing:  Every day is heterosexual-pride day!  Can't you people enjoy your banquet and not piss on those of us enjoying our crumbs over here in the corner?"  ~Rob Nash

"If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise."  ~Johann von Goethe

"Never apologize for showing feeling.  When you do so, you apologize for the truth."  ~Benjamin Disraeli

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."  ~Dr. Seuss

"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy."  ~Lucille Ball

"To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying 'Amen' to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive."  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

"It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality.  It's like disapproving of rain. " ~Francis Maude

"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."  ~James Baldwin

"The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity:  monotheism, monarchy, monogamy and, in our age, monomedicine.  The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man:  members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity."  ~Thomas Szasz

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