HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 29, 2000
the year in «
"I didn't know if [the scene] was going to be appropriate or not, but
it turned out to be so beautifully done."
—Actress Sharon Stone on her nude love scene with Ellen DeGeneres in HBO's
"If These Walls Could Talk II," which was directed by DeGeneres' partner Anne
Heche, as reported in the New York Post on Jan. 20
"Am I anti-gay? ... I've spoken out against gay marriage, am on
record as describing homosexuality as a deviant sexual orientation and
have spoken favorably about reparative therapy
for gays who wish to change their sexual orientation. Well, the truth is, I'm not [anti-gay].
What I am is a serious Jew who has consistently
stated my belief that same-sex sexual activity is
incompatible with Biblical scripture and, in the
same breath, that homosexuals are as entitled
to love and respect as all other human beings."
—Dr. Laura Schlessinger writing in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 17.
"I've gone out with some nuts. When I first met them, they seemed
decent and regular and said they weren't big fans, but then they turn
out to be crazy—mad, insane Madonna fans. Looking back, it's pretty
funny. Nobody's ever caused any harm. Let's just say it was bad judgment on my part."
•—Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone to the Advocate, Feb. 15
"His legacy lives on through our movie to remind us to
always be ourselves, to follow our hearts, to not conform. I
pray for the day when we not only accept our differences but
we actually celebrate our diversity."
—Hilary Swank, in her Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actress, thanking Brandon Teena, who passed as a man and was murdered in 1996
"Thank you so much for giving me the
opportunity to express, the rumors. But,
Barbara, for some reason, I just don't feel like
it. You know, it's, it's something so mine. I give
it all when I'm on stage. I give it all in interviews, but you've got to keep something for
yourself sometimes, and that's for me."
—Singer Ricky Martin when asked if he's gay by
Barbara Walters on her March 26 Oscar night special.
"Who are now the most square people on Earth? Who are the only
people left who want to go into the Army and get married?
—Humorist Fran Lebowitz
"A sports stadium full of queers—how fuckin' brilliant!"
—Singer George Michael at the Equality Rocks concert during the Millennium
March festivities in Washington, D.C, April 29.
"The best thing that's happened about it [my coming out] is nothing.
The world didn't end, my career didn't come to a complete halt, I didn't get
ridiculed, I didn't get yelled at. Life went on just as I'd hoped it would."
—Actor Bill Brochtrup of TV's "rflW-Slue," to Portland, Oregon's Just Out, April 7
"I had no trouble kissing Valeria [Golina in the movie 'Things You Can
Tell Just By Looking at Her']. We had chemistry. And I've kissed Courtney
[Thorne-Smith], Jane [Krakowski] and Lucy Liu on 'Ally McBeal.' It's more
about whether they have bad breath or not. There are guys who come
on Ally McBeal whom I have to kiss, and I'd rather kiss my dog."
—Actress Calista Flockhart to the New York Post, May 15
"I'm a lesbian... although I haven't been
very open about that and throughout most of
my life I've gone out with blokes because I
haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable
about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian."
—Singer Sinead O'Connor in an interview with
Curve magazine in the June 27 issue
"I've cried more at times than I would like to admit because to see
my name, my character, my person come under attack. It's astonishing
to have your name smeared with such vitriol. I wouldn't wish it on
people I dislike. It's been agonizing."
—"Dr. Laura" Schlessinger, in an interview with Time magazine, June 24 issue
"What a fucking idiot!"
—Bryant Gumbel, host of CBS' "Early Show," after interviewing
Robert Knight of the Family Research Council, who defended the
Boy Scouts' ban on gays. The FRC demanded Gumbel's resignation
after the remark was picked up by a studio microphone and
"Hundreds of my friends have died before their time [of AIDS). The
most profound effect it's had on me is that when I heard that someone had died from a heart attack it was almost like an elation. I was
like, 'Oh, okay.' Because you just got to the point where you couldn't
take one more [death]. Couldn't take one more."
—Actress Whoopi Goldberg to the AIDS magazines A&U, June issue
"I'm not aware of myself as a sex symbol—I wouldn't object if I
were. It's one of the functions of actors to let people fantasize."
—Actor Sir Ian McKellen, who is openly gay, to Chicago's Outlines, July 19
"My goal is to be in a committed relationship in
the future with the right man. ... The prize may
—"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch in an Aug. 24
conference call with reporters
"Everyone says to me, 'Your mother being who
she is, it must have been easy [coming out to her].'
But she had more difficulty with it than my dad."
—Christopher Rice, 22, son of novelist Anne Rice, to the
Advocate, Aug. 29
"[My lover Jim Bridges and I] never made a fuss about being gay,
but we never hid anything. Maybe I was naive, but I never felt oppression."
—Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the classic "Superman" TV series, to
the Advocate, Sept. 12
"Anne Heche has signed a deal to write
her autobiography. It'll be the classic tale
of a small-town girl who goes to
Hollywood and becomes a lesbian to help
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