14 APRIL 11, 2003
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"Sexual preference? Jesus, no, it means nothing to
me. [One of my mentors] is as gay as Christmas, .and
so's my brother. I've been around gay guys since I was,
oh, 16. They're just good pals. From Day One we got
on, made jokes, and I thought nothing of it."
Irish actor Colin Farrell (Washington Post, April 9)
"How do I handle a gay proposition? 'Not interested,
thanks.' You know, it's amazing the changes in people.
... These same people who would've freaked a few
years ago — well, they're not on their knees [bawdy
slang], don't get me wrong — but they know that a
good person is a good person."
Farrell, on changes in attitudes toward homosexuality
(Washington Post, April 9)
"I never thought I'd be sitting around talking about oral sex in front of my mother.
That just got tome."
Gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.). whispering to Congresswoman Maxine
Waters (D-Calif.) during testimony in the Clinton impeachment hearings, in which
Frank's 86-year-old mother, Elsie, was present; all captured in the newly released documentary "Let's Get Frank" (Washington Post, March 27)
"[San Francisco] awarded a man who had a sex change as its Woman of the Year.
When 'he' accepted the award, 'he' said there was a part of 'him' that didn't want to
accept it — but that's gone now."
"Tonight Show " host Jay Leno, on the male-to-female transsexual honored by gay
California Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-S.F); Lena's monologue prompted protests from
transgender rights activists (NBC's "Tonight Show, "March 31)
"World's highest-paid female impersonator.
... [She] sports the face of Jimmy Cagney on
the body of Mayor McCheese and lugs around
the personality of George Wallace. The only
good thing about Leona Helmsley is she's so
mean, stupid and ugly that you honestly can't
even envy her riches."
Naming Leona Helmsley, one of the "50
Most Loathsome New Yorkers" (New York
Press, March 25)
"Homosexuals can and do serve honorably
in the Marine Corps. Homosexuals can and do
make some of the best Marines. Homosexuals
are capable of milit-ary service and can and do
perform as well as anyone else in the military.
We hesitate to discharge Marines solely based
on a statement they make about their sexual
A private memo written by Marine Corps Captain Darrell Allen, of the Twenty-Nine
Palms Marine Corps base in California, subsequently leaked to the Servicemembers Legal
"While people were requesting we get involved, it was not a role I felt our station
should take. We have a very wide audience, and a lot of our listeners are people who
have children. People see our DJs as role models in some ways,"
Doug Gillen, general manager of KISS 105.3 FM, the most popular radio station on
the University of Florida campus, on why the station declined to participate in a college
Pride Fest, prompting boycotts against the station from campus student groups
(365gay.com, March 31)
"[The oral argument in Lawrence vs. Texas]
proved to be a mismatch of advocates to a degree
rarely seen at the court."
Longtime correspondent Linda Greenhouse,
describing the quality of presentations by gay
Washington attorney Paul Smith and Harris County,
Tex., District Attorney Charles A. Rosenthal before
the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 in the Texas
sodomy case (New York Times, March 27)
"Once sodomy is made legal, what's next? How
about polygamy? As we have been reminded in the case
of Utah's Elizabeth Smart and her abduction by a practicing polygamist, there are people who believe they
have a right to that sexual and relational preference."
Conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas,
on the Texas sodomy case (Tribune Media Services,