S/he said: Dancing, Anne Rice and the "gAyTM"

Compiled by Howard Israel

"We agree watching same-sex ballroom can take some processing. The first 10 minutes is strange, but after that, you just watch the dancing. In all ballroom dance, there is undeniable sexual tension, even among platonic pairs. On the dance floor, it's like making love."

- Ballroom dance partners Steve Valentine and Robert Tristan in an article titled "Let's Get Ready to Rumba!," about their training for the same-sex ballroom dancing competition at the 2010 Gay Games, which kicked off July 31, http://www.latimes.com, July 25.

"$300 million can do incredible damage to not only the Democratic Party, but to the LGBT community. The Republican Party remains viscerally opposed to equal rights for LGBTs. If you think sitting on your wallet is helpful to our community, you are simply wrong. I realize not every Democrat is perfect and some are downright wrong on our issues. This is why I urge the DNC to create an LGBT fund. Allow us to contribute to the DNC while knowing our money won't support candidates who do not support us. In the mean time, it is not time to hold back. We are too close to our goals to allow the conservatives to take over."

- Joe Mirabella, in his column titled "Don't Close the "gAyTM," about calls from LGBT activists to discontinue contributions to the Democratic Party until we see a return on our investment, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, July 9.

"I want an LGBT movement that is visionary, bold and unafraid of difference. I want an LGBT movement that represents the full breadth and depth of our communities without hesitation or compromise. I want an LGBT movement that is ready to move into the 21st century with the kind of leadership and risk taking necessary to ensure that we move beyond a narrow single-issue agenda. Simply put, our mutual survival depends upon it."

- Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz, in her column titled "21st Century Leadership: Queers and Interdependence," http://www.bilerico.com, July 18.

"No, there is no such thing as an 'ex-gay.' There are plenty of miserable gay people simulating heterosexual lifestyles, however."

- Comment posted by Buffy, in response to a posted article titled "Is there such a thing as an ex-gay?," http://www.truthwinsout.org, July 22.

"Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out. ... It's simply impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious and deservedly infamous group. For 10 years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else."

- Anne Rice, as quoted in a column titled "Why Anne Rice Has Never Been More of a Christian," about the author's Facebook announcement that she is quitting Christianity because of its anti-gay, anti-feminism and anti-secular humanism positions, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, July 30.

"The Department of Defense just paid the research firm Westat the outrageous sum of $4.4 million to design and administer an email-based survey about the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law. ... The survey, which went out to 400,000 service members, turned out to be laced with bias, inaccuracies, and derogatory assumptions and insinuations about gay and lesbian Americans. Demand that Westat and the Pentagon repay the American taxpayer for this outrageous waste of $4.4 million!"

- An online petition posted by Servicemembers United, an advocacy organization dedicated to repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, http://surveyrefund.org/?cat=1, July 12. As of July 28, only about 10 percent of the surveys had been returned, with an Aug. 15 deadline.

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