Martina: Set, Match!
Matt Damon: Gay?
 
Don’t Open This Closet… “The question of whether Ben Affleck and I are gay is so awkward in a lot of ways. There is no right way to answer it…
— Actor Matt Damon in the Advocate’s cover story last month

Deal with it…gay is ok. “ People who say ‘same-sex marriage makes me uncomfortable” should probably remind themselves that comfort has nothing to do with the issue and that, often as not, change is discomforting.  I think those of us who are straight people really need to sit down quietly and compare our own discomfort with the discomfort of gays and lesbians who for years have been excluded, isolated, silenced, abused and even killed.  If anyone destroys marriage, it’s married people, not gays. 
— Reverend William Sloane Coffin in the Rutland, Vermont Herald, this week

Open This Closet... “In Barcelona, for young men who are growing up, as part of their developing, is included one visit to one of these places where transvestite prostitution takes place, and includes one experience with a transvestite.”
— Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar ; his film is now showing at the Gateway 

McCain Has ‘ Gaydar’… “I think we know by behavior and by attitudes,” the senator said when asked how he knew someone was gay. “I think that it’s clear to some of us when some people have that lifestyle.” 
— John McCain of Arizona talking, and he just knows it when he sees it… 

Vegan Candidate…“George W. Bush says he’s ‘a compassionate conservative.’ Isn’t that like a ‘vegetarian cannibal’?”
— Joy Behar on The View

Dr. Laura on TV... “Rights. Rights? ! RIGHTS? For Sexual Deviants? That’s what I’m worried about with the pedophilia and the bestiality and the sadomasochism and the cross-dressing. Is this all going to be ‘rights’ too, to deviant sexual behavior? It’s deviant sexual behavior. Why does deviant sexual behavior get rights? Don’t understand that at all…” 
— Dr. Laura Schlesinger on the air last year,

Dr. Laura gets taken down big time… “How tired I am of those who cloak themselves in religion and carefully isolated scriptural passages to justify saying how much they “love” gays and lesbians when what they really want is to change us to be like them.  Do these supposed “gay friends” with whom Dr. Laura says she has “long-standing close relationships” really feel warm and fuzzy when she brands them “deviant”?
— Nick Duretta, a citizen from Pasadena in a January 24 letter to the LA Times 

Play with this racquet…   “Just by being out you’re doing your part. It’s like recycling.You’re doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you’re doing your part for the gay movement if you’re out. If I had to do it all over again, there’s only one thing I would change. I would have come out a lot earlier.”
— Tennis champ Martina Navratilova at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner

Down Under Pride... “Coming out is no longer a big deal, and homosexual declarations now range from High Court Justice Michael Kirby to politicians and prominent figures in sport and medicine.  There’s Gay Pride marches in Melbourne, the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney.”
— Andrew Clark, in the Age, a popular Australian magazine 

Sound Bite Q is compiled weekly by the Express Staff.

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