OUT­SPO­KEN IN THEIR OWN WORDS

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“In high school th­ese girls got mad at me and so they spread this ru­mor that I was hav­ing a gay re­la­tion­ship with one of my clos­est friends. And they even made up a lit­tle dance they would do in the girl’s locker room about me be­ing gay. I still don’t know what the dance was.” — Ac­tor James Franco dis­cussing be­ing bul­lied in high school over ru­mors of his sex­u­al­ity (MTV.com, Jan. 22) “I sup­port civil unions be­cause it gives peo­ple, gays and les­bians, the right to make de­ci­sions on their own. If they want to get mar­ried, let them choose who they want to be with.” — Den­ver Nuggets bas­ket­ball player

Ken­neth Faried in a video with his two moth­ers for Colorado LGBT ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion Colorado One (Youtube.com, Jan. 25) “The pol­icy change un­der dis­cus­sion would al­low the re­li­gious, civic or ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions that over­see and de­liver scout­ing to de­ter­mine how to ad­dress this is­sue. .... Un­der this pro­posed pol­icy, the BSA would not re­quire any char­tered or­ga­ni­za­tion to act in ways in­con­sis­tent with that or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion, prin­ci­ples or re­li­gious be­liefs.” — Boy Scouts of Amer­i­can spokesman Deron Smith on re­ports that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is con­sid­er­ing lift­ing its ban on gay mem­bers (Time, Jan. 28) “This is just un­be­liev­able to me. This is a sui­cide mis­sion on the part of the Boy Scouts. They’re done. They’re toast. They’re his­tory. We know that ho­mo­sex­u­als of­fend against chil­dren at roughly 10 times the rate that het­ero­sex­u­als of­fend against young chil­dren. There is a risk there — it’s just in­san­ity that they are re­lax­ing the stan­dard.” — Bryan Fis­cher, di­rec­tor of Is­sues Anal­y­sis for the Amer­i­can Fam­ily As­so­ci­a­tion, in a video posted to the AFA web­site (Sa­lon.com, Jan. 29) “He told me, if you ever doubt how I feel about you, you need to re­mem­ber this moment. You never really know with men. Men aren’t prone to ex­press­ing their feel­ings for you. It floored me.” — Neon Dou­glass on the mar­riage pro­posal his fi­ance, Sean Lanoue, painted on the Krog Street tun­nel (GA Voice, Jan. 29)

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