Quote UnQuote
Published Thursday, 10-Aug-2006 in issue 972
“I went to the Riga Pride and all I got was a bag of shit.”
A T-shirt being printed up by organizers of Latvia’s Riga Pride 2006. The July 22 parade was banned by the city and a court, and when the would-be marchers left a church service, anti-gay protesters pelted them with bags of excrement.
“I live at the corner of Faggot and Cocksucker. [With] gay pride here in New York, I won’t even be able to pick up my phone. That’s how loud it is from my apartment. I can just hang out my window and watch it. It’ll be packed and really, really loud, and I won’t even be able to walk outside my apartment. And then Sunday night around midnight, it’ll be like the carnies at a fair, the people who are just aimlessly walking – scary and filthy. Then the trucks come and clean up the street around 3 a.m., so I just won’t sleep at all.”
Actress/comedian Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) to the Sacramento gay newspaper Outword, July 13.
“Yes: 49% – No: 51%”
Findings of a new poll at POZ Magazine’s site, which asked, “Should you disclose your [HIV-]positive status on the first date?”
News of the World investigators caught the singer red-handed and red-faced as he emerged from the bushes after cavorting with a pot-bellied, 58-year-old, jobless van driver. When challenged George, 43, was wild-eyed and trembling. Trying to hide his face under a baseball cap, he screamed: ‘I don’t believe it! Fuck off! If you put those pictures in the paper I’ll sue! … Are you gay? No? Then fuck off! This is my culture!’”
British tabloid report, complete with several photos, on gay singer George Michael, July 23. The newspaper said it followed the van driver, Norman Kirtland, home and he stated: “He [Michael] told me I could contact him on the Gaydar Web site and we just started kissing. He did it very well. … Then it was fondling and mutual pleasuring. It wasn’t full sex but it was fantastic.” Michael has admitted he was cruising London’s Hampstead Heath when photographed, but denies having sex with, and is suing, Kirtland. He said he also is suing the photographer for harassment but will not sue the newspaper.
“A very large part of the male population, gay or straight, totally understands the idea of anonymous and no-strings sex. … The fact that I choose to do that on a warm night in the best cruising ground in London – which happens to be about half a mile from my home – I don’t think would be that shocking to that many gay people.”
Gay singer George Michael to the BBC July 29 after being “caught” on Hampstead Heath at 2:30 a.m. by the tabloid newspaper News of the World.
“Although my colleagues and the fans knew, the difference [since I came out publicly] is now I get to address issues much more openly. And the [Star Trek] conventions give me the opportunity to use ‘Star Trek’ as a platform for LGBT issues.”
Actor George Takei (Lt. Sulu on the first “Star Trek” series) to, July 12.
“There are times when you feel like it’s OK and you can just be so out and politically everybody’s on your side and the industry, too. And then there are other times where you just feel like it’s a right-wing backlash, and you feel you’re struggling against a straight, white patriarchal system that’s very corporate.”
Amy Ray of the lesbian folk duo Indigo Girls to the Michigan gay newspaper Between the Lines, July 13.
Assistance: Bill Kelley

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