“We’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat? And you know, every day our young people, adults too, … they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day.”

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern, explaining why homosexuality is more dangerous than terrorism, in an Aug. 31 interview with Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. (Rightwingwatch.org, Sept. 9)

“That is where, I think, for the first time, we in the gay and lesbian movement found sanity in the debate about who we are.”

Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the screenplay for “Milk,” on why he wrote a new play about the Proposition 8 gay marriage California court case. A Broadway staged reading of “8” includes Morgan Freeman, John Lithgo, Christine Lahti, Larry Karmer and Marisa Tomei among the cast. (Washington Post, Sept. 13)

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“As soon as he started getting lippy with me, I got lippy right back. … I wanted Simon to know that you don’t mess with the gays.”

—‘The X Factor’ contestant Xander, who argues with judge Simon Cowell during the show’s Dallas auditions. The new singing contest debuts at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 on Fox. (Towleroad.com, Sept. 12)

“’Friendship’ is not a euphemism. We are matching people based on their interests. … Most of the relationships we have are platonic. I really want to help married women, married men, all sorts of people. This goes beyond sexual orientation, sex or gender.”

Joel Simkhai, founder of gay dating and hook-up app Grindr, on his new app, Blendr, which he says will be based on helping people find friends, and something he wants “his mum” to use. (Telegraph.co.uk, Sept. 13″)

“[My son] Joe turns to me the other day and says, ‘One day, I will have a girlfriend. But I might have a boyfriend. If I’m gay.’ He’s 7! … And he said, ‘Which would you prefer?’ And I said, ‘My love, that would be entirely up to you, and it doesn’t make any difference to me.’”

— Actress Kate Winslet, discussing the diversity her children get to experience by living in the city. (V Magazine, October issue)