A Friend of Dortha

“Not all of the Phelps children have remained loyal to the family. Dortha left in June 1990, changed her last name to Bird and quietly tried to live her life. She recently self-published a small booklet, “Voice of Wild Bird,” whose New Age, spiritual musings would surely alarm her father [Rev. Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps]. She’s letting the Topeka AIDS Project sell it as a fundraising item.”

—“The Man Who Loves to Hate,” Mother Jones, March/April 1999

Let My Sisters Go

“Allowing a group that mocks the Catholic Church to close a public street on the holiest day of the Christian year is just as reprehensible as allowing a group of neo-Nazis to close a street on the Jewish Feast of Passover.”

—The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Maurice Healy, on the city-approved 20-year anniversary celebration on Easter by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an “order” of drag queens who dress in nuns’ habits and raise AIDS funds, San Francisco Chronicle, March 17

Fear of Strangers

“The risk that their partner might be HIV positive—or a gay basher, a violent closet case or a serial killer—is less scary to some men than the thought of
missing a trick!”

Front Runner author Patricia Nell Warren, “Biting the Bullet,” A&U, February 1999

1999 (as of March 31): 5,235  
Since January 1, 1993: 13,778