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15 Inspiring quotes from lgbtq leaders

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June 28 marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when members of the LGBTQ community fought back when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, in 1969. Each June, Pride Month is celebrated to commemorate the watershed moment that kicked off the modern LGBTQ rights movement. These memorable quotes from LGBTQ leaders—on everything from intersectionality to being an ally—will ring true all year round.

35 quotes about gay pride, pro lgbt, homophobia and marriage

You may disagree with their lifestyle choices, but you have no right to impose your view, be it religious or personal opinions on gay people’s everyday life. How they lead their life is none of our business, you are not a spokesperson for God, neither are you the guardian or a moral police appointed by God.

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If you believe LGBT is wrong because your religion says so, I have bad news for you. According to another religion, it is ethically wrong to eat meat, you are now forbidden from consuming meat and will lead a strict life of vegetarianism. Don’t like this idea? Then do not impose your Godly view onto others.

Have you heard of Alan Turing? Yes, he is a gay. Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, the guy that cracked the unbreakable Engima code used by the Nazi, and also the father of modern computer.

Being gay is like being left handed. Some people are, most people aren’t and nobody really knows why. It’s not right or wrong, it’s just the way things are!

Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone.

My gay friend just admitted his love for me and he thinks I hate him. I’m about to show up at his house with flowers, pizza and video games.

No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hand of the person they love.

All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child.

Tell me again how you think God will judge others for who they love, and not judge you for hating someone you’ve never met?

If being gay is a choice, then when did you decide to become straight?

It’s funny how we know gay people exist and we don’t have proof of God but we deny gay people basic human rights because it might piss off God.

Be careful who you hate. It could be someone you love.

A lot of parents will do anything for their kids except let them be themselves.

I don’t understand why people think that having a Gay child means they failed as a parent. Disowning your child means you failed as a parent.

People may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards, but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do the same.

Love is a human experience, not a political statement.

Someone told me being gay is wrong because we can’t reproduce. I said, “Well then, let the gays adopt all the kids that the straights abandoned after reproducing.”

I didn’t realize who I was until I stopped being who I wasn’t.

Being gay is not a crime and it is not a sin. Stop using God to justify your prejudice. Religion is about loving one another. You’re just looking for an excuse to hate.

It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not.

Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you.

Marriage is a human right, not a heterosexual privilege.

I hate the word homophobia. It’s not phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an asshole.

I’m not ashamed of being gay, never have been and never will be. For that I have no apologies.

Claiming that someone else’s marriage is against your religion is like being angry with someone for eating a donut when you’re on a diet.

If you don’t like gay marriage, blame straight people. They’re the ones who keep having gay babies.

Of course gay men dress well. They didn’t spend all that time in the closet doing nothing.

Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is only found in one.

The best day will be when we no longer talk about being gay or straight. It’s not a Gay Wedding, it’s just a Wedding.

I will never change who I am just because you do not approve.

The only guy you need in your life, is the one that proves he needs you in his.

If you have to make laws to hurt a group of people just to prove your morals and faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove.

If I could have chosen to be gay or straight, I think I would have simply chosen to be happy.

Powerful pride: 13 most inspiring quotes from lgbt leaders

It’s only been 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, which is considered one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement. Scores of people in the LGBT community and their advocates fought back at a police raid of the Stonewall Inn.

Back then, the Stonewall Inn was one of the rare establishments that accepted marginalized people of the LGBT community. While the world is becoming a more inclusive place, there’s still a long way to go for complete freedom from discrimination.

From sports players and politicians, to poets and playwrights, these activists continue to push for equality and understanding. Read on for the 13 inspiring quotes from LGBT leaders.

Happy pride month! here are 22 quotes celebrating the lgbtq community

With June’s arrival, we celebrate Gay Pride Month. It’s a time when the world’s LGBTQ communities unite to celebrate the freedom they have to be themselves. Pride Month also commemorates the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.

At the Greenwich Village gay bar one evening in late June of that year, the pain and frustration that the LGBTQ community felt reached its tipping point. Police raided the bar and patrons resisted arrest. Meanwhile, a group of bystanders threw bottles at the cops. Ultimately, fights broke out from the community’s pent-up anger, and riots lasted for three days throughout the neighborhood. That first evening sparked the gay rights movement and for decades since, marches have been held and many political groups and alliances were formed to fight for equal rights regardless of your sexuality.

Although much progress has been made since the Stonewall Riots, there is still plenty of work to be done. For example, same-sex marriage only became legal in all 50 states in 2015, more than 40 years after the Stonewall Riots.

Typically, Gay Pride parades are held in June, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, many large gatherings were cancelled this year. However, there are still plenty ways to educate yourself and commemorate Pride Month.

Here are some quotes to celebrate the LGBTQ community, this month and every month. After all, love is love, and it will always prevail.

"Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I’ve ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn’t even realized I was carrying." — Sir Ian McKellen

"It takes no compromise to give people their takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression." — Harvey Milk

"When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected." — Laverne Cox

"Don’t be afraid; people are so afraid; don’t be afraid to live in the raw wind, naked, at least this: what you are capable of. Let nothing stand in your way." — Tony Kushner

"There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in." — Chris Colfer

"The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you’ve just told them." — Rachel Maddow

"I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion." — Ellen DeGeneres

"I’m living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay." — Portia DeRossi

"What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains." — Tennessee Williams

"I’ve been embraced by a new community. That’s what happens when you’re finally honest about who you are; you find others like you." — Chaz Bono

"I think being gay is a blessing, and it’s something I am thankful for every single day." — Anderson Cooper

"I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." — Neil Patrick Harris

"We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity." — George Takei

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself." — Harvey Fierstein

"You look ridiculous if you dance. You looks ridiculous if you don’t dance. So you might as well dance." — Gertrude Stein

"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free." — President Barack Obama

"Remember, bisexuality doesn’t mean halfway between gay or straight. It is its own identity." — Evan Rachel Wood

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." — Oscar Wilde

"This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another." — Ellen Page

"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are." — Tammy Baldwin

"But I always have and still do consider myself queer. To me, being queer isn’t who you’re sleeping with; it’s just an idea that sexuality isn’t gender-based, that it’s love-based." — Ani DiFranco

"Being gay is a natural normal beautiful variation on being human. Period. End of subject. Therefore, any argument which says differently is an immoral supremacist one. Call it out as outraged, offended, angry and intolerant of any discussion or any one who describes you as unequal, undeserving, or unnatural for being just as you are." — Larry Kramer

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37 inspirational quotes from lgbt writers

“The point is that we are not doomed because we are homosexual, my dear, we are doomed only if we live in despair because of it, as we did on the beaches and the streets of Suck City.”  (Dancer From the Dance)

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” 

Isherwood was an English novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, known for such work as Goodbye to Berlin, his 1939 novel, which eventually was adapted into one of the all-time greatest hits Broadway has ever known: Cabaret. Isherwood was openly gay and surrounded himself with literary friends, including W.H. Auden and Dodie Smith, author of The Hundred and One Dalmations.

“I suppose that a lifetime spent hiding one’s erotic truth could have a cumulative renunciatory effect. Sexual shame is in itself a kind of death.” (Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic)

"Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality."

Allen Ginsberg was a Beat poet best known for his seminal work, Howl, which was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1957 because of its description of homosexual sex (sodomy laws at the time made gay sex illegal). The judge ruled in Ginsberg’s favor, saying, “Would there be any freedom of press or speech if one must reduce his vocabulary to vapid innocuous euphemisms?”

“I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain.” 

“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.” 

“Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you’re offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone’s feelings” (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim)

“There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.” (Every Day)

White is famous for his early fiction and essays on queer life in America. He also helped found instrumental global gay men’s groups, including the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howards End—English author E.M. Forster wrote incomparable novels that earned him Nobel Prize consideration throughout his life. The novel most gay readers know him for, Maurice, did not appear until after his death—where he discussed his struggle with sexuality in Victorian England.

“Love isn’t just a matter of looking at someone, I think now, but also of looking with them, of facing what they face.” (What Belongs to You)

“The Black homosexual is hard pressed to gain audience among his heterosexual brothers; even if he is more talented, he is inhibited by his silence or his admissions. This is what the race has depended on in being able to erase homosexuality from our recorded history. The "chosen" history. But the sacred constructions of silence are futile exercises in denial. We will not go away with our issues of sexuality. We are coming home. It is not enough to tell us that one was a brilliant poet, scientist, educator, or rebel. Whom did he love? It makes a difference. I can’t become a whole man simply on what is fed to me: watered-down versions of Black life in America. I need the ass-splitting truth to be told, so I will have something pure to emulate, a reason to remain loyal.” (Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry)

“The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” 

“You look ridiculous if you danceYou look ridiculous if you don’t danceSo you might as welldance.” (Three Lives)

“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed.” (The Little Stranger)

“But sometimes when you’re too careful it just turns into a different kind of carelessness.” (A Brief History of Seven Killings)

“Actually, there is no such thing as a homosexual person, any more than there is such a thing as a heterosexual person. The words are adjectives describing sexual acts, not people. The sexual acts are entirely normal; if they were not, no one would perform them.” (Sexually Speaking: Collected Sex Writings)

“Whoever it is you fall in love with for the first time, not just love but be in love with, is the one who will always make you angry, the one you can’t be logical about.” (The Passion)

“Looking back now across fifteen years I could see with great clarity the fear I had lived in, which must mean that in the interval I had succeeded in a very important undertaking: I must have made my escape from it.” (A Seperate Peace)

“One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.” 

“There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own.” (Faggots)

“Like racism and all forms of prejudice, bigotry against transgendered people is a deadly carcinogen. We are pitted against each other in order to keep us from seeing each other as allies. Genuine bonds of solidarity can be forged between people who respect each other‘s differences and are willing to fight their enemy together. We are the class that does the work of the world, and can revolutionize it. We can win true liberation.” (Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come)

“I was not ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful.” (A Home at the End of the World)

"my heart knows who i am and who i’ll turn out to be!" (Invisible Life)

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

“’Do people always fall in love with things they can’t have?’

‘Always,’ Carol said, smiling, too.” (The Price of Salt)

“Anytime one tries to take fragments of one’s personal mythology and make them understandable to the whole world, one reaches back to the past. It must be dreamed again.” 

“How very American, he thought, to look at a disease as homosexual or heterosexual, as if viruses had the intelligence to choose between different inclinations of human behavior.” (And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS)

“Mine is not an obedient writing. I think that literature as any art has to be irreverent.” 

“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!” (A Streetcar Named Desire)

“There is only one real misfortune: to forfeit one’s own good opinion of oneself. Lose your complacency, once betray your own self-contempt and the world will unhesitatingly endorse it.” 

“How is something a memory if you never forgit?” (Push)

“Don’t be afraid; people are so afraid; don’t be afraid to live in the raw wind, naked, at least this: What you are capable of. Let nothing stand in your way.” (Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches)

American author Truman Capote is famous for works like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, which is credited with the start of the "true crime" genre. More than 20 films have been produced from his works.

1. “love him and let him love you. do you think anything else under heaven really matters?” – james baldwin

In his iconic novel , gay author James Baldwin makes a powerful statement about love. He proclaims that sex and gender don’t matter; all that matters is that two people love each other. Nothing should stand in their way if they have love in their hearts. These words resonated with millions of people who felt like their emotions were invalid because of the gender of the object of their love. With this quote, Baldwin assured them that it didn’t matter because love is love.

2. “if i wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that i’m shortchanging myself.” – zanele muholi

Zanele Muholi is a South African activist and artist. She works primarily in photography and video. Despite her fame as an artist, Muholi identifies herself as an activist first. It is her intention to use her art to highlight the beauty and individuality of black LGBTQ women: a group that she believes has been terribly underrepresented in all forms of art. So, instead of waiting for someone else to validate LGBT women of color, she took it upon herself to bring the struggles, needs, and beauty of these women to light.

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3. “i am proud, that i found the courage to deal the initial blow to the hydra of public contempt.” – karl heinrich ulrichs

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs is known as one of the first gay men to publicly announce his sexual identity. Born in Germany in 1825, his coming out was a historic and brave moment. During his lifetime, Ulrichs wrote numerous essays discussing homosexuality and asserting that non-heterosexual orientations are natural and biological. Despite being arrested numerous times, Ulrichs stated in the above quotation that he was proud of the work that he did for the LGBTQ community.

4. “it is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.”– jóhanna sigurðardóttir

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, a former Icelandic Prime Minister and the first openly gay head of state, uttered these words during a speech at a 2014 Pride festival. In this speech, she was thankful that her native country was making strides towards acceptance and equal rights for LGBTQ people. However, she emphasized that until these rights are status quo all over the world, we cannot consider ourselves truly free. This marked one of the first calls from a head of state to make LGBTQ rights the standard worldwide.

5. “every lgbtq+ refugee has a unique situation—but the fear and pain they endured before coming to canada is universal.” – arsham parsi

Arsham Parsi, an Iranian refugee living in Canada in exile, has made it his mission to help LGBTQ people living in Iran: a nation where acts of homosexuality are punishable by flogging or even death. In the above quotation, Parsi seeks the assistance of LGBTQ people living in Western nations, providing a powerful reminder that while things are slowly improving in the west, there are still queer people all over the world who live every day afraid for their very lives.

6. “equality means more than passing laws. the struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” – barbara gittings

Barbara Gittings is known for being an American activist fighting on behalf of the LGBTQ population. In her most well-known fight she took on a Goliath: the United States government. She picketed to stop them from barring LGBTQ applicants from employment. However, as she states in the above quote, her greatest wish was not for laws to pass, but for true acceptance and equality.

7. “nature made a mistake, which i have corrected.” – christine jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen was one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery, and the first to publicly speak about the process. While many decried her decision as unnatural, she made the bold assertion that nature was wrong in putting her into a man’s body, and that the reassignment surgery made things right. Her advocacy aimed to normalize transgenderism and allow those who identified as trans to understand and accept themselves for who they truly are.

8. “if you help elect more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised a green light to move forward.” – harvey milk

When Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, he became the face of the push to put more LGBTQ people in positions of power. In this quotation, he stresses that doing so will not only monumental for those in the queer community who don’t feel represented; it will also empower anyone who feels disenfranchised by those who are supposed to represent them.

9. “my silences had not protected me. your silence will not protect you.” – audre lorde

Audre Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” In her writing, she frequently expressed her anger at the treatment of people of color, women, and LGBTQ folk. In the above quotation, she calls for others to express their anger. To many in the queer community, staying silent and in the closet felt like a safety blanket. However, Lorde encouraged them to step out into the light, telling them that the only true safety is in making yourself known and demanding the acceptance and respect that is your right.

10. “”we need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.” – bayard rustin

If you aren’t familiar with the name “Bayard Rustin,” you may recognize one of his closest associates: Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement, fighting not only for the rights of African Americans, but for the LGBTQ community as well. Rustin urged the disenfranchised to engage in civil disobedience to get their points across to the majority, encouraging those who wanted to fight for their rights to be unafraid to speak up and act out to demand them.

11. “i’m not missing a minute of this. it’s the revolution!” – sylvia rivera

This is one of the most famous quotes to come out of the Stonewall Riots. Uttered by Latina LGBTQ activist Sylvia Rivera, this statement served as a rallying cry for many who were afraid of the violence that occurred at Stonewall. Rivera knew the dangers, but also knew that the risk was worth the potential reward. She knew that the queer community had been put down for long enough and was ready to fight for their rights and for their voice. Participating in the riots at only 17 years old, Rivera was an inspiration to many.

12. “the next time someone asks you why lgbt pride marches exist or why gay pride month is june tell them ‘a bisexual woman named brenda howard thought it should be.’” – brenda howard

Brenda Howard is known as the “Mother of Pride.” She was instrumental in organizing the first ever Pride marches: events that have become a vital part of the fight for acceptance. Howard was also one of the few activists to focus on rights for those who identified as bisexual or polyamorous: two groups that are often underrepresented in LGBTQ activism.

13. “if a transvestite doesn’t say i’m gay and i’m proud and i’m a transvestite, then nobody else is going to hop up there and say i’m gay and i’m proud and i’m a transvestite for them.” – marsha p. johnson

Another important figure in the Stonewall Riots, Marsha P. Johnson was also one of the first activists to fight for the rights and dignity of drag queens. She was vocal throughout her life about the unique struggles faced by those who dressed in drag and encouraged others not to become complacent and to continue fighting for rights and respect.

14. “when you are doing something that is right, you just do it and take care … someone has to do this.” – alice nkom

Alice Nkom made history when she became the first female Cameroonian lawyer. In her time practicing law, she has dedicated her career to helping those who have been the victims of her country’s harsh laws against homosexuality. The fight has been an uphill battle, as these types of laws are not uncommon in African countries. However, Nkom continues to fight, as she knows that her fight is just and right. With her work, she hopes to usher in a new era for the rights of the LGBTQ population in Cameroon.

15. “it is against this god who kills that we are fighting and resisting.” – alexya salvador

Organized religion has been one of the harshest critics of homosexuality, citing holy writings as evidence that it goes against God. Alexya Salvador, set to become the first transgender pastor in Brazil, doesn’t necessarily see religion as the enemy of LGBTQ rights. As she states in this quotation, it is a particular version of God, one that is vengeful and judgmental, that must be eradicated. She strives for a different view of God: one that is accepting and loving of everyone, regardless of their identities. She hopes to usher in a new era of love and understanding between religion and the LGBTQ community.

16. “the lord is my shepherd and he knows i’m gay.” – troy perry

Troy Perry founded the Metropolitan Community Church: a Protestant denomination that specializes in welcoming the LGBTQ community. Perry was religious for much of his life, but was frustrated by feeling unwelcome as a gay man. With his ministry, he strives to give others a place of love, welcoming, and acceptance. He is also a vocal advocate encouraging other faith communities to open their doors to the queer community.

17. “aids is a plague – numerically, statistically and by any definition known to modern public health – though no one in authority has the guts to call it one.” – larry kramer

The AIDS epidemic, which reached its peak in the 80s and 90s, was a vital moment for the queer community. Gay men were the group most ravaged by the disease, and the most feared and hated group because of it. Larry Kramer was a vocal advocate for those suffering from AIDS, and continues to speak out to this day about the failure of our society to help and protect those who are suffering.

18. “there will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. we make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are.” – tammy baldwin

In 2013, Tammy Baldwin made history by becoming the first openly gay Senator in the United States. In her speech at the Millennium March for Equality, she spoke to LGBTQ folks, encouraging them to be out and proud. In this quotation, she states that the only way to normalize non-heterosexual orientations is for the queer community to act like they are normal, because they are.

19. “openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” – jason collins

In 2014, Jason Collins made history by becoming the first male professional athlete to publicly identify himself as gay. After his announcement, a flood of other queer athletes began declaring their sexuality, revealing to the world that some of our greatest sports figures are in fact LGBTQ. This was a milestone for the fight for equality because, as Collins says, being open about sexual orientation is an important step towards ending prejudice.

20. “the richness, beauty and depths of love can only be fully experienced in a climate of complete openness, honesty and vulnerability.” – anthony venn brown

“Conversion therapy” has been a major issue for LGBTQ youth for decades, or perhaps even longer. It is often used in Christian communities to encourage queer youth to use religion to combat their homosexual desires. Anthony Venn Brown underwent such therapy in Australia and later publicly denounced such programs. He advocated for the abolition of such programs by describing the damage that they do to LGBTQ youth who are forced to undergo them, as well as the damage that lack of acceptance can have on the entire community.

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1. tammy baldwin // first openly gay u.s. senator

"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now OK to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are."

—From her "Never Doubt" speech at the Millennium March for Equality, 2000

4. leslie feinberg // transgender activist and author

"Like racism and all forms of prejudice, bigotry against transgender people is a deadly carcinogen. We are pitted against each other in order to keep us from seeing each other as allies. Genuine bonds of solidarity can be forged between people who respect each other’s differences and are willing to fight their enemy together. We are the class that does the work of the world, and can revolutionize it. We can win true liberation."

—From Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come, 1992

6. harvey milk // murdered san francisco city supervisor and first openly gay man elected to public office

"If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."

—From a tape recording to be played in the event of his assassination, quoted in Randy Shilts’s 1977

6. harvey milk // murdered san francisco city supervisor and first openly gay man elected to public office

"If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."

—From a tape recording to be played in the event of his assassination, quoted in Randy Shilts’s 1977

7. zachary quinto // actor and producer

"In light of Jamey’s death, it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizen of this country.”

10. marsha p. johnson // transgender activist and stonewall riots participant

"I’d like to see the gay revolution get started, but there hasn’t been any demonstration or anything recently. You know how the straight people are. When they don’t see any action they think, ‘Well, gays are all forgotten now, they’re worn out, they’re tired.’ … If a transvestite doesn’t say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite, then nobody else is going to hop up there and say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite for them."

—From an interview in Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation, 1972

10. marsha p. johnson // transgender activist and stonewall riots participant

"I’d like to see the gay revolution get started, but there hasn’t been any demonstration or anything recently. You know how the straight people are. When they don’t see any action they think, ‘Well, gays are all forgotten now, they’re worn out, they’re tired.’ … If a transvestite doesn’t say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite, then nobody else is going to hop up there and say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite for them."

—From an interview in Out of the Closets: Voices of Gay Liberation, 1972

3. leslie feinberg – author and transgender activist

“Like racism and all forms of prejudice, bigotry against transgender people is a deadly carcinogen. We are pitted against each other in order to keep up from seeing each other as allies. Genuine bonds of solidarity can be forged between people who respect each other’s differences and are willing to fight their enemy together. We are the class that does the work of the world, and can revolutionize it. We can win true liberation.”

12. simon nkoli – equal rights activist

”I am black and I am gay. I cannot separate the two parts of me into secondary or primary struggles. In South Africa, I am oppressed because I am a black man and I am oppressed because I am a gay man. So, when I fight for my freedom I must fight against both oppressions… All those who believe in a democratic South Africa must fight against all oppression, all intolerance, all injustice.”

Lgbt leaders: forces of change

The fight for positive change and equality is far from over. These quotes from LGBT leaders address many aspects of the LGBT experience: from the strength needed to survive in a hostile world to the power of community.

This list of quotes isn’t exhaustive. There are many other LGBT leaders in the community that also deserve recognition.

Simply the act of coming out to friends and family is enormous. Hopefully these quotes bolster your strength and remind you that hundreds, thousands, and maybe millions of people have your back. I certainly do.

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These inspirational quotes in honor of pride month are certain to brighten your day.

LGBT Pride Month, observed in June, is celebrated around the U.S. with parades and activism events. At the same time, many people do not know Pride Month’s origin, which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots–a demonstration which blazed the trail for activists across the country.

In 1970, the first Gay Pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. There has been a lot of progress since then, but LGBT advocates are still working toward a future without discrimination in the workplace and beyond.

Here are some powerful quotes from changemakers who are have contributed to the movement for LGBT equality:

Do you have a favorite quote that’s not on this list?


Yes, ‘Marriage is about love, not gender.’ I love that quote. All of these are amazing and inspirational. Thanks! If it’s okay with you I want to post some other powerful gay and lgbt slogans I found that I’m sure everyone would enjoy here.

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them. Barack Obama

Yes, you are right about the second part, but if you’re homophobic, my fellow human being, you can keep that to yourself. Face it, it just isn’t cool anymore. It just isn’t. And I can justify that.

Is it because your religion says it’s wrong? Well, you’re not the Prophet of your religion. If you are Christian, I have even more to say to you. The Bible also says no mixed fabrics, no mixing dairy and meat (hence no cheeseburgers), no Chuch for 66 days if you gave birth to a girl and no sitting on the same seat tht someone on their period sat on.

Is it because they can’t reproduce? What about all the straight couples who use birth control pills and don’t want to have any babies for the rest of their lives?

You have to live your life the way you want to live your live,don’t pretend to be what you are not,JUST FOR OTHER’S HAPPYNESS?(NO)

I am gay and I spent a lot of time pretending just to please my religious parents. But later on I realized that there was nothing wrong with me that I didn’t do anything and that if they didn’t except me that’s their problem.

I’m so sorry you went through that sweetheart my son is gay and we live in SC and he didn’t tell me until he was 17 and I except him for who he is and I’m very proud of my son I told him i will March right along with you baby I could never reject my son for something he can’t control so you be you sweet boy

Your such a good mom we need more people like you😍

Stay strong and Be you! I was lucky enough to have met my Husband when we were 18, fresh out of high school, and my mom found out about me being gay when she was washing my clothes and found a note that we had written to each other while at work, talking about telling the girl we worked with that we were a couple cause she was hitting on both of us. My parents have accepted both of us for the past 25 years. His parents still haven’t accepted us, we never see them, and they live 25 miles away.. So surround yourself with Friends, Friends that’s Become Family/!

We need more parents like you in the world. I love this!! 🏳️‍🌈❤️🥺

For those who use their religion as an excuse to hate the LGBT+ community, my priest (because yes I’m gay and yes I’m a catholic) once said, “You only love Jesus as much as the person you like the least.” Keep that in mind.

I am a devote Christian female with a gorgeous girlfriend. Yes, it says in the bible “thou shalt not lie with a man as of he were a woman” ut it also says “Love thy neighbor” and I HATE people who cherry pick.

Personally, not the biggest fan of gay marriage. However, it is really none of my business. As a Catholic, I try to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Jesus sat and ate with tax collectors and other people considered to be sinners by the general public at the time. He welcomed them and accepted them, giving them the same love He gave to everyone else, even though it brought Him criticism from the priests, who were considered pure and holy. It is not my place to judge, I leave that for God.

Awesome words. Yess. If the world would just tolerate what they don’t agree with and just leave it up to god. Our society would be much much better. Thank you.

I’m a Christian and I believe in god as much as any true believer does. I pray daily and I give thanks for Another day I get to wake up and see my kids and fiancé. Yes, I’m also Gay, and after being heterosexual and having 3 kids I can finally say I’m happier then what I have ever been being in a heterosexual relationship in the past. It’s not about who we marry, but about what we share under that marriage. Gay marriage or heterosexual marriage at the end is all for the same thing. To LOVE, and to HOLD, To be COMMITTED to one another, through THICK and THIN, SICKNESS AND IN HEALH till death do them apart. I find that as blessing from god when you find that person to share your life with. Regardless of what it is man or women. AMEN!!!!

I’m not a fan of homophobes, but thank you so much! You are the best type of homophobe! Thank you so much for at least having tolerance!😊

I was motivated by this , my favorite one was . marriage is love , not gender i’m part of the LGBTQ comunity , but i do not like to share what my part is . anyway i love these quotes , and hope you do more !!

I want to show my parents the one about mocking your children when mocking gay people because they have done that to me but I’m too scared to because I’m in the closet.

I don’t know when you posted this, but take your time. You’ll still have the satisfaction of doing that when you are ready, but you’ll also know you did it for the right reasons (not like I’m trying to tell you what to do here – just some help from a gay person who was in a similar place). When I came out I told my family a quote I had seen earlier on a pair of pyjamas. It was an acronym for LGBT (I know there are more letters but that was just this acronym) and it said “Life Gets Better Today”. Just thought you should see that. Good luck! 🙂

I don’t know if any of the people who are gay were female… but I’m a girl, I’m gay… and I came out in a (luckily) very accepting family. If yours isn’t? Be you anyways. You can’t change. Emphasis on CANT. So be you, whoever that is. Your parents aren’t parents if they can’t accept you.

I’m a 14-year old Panromantic Polyamourous Heterosexual, to be specific. my dad says lgbtq+ is fake. I’m also suicidal and disassociative. lets break this down. according to my dad I’m fake according to my mom I’m faking DID yet I get in trouble for looking for acceptance online.

If you think it’s not fake, it’s not fake. The end.

The one about A lot of parents will do anything for their kids except let them be themselves,is totally my parents.I’m 17 and when I told my parents that I was bisexual, my mom told me that I was not that that’s a lie directly from the pit of hell.I’m told all the time from my family that I’m going to hell. My dad tells me that that girl on girl sh- – ain’t cute and he’s not ok with it. My brother calls me a faggot and my whole family has been sure they know how they feel about me being bi. I hate it and I hate how people treat me and other LGBT+ people. People just need to grow up and get over themselves and quit looking for reasons to hate people for being’s kind of funny how people tell you to be yourselves but then when you do, it’s a problem.

If people hate homosexuality, then why do they talk about it all the time?

It is because ppl hate homosexuality that we talk abt it all the time. If ppl didn’t hate homosexuality in the first place, we wouldn’t seek for acceptance, approval & love and talk abt it all the time.

I’m 12 and I’m a lesbian. I have one mom who’s homophobic and a dad who’s perfectly fine with it since his cousin is gay. I found this really helpful and inspiring when it said,”All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child.” Thank you for whoever made this post and the people that came up with these quotes. I just wish that we could all be treated equally no matter what.

Gays are just the best people in “My” world❤️💯I have 3 gay friends and they showed me what happiness is and I seem to be into girls although I’m scared to come out of the closet…After reading those quotes it made me realise that I should live my life the way I want and not care what people are going to say .

hi all, i think everything that was said up top is right and that is because i have a gay uncle

omg, m aunt mocked lgbtq right in front of me and ithought i was gonna cry right then and there. im genderfluid btw

Being straight is normal and hard-wired into our brains by our Creator. Therefore, one need not “choose to be straight”, it is the natural course of things. Homosexuality is a sin, just like any other sin. Adultery, stealing, lying, coveting, etc., are all sins and EVERYONE sins. The biggest difference is, most know they sin, they just may not care. Then there is the LGBT Community that insist that what God Himself called a sin, isn’t a sin. And homosexuality IS A CHOICE. You may be born with a predisposition towards homosexuality, just like others may be predisposed towards other heterosexual sexual sins, but YOU decide whether you will go down that path or not. And yes, there is victory over this or any other sin, if a person truly wants to get right with God and live as He instructs. FYI: God, the Creator, (also known as Yeshua/Jesus in the New Testament) created man and woman and said “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave unto his wife.” ANY sexual activity outside the bonds of matrimony is sin. And seeing that in God’s eyes the only real marriage is between a man and a woman, all other sexual relations are sin. And YES, Jesus did speak about homosexuality: Matt. 19:4 (Don’t forget, it was Yeshua, Jesus who did the creating, it was Jesus who gave the Law to Moses, and it was Jesus who gave the Sermon on the Mount.)

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