Gay Quotes

Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.

You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.

Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.

Homosexuality is God’s way of insuring that the truly gifted aren’t burdened with children.

There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. People should be very free with sex, they should draw the line at goats.

There’s nothing wrong with being gay. I have plenty of friends who are going to hell.

Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they’ve ever been is kicked.

From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people.

Lately, I’ve been a little sad that I’m not a gay man

I was raised around heterosexuals, as all heterosexuals are. That’s where us gay people come from – you heterosexuals.

Let’s make a law that gay people can have birthdays, but straight people get more cake – you know, to send the right message to kids.

By definition, gay is smart. I see plenty of macho heterosexual idiots, but nine times out of 10 you can have a great conversation if you find a gay guy.

You don’t have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.

These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of. hey go on and on with all this bullshit about „sanctity“—don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.

When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free.

Gay men in L.A. are all a bunch of tens looking for an eleven.

I think knowing people by first names, not by what they do sexually, is really what it’s about. Not being afraid. Fear is the enemy. I’ve always been comfortable with being gay.

I’m homosexual. How and why are idle questions. It’s a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.

We must make it clear that a platform of ‚I hate gay men and women‘ is not a way to become president of the United States.

Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else.

Gay people – generally speaking – have a responsibility to our own community and to future generations of gay people to come out, if and when we feel that we can.

50 LGBTQ Quotes Celebrating Pride and Love

These LGBTQ quotes celebrating pride month show the importance of the progress being made for the community.

Each year Pride Month takes place during the month of June. This is a time when the LGBTQ community works together to raise awareness around injustice in the community. While many people think of it as parades and protests, it’s more than that. 

It’s a chance for the community to work on bringing about change in society. It’s activism in action as people work toward political change, acceptance, and equal rights for those in the LGBTQ community. The following LGBTQ quotes celebrate what Pride Month is all about. 

50 LGBTQ Quotes Celebrating Pride and Love

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 spoke person 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 a 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.

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21 best LGBT quotes in honor of pride

June is the best month of the year because it’s also the gayest. In honor of pride month, I’ve compiled 21 of my favorite quotes about being queer/the gay community. Even if you don’t feel accepted by loved ones, the LGBTQIA+ community will always be there for you. Be proud and realize that tons of people love you exactly as you ?

21 best LGBT quotes in honor of pride

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Viele Schwulenehen kommen nicht zustande, weil das Paar sich nicht einigen kann, wer das Brautkleid trägt.

Hier werden Motorräder und Tiere und letztes Jahr sogar ein Gitter vor dem Kölner Dom gesegnet. Aber homosexuelle Menschen nicht. Ein Armutszeugnis.

Ich kann kaum in Worte fassen, wie außergewöhnlich es sich anfühlt, mich endlich selbst genug zu lieben, um mein wahres Ich zuzulassen. Ich wurde von so vielen aus der Trans-Community unendlich inspiriert.

I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community.

Ich will definitiv die LGBT Community repräsentieren. Niemand sollte etwas tun müssen, das er oder sie nicht möchte. Besonders die High School Zeit ist sehr schwer.

I 100% want to represent the LGBT community. I don’t want to encourage them to do something they don’t want to do. Especially in, like, middle school or high school. Because it’s just super hard.

So lange Homophobe hinter geschlossenen Türen bleiben und niemandem etwas antun, habe ich kein Problem mit ihnen.

As long as they’re homophobic behind closed doors, and don’t hurt anyone, I’m fine with it.

Ich bin für das Recht, abzutreiben. Ich bin für die Gleichberechtigung Homosexueller.

Jesus hat nie ein Wort über Homosexualität verloren. In keiner seiner Lehren hat er gesagt, dass Schwule verachtet werden sollten. Ich persönlich finde, dass Homosexuelle heiraten können sollten.

Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.

Ich war gegen die Homo-Ehe, bis ich verstanden habe, dass ich ja keine schließen muss.

I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn’t have to get one.

Jede meiner Positionen schließt die Hälfte des Landes aus. Ich bin für das Recht auf Abtreibung, für die Gleichberechtigung von Schwulen, ich bin für Einwanderung, ich bin gegen Waffen, ich glaube an Darwins Evolutionstheorie.

Every one of my positions cuts out half the country. I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gay rights, I’m pro-immigration, I’m against guns, I believe in Darwin.

Mir ist egal, welche Farbe die Eltern haben. Mir ist egal, ob eine Giraffe mit einem Fisch zusammen lebt. Dass Kinder Wertschätzung und Liebe von ihren Eltern erfahren, ist alles was zählt.

I don’t care what color the parents are. I don’t care if it’s a giraffe and a fish living together. If they’re raising children who believe they’re honored and loved, that’s all that’s important.

Der beste Sex ist der zwischen Männern. Wisst ihr wieso? Ist doch klar: Weil keine Frau dabei ist.

The best sex in the world is gay. You know why? It’s obvious: There are no women.

Vielleicht bist du ein bisschen homophob, aber dann siehst du mich, du hast mich immer gemocht und siehst mich gerne Fußball spielen. Und dann denkst du dir, „Ok. Es ist in Ordnung.“ Sobald es persönlicher wird, ist es einfacher, Barrieren einzureißen.

Maybe you are homophobic a little bit, but then you see me, and you’ve always loved me, and you love the way I play, and your kids love me. And then you’re like, ‚Oh, that’s OK. It’s fine.‘ Once it gets a little bit more personal, it helps break down those barriers.

Ich habe nie darüber nachgedacht, ob meine Sexualität richtig oder falsch ist. Für mich ging es immer nur darum, den richtigen Partner zu finden.

I have never thought about my sexuality being right or wrong. To me it has always been a case of finding the right person.

Homosexualität ist keine Krankheit und somit auch nicht behandlungsbedürftig. Deshalb wollen wir sogenannte Konversionstherapien gesetzlich verbieten.

Bis ich mich geoutet habe, ging es in der Schauspielerei für mich immer darum, sich zu verstecken. Danach ging es darum, die Wahrheit zu zeigen.

Until I came out, my acting was all about disguise, and thereafter it became about telling the truth.

Du musst dein Coming-Out haben. Sag es deinen Eltern! Ich weiß, dass es schwer ist und sie verletzen wird, aber denk immer daran wie sie dich sonst bei den nächsten Wahlen verletzen könnten!

You must come out. Come out… to your parents… I know that it is hard and will hurt them, but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth!

Je mehr Menschen ihr Come Out haben, desto weniger wird es zum Thema gemacht.

The more people come out, the less it will be an issue.

Ich unterstütze die Homo-Ehe. Ich finde sie sollten das Recht haben, sich die selbe Misere anzutun, wie alle anderen.

I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.

Liebe ist rein und echt; Liebe kennt kein Geschlecht.

Es ist nichts falsch daran mit jemandem deines Geschlechts in’s Bett zu gehen. Die Menschen sollten frei sein was Sex angeht. Bei Ziegen sollte man eine Grenze ziehen.

There is nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. People should be very free with sex, they should draw the line at goats.

Wenn du als Frau in Köln überwiegend homosexuelle Läden vermeiden willst, musst du zuhause bleiben.

Being gay was a bit like the Olympics: It disappeared in ancient times, and then they brought it back in the twentieth century.

Müssen wir denn wissen wer schwul ist und wer nicht? Können wir uns nicht einfach gegenseitig lieben und nach den Autos die wir fahren beurteilen?

Do we have to know who’s gay and who’s straight? Can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?

Homo-Ehe – super, bin ich dafür, gar kein Thema. Aber dafür muss man auch homosexuell sein!

Barney: „Du gehst ihnen auch aus dem Weg?“James: „Ich bin schwul, ich bin schwarz und außerdem lasse ich mich scheiden. Die wandelnden Skelette werden mir mehr Fragen stellen als ihrem Apotheker.“

Barney: „You avoiding the family too?“James: „I’m gay, I’m black and I’m getting a divorce. Those walking skeletons are gonna have more questions for me than their pharmacists.“

Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, 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.

Alle meine Liebhaber haben mich gefragt, warum sie Mary nicht ersetzen konnten, aber das ist einfach unmöglich. Der einzige Freund den ich habe ist Mary und ich will niemand anderen. Für mich war sie meine informelle Ehefrau. Für mich war es eine Ehe. Wir Glauben an einander, das reicht für mich.

All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other, that’s enough for me.

Turk: „Wie heißt die Vorschrift für weiße Typen, die in der Öffentlichkeit tanzen?“J.D.: „Nur erlaubt wenn man schwul ist…“

Turk: „Dude, what’s the rule about white boys dancing in public?“J.D.: „Not allowed unless you’re gay.“

Ich weiß nicht einmal, ob Bisexualität existiert. Ich halte das nur für eine Raststätte auf dem Weg nach Gaytown.

I’m not even sure bisexuality exists. I think it’s just a layover on the way to gaytown.

Ich bin nicht schwul, obwohl ich es gerne wäre, bloß um Leute mit Schwulenparanoia zu ärgern.

I am not gay. Although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes.

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Humorous Gay Quotes

Today, I want to share some of my favorite funny gay quotes!

The gay agenda? When was the last time a gay person knocked on your door asking if you would like to hear the good news of Elton John?

“You could move.” – Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby), in response to a reader who complained that a gay couple was moving in a cross the street and wanted to know what he could do to improve the quality of the neighborhood.

“When I overhear someone say ‘That’s f***ing gay,’ I grab him enthusiastically by the shoulders, grin and say, ‘Yes! I love it, too!’ in a flirty voice. – Adam Lambert

“I like my men like I like my coffee. I don’t drink coffee.” – Ellen DeGeneres

The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals, and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision. – Lynn Lavner

“It’s a no brainer. If you’re not for gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person.” – Whoopi Goldberg

“It’s very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage. Or, as I like to call it: ‘Marriage.’ You know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not gay lunch. I parked my car; I didn’t gay park it.” – Liz Feldman

“Welcome to America – where being obese is genetics but being gay is a choice.” – Drew Carey

The next time you hear a person say, “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” reply with “It’s homo sapiens not hetero sapiens,” and fly into the night.

“If homosexuality is a disease, let’s all call in queer to work: “Hello, can’t work today, still queer.” – Robin Tyler

“Overall, the LGBT community, we’re the same, we’re like everybody else. Except we’re better looking and more stylish.” – Wanda Sykes

“Do we have to worry about who’s gay and who’s straight? Can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?” – Ellen DeGeneres

Inspirational LGBTQ quotes celebrating pride month

1. “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

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

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

4. “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

5.  “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”  —  Oscar Wilde

6. “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 

7. “Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out.” ― DaShanne Stokes

8. “Your judgments about another person say more about your own character than the character of the person you’re pointing a finger at.” ―  Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life

9.  “I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, ‘Me, too.’” —  Jason Collins

10. “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

11.  “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand

12. “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow — this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”  –  Elizabeth Gilbert

13. “There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own.”  –  Larry Kramer

14.  “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” – Harvey Milk

15. “If Harry Potter taught us anything it’s that no one should live in a closet.” –

16. “I am proud, that I found the courage to deal the initial blow to the hydra of public contempt.” –  Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

17.  “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.”  –  Audre Lorde

18. “When you are doing something that is right, you just do it and take care … Someone has to do this.”  –  Alice Nkom 

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19. “It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it 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

20. “Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” – Jason Collins, first openly gay athlete in U.S. pro sports

21. “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” –

22. “The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody.” – Rita Mae Brown 

23.  “This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.” – Ellen Page

24. “The beauty of standing up for your rights is others will see you standing and stand up as well.” – Columnist Cassandra Duffy 

25. “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 

26. “I believe that no one should ever have to choose between a career we love and living our lives with authenticity and integrity” – Out & Equal Executive Director Selisse Berry

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

28. “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 

29. “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

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

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31. “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 

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

33. “It is a testament to my parents that they never reacted negatively to the four-year-long pride parade that marched through their house.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants

34. “The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.” —  Gore Vidal 

35. “The richness of our communities, our cities, and our nation lies in recognizing and celebrating our diversity. That diversity is not only in our various ethnicity and cultures, but also in the diversity of our sexual orientations. We all contribute, each in our own way, to the strength, vitality, and the well-being of our society.” —  George Takei 

36. “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” —  Anderson Cooper

37. “The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming–to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you’re not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise.” – Alex Sanchez

38. “I am a strong, black, lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better.” — Brittney Griner

39. “I’m not missing a minute of this. It’s the revolution!”  –  Sylvia Rivera

40. “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

More LGBTQ quotes celebrating pride month

41. “The richness, beauty and depths of love can only be fully experienced in a climate of complete openness, honesty and vulnerability.”  –  Anthony Venn Brown

42. “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

43. “All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more — and no less — heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying as civil-rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to ‘fix what ain’t right’ in our society.”  —  Senator Tammy Baldwin

44. “My sexuality is my own sexuality. It doesn’t belong to anybody. Not to my government, not to my brother, my sister, my family. No.” —  Ashraf Zanati

45. “I’m kissing my wife on the cover because the mother of a gay kid might see it and finally come around to letting her son or daughter back in the house…because it’s time for every American to have their civil rights.” —  Kristen Ellis-Henderson 

46. “Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. It will break out in tongues of praise, the high note that smashes the glass and spills the liquid.”  –  Jeanette Winterson 

47. “The truly revolutionary promise of our nation’s founding document is the freedom to pursue happiness-with-a-capital-H.”  –  Dan Savage

48. “Do we have to know who’s gay and who’s straight? Can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?” – Ellen DeGeneres 

49. “It’s been a journey and a process of becoming totally out and sort of living that truth and having it be a daily thing. I’m at the point now that I want people to know that, and I want to talk about it. We’re coming so far as a society, but we still have so far to go. So until we’re all the way there, I’ll probably die talking about it.” – Megan Rapinoe

50. “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

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How do you celebrate?

Pride Month is not supposed to be just for those in the LGBTQ community. While it’s a chance for them to spread their message and awareness around the issues, it’s also a chance for others to see things from a different perspective. 

You don’t have to attend a peaceful protest or parade to be a part of Pride Month. You can use the month as a chance to educate yourself around the injustice that some people are facing in the world. You can listen to the perspective of others. Find podcasts, books, or people that you can talk to to see what you may be missing or what part you can play in equality for all people.

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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.

You may also like: Top 10 LGBTQ+ online courses on Health, Diversity and Inclusion

Best Gay Quotes

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. – Oscar Wilde

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

Here is the real domino theory – gay man to gay man, bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby, they all fall down and someday it will come to you. -Anna Quindlen

I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying. – Barack Obama

Gay Liberation? I ain’t against it, it’s just that there’s nothing in it for me. – Bette Davis

Let’s make a law that gay people can have birthdays, but straight people get more cake – you know, to send the right message to kids. – Bill Maher

Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the “will of the people” goes out the window. – Bill Maher

Gay people got a right to be as miserable as everybody else. – Chris Rock

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately. – Henry A. Kissinger

I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible. – Henry Ford

Actually I don’t remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs. – Jim Morrison

Inspiring Gay Quotes

We must make it clear that a platform of ‘I hate gay men and women’ is not a way to become president of the United States. – Jimmy Carter

I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn’t. – Kurt Cobain

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. – Lucille Ball

I like restraint, if it doesn’t go too far. – Mae West

Any sane person would have left long ago. But I cannot. I have my sons. – Princess Diana

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m for human lib, the liberation of all people, not just black people or female people or gay people. – Richard Pryor

Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or ‘the ability to vote with your feet.’ If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol – don’t come to Texas. If you don’t like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don’t move to California. – Rick Perry

My cousins gay, he went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock. – Rodney Dangerfield

Is it weird in here, or is it just me? – Steven Wright

I’m free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally. – W. C. Fields

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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

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?

2) “All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”

–Harvey Milk, an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. After serving only 11 months in office, Milk was assassinated on November 27, 1978. He was acutely aware of this possibility and is even quoted as saying, “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”

4) “It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.”

–Laverne Cox, a transgender woman, actress and LGBT advocate who became famous for her role of Sophia Burset in Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.

5) “I very much want to inject gay culture into the mainstream. It’s not an underground tool for me. It’s my whole life.”

–Lady Gaga. In 2009, the singer and gay rights activist came out as bisexual. However, in recent years, it’s possible that her sexuality has changed.

7) “If you are in the closet and fall in love with someone of the same gender, it doesn’t automatically remove the shame and fear that’s kept you locked away. The love you are experiencing encourages you to face the reality that this is who you really are and also has the power to set you free. The richness, beauty and depths of love can only be fully experienced in a climate of complete openness, honesty and vulnerability. Love, the most powerful of human emotions, is calling you to freedom and wholeness.”

–Anthony Venn Brown, a former Australian evangelist in the Assemblies of God and an author whose book, A Life of Unlearning, describes his experience in Australia’s first ex-gay program.

10) “All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more – and no less – heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying as civil-rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to ‘fix what ain’t right’ in our society.”

–Senator Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay U.S. senator when she won the senate seat from Wisconsin.

11) “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, a transgender man, is an advocate, writer, musician and actor. He is also the son of the iconic duo Sonny Bono and Cher.

12) “Everybody’s journey is individual. You don’t know with whom you’re going to fall in love. … 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.”

James Baldwin, a gay man of color, was an American novelist and social critic.

13) “Do we have to know who’s gay and who’s straight? Can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?”

-Ellen DeGeneres, a comedian, actress and successful talk show host, came out as a lesbian in 1997. Also during this time, her character “Ellen” came out as well. This made DeGeneres the first openly lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on television. 

15) “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, award winning actor best known for his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X-men. McKellen is an openly gay man.

16) “It’s been a journey and a process of becoming totally out and sort of living that truth and having it be a daily thing. I’m at the point now that I want people to know that, and I want to talk about it. We’re coming so far as a society, but we still have so far to go. So until we’re all the way there, I’ll probably die talking about it.”

–Megan Rapinoe, professional soccer player and gay rights activist. In 2012, prior to the Olympics, Rapinoe came out as a lesbian. (She’s currently dating WNBA star Sue Bird)

17) “The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming–to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you’re not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise.”

Alex Sanchez, gay author who writes queer themed novels for teens.

18) “You can argue that it’s a different world now than the one when Matthew Shepard was killed, but there is a subtle difference between tolerance and acceptance. It’s the distance between moving into the cul-de-sac and having your next door neighbor trust you to keep an eye on her preschool daughter for a few minutes while she runs out to the post office. It’s the chasm between being invited to a colleague’s wedding with your same-sex partner and being able to slow-dance without the other guests whispering.”

–Jodi Picoult, award-winning author. Her son Kyle is gay and she wrote the lesbian romance book “Sing You Home” to support him and other LGBTQ youth.

19) “We are all assigned a gender at birth. Sometimes that assignment doesn’t match our inner truth, and there needs to be a new place — a place for self-identification. I was not born a boy, I was assigned boy at birth. Understanding the difference between the two is crucial to our culture and society moving forward in in the way we treat – and talk about – transgender individuals … In today’s globally connected and ever-diversifying world, culture is now more fluid and more flexible than ever — and so too should be our understanding and perception of gender.​”

–Geena Rocero is a transgender rights advocate, model and TED speaker. In 2014, Rocero came out as a transgender woman.

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–J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. Rowling made headlines in 2007 when she announced that Dumbledore, the books wisest and most powerful wizard, was a gay man.

While this post definitely encourages coming out and living authentically, it’s VERY important to realize that you must come out in your own time. Do not let anyone pressure you into coming out if you’re 1) in an unsafe situation 2) are not prepared for the consequences or 3) simply aren’t ready to admit it. There is no shame in being closeted and please don’t feel like any less apart of this community. We see you, you are wonderful and valid <3

LGBT rights are an important issue in the workplace and beyond; use these quotes as a cheatsheet to help you reflect on their importance.

LGBT Pride Month, observed in June, is celebrated around the U.S. with parades and activism events. At the same time, many are unaware of Pride Month’s origin, which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots–a demonstration which blazed the trail for activists across the country. This year’s Pride Month is a particularly somber event, given the recent mass shooting at Pulse, a popular Orlando gay nightclub.

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

Here are some thought-provoking quotes from leaders and change-makers who have contributed to the conversation around LGBT equality:

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

More Gay Quotes 

To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be Gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism this is the art of living.

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A prowde hert in a beggers brest, A fowle visage with Gay temples of atyre, Horrible othes with an holy prist, A justice of juges to selle and lete to hyre, A knave to comande and have an empire, To yeve a jugement of that never was wrought, To preche of pees and sette eche man on fyre, It may wele ryme but it accordith nought.

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Oh, leave the Gay and festive scenes, The halls of dazzling light.

A poet could not but be Gay, In such a jocund company.

O Dormer, how can I behold thy fate, And not the wonders of thy youth relate; How can I see the Gay, the brave, the young, Fall in the cloud of war, and lie unsung! In joys of conquest he resigns his breath, And, filled with England’s glory, smiles in death.

Prosperity and penury do not turn on gyno-centric and Gay matters. But leftist statists and libertarians of the left place these wedge issues at the forefront of the fight for freedom. […] Every bit as bad as liberals, „libertarian“ political operators are prepared to shed political blood over any imagined sign of bigotry.

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It’s extremely dangerous trying to resolve political problems outside the framework of the law first the ‘Rose Revolution‘, then they’ll think up something like blue. [word play here: „rose“ having the colloquial sense of „lesbian“ in modern Russian, and „blue“ meaning „Gay“]

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For as long as the power of America’s diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or Gay, we still must overcome.

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[We must] repeal the law that denies Gay and lesbian Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It’s the right thing to do.

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How fine has the day been! how bright was the sun, How lovely and joyful the course that he run! Though he rose in a mist when his race he begun, And there followed some droppings of rain: But now the fair traveller’s come to the west, His rays are all gold, and his beauties are best; He paints the skies Gay as he sinks to his rest, And foretells a bright rising again.

O Dormer, how can I behold thy fate, And not the wonders of thy youth relate; How can I see the Gay, the brave, the young, Fall in the cloud of war, and lie unsung! In joys of conquest he resigns his breath, And, filled with England’s glory, smiles in death.

On Sundays, at the matin-chime, The Alpine peasants, two and three, Climb up here to pray; Burghers and dames, at summer’s prime, Ride out to church from Chamberry, Dight with mantles Gay, But else it is a lonely time Round the Church of Brou.

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“Even though adult homosexuals have fought hard to win rights and liberties… too many people are still scandalized by the mere idea that youth discovering their Gay orientation could be given the same liberties and possibilities as straight ones. Whereas the discovery of heterosexual desire is celebrated as the sign that „he’s becoming a man“ and therefore largely encouraged, without anyone seeing any sort of proselytizing in it, it’s a completely different story when it’s homosexual desire that’s surfacing. Everything happens as if gays and bisexuals under 18 didn’t exist, or at least shouldn’t exist.’

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Wind of the sunny south! oh, still delay In the Gay woods and in the golden air, Like to a good old age released from care, Journeying, in long serenity, away. In such a bright, late quiet, would that I Might wear out life like thee, mid bowers and brooks, And, dearer yet, the sunshine of kind looks, And music of kind voices ever nigh; And when my last sand twinkled in the glass, Pass silently from men as thou dost pass.

I seek for one as fair and Gay, but find none to remind me, how blest the hours pass’d away with the girl I left behind me.

For wheresoe’er I turn my ravished eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground.

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For wheresoe’er I turn my ravished eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground.

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Grace, who’s five, has a friend over and I hear her say to her friend, „Let’s pretend we’re Gay.“ The friend goes, „What’s Gay?“ And Grace says, „Gay is when two girls get together, dance and have fun.“

The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be Gay, In such a jocund company: I gazedand gazedbut little thought What wealth the show to me had brought.

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Civil rights for all Americans, black, white, red, yellow, the rich, poor, young, old, Gay, straight, et cetera, is not a liberal or a conservative value. It’s an American value that I would think that we pretty much all agree on.

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If you had told me 28 years ago that the largest organization in the world touching the lives of gays and lesbians would be a church, I would not have believed you. So many members of the lesbian and Gay community feel they have had violence done to them by religious groups that it is very difficult to evangelize any members of our community. But we do evangelize.

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Bisexuality is the proportional representation of sexuality in a world where most of us – straight or Gay – operate a first-past-the-post system.

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I just want people who are qualified, I want them to believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. So yep, I don’t have a problem with appointing an openly Gay person. Because they’re not going to try to put sharia law in our laws.

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T’was Spring, t’was Summer, all was Gay Now Autumn bears a cloud brow The flowers of Spring are swept way And Summer fruits desert the bough

There is no Gay leader anywhere near the stature of Martin Luther King, because black activism drew on the profound spiritual tradition of the church, to which Gay political rhetoric is childishly hostile.

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And with glorious triumph, they Rode through England proud and Gay, Drunk as with intoxication Of the wine of desolation.

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The truth is, the notion that Gay marriage is harmful to marriage, is sort of mind-boggling, because these are people trying to get married. But it seems to me, if you want to defend marriage against something, defend it against divorce.

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The avoidance of effeminacy by men, including Gay ones, has been linked to possible impedence of personal and public health. Regarding AIDS , masculine behavior was stereotyped as being unconcerned about safe sex practices while engaging in promiscuous behavior . Earlier reports had reported from New York City indicated that that more women had themselves tested for AIDS than men.

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Gone are the days when my heart was young and Gay , Gone are my friends from the cotton fields away, , Gone from the earth to a better land I know, I hear their gentle voices calling “Old Black Joe”.