Inspiring LGBT quotes for 2016

“Fuck off, I’m gay.”
-Actor Ian McKellen, written in response to an autograph request from then UK Home Secretary Michael Howard at the end of an unsuccessful 1988 visit to persuade the politician to change his stance on Section 28.

“Isn’t it a violation of the Georgia sodomy law for the Supreme Court to have its head up its ass?”
-Letter to Playboy, February 1987

“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.”
-Boethius

“I was raised around heterosexuals, and they didn’t influence me!”
-Ellen DeGeneres

“Our demand for justice is stronger than their laws, our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons.”
-Kellen Farshea

“I am as gay as a daffodil, my dear!”
-Freddie Mercury

“It wasn’t easy telling my parents that I’m gay. I told them at Thanksgiving. I said “Mom would you please pass the gravy to a homosexual?” She passed it to my father. A terrible scene followed.”
-Bob Smith (comedian)

“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, arrested in Egypt after attending a same-sex wedding

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“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”
-Emma Goldman

“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

“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”
-Harvey Milk (1930–1978)

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

“It is better to be hated for what one is than to be loved for what one isn’t.”
-André Gide (1869–1951)

“My lesbianism is an act of Christian charity. All those women out there praying for a man, and I’m giving them my share.”
-Rita Mae Brown

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead (1901–1978)

“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.”
-James Baldwin

“Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.”
-Robert G. Ingersoll (1833–1899)

“When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
-Tombstone of Leonard Matlovich (1943–1988)

“The day we stop resisting our instincts, we’ll have learned how to live.
Federico Garicia Lorca, poet and playwright

“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, A Streetcar Named Desire

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“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

“Soon the day will come when science will win victory over error, justice a victory over injustice, and human love a victory over human hatred and ignorance.”
-Magnus Hircshfeld

“It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It’s like disapproving of rain.”
-Francis Maude

“I don’t mind straight people as long as they act gay in public.”
-Dennis Rodman

“Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”
Jamin Raskin, getting to the point, in a debate over a proposed constitutional amendment to the Maryland state constitution to prevent gay couples from having legal marriage rights

“Homosexuality is regarded as shameful by barbarians and by those who live under despotic governments just as philosophy is regarded as shameful by them, because it is apparently not in the interest of such rulers to have great ideas engendered in their subjects, or powerful friendships or passionate love – all of which homosexuality is particularly apt to produce.”
Plato

“I am the love that dare not speak its name.”
Lord Alfred Douglas, ‘Two Loves’

“If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.”
Johann von Goethe

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Dr. Seuss

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“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter which group is most oppressed or whether they are identically oppressed, what matters is that no group be oppressed.”
Keith Boykin, President of The National Black Justice Coalition

“There are easier things in life than being a drag queen. But I ain’t got no choice. Try as I may, I just can’t walk in flats.”
Harvey Fierstein, filmmaker

“The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye: the more light you pour on it, the more it will contract.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., American jurist

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King , Jr.

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
Barry Goldwater

“Closets are for clothes.”
Bumper sticker