“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up, and start to fight.” — Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be an elected official in California.
“We are powerful because we have survived.” — Audre Lorde, a Black, lesbian, feminist activist and poet.
“Love him,’ said Jacques, with vehemence, ‘love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters? And how long, at the best, can it last, since you are both men and still have everywhere to go? Only five minutes, I assure you, only five minutes, and most of that, helas! in the dark. And if you think of them as dirty, then they will be dirty— they will be dirty because you will be giving nothing, you will be despising your flesh and his. But you can make your time together anything but dirty, you can give each other something which will make both of you better—forever—if you will not be ashamed, if you will only not play it safe.’ He paused, watching me, and then looked down to his cognac. ‘You play it safe long enough,’ he said, in a different tone, ‘and you’ll end up trapped in your own dirty body, forever and forever and forever—like me.”
― James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room – American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.
“If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” – Zanele Muholi ~ South African artist and visual activist.
“It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.”– Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir ~Iceland’s first female Prime Minister and the world’s first openly LGBT head of government.
“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 ~ American activist for LGBT equality and one of the inaugural fifty American “pioneers, trailblazers, and heroes” inducted on the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor within the Stonewall National Monument (SNM) in New York City’s Stonewall Inn.