LGBT QUOTES

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

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“We’re sick of hearing people say, “That band is so gay,” or “Those guys are fags.” Gay is not a synonym for shitty. If you wanna say something’s shitty, say it’s shitty. Stop being such homophobic assholes.”
― Pete Wentz

“This is a team of gay dudes, isn’t it?”
What gave it away? The pink shirts, or half our team drooling over you?”
― Simone Elkeles, Rules of Attraction

“Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals.”
― Jess C. Scott, Tongue-Tied

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

“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

“Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it. We’re all people. We’re all equal.”
― Connor Franta

“Self pity becomes your oxygen. But you learned to breathe it without a gasp. So, nobody even notices you’re hurting.”
― Paul Monette

“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”
― Harvey Milk

“Will put his hand on Nico’s shoulder. “Nico, we need o have another talk about your people skills.”
“Hey, I’m just stating the obvious. If this is Apollo, and he dies, we’re all in trouble.”
Will turned to me. “I apologize for my boyfriend.”
Nico rolled his eyes. “Could you not―”
“Would you prefer special guy?” Will asked. “Or significant other?”
“Significant annoyance, in your case,” Nico grumbled”
― Rick Riordan, The Hidden Oracle

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“What sexual preference do you hope she has?” “Happiness.” Isnt that cool?”
― Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat

“Gender preference does not define you. Your spirit defines you.”
― P.C. Cast, Awakened

“It’s okay. It may not seem like it right now, but you are going to be fine. I know it’s scary, but don’t be afraid. You are who you are, and you should love that person, and I don’t want anyone to have to go through 22 years of their life afraid to accept that.”
― Connor Franta

“There’s a Greek legend—no, it’s in something Plato wrote—about how true lovers are really two halves of the same person. It says that people wander around searching for their other half, and when they find him or her, they are finally whole and perfect. The thing that gets me is that the story says that originally all people were really pairs of people, joined back to back, and that some of the pairs were man and man, some woman and woman, and others man and woman. What happened was that all of these double people went to war with the gods, and the gods, to punish them, split them all in two. That’s why some lovers are heterosexual and some are homosexual, female and female, or male and male.”
― Nancy Garden, Annie on My Mind

“I don’t want anyone to hold back who they are. It’s not okay… it’s not a good thing”
― Connor Franta

“But where was God now, with heaven full of astronauts, and the Lord overthrown? I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don’t think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their very nature betray. I miss God who was my friend. I don’t even know if God exists, but I do know that if God is your emotional role model, very few human relationships will match up to it. I have an idea that one day it might be possible, I thought once it had become possible, and that glimpse has set me wandering, trying to find the balance between earth and sky. If the servants hadn’t rushed in and parted us, I might have been disappointed, might have snatched off the white samite to find a bowl of soup.
As it is, I can’t settle, I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and know that love is as strong as death, and be on my side for ever and ever. I want someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me. There are many forms of love and affection, some people can spend their whole lives together without knowing each other’s names. Naming is a difficult and time-consuming process; it concerns essences, and it means power. But on the wild nights who can call you home? Only the one who knows your name. Romantic love has been diluted into paperback form and has sold thousands and millions of copies. Somewhere it is still in the original, written on tablets of stone. I would cross seas and suffer sunstroke and give away all I have, but not for a man, because they want to be the destroyer and never the destroyed.”
― Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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“I’ve always known I was gay, but it wasn’t confirmed until I was in kindergarten.

It was my teacher who said so. It was right there on my kindergarten report card: PAUL IS DEFINITELY GAY AND HAS VERY GOOD SENSE OF SELF.”
― David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy

“Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.”
― Quentin Crisp

“It’s astonishing the amount of time that certain straight people devote to gay sex – trying to determine what goes where and how often. They can’t imagine any system outside their own, and seem obsessed with the idea of roles, both in bed and out of it. Who calls whom a bitch? Who cries harder when the cat dies? Which one spends the most time in the bathroom? I guess they think that it’s that cut-and-dried, though of course it’s not. Hugh might do the cooking, and actually wear an apron while he’s at it, but he also chops the firewood, repairs the hot-water heater, and could tear off my arm with no more effort than it takes to uproot a dandelion.”
― David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

“With ignorance comes fear- from fear comes bigotry. Education is the key to acceptance.”
― Kathleen Patel, The Bullying Epidemic-the guide to arm you for the fight

“I am an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort.”
― E.M. Forster, Maurice
Lin-Manuel Miranda

“My wife’s the reason anything gets done, she nudges me towards promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one our son is her most beautiful reprise. We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs and start to play. When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised–not one day. This show is proof that history remembers. We live in times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall and light from dying embers–remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa’s symphony. Eliza tells her story. Now, fill the world with music, love, and pride.”
― Lin-Manuel Miranda

“There are worst things in life than kissing boys.”
― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

“human beings are human beings, just treat everyone like that.”
― Hayley Williams

“You don’t deserve the anger you’re turning on yourself. Your abuser’s the one who does.”
― Cheryl Rainfield, Scars

“My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion. Why make life miserable for someone when you could be using your energy for good? We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful. When you hear people making hateful comments, stand up to them. Point out what a waste it is to hate, and you could open their eyes.”
― Taylor Swift

“The only opinion I have is that I could never look someone in the eye and tell them that they didn’t love someone that they know they love. It’s not my job to judge and it’s not a job I’d want. I love people a lot. All kinds. If we were meant to be the same then we wouldn’t be human.”
― Hayley Williams

“I’m blown away by how happy you make me. Thank you for being there for me when I’m stupid enough to think I’d rather be alone.”
― Adam Silvera, History Is All You Left Me

“wtf even is my sexuality”
― Dan Howell

“the only thing worse than a bigot is an “ally” who can’t stop congratulating themselves on their enlightenment.”
― Julio Alexi Genao

“Was it love or wasn’t it that she felt for Carol? And how absurd it was that she didn’t even know. She had heard about girls falling in love, and she knew what kind of people they were and what they looked like. Neither she nor Carol looked like that. Yet the way she felt about Carol passed all the tests for love and fitted all the descriptions.”
― Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt

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

“I am not here to entertain straight people.”
― Sarah Schulman

“This is why homophobia is a terrible evil: it disguises itself as concern while it is inherently hate.”
― Tyler Oakley, Binge

“the Bible is only as good and decent as the person reading it.”
― Dan Savage, American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

“It comes to this then: there always have been people like me and always will be, and generally they have been persecuted.”
― E.M. Forster, Maurice

“All I can tell you is this. Some hearts break from grief some from joy. Some even break from love. But hearts break because they are too small to contain the gifts life gives us. Your task will be to let your heart grow large enough not to break”
― Catherine M. Wilsonson

“The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.

So if there is a message I have to give, it is that if I’ve found one overriding thing about my personal election, it’s the fact that if a gay person can be elected, it’s a green light. And you and you and you, you have to give people hope….”
― Harvey Milk

“Let’s make no mistake about this: The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods. If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods. And to do that, we must understand that the quality of life is more important than the standard of living. To sit on the front steps–whether it’s a veranda in a small town or a concrete stoop in a big city–and to talk to our neighborhoods is infinitely more important than to huddle on the living-room lounger and watch a make-believe world in not-quite living color.
And I hardly need to tell you that in the 19- or 24-inch view of the world, cleanliness has long since eclipsed godliness. Soon we’ll all smell, look, and actually be laboratory clean, as sterile on the inside as on the out. The perfect consumer, surrounded by the latest appliances. The perfect audience, with a ringside seat to almost any event in the world, without smell, without taste, without feel–alone and unhappy in the vast wasteland of our living rooms. I think that what we actually need, of course, is a little more dirt on the seat of our pants as we sit on the front stoop and talk to our neighbors once again, enjoying the type of summer day where the smell of garlic travels slightly faster than the speed of sound.”
― Harvey Milk

“Hell, yes,” Dev says, sitting up now. “Don’t get me wrong – we’re totally going to make the beast with two backs tonight. But if we do it right, it’s going to feel like holding hands.”
― David Levithan, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

“[Two respondents] minimized the assimilationist implications of the dominant account; Russ Silver rejects the idea entirely.

I have no interest in being accepted. I consider this system corrupt, and I don’t want to be accepted by it. We’re in this together. Faggots, junkies, women, blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, don’t you see it? Don’t you see that our white male government doesn’t care about us? When I say this it shocks coat-and-tie lesbians and gay men everywhere. Well, I’m sorry, folks; if you had AIDS you would know what I know: The government doesn’t give a goddamn cent for a faggot’s life.”
― Vera Whisman, Queer by Choice: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Politics of Identity

“Humanity was a passing notion to him; something he liked to try on for size and model in the dressing room, but never actually felt compelled to buy.”
― Jane Bled

“[‘non-white’ gay men] are run over at the intersection of racism and homophobia”
― Eric C. Wat, The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles

“I closed my eyes and resigned myself to the fact that my boyfriend was a pervert. He was lucky he was so cute.”
― J.M. Colail, Wes and Toren

“Do not hope to understand the source of my understanding.”
― Thomas Fitzgerald

“The God of Imagination lived in fairytales. And the best fairytales made you fall in love. It was while flicking through “Sleeping Beauty” that I met my first love, Ivar. He was a six-year-old bello ragazzo with blond hair and eyebrows. He had bomb-blue eyes and his two front teeth were missing.
1. The object of my affection didn’t know he was the object of my affection.
3. The object of my affection was a boy and I wasn’t allowed to love a boy.”
― Diriye Osman, Fairytales for Lost Children

“I’m in love with that girl,” she said out loud in amazement, because she knew that this was a life-changing thing and life-changing things should be said aloud, should have a moment in time, and a place in the air, some molecular structure to make them real. I’m in love with that girl, she heard as it reverberated inside her head. And it was truth, she realised, as things are which you don’t think, but discover have always existed.”
― Paula Boock, Dare Truth or Promise

“your morse code interferes with my heart beat. I had a steady heart before you, I replied upon it, it had seen active service and grown strong. Now you alter its pace with your own rhythm you play upon me, drumming me taught.”
― Jeanette Winterson

“Hi honey, I’m home! Take your pants off!” Wesley announced. He kissed my cheek as he passed me and put his lunch container in the sink.”
― J.M. Colail, Wes and Toren

“He offered to make-out with Hunter if it would prove that he’s ok with me being gay.”

“Hmm,” said Adam. “Yeah I think I need to see proof.”

“Shut up.”

“Tell him it has to be shirtless. Wait, let me get my phone out-”
― Brigid Kemmerer

“His hand lay across my stomach as he slept soundly. I entwined my fingers with his and breathed through the warmth that seeped through my chest. Such a simple, sweet thing to do, yet holding hands in bed was incredibly intimate.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Three

“I wondered if all women did with other women was lie and hug.”
― Sarah Winman, When God Was a Rabbit

“It’s what he needs, and whether he ever admits it to us or not, it’s what he loves” – Theoden (From Commanded:House of Theoden)”
― Nicholas Bella, Commanded

“After some years of muddled thinking on the subject, he suddenly saw quite clearly what it was he had been running away from; why he had refused Sandy’s first invitation, and what the trouble had been with Charles. It was also the trouble, he perceived, with nine-tenths or the people here tonight. They were specialists. They had not merely accepted their limitations, as Laurie was ready to accept his, loyal to his humanity if not to his sex, and bringing an extra humility to the hard study of human experience. They had identified themselves with their limitations; they were making a career of them. They had turned from all other reality, and curled up in them snugly, as in a womb.”
― Mary Renault, The Charioteer

“Sentencing enhancements won’t get police to investigate crimes they don’t take seriously to begin with. They won’t stop police from harassing trans women on the street because they assume all trans women are sex workers. They won’t have any effect against police officers who believe they won’t be held accountable. They won’t sway the minds of jurors who think ‘I killed her because she was trans’ is an adequate excuse. Sentencing enhancements will allow them to dole out harsher punishments against the people they think are more deserving. And we already know that the legal system sees people of color, women, sex workers, immigrants, and the homeless as more deserving of punishment. (Tobi Hill-Meyer of COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), “Disposable People,” November 11, 2008, //nodesignation.com)”
― Kay Whitlock, Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States

“…I really did “choose” to be Jim every single day, but that once I put my sword down I haven’t chosen Jenny at all; I simply wake up and here I am.”
― Jennifer Finney Boylan, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders

“Did I use enough lube last night?”
cheeks. “Don’t…don’t call it that.”

“What? Lube?” he asked. I nodded and covered my mouth with my
hand. He chuckled and smirked. “All right, did I use enough stuff last
night?”

“Mm-hmm.”
― J.M. Colail, Wes and Toren

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

“If one does not make an ego out of gender, one would still know whether one is a man or a woman, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender—whatever else we may think of. But those identities need to fit very loosely and be worn very lightly. All sense of privilege or deprivation that has developed around one’s gender identity, all rigidity regarding proper roles and behaviors for the various genders, must be cut through.”
― Rita M. Gross

“Political correctness’ is a label the privileged often use to distract from their privilege and hate.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Madness. That’s what it was. And I could no longer contain it.”
― Melanie Harlow, Strong Enough

“It speaks volumes when people who are discriminated against go on to discriminate against others.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“In the darkness as we lie side by side John Cole’s left hand snakes over under the sheets and takes a hold of my right hand. We listen to the cries of the night revellers outside and hear the horses tramping along the ways. We’re holding hands then like lovers who have just met or how we imagine lovers might be in the unknown realm where lovers act as lovers without concealment.”
― Sebastian Barry, Days Without End

“It’s not ‘over-sensitivity’ to ask to be treated with the same dignity and respect shown to others.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“And yet, about two weeks after his arrival, all I wanted every night was for him to leave his room, not via its front door, but through the French windows on our balcony. I wanted to hear his window open, hear his espadrilles on the balcony, and then the sound of my own window, which was never locked, being pushed open as he’d step into my room after everyone had gone to bed, slip under my covers, undress me without asking, and after making me want him more than I thought I could ever want another living soul, gently, softly, and, with the kindness one Jew extends to another, work his way into my body, gently and softly, after heeding the words I’d been rehearsing for days now, Please, don’t hurt me, which meant, Hurt me all you want.”
― André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

“Bigots often like to say they’re the ones being hurt as they oppress and hurt others. Never fall for the ‘pity the privileged’ routine.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“I can remember thinking I’d been turned inside out. Kind of like the first time I saw you.”
― Lauren James, The Last Beginning

“Standing against discrimination for some while supporting discrimination against others hurts us all.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Some women who married and also had lesbian relationships were genuinely bisexual. Many others married because they could see no other viable choice in the day.”
― Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

“We, the weird and sideways folk, have always walked the line of rejection. It’s what makes us visionaries. We who are pushed away, to the edge, can see beyond the borders of reality. We frighten the privileged with our possibility.”
― G.L. Carriger, The Sumage Solution

“The Gay’ is not infectious, the world is not coming to an end, and people are happy. Gosh, how about that.”
― Kelley York, Dirty London

“Persecution complexes are reaffirming to those who benefit from unearned privileges.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“If you think being straight means you’re being discriminated against, you’re probably misreading your privilege.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Saying it’s hard being straight is like complaining to the poor that it’s difficult being wealthy.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Crushes are very strange things; they’re a warning sign in the word itself—crush: to deform, pulverize, or force inward by compressing forcefully. Whoever decided it was a good idea to equate deformity and compression to blooming affection was either very high or a genius—or maybe lost somewhere in between. But for good or bad, I could feel it: my heart pressing inward until the sound of it beating filled my ears again. I had a deformed, pulverized, compressed force on Chris, and there was nothing I could do about it.”
― A.N. Casey, Permanent Jet Lag

“I break into heterosexual houses so I can masturbate in their heterosexual kitchens”
― Joey Comeau, Lockpick Pornography

“I shivered again, remembering. I put the tip of one finger to my tongue. It tasted sharp—like vinegar, like blood.

Like money.”
― Sarah Waters, Fingersmith

“When we allow violence against some, we enable violence against all.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“That’s the craziest, dumbass thing I ever heard tell of. What’s the point of being a lesbian if a woman is going to look and act like an imitation man? Hell, if I wanted a man, I’ll get the real thing not one of these chippies.”
― Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle

“Well what would you have us do, Jason? Swan into a hardware store without any cash and say “give us your best rack or we’ll set the adorable button-nosed robots on you for bunny-boiler death by cuddling?” Jared Thomas in Red Gods Sing”
― Trevor Barton, Red Gods Sing

“Men did not touch each other as Karadur touched this man unless they were lovers. But there was more between them, a connection, a feeling that was present even when they sat apart.”
― Elizabeth A. Lynn, Dragon’s Treasure

“Most people think the closet is a small room. They think you can touch the walls, touch the door, turn the handle, and walk free. But when you’re inside it, the closet is vast. No walls, no door, just empty darkness stretching the length of the world.”
― S.J. Sindu, Marriage of a Thousand Lies

“The pending brahpocalypse/ coup d’état – whatever it was – was much more important than whether a donut-eating Police Officer saw a flying saucer over a gay club or not.” – Red Gods Sing.”
― Trevor Barton, Red Gods Sing

“To learn of the existence of other lesbians through the media, no matter how unfortunate those characters were, must have been reassuring to women who loved other women.”
― Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

“Of course many of us were loaded with self-hate and wanted to change. How could it have been otherwise? All we heard and read about homosexuality was that crap about how we were inverts, perverts, queers — a menace to children, poison to everybody else, doomed never to be happy.”
― Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

“A woman who dared to live as an overt homosexual in such unwelcoming times might well have an ego of impressive strength and health that permitted her it know her own mind and to be true to her conception of herself.”
― Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

“American society has willfully deleted the fact of homosexual behavior from its mind, laundering things as they come along, in order to maintain a more comfortable illusion. The censors removed it; the critics said, “Well, look! It isn’t there”; and anyone who still saw it was labeled a pervert”
― Vito Russo, The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies

“Hollywood is too busy trying to make old formulas hit the jackpot again to see the future. Hollywood is yesterday, forever catching up with what’s happening today. This will change only when it becomes financially profitable, and reality will never be profitable until society overcomes its fear and hatred of difference and begins to see that we’re all in this together”
― Vito Russo

“For life is too short to resign ourselves to reading poorly written books and sleeping with women we don’t love.”
― Anne Garréta, Not One Day

“If you voted for a man who said “Grab em by the pussy,” you have zero room to claim to protect anyone in bathrooms.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“In the unification of two minds, orientation of sexuality is irrelevant.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“Love has no gender – compassion has no religion – character has no race.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“I mean , I never even had to really come out to my parents. They always knew, and it was always okay. Or not even okay, better than that. Not something that had to be evaluated at all. It just was. Like having brown hair.”
― Julie Buxbaum, Tell Me Three Things

“Those who benefit from unearned privilege are too often quick to discount those who don’t.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Saying something is ‘politically correct’ is often a way of dismissing the voices of the oppressed.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Those with unearned privileges often spin things as ‘political correctness’ to further silence those they wish to oppress.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Being homosexual is no more abnormal than being lefthanded.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“Making out with Marcus had always felt like a race to the finish line, but with Diego I felt like I’d already won.”
― Shaun David Hutchinson, We Are the Ants

“And what was I if not death’s ghostwriter?”
― Poppy Z. Brite, Exquisite Corpse

“Ah, relationships. If he was lucky, Luke thought, he would never have another one.”
― Poppy Z. Brite, Exquisite Corpse

“But if I die without trying again, I’m a coward. I don’t mind having regrets about stuff I’ve done. It’s the regrets about stuff I haven’t done that bother me.”
― Poppy Z. Brite, Exquisite Corpse

“I know I will never be happy, but I know I can be gay!”
― Marilyn Monroe

“I hate that would. Straight. At the very least, those of us who are nonstraight should get to be called curvy. Or scenic. Actually, I like that: ‘Do you think she’s straight?’ ‘Oh no. She’s scenic.”
― David Levithan, You Know Me Well

“Nails that claw by a beautiful mind.
A pretty face can leave you blind – Poem ‘Small Pain’ from ‘The B Word: The B in LBGTQ Poetry’.”
― S.C. Silver, The B Word: The B in LBGTQ Poetry

“He was tired
of being called
a fag and teased
for his sexuality
by one of the guards,
so he tried to hang
himself, twice

The kid got a little
closer the second
time, but I won’t be
around to see a
third”
― Phil Volatile, Crushed Black Velvet

“Can you imagine, somebody telling you, your love for your dearly beloved is a sin! Can you imagine, somebody telling you, women are inferior to men, and are meant only serve the men! Can you imagine, somebody telling you, a man can have multiple wives, and yet be deemed civilized! Here that somebody is a fundamentalist ape – a theoretical pest from the stone-age, that somehow managed to survive even amidst all the rise of reasoning and intellect.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“His brothers accepted his fluid nature as something Darian simply was. He had been so all his life; suspended between male and female, one rising, the other ebbing without pattern or reason. The Queen, daughterless and doting, had gladly let her youngest son
wear gowns, bows, and curls far longer than appropriate, until his father had intervened with violent persuasion. At court, he now moved as a man. In private, he never stopped wearing gowns or ribbons when the softer she inside him waxed like the full moon. He allowed her complete rein. In truth, he no longer knew where he ended and she began. They were the same.”
― E.M. Hamill, Beneath the Layers

“In ancient Greece, adolescence was a time when young men left their biological families to become the lovers of adult men. Sexuality was but one element of an affectional and educational relationship in which youths learned the ways of manhood”
― Barry D. Adam, The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement

“Either you are homophobic or you are a human – you cannot be both.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“If there’s anything worth any risk at all, it’s got to be love, right?”
― Jessica Verdi, The Summer I Wasn’t Me

“…this is your life. It’s not your mom’s. You have to do what makes you happy too”
― Jessica Verdi, The Summer I Wasn’t Me

“Accepted social gender roles and expectations are so entrenched in our culture that most people cannot imagine any other way. As a result, individuals fitting neatly into these expectations rarely if ever question what gender really means. They have never had to, because the system has worked for them.”
― Nicki Petrikowski, Critical Perspectives on Gender Identity

“I don’t think it matters who you love, just as long as you love. Who cares whether it’s a man or a woman? Why does that have anything more to do with the person inside than the color of someone’s skin? Personally, I’m pretty fucking disappointed that I seem to be one hundred percent heterosexual.”
― Jane Green, The Sunshine Sisters

“Homosexuals are not made, they are born.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“Gay rights aren’t predicated on being born gay or having the right gene. Gay rights are predicated on having choice and consent. If you’re a man and you can find another man that consents to have sex with you, it’s the consent that gives you the right to have sex with him. Genetics are irrelevant when it comes to sexual rights. Just as gay rights are based on choice and consent, so are prostitution rights. All sexual rights are based on choice and consent.”
― Chester Brown, Paying for It

“A slow nature such as Maurice’s appears insensitive, for it needs time even to feel. Its instinct is to assume that nothing either for good or evil has happened, and to resist the invader. Once gripped, it feels acutely, and its sensations in love are particularly profound. Given time, it can know and impart ecstasy; given time, it can sink to the heart of Hell.”
― E.M. Forster, Maurice

“They must live outside class, without relations or money; they must work and stick to each other till death. But England belonged to them. That, besides companionship, was their reward. Her air and sky were theirs, not the timorous millions’ who own stuffy little boxes, but never their own souls.”
― E.M. Forster, Maurice

“Homosexuality is immutable, irreversible and nonpathological.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

“Right now, many female activists in their forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties are gazing thoughtfully into the glowing embers of lesbian culture. For us, this is still an active campfire where we gather and warm ourselves; one which, we hope, will not fade away into forgotten ash, but instead retain hot coals to stoke new fires. Such images of heat and spark have always served to symbolize shifts in leadership; think of that other fire-based metaphor, the passing of the torch – presumably, to a next generation. What does it mean if that next generation is disdainful of the torch, welcomes its dousing, or lacks the data or the will to learn how it was lit and carried forward in the first place?”
― Bonnie J Morris

“That is — your friend?”

“Philtatos,” Achilles replied, sharply. Most beloved.”
― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

“What do you want?
I want to stop living in fear. I want to stop coming up with excuses about why I’m not interested in dating. I want my family to know me. I want to get to learn more about Lisa. I want to stop feeling like everything I am is inadequate or makes me unworthy of love because of something I can’t help.”
― Sara Farizan, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

“Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.”
― Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Este libro está dedicado a todos esos chicos que tienen más amigas que amigos, su voz suena más aguda de lo normal y caminan distinto. A los niños a los que llaman «maricón» por los pasillos del instituto. A quienes los defienden. A todas aquellas personas que se marchan para volver. A los que cuando llegan, comienzan. A los valientes. Este libro está dedicado a todo el que amó incluso cuando ya no quedaban razones.”
― Chris Pueyo, El chico de las estrellas

“The less that women are visible as a research subject, the less we are likely to learn about lesbians.”
― Bonnie J. Morris, The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture

“I hate that word. Straight. At the very least, those of us who are nonstraight should get called curvy. Or scenic. Actually, I like that: ‘Do you think she’s straight?’ ‘Oh no. She’s scenic”
― Nina LaCour, You Know Me Well

“Sometimes it feels like my queerness was always there but I was too shell-shocked and splintered by violence to see it. When I finally did? It saved me. Opening up to my queerness saved me. Once I began to identify as queer, I began to require this dreaming and commitment to change from my partners. I define myself to claim myself, to foster a curated community of support”
― Jennifer Patterson, Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement

“If you’re reading this and you think that maybe you could love someone of the same gender (or nongender), all I have to say to you is this: Congratulations! You’re perfect and wonderful and more alive than you ever knew. Be proud of who you are because you’re already more than enough.”
― Hannah Hart, Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

“Love doesn’t discriminate and nor should the law. Not in this country, not in this world, not in this lifetime.”
― Liz Kessler, Read Me Like a Book

“We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We don’t choose the experience but we do choose how we react to the experience we have. Choose to be positive, choose to be helpful, choose to be happy.”
― Paula Coffer, Sandbox to Sandbox

“I would make a poor princess,’ she said.
‘Why?’
‘Have you ever wished to be a princess?’ Ash challenged her.
‘That depends,’ Kaisa said.
‘On what?’
‘On whether I’d have to marry a prince,’ she said and her tone was lighthearted, inviting Ash to share her smile.”
― Malinda Lo, Ash

“It is interesting how – depending on the person in power – our LGBT issues are either right at the top of the list – or right at the very bottom. And almost always for exactly the wrong reasons.”
― Christina Engela, Inanna Rising: Women Forged in Fire

“As Rotundo, Donald Yacovone, and other historians have argued, the men involved in such same-sex relationships should not retrospectively be classified as homosexual, since no concept of the homosexual existed in their culture and they did not organize their emotional lives as homosexuals; many of them were also on intimate terms with women and went on to marry. Nonetheless, the same historians persist in calling such men heterosexual, as if that concept did exist in the early nineteenth century.”
― George Chauncey

“In the Somali culture many things go unsaid: how we love, who we love and why we love that way. I don’t know why Suldana loves the way she does. I don’t know why she loves who she does. But I do know that by respecting her privacy I am letting her dream in a way that my generation was not capable of. I’m letting her reach for something neither one of us can articulate.”
― Diriye Osman, Fairytales for Lost Children

“Something about her reached me on a deeper level than I had ever experienced and it was frightening. It was exciting. It was dangerous.”
― sw andersen

“Suck Cock Deep!”
― Jock Camp, How To Suck Cock Deep

“You look like a lesbian artist fairy.”
― LaCour Nina

“And if the best you can do is quote the Bible in defence of your prejudice, then have the humility to be consistent. The same book that exhorts against the abomination of one man lying with another also contains exhortations against the eating of pork and shell-fish and against menstruating women daring to come near holy places. It’s no good functionalistically claiming that kosher diet had its local, meteorological purposes now defunct, or that the prejudice against ovulation can be dispensed with as superstition, the Bible that you bash us with tells you that much of what you do is unclean: don’t pick and choose with a Revealed Text — or if you do, pick and choose the good bits, the bits that say things like ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’, or ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself’.”
― Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot

“Love is cursed by monogamy”
― Kanye West

“Avery doesn’t know what these people are talking about, and since he’s driving, he can’t go online to check. The sensation he has is a strange, difficult one. He knows these people aren’t talking about him. But at the same time they are talking about him, in their blanket dismissal. And they’re also talking about us. Because so many of them are our age or older, stuck in previous decades of thought. The gays of today, the gays of yesterday—we’re all the same bother, all the same wrong. Not people, really. Just something to yell about.”
― David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

“Now is not the time for bigots and racists. No time for sexists and homophobes. Now, more than ever, is the time for ARTISTS. It’s time for us to rise above and to create. To show humanity. To spread hope. We must prevent society from destroying itself, from losing its way. Now is the time for love.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“[…] the rapport between two men or two women can be absolute and perfect, as it can never be between man and woman, and perhaps some people want just this, as others want that more shifting and uncertain thing that happens between men and women.”
― Patricia Highsmith, Carol

“It was the only act of rebellion I knew—to be worthy of such an insult as “butterfly.”
― R.J. Hernández, An Innocent Fashion

“It shook Therese in the profoundest part of her where no words were, no easy words like death or dying or killing Those words were somehow future, and this was present. An inarticulate anxiety, a desire to know, know anything for certain, had jammed itself in her throat for a moment she felt she could hardly breathe.”
― Patricia Highsmith, Carol

“When these flies were put together in all-male groups they formed long, moving chains resembling conga lines, with each male attempting (unsuccessfully) to mate with the male in front of it.”
― Simon LeVay, Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation

“She was about to be married, and was frightened to death. And no-one would love her, ever again.”
― Sarah Waters, Fingersmith

“I know this is what God made me … He wanted me to be a gay man so he could have this experience with me. In my spirit, in my soul…this is why he made me…so that he could experience it with me from the clay, to the sparkling dust of spirit that is also me, flowing into heaven.”
― Anthony Nicolosi, Archangels

“Before you say it, Derek’s boyfriend doesn’t look anything like me. ”

“How would you know?”
― Laura Ruby, Bone Gap

“[…] Claiming certain historical figures was important to gay men not only because it validated their own homosexuality, but because it linked them to others. One of the ways groups of people constitute themselves as an ethnic, religious or national community is by constructing a history that provides its members with a shared tradition and collective ancestors. This was a central purpose of the projece of gay historical reclamation as well. By constructing historical traditions of their own, gay men defined themselves as a distinct community. By imagining they had collective roots in the past, they asserted a collective identity in the present.”
― George Chauncey

“Our glass train, on fragile tracks
Beneath bombs that fall like the flood
To wash away the shards
—But all this sorrow will recede
And we will leave
Two by two
And until then, I will only think of you.”
― Danny M. Cohen, Train

“Love Is Not A choice”
― brendon urie

“If a fight looks like a lot of fun, you should be suspicious. ‘If you ain’t scared of standing up for what’s right, you ain’t standing up for much.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“I didn’t come up with the lie. It wasn’t mine. They handed the lie to me, and I tried like hell to make it work for a while.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“It’s stillness and pressure and rhythm and breathing.”
― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“It’s not that there are no differences between human and non-human animals, any more than there are no differences between black people and white people, freeborn citizens and slaves, men and women, Jews and gentiles, gays or heterosexuals. The question is rather: are they morally relevant differences? This matters because morally catastrophic consequences can ensue when we latch on to a real but morally irrelevant difference between sentient beings.”
― David Pearce

“I mean, I really liked him to the point where being around him was sort of wonderful and painful all at the same time, you know?”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“James, you’d like Lou Reed,”Michael insisted. “He was bisexual.”
Their laughter turned to coughs. They were all staring at me when I turned around. I told myself to relax.

“Oh, yeah?”I said. “He doesn’t sound bisexual.”
Michael just shook his head, but Ronan and Glenn smiled.

“They did electroshock therapy on him when he was a teenager,”Michael said.

“Electro-what?”said Glenn. “They electrocuted people?”

“Kind of. They zapped their brains to alter their personalities. That’s how they tried to make gay people straight back then.”
They all looked at me for a response.
I shrugged. “So, he was bisexual? It worked halfway?”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“She kissed me on the cheek, and my mom sang Theresa’s name from the open front door. She loves Theresa. I think she loves me more when I’m with her.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“I could feel his hand on my waist, his arms around me, feel the rise and fall of his chest next to mine as I held my breath, and wished the sun would drop out of the sky.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“Our perception of happiness is determined by what we experience.”
― Julie Maroh, Le bleu est une couleur chaude

“Please your mother: just lie around upstairs and smoke some pot. Be a revolutionary.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“Everyone’s life matters and everyone deserves to be happy but not everyone is in a place where they think, or even believe, happiness is possible.”
― Cheryl B. Evans, I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child

“If we held grudges for all the idiotic things we said and did as freshman and sophomores, the hallways would be silent.”
― Kenneth Logan

“If there’s one thing I know about women, it’s that they have vaginas.”
― J. Richard Singleton

“I’ve always wanted to wake up one day in a world where I liked the right people, and they lied me in return. I worry it’ll never happen.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“I wished for impossible things. It was never going to have been a fairy tale for us. There are no fairy tales about two princesses.”
― Erin Bow, The Scorpion Rules

“Dude,”he said instead, “I’m flattered as hell.”And then he kicked my foot, lightly, twice. He was smiling.
He couldn’t see the chasm that had opened behind my ribs.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“this is only the beginning. Many die, many kill their bodies and souls, but they cannot kill the justice of God, even they cannot kill the eternal spirit. From their very degradation that spirit will rise up to demand of the world compassion and justice”
― Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness

“I liked Rafael. I liked listening to Rafael. I liked touching him. I liked it when he took me in his arms and made me feel like I belonged to him, like our hearts ran together as one, indistinct. Rafael was beautiful. Rafael was my heart’s friend. I didn’t understand how that meant I liked boys. As far as I knew, it only meant I liked Rafael.

More than liked Rafael.”
― Rose Christo, Gives Light

“Now whenever I left class to go to the boys’ room, I worried that I would end up on the blue tiled floor in a puddle of piss and blood.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“Forget ‘pray the gay away.’ I you’re more turned on by an AR-15 than a pair of tits, time for some serious therapy. Time for all you gun-humpers to come out of the closet. Is this really about the 2nd Amendment and self-defense — or just a pathetic fetish for guys with tiny pee-pees?”
― Quentin R. Bufogle, Horse Latitudes

“Jesus, Samara Jane, do you fuck your girlfriend with that mouth?”

She tugs my lip between her teeth. “Only when she’s good.”
― Dahlia Adler, Out on Good Behavior

“Full citizenship was, and to a large degree still is, predicated on keeping ‘unacceptable’ behavior private. This complicated relationship between the public and private is at the heart of LGBT history and life today.”
― Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States

“It was duck apocalypse!”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“Transgender women do not think of themselves as men wearing women’s clothing, they ARE women.”
― Cheryl B. Evans, I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child

“The day Verdene left for England, a part of Margot left with her. Verdene has brought color back into her life. Before, everything was black-and-white: Make money or die trying. Feel pain or feel nothing at all.”
― Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun

“I’m still not totally sure I know what’s true about me.”
― Kenneth Logan

“I do like the way people behave toward me and Theresa when we’re together-everyone’s voice changes to music, and we get all sorts of smiles.”
― Kenneth Logan, True Letters from a Fictional Life

“I never realized how intimidating it could be to be authentic”
― Jordon Johnson, Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge & Resilience

“Entertainment in its broadest sense- popular ballads, vaudeville, films, sculptures, plays, paintings, pornography, pulp novels– has not only been a primary mode of expression of LGBT identity, but one of the most effective means of social change. Ironically, the enormous political power of these forms was often understood by the people who wanted to ban them, not by the people who were simply enjoying them.”
― Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States

“At some point during my research, I came across the term “gender fluid.” Reading those words was a revelation. It was like someone tore a layer of gauze off the mirror, and I could see myself clearly for the first time. There was a name for what I was. It was a thing. Gender fluid.

Sitting there in front of my computer–like I am right now–I knew I would never be the same. I could never go back to seeing it the old way; I could never go back to not knowing what I was.

But did that glorious moment of revelation really change anything? I don’t know. Sometimes, I don’t think so. I may have a name for what I am now–but I’m just as confused and out of place as I was before. And if today is any indication, I’m still playing out that scene in the toy store–trying to pick the thing that will cause the least amount of drama. And not having much success.”
― Jeff Garvin, Symptoms of Being Human

“Maybe I wouldn’t ever be obligated to have sex with another person in order to make them stay with me. The thought was freeing: I wouldn’t have to pretend. It was just a matter of finding someone else who understood.”
― Calista Lynne, We Awaken

“When has a civilian ever stopped a mass shooting with an AR-15? An AR-15 is a perfect weapon for mass murderers — not so much for self-defense. Would you bring an AR-15 along on a date? To your place of work? To the movies? If not, how can owning an AR-15 save your life in the event of a mass shooting? Why does the NRA keep telling us we need semi-automatic rifles for self-defense? Whose side are they really on?”
― Quentin R. Bufogle

“Of course, I know that love is sometimes like that—some men love men, some women love women.”
― Julie Eshbaugh, Ivory and Bone

“When you live in LA and work in the movies, you experience the collapse of some of that fantasy. You know that the eyes glow like that because of lights placed at a specific angle, and you see the actresses up close and, yes, they are beautiful, but they are human size and imperfect like the rest of us.”
― Nina LaCour, Everything Leads to You

“I hardly know her but whenever I see her I lose my mind. I know I should run away, but I can’t.

“That’s called sexual attraction, honey,”Max said. “It’s very nice. But be careful. It can burn you bad.

Believe me I know.”
― Vanda, Juliana: Volume 1: 1941-1944

“The ‘Righteous’ are mightier than ‘God.”
― Shivish, The Unconquerable Heart: God’s Fist

“I am usually able to tolerate all kinds of victims of indoctrination except those who have been infected with xenophobia, racism, or homophobia.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“I want to confess. I thought that her story was comprised of scenes. I thought the tragedy could be glamorous and her grief could be undone by a sunnier future. I thought we could pinpoint dramatic events on a time line and call it a life.
But I was wrong.”
― Nina LaCour, Everything Leads to You

“The Catholic Church standing in “solidarity” with members of the LGBT community while condemning their behavior as “sinful” is a little like attempting to stand with two feet in one shoe. “Love the sinner, hate the sin” sounds really high-minded until you realize the only sin committed was being born different.”
― Quentin R. Bufogle

“I don’t know any homophobic people. That suggests fear.

The people I know who hate gay folks are:
illiterate, nescient, uneducated, uninstructed, unlearned, unschooled, untaught, backward, benighted, primitive, unenlightened, blockheaded, dense, doltish, hebetudinous, obtuse, stupid, thickheaded, thick-witted

But not homophobic.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“The rules of this house are written in water. I must either sink or swim.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“When you’re marginalized, there are no “them people,” if we’re all on the outskirts of the same margin.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“They think I make God angry. I hate that they think this. I hate them for thinking it. Why would you decide to worship an angry God anyway?”
― Anonymous

“If it makes God so freaking mad, why does it feel so good?”
― Anonymous, The Book of David

“My family subscribed to this rigid belief system. They were unaware of the reality that gender, like sexuality, exists on a spectrum. By punishing me, they were performing the socially sanctioned practice of hammering the girl out of me, replacing her with tenets of gender-appropriate behavior. Though I would grow up to fit neatly into the binary, I believe in self-determination, autonomy, in people having the freedom to proclaim who they are and define gender for themselves. Our genders are as unique as we are. No one’s definition is the same, and compartmentalizing a person as either a boy or a girl based entirely on the appearance of genitalia at birth undercuts our complex life experiences.”
― Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

“The ink was secret nectar, for Marin isn’t married.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Believe it or don’t believe it, Madame. But my feet are tired too. Bloody tired. Like a dead man’s.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Take care, take care. This city thrives! It’s money gives you wings to soar. But it is a yoke on your shoulders and you would do well to take note of the bruise around your neck.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“I feel younger than eighteen but burdened as a eighty-year-old.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“As she climbed down from the stage, I thought: This is what courage is. It’s not just living through the nightmare, it’s doing something with it afterward. It’s being brave enough to talk about it to other people. It’s trying to organize to change things.”
― Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues

“I want to understand about change–I don’t just want to be at the mercy of it. I feel like I’m waking up inside. I want to know about history. I have all this new information about people like me down through the ages, but I don’t know anything about the ages.”
― Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues

“Love your children, for they are the seeds that will make this city bloom.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“That may be. But to decide that I was never going to live as a proper woman was not your choice to make.’ ‘What do you mean a proper woman?’ ‘A proper woman marries – she has children -‘ ‘Then what does that make me? Am I not a proper woman? Last time I looked I certainly was.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“All we can do if we’re lucky is stich up the mistakes other people make.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Because, Petronella – it’s something in his soul. It’s something in his soul and you can’t get it out.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Words are water in this city. One drop of rumour could drown us.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“We’re nothing more than prisoners to your desire.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“There are horizons through the brickwork, you wait and see.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“What was once, is no longer.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Will put his hand on Nico’s shoulder. ‘Nico, we need to have another talk about your people skills.’
‘Hey, I’m just stating the obvious. If this is Apollo, and he dies, we’re all in trouble.’
Will turned to me. ‘I apologize for my boyfriend.’
Nico rolled his eyes. ‘Could you not―’
‘Would you prefer special guy?’ Will asked. ‘Or significant other?’
‘Significant annoyance, in your case,’ Nico grumbled.”
― Rick Riordan, The Hidden Oracle

“I wasn’t raised in a household where it was considered abnormal to be gay. So for me to meet people who use the word ‘faggot’ as an insult, with a derogatory meaning, I can’t take it. I don’t understand it. It’s so foreign to me. I was raised in a household where being gay was like, the most normal thing. You know, my brother is gay, all of my best friends are gay. When my brother came out of the closet, it wasn’t a big deal for my family. Even my grandpa, who is like, super old-school, was like, Good for you! It’s outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment. I hate it so much. Most of my favorite people in my life are gay. It’s something I’m super passionate about, because whenever I would see my friends get bullied, or my brother get hurt for his sexuality, I would become a raging lunatic. I would literally become a raging lunatic because I just can’t take it. When you see someone you love hurting, for such a superficial, bullshit reason, it’s like, how small and spiritually unenlightened and dumb as fuck can a person be? How much further can your head get up your ass that you’re actually judging someone as a person based on their sexuality before you even have a conversation with them?”
― Ariana Grande

“They should love you, just as you are. Parents should love their kids, right?”

“You’d think so.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Three

“And without my consent, with my defences in ruins, while my brain was sleeping, my stupid heart went and fell headfirst into love.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Two

“If someone called me fat, that affects me way more than someone calling me a f—-t. I think just because I’ve accepted that, if someone calls me a f—-t, it’s like, I am gay and I’m proud to be gay so there’s no issues there. If something calls you fat, that’s something I want to change.”
― Sam Smith

“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.
It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
― Bruce Springsteen

“If you put enough closets together, you have enough space for a room. If you put enough rooms together, you have enough room for a house. If you put enough houses together, you have space for a town, then a city, then a nation, then a world.”
― David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

“As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the ‘bathroom’ law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace.

No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments.

Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
― Bruce Springsteen

“I kissed him softly and left my lips pressed to his for a few beats of my heart.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Two

“I think he won a tiny piece of my heart that day. If he didn’t have the whole damn thing before then, he certainly had part of it now.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Two

“You are a stone, thrown upon a lake. But the ripples you create will never make you still.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“When I opened the door, Andrew was standing there like a remedy for heart palpitations. Or maybe he made them worse. It was hard to tell.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book One

“I glanced back to Yanni to see him smiling at us. “You two can stop being so cute now.”

“Well, Spencer can,” Andrew deadpanned. “I, unfortunately, am cute all the time.”
I laughed. “It’s true. He is.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Three

“I think you’re something wonderful.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book One

“I love you all.
Not just the you that you show yourself as,
but the you that is true.
The you that is you.
The you that is nothing else other than itself.”
― Chris Oflying

“I don’t check any particular box. I’ve never caught feelings for anyone because they were a male or a female. I feel for people because of who they are. Not what they are.”
― Tammy Ferebee, Outsiders

“This city is like no other city in the world. It is brilliant but it is bloated, and I’ve never called it home”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“If you put enough closets together, you have enough space for a room. If you put enough rooms together, you have enough space for a house. If you put enough houses together, you have space for a town, then a city, then a nation, then a world.”
― David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

“The turnip cannot thrive in the tulips patch of soil.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Throughout life the world may box you up and put you down.
But no matter what.
Everything you feel is valid and true.
Everything you are is real and beautiful.
Never let anyone deny you of that.”
― Chris Oflying

“Girls who like each other have a different energy. More intense. Furtive. They’re part of a secret world. They speak in code, like spies. Everything has a hidden meaning.”
― Leah Reader

“My last thought before falling asleep last night was a realisation that I was falling in love with Andrew.
Well, not me exactly. My stupid, traitorous heart.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Two

“I’m surprised I could actually talk with how much I was grinning.”
― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book One

“A huge part of what animates homophobia among young people is paranoia and fear of their own capacity to be gay themselves.”
― J. Juvince

“From little seeds great flowers grow.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Support Gay Liberation the whole way. But forget the practice. Nothing in it but the pain. They can say in public that I’m queer, but that doesn’t mean I have to be. Tell the truth––then outwit it in private.”
― Kate Millett, Flying

“Neighbours watching neighbours, twisting ropes to bind us all.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“It is exhausting living in a population where people don’t speak up if what they witness doesn’t directly threaten them.”
― David Wojnarowicz

“The night darkens, the stars unfriendly, the cold a knife upon her neck – but Nella waits, until she can no longer difference between Johannes and the darkness that carries him away.”
― Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“My whole life I’ve been ordered about. Now I shall give the orders.”I’ve never seen Felicity so wounded. “Not me,”she says. “I never ordered you about.””Oh, Fee.”The old Pippa surfaces for just a moment, hopeful and childlike. She pulls Felicity to her. Something I cannot name passes between them, and then Pip’s lips are on Fee’s in a deep kiss, as if they feed on one another, their fingers entwined in each other’s hair. And suddenly, I understand what I must have always known about them—the private talks, the close embraces, the tenderness of their friendship. A blush spreads across my neck at the thought. How could I not have seen it before?”
― Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

“Do not start. Do not blush. Let us admit in the privacy of our own society that these things sometimes happen. Sometimes women do like women.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“If two people could make each other smile and laugh and forget all the pain and darkness in the world for a moment, why should we feel ashamed of it?”
― Leah Raeder, Cam Girl

“When straight-identified women have sex with women, the broader culture waits in anticipation for them to return to what is likely their natural, heterosexual state; when straight-identified men have sex with men, the culture waits in anticipation for them to admit that they are gay.”
― Jane Ward, Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men

“The bag I wanted was beyond reason – something to hold my poems, twice as big as the universe and it must be androgynous.”
― Eileen Myles

“Baz arched an elegant brow. “Are you going to snog the Humdrum-is that your plan? Because he’s eleven. And he looks just like you. That’s both vain and deviant, Snow, even for you.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

“We were what seemed important then, not some label.”
― Nancy Garden

“After accepting the bitter truth of society, I set myself out to lead a life for myself entirely. I realized that the poisonous tentacles of society does not spare anyone, especially people like us. Once I realized that, I became strong from within.”
― Santosh Avvannavar, She: Ekla Cholo Re

“I have heard an argument that transgender people oppress transsexual people because we are trying to tear down the categories of male and female. But isn’t this the same reactionary argument used against transmen and transwomen by those who argue that any challenges to assigned birth sex threaten the categories of man and woman? Transgender people are not dismantling the categories of man and woman. We are opening up a world of possibilities in addition. Each of us has a right to our identities. To claim one group of downtrodden people is oppressing another by their self-identification is to swing your guns away from those who really do oppress us, and to aim them at those who are already under siege.”
― Leslie Feinberg, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue

“What is the bedrock on which all of our diverse trans populations can build solidarity? The commitment to be the best fighters against each other’s oppression. As our activist network grows into marches and rallies of hundreds of thousands, we will hammer out language that demonstrates the sum total of our movement as well as its component communities.

Unity depends on respect for diversity, no matter what tools of language are ultimately used. This is a very early stage for trans peoples with such diverse histories and blends of cultures to form community. Perhaps we don’t have to strive to be one community. In reality, there isn’t one women’s, or lesbian, gay, bi community. What is realistic is the goal to build a coalition between our many strong communities in order to form a movement capable of defending all our lives.”
― Leslie Feinberg, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue

“I actually chafe at describing myself as masculine. For one thing, masculinity itself is such an expansive territory, encompassing boundaries of nationality, race, and class. Most importantly, individuals blaze their own trails across this landscape. And it’s hard for me to label the intricate matrix of my gender as simply masculine.

To me, branding individual self-expression as simply feminine or masculine is like asking poets: Do you write in English or Spanish? The question leaves out the possibilities that the poetry is woven in Cantonese or Ladino, Swahili or Arabic. The question deals only with the system of language that the poet has been taught. It ignores the words each writer hauls up, hand over hand, from a common well. The music words make when finding themselves next to each other for the first time. The silences echoing in the space between ideas. The powerful winds of passion and belief that move the poet to write.”
― Leslie Feinberg

“It’s just us, right?’
Hannah walks to her. She touches her cheek and finds her eyes. There is a desperate light hanging on her pupils. A flicker of passion, a flicker of shame.
‘It’s just us.”
― Kelly Quindlen, Her Name in the Sky

“It takes some intelligence and insight to figure out you’re gay and then a tremendous amount of balls to live it and live it proudly.”
― Jason Bateman

“All should be accepted, not excluded from the world. Men who hate others shed hate upon themselves. All should have trust, not broken faith.”
― Saul Macomber

“When one is different, the answers have to come from within.”
― Damian Maher

“His legs may have been firmly rooted to the study floor, but his heart had just leaped the stile and was running down the lane.”
― Victoria Sue, The Innocent Auction

“Weight gains aren’t failures – they’re learning curves.”
― Rachel Stevenson, Reshaping Rachel

“The hidden secret you are hiding is unbearable. The strength to come out is unbelievable. The joy once you come out is incredible. The relief I felt after coming out was life changing.”
― Sara Deuidicibus

“Their love was so forbidden that their very touch could wrap a hangman’s noose around them.”
― Victoria Sue, The Innocent Auction

“Encontrar a Fedro guiando a Sócrates casi al mismo sitio, quizá lo era, le había impresionado profundamente. El árbol de amplia copa, la verde ladera en que recostarse, el agua fría al pie; sólo faltaban las ofrendas votivas y el santuario. «Concededme ser hermoso por dentro ―había suplicado Sócrates― y haced que las cosas exteriores e interiores se reconcilien».”
― Mary Renault, The Charioteer

“He closed the pages and stuffed them back into his jacket. Keeping his eyes cast downwards as he sipped his wine, he pulled out and lit a cigarette – almost a post-coital gesture.

from The Willow Lake Group by Kelly Proudfoot”
― Kelly Proudfoot, The Willow Lake Group

“I watched that film the other night and it embarrassed me. So dated, so coy, so evasively homosexual only a fellow homosexual might recognize the subtext.”
― David Leavitt, While England Sleeps

“I love analogies! Let’s have one.

Imagine that you dearly love, absolutely crave, a particular kind of food. There are some places in town that do this particular cuisine just amazingly. Lots of people who are into this kind of food hold these restaurants in high regard. But let’s say, at every single one of these places, every now and then throughout the meal, at random moments, the waiter comes over and punches any women at the table right in the face. And people of color and/or LGBT folks as well! Now, most of the white straight cis guys who eat there, they have no problem–after all, the waiter isn’t punching them in the face, and the non-white, non-cis, non-straight, non-guys who love this cuisine keep coming back so it can’t be that bad, can it? Hell, half the time the white straight cis guys don’t even see it, because it’s always been like that and it just seems like part of the dining experience. Granted, some white straight cis guys have noticed and will talk about how they don’t like it and they wish it would stop.

Every now and then, you go through a meal without the waiter punching you in the face–they just give you a small slap, or come over and sort of make a feint and then tell you they could have messed you up bad. Which, you know, that’s better, right? Kind of?

Now. Somebody gets the idea to open a restaurant where everything is exactly as delicious as the other places–but the waiters won’t punch you in the face. Not even once, not even a little bit. Women and POC and LGBT and various combinations thereof flock to this place, and praise it to the skies.

And then some white, straight, cis dude–one of the ones who’s on record as publicly disapproving of punching diners in the face, who has expressed the wish that it would stop (maybe even been very indignant on this topic in a blog post or two) says, “Sure, but it’s not anything really important or significant. It’s getting all blown out of proportion. The food is exactly the same! In fact, some of it is awfully retro. You’re just all relieved cause you’re not getting punched in the face, but it’s not really a significant development in this city’s culinary scene. Why couldn’t they have actually advanced the state of food preparation? Huh? Now that would have been worth getting excited about.”

Think about that. Seriously, think. Let me tell you, being able to enjoy my delicious supper without being punched in the face is a pretty serious advancement. And only the folks who don’t get routinely assaulted when they try to eat could think otherwise.”
― Ann Leckie

“Run everything on a generator,”Haskel said. “Got to keep it a certain temperature for the stuff I carry. Not too cold. Not too hot. There’s shit in here, weather got wrong, it’d go off and blow our asses all the way to Mineola. Maybe out in the goddamned Gulf.”

“I don’t like to travel that far unless I got plane tickets and a steward in my lap,”Leonard said.

Haskel cut an eye toward Leonard. “You mean stewardess, don’t you?”

“I don’t think so,”Leonard said, and let Haskel churn that one over.”
― Joe R. Lansdale

“Jaxton smiled and caught his hand, holding it tight in both of his. “Are you burnt out? Is it all too much?”he asked, getting straight to the root of the matter, in one go.

“Yes,”he sighed, hating that it was true.

“Then you’ll stay home.”

“You know I can’t. It’s impossible,”Roman complained about the unfairness of it all.
He was due to return to the studio in two days times, to finalise the tracks he’d recorded yesterday. Then he had to sit down with Jalen next week, to pick out a new piece of his artwork for the next album cover. And two weeks after that, he had three interviews with three different music channels, to film.

“Try telling that to Ben.”Jaxton winked at him, then ducked down to kiss him.

~ From the Heart”
― Elaine White, Clef Notes

“¿No te parece que una persona con genitales masculinos y femeninos es el
símbolo supremo de poder y de belleza?”
― Kōji Suzuki

“Once you go white, nothing else seems right!”
― Alexander O. Montgomery

“Samir loves Joe’s face. He studies it every day in class: a face as old as his own but already, in eighteen years, the cliffs and hills and odd proportions of its geography have been shaped by life’s weather. Samir likes to observe the ever-watchful green eyes, hidden in their shadowy alcoves over the at nose and cheekbones, and the heavy brow that scrunches up with Joe’s moods – all those sculptural planes could have been carved by Easter Islanders. en there’s the pout of his lips, the pucker of their concentration or the twist of their anger. But most of all, Samir examines the thoughts as they cross the wide-open landscape of the face. Tries hard to read their cloud shapes from the merest shadow.”
― Peter Bunzl, Tales from the Blue Room: An Anthology of New Short Fiction

“Querida madre:

Me he enamorado. Ahora sé una cosa de mí mismo que hace años que sospechaba, si hubiera tenido la sinceridad de admitirlo. Debería sentir miedo y vergüenza, pero no es así. Puesto que no veo esperanza terrena alguna para esta relación, debería estar muy deprimido, pero no lo estoy. Ahora sé por qué nací, por qué me ha ocurrido todo lo que me ha ocurrido, por qué soy un tullido, porque ello me ha traído al lugar oportuno en el momento oportuno. De ser necesario volvería a pasarlo todo ahora que sé que era para esto.”
― Mary Renault, The Charioteer

“―¿Lo conoces? ―dijo Reg.

―No. Me he equivocado.

―Yo diría que es un marica total.”
― Mary Renault, The Charioteer

“After the Stonewall riots the gay activists had their idealistic hearts in the right place but it turned out they had underestimated the realpolitik of organized crime. Indeed, as gay liberation blossomed in the wild 1970s the bars and bathhouses became increasingly lucrative enterprises, and the Mafia had no intention of abandoning a racket it had controlled for decades. The Mafia families maintained their control by exercising the proverbial carrot and stick. The wise guys seemingly embraced the gay rights movement and cut more so-called Auntie Gays into the action as their fronts, and resorted to violent threats and sometimes murder against others who refused to play ball with the crime families. There were few legitimate businessmen in gay nightlife of the 1970s.”
― Phillip Crawford Jr., The Mafia and the Gays

“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

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

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

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

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”
― Author Ernest J. Gaines

“I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an asshole.”
― Morgan Freeman

“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

“It takes some intelligence and insight to figure out you’re gay and then a tremendous amount of balls to live it and live it proudly.”
― Jason Bateman

“Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough to survive the turmoil of growing up is a survivor. Survivors always have an obligation to those who will face the same challenges.”
― Writer/actor Bob Paris

“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

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

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

“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

“The beauty of standing up for your rights is others see you standing and stand up as well.”
― Advice columnist Cassandra Duffy

“I’ve been embraced by a new community. That’s what happens when youre finally honest about who you are; you find others like you.”
― Chaz Bono

“Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour
― and in the oddest places!
― for the lack of it.”
― Author James Baldwin

“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

“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

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

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

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

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”
― Author Ernest J. Gaines

“I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an asshole.”
― Morgan Freeman

“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

“It takes some intelligence and insight to figure out you’re gay and then a tremendous amount of balls to live it and live it proudly.”
― Jason Bateman

“Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough to survive the turmoil of growing up is a survivor. Survivors always have an obligation to those who will face the same challenges.”
― Writer/actor Bob Paris

“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

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

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

“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

“The beauty of standing up for your rights is others see you standing and stand up as well.”
― Advice columnist Cassandra Duffy

“I’ve been embraced by a new community. That’s what happens when youre finally honest about who you are; you find others like you.”
― Chaz Bono

“Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour
― and in the oddest places!
― for the lack of it.”
― Author James Baldwin

“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

(Reference: //www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/lgbt?page=1 ; //www.inc.com/jeremy-goldman/celebrating-pride-17-powerful-lgbt-quotes.html)