LGBTQ June Pride Month 

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Quotes inspired by the historic record of the experiences of the #LGBTQIA community in America:

  • “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”  –Harvey Milk, politician and grassroots social/legal activist


  • “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


  • “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, Artist and Activist


  • “But I’m not a saint yet. I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius. Of course, I could be all four of these dubious things and still be a saint.” —Truman Capote, Author and Activist


  • “Where there is great love there are always miracles.” — Willa Cather, Writer and Activist


  • “What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love.” – Jay Z, business owner and musician


  • “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.” — Governor Tammy Baldwin,  Activist


  • “Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” —Jason Collins, professional athlete


  • “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, Writer, “A Streetcar Named Desire”


  • “Outing is a nasty word for telling the truth.” 
–Armistead Maupin, Writer


  • “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’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

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