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Non-heterosexual people are human beings just like you and I, and have a right to be themselves. Here are 13 positive LGBTQ quotes that could be a first step towards light.
Most of what we know or think of the LGBTQ+ community is negative, especially since the discourse in India is about whether it is legal or not. We are a far cry yet from looking at the issue from a ‘human’ perspective, where homosexuality, or bisexuality, or being transgender or asexual – is just an attribute of that person like having brown eyes or a preference for pineapple on pizza.
I hope it would help to be aware of these quotes that shine forth with this very ‘human’ aspect of the LGBTQ+ community, which comes in as many hues as the rest us do. And love, laugh, cry, feel, just as we all do. Do read.
“What sexual preference do you hope she has?” “Happiness.” Isnt that cool?”
― Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat
“…human beings are human beings, just treat everyone like that.”
― Hayley Williams
“The beauty of standing up for your rights is others will see you standing and stand up as well.”
― Cassandra Duffy
“Freedom means equality. If you don’t believe in equality for all, you don’t believe in freedom.”
― DaShanne Stokes
“The point is that we are not doomed because we are homosexual, my dear, we are doomed only if we live in despair because of it, as we did on the beaches and the streets of Suck City.”
― Andrew Holleran, Dancer from the Dance
“Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out.”
― DaShanne Stokes
“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
“Being homosexual is no more abnormal than being lefthanded.”
― 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
“Calling for an end to hate shouldn’t be treated as a punishable offense.”
― DaShanne Stokes
“The most radical thing that any of us can do is to stop projecting our beliefs about gender onto other people’s behaviors and bodies”
― Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
“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
“A huge part of what animates homophobia among young people is paranoia and fear of their own capacity to be gay themselves.”
― J. Juvince
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