16 LGBTQ Quotes To Remind You That All Love Is Equal
When it comes to fighting for equality, the LGBT community has stepped up to the plate and enjoyed huge strides forward within the course of the last few decades. With more and more celebrities and leaders joining in the fight for equal rights and respect for the gay and transgender communities, tolerance is finally starting to take its rightful place among Americans and in other countries of the world.
Unfortunately however, the battle for tolerance, equality, and understanding is far from over and now is a crucial time in our history for making sure everyone is afforded the same respect, regardless of who they chose to love or spend their lives with.
Whether you're LGBT yourself, have friends and loved ones who are, or just believe in the equal rights of every human being, now is the time to join in the conversation. Here you'll find a collection of quotes from various LGBT rights activists and supporters who are out to ensure that people of every gender and sexual preference are afforded the rights and respect that they deserve.
After them you'll also find some resources on how to address those in your life who may be hesitant to join in the fight for equality due to religious reasons.
"One day we won't have to 'come out of the closet.' We'll just say we are in love and that will be all that matters."
"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
"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
"I think being gay is a blessing, and it's something I am thankful for every single day."--Anderson Cooper
"I'm living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay."--Portia DeRossi
"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
"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?"--Author Ernest J. Gaines
"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free."--Barack Obama
"Do we have to worry about who's gay and who's straight? Can't we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive?" - Ellen
"This is why homophobia is a terrible evil: it disguises itself as concern while it is inherently hate." ― Tyler Oakley, Binge
"Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that's it. We're all people. We're all equal." ― Connor Franta
"Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Now which seems unnatural?"
"Marriage is about love, not gender."
"The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." ― Rita Mae Brown
"If being gay is a choice, then when did you decide to become straight?"
"I hate the term homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're not scared. You're an asshole." - Morgan Freeman
So you may have read through quotes above, perhaps even shouted an enthusiastic "hell yeah" along with a few, and know that you're on board for the equal rights of people everywhere. Unfortunately however, the odds are that you may know someone who isn't. What to do?
Well, the fact is that there are plenty of non-supporters still out there and you may even count some of them as your friends or more "traditional" family members. What's the best way to approach these folks in a manner that's less likely to end in a battle and more likely to actually change their minds? First of all, realize that as tempting as it can be to get all outraged and demand that they see the light, this rarely actually accomplishes much more than a fight. Though it can be hard with such a hot button issue, on which some people are way more open than others, simply seeking to have a calm, give and take dialogue with them is far for likely to produce any sort of a change.
The truth is that whenever a conversation escalates into an argument, both sides tend to get very defensive and generally stop listening to each other- this is why when people fight, they tend to feel the need to scream.
Try to get to the source of what it is exactly that they fear from the LGBT community so that you can actually address their concerns rather than attempting to label them with a variety of choice words. Many people out there, for instance, feel that supporting gay rights goes against their religious beliefs. At this point, you've actually got a solid foundation for a discussion during the course of which you can gently point out things such as the fact that the definition of "Biblical marriage" is far from limited to being between one man and one woman, as you can see below.
From there you may want to check out this website which walks through each verse in the Bible in which homosexuality is mentioned and reveals that scripture is not exactly the clear cut argument against the LGBT community that many people have been lead to believe.
After all, hopefully it's by insisting on love that you can bring more people over to its side. Please feel free to share this list and info with anyone you know who you think it might could help.