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22 Inspirational LGBT Quotes for Your Best Self

If you need inspiration today, check out these inspirational LGBT quotes. Whether you or your loved ones are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer, these words from activists, authors, and actors will brighten your day. Our LGBTQ community is here to love, support, and inspire you!

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22 Inspirational LGBT Quotes for Your Best Self

Inspirational LGBT Quotes

Here are 22 inspirational LGBT quotes:

“Who you are authentically is alright. The shame is what kills you. Believing you are unworthy of love and belonging — that who you are authentically is a sin or is wrong — is deadly. Who you are is beautiful and amazing.” — Laverne Cox, actress, producer, advocate

“Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught.” — Leslie Feinberg, activist and author of Stone Butch Blues

“If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” — Zanele Muholi, artist and visual activist

“I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers — every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.” — Lena Waithe, actress, producer, and screenwriter

“Being transgender is not just a medical transition. … [It’s about] discovering who you are, living your life authentically, loving yourself, and spreading that love towards other people and accepting one another.” — Jazz Jennings, YouTube personality and activist

“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.” — Tammy Baldwin, first openly gay U.S. Senator

“All of us are put in boxes by our family, by our religion, by our society, our moment in history, even our own bodies. Some people have the courage to break free.” — Geena Rocero, model and transgender advocate

“It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.” — Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, world’s first openly gay prime minister (of Iceland)

“The more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I thrive.” Elliot Page, actor

“Family belongs to community, and community takes its cues from family. We need to go back to real community engagement that sees us as people. We need to take back our lives by engaging our families and educating our communities.” — Beverley Palesa Ditsie, lesbian activist, artist, and filmmaker

“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.” — Marsha P. Johnson, gay liberation activist

“I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with.” — Dutee Chand, first openly gay professional athlete (sprinter) from India

“Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I’ve ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn’t even realized I was carrying.”  —  Sir Ian McKellen, actor

“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, news host

“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, actor

“Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution. Let my tax money go for the protection of me. Protect my home, protect my streets, protect my car, protect my life, protect my property…worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life.”
― Harvey Milk, first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California (San Francisco Board of Supervisors)

“I am very, very optimistic because I believe in people power. We have an expression in Farsi that you can do whatever you want if you just decide to. I have decided to bring change to Iran and decriminalise homosexuality. It will happen, because homosexual rights, queer rights, are human rights and I’ll get my rights back. Rights are never given; we have to fight for them. And I am fighting.” — Arsham Parsi, Iranian human rights activist and founder of the International Railroad for Queer Refugees

“Trans people are extraordinary, strong, intelligent, persistent and resilient. We have to be. And we will not stand for the picking and choosing of rights. We still have hope.” — Sage Dolan-Sandrino, artist, public speaker, and organizer

“For trans and nonbinary youth: You’re beautiful. You’re important. You’re valid. You’re perfect.”
― Kacen Callender, author of multiple novels including Felix Ever After

“So here it is. My friends call me he, or they. The government and most of my family call me she. The media calls me she, because I don’t trust them enough to request that they do anything else. My lovers call me sweetheart. Or baby. Somewhere in all of that I find myself.”
― Ivan Coyote, author of multiple books including Tomboy Survival Guide

“All at once, a deep sadness descended. Why hadn’t I known that such possibilities existed before? Why was my childhood a series of miseries and only in my most recent phase of adulthood did delight pop up?

Well, isn’t queer adulthood, if one is lucky, having the impossible childhood of your desires?
― Joss Lake, author of Future Feeling

“The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.” — Avery Jackson, LGBTQ youth advocate

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