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5 Powerful LGBTQ Quotes That Made History

These inspirational quotes are certain to help brighten your day…

“Nature made a mistake, which I have corrected.” – Christine Jorgensen
Christine Jorgensen (May 30, 1926 – May 3, 1989) was an American transgender woman who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. She was also the first to publicly speak about the process; her advocacy aimed to normalize transgenderism and allow those who identified as trans to understand and accept themselves for who they truly are.

“If you help elect more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward.” – Harvey Milk
When Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) won a seat as a city supervisor in San Francisco in 1977, he became the first openly gay person elected to public office in California. Milk became the face of the push to put more LGBTQ people in positions of power and he stressed that doing so would not only be monumental for those in the queer community who don’t feel represented; it would also empower anyone who feels disenfranchised by those who are supposed to represent them.

“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” In her writing, she frequently expressed her anger at the treatment of people of colour, women, and the LGBTQ community. Lorde encouraged the community to express their anger and step out into the light, telling them that the only true safety is in making yourself known and demanding the acceptance and respect that is your right.

“AIDS is a plague – numerically, statistically and by any definition known to modern public health – though no one in authority has the guts to call it one.” – Larry Kramer
Larry Kramer (June 25, 1935 – May 27, 2020) was an American playwright, author and film producer. He was alsoa vocal advocate for the LGBTQ community and those suffering from AIDS at a time when the epidemic reached its peak in the 1980s and ’90s and gay men were ravaged by the disease. Kramer’s often-controversial work about the failure of our society to help and protect those who are suffering was vital to the queer community.

“I’m not missing a minute of this. It’s the revolution!” – Sylvia Rivera
Sylvia Rivera (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) was a Latina-American drag queen who was a gay and transgender activist in the 1960s and ’70s. Her statement is one of the most famous quotes to come out of the Stonewall Riots, and served as a rallying cry for many who were afraid of the violence that occurred at Stonewall. Participating in the riots at only 17 years old, Rivera was an inspiration to many.

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