Category: queer quote

If just one lesbian, hidden in her hole somewh…

If just one lesbian, hidden in her hole somewhere in the deepest provinces, finds out through me that one can be a lesbian and still be happy, that there is neither shame, nor anguish, nor despair in our condition, then I will have won my challenge.

Yes, you know gay, but I need to teach you que…

Yes, you know gay,
but I need to teach you queer
I need to tell you about hostile glares
and false arrests
and you have no defense
a queer can’t bear witness
against a lying cop. They call your boss,
you lose your job, there’s no redress.

If just one lesbian, hidden in her hole somewh…

If just one lesbian, hidden in her hole somewhere in the deepest provinces, finds out through me that one can be a lesbian and still be happy, that there is neither shame, nor anguish, nor despair in our condition, then I will have won my challenge.

“I feel like a minority within a minority in the gay community. You’re in a subculture. In the…”

“I feel like a minority within a minority in the gay community. You’re in a subculture. In the Indian community you feel like you’re in a sub-subculture. And the paths of the gay community and the Indian community don’t even cross. I don’t want that separation. I want all of it together.”

Leota Lone Dog

“It is not now or ever okay with disabled lesbians to be regarded as inferior. The truth is that we,…”

“It is not now or ever okay with disabled lesbians to be regarded as inferior. The truth is that we, the impossible disabled lesbians, are valuable; in fact, we are necessary for the strength, growth, and survival of all lesbian communities.”

Edwina Franchild

“Nothing has prepared us, and yet somehow all history conspired to bring us together: two Jewish…”

“Nothing has prepared us, and yet somehow all history conspired to bring us together: two Jewish women brimming with love for one another. So sweet was our delight, it seemed to infuse with meaning the centuries of suffering that had preceded us. “Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.” We were the harvest; our love was the first fruit, the springing forth of life from the ashes of our people.”

Alice Bloch The Law of Return

“[Victim] was the first film in which a man said ‘I love you’ to another man. I wrote…”

“[Victim] was the first film in which a man said ‘I love you’ to another man. I wrote that scene in. I said, ‘There’s no point in half-measures. We either make a film about queers of we don’t’.”

Dirk Bogarde

“I had a chance to read a copy of The Well of Loneliness that had been translated into Polish before…”

“I had a chance to read a copy of The Well of Loneliness that had been translated into Polish before I was taken into the camps. I was a young girl at the time, around twelve or thirteen, and one of the ways I survived the camp was by remembering that book. I wanted to live long enough to kiss a woman.”

A Jewish woman in conversation at the Lesbian Herstory Archives

“As a lesbian of color, what I need is a revolution.”

“As a lesbian of color, what I need is a revolution.”

Barbra Smith

“Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson in your present lives you are us telling the truth  and living it…”

“Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson
in your present lives
you are us
telling the truth 
and living it too
at last”

Fran Winant “Gertrude and Emily” We Are All Lesbians