Category: queer quotes

“From the beginning of the gay liberation movement, the Stonewall riots of June, 1969, the Times and…”

“From the beginning of the gay liberation movement, the Stonewall riots of June, 1969, the Times and other elements of the mass media have misunderstood just how traumatic and new and courageous is ‘coming out’.”

Stuart Byron

“If this little book should see the light of day after 100 years’ entombment, I should like the…”

“If this little book should see the light of day after 100 years’ entombment, I should like the readers to know that the author was a lover of her own sex and devoted the best years of her life in striving for the political equality … of women.”

Laura de Force Gordon, in a note on the flyleaf of her book The Great Geysers of California, which was placed in a time capsule.

“Disabled lesbians face at least triple oppression – as disabled people, as women and as lesbians.”

“Disabled lesbians face at least triple oppression – as disabled people, as women and as lesbians.”

Joanne Doucette

“What you will do matters. All you need is to do it.”

“What you will do matters. All you need is to do it.”

Joan Baez

“Gentlemen Prefer Gentlemen”

“Gentlemen Prefer Gentlemen”

Anita Loos

“We must learn to see and be seen to be so full of our pasts and our pride that we can never be…”

“We must learn to see and be seen
to be so full of our pasts and our pride
that we can never be unseen again”

Chiyoko “Untitled” Outlines

“This love is misunderstood and despised, persecuted, and misinterpreted as nothing else in the…”

“This love is misunderstood and despised, persecuted, and misinterpreted as nothing else in the world! … They murder our love – and it lives! They strangle our cry – and the future resounds with it! They have murdered my books. But my books will live … Another judgement will be spoken by a brighter and better future. When, no one knows. But it is the only one I accept.”

John Henry Mackay

“I want the issue of anti-Semitism to be incorporated into our overall struggle because there are…”

“I want the issue of anti-Semitism to be incorporated into our overall struggle because there are lesbian/feminists among us who are threatened in this country not only as lesbians, but also as Jews.”

Irena Klepfisz 

“America’s 12 million lesbians are not pathetic creatures. We have wonderful, diverse lives….”

“America’s 12 million lesbians are not pathetic creatures. We have wonderful, diverse lives. It’s Hollywood’s responsibility to show what’s really going on in this country.”

Ellen Carton on Hollywood’s homophobic portrayal of lesbians in Basic Instinct

“I like homosexuality where the lovers are friends all their lives, and there are many lovers and…”

“I like homosexuality where the lovers are friends all their lives, and there are many lovers and many friends.”

Allen Ginsberg