June is a magical month. Summer emerges in full force, sweeping away the last dreary remnants of winter, sun dresses and swimsuits and sandals are freed from the confines of storage bins, and on the 22nd, our Empress and Supreme Leader, Meryl Streep, celebrates her birthday. But best of all, June is Pride Month — so to celebrate the occasion, here are 20 quotes about love to share during Pride Month to spread it far and wide.
Pride Month takes place in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots, a series of demonstrations by the gay community to protest police raids on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. The riots were spontaneous, an explosion of all the hurt, anger, and frustration that had been building within the heavily persecuted gay community. The power and violence of the demonstrations, and the police response to them, sparked the formation of many gay rights groups, and marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.
While the LGBT Movement has made huge leaps forward since Stonewall, there is still progress to be made, and the current administration represents a serious threat to that progress.
As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence, a man who seems to have emerged from a wormhole to the 1950s and does NOT like what he sees here, signed a bill into law which made it possible for businesses in the state to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who must have ridden in through the wormhole on Pence’s shoulder, has a long history of opposing gay rights.
If the current political climate makes you feel scared, threatened, and overwhelmed, you're not alone. But remember, we are stronger than those who oppress us, because love will always conquer hate. Because when there are people who want to persecute you for what's in your heart, loving becomes an act of rebellion.
So be fierce about your love, not just this month, but every month. Fight for it. Let it burn bright and spread like wildfire, stoke its flames, and when you feel cold and alone, warm yourself by its heat. Love in the name of those who fought for your rights, who demonstrated at Stonewall, who brought LGBT rights to the Supreme Court and won. Love for those who were forced to suppress their love, for those who suffered and died for it. Love for them, love for yourself, love for your family and friends. Love, because love will always prevail.
"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved." -George Sand
"I've been embraced by a new community. That's what happens when you're finally honest about who you are; you find others like you." -Chaz Bono
“Love is the skillful audacity required to share an inner life.” - Gertrude Stein
“I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way...I can't apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to... We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful...We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.” - Alice Walker
“The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.” - Gore Vidal
"This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another." -Ellen Page
“Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. It will break out in tongues of praise, the high note that smashes the glass and spills the liquid.” - Jeanette Winterson
"Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time." - Maya Angelou
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." - Oscar Wilde
"To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow — this is a human offering that can border on miraculous." - Elizabeth Gilbert
“Love isn’t just a matter of looking at someone, I think now, but also of looking with them, of facing what they face.” - Garth Greenwell
"We must love one another or die." -W.H. Auden
“There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” -Lorraine Hansberry
“Don't be afraid; people are so afraid; don't be afraid to live in the raw wind, naked, alone...Learn at least this: What you are capable of. Let nothing stand in your way.” - Tony Kushner
"I was not ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful." - Michael Cunningham
"There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own." - Larry Kramer
“How was it possible to be afraid and in love... The two things did not go together. How was it possible to be afraid, when the two of them grew stronger together every day? And every night. Every night was different, and every morning. Together they possessed a miracle.” - Patricia Highsmith
“The truly revolutionary promise of our nation's founding document is the freedom to pursue happiness-with-a-capital-H. ” - Dan Savage
"When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected." - Laverne Cox