Quotes

“Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”—Barack Obama

“Most people don’t form a self and then lead a life. They are called by a problem, and the self is constructed gradually by their calling.”—David Brooks

“Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.”—Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture (1993)

‎“I sincerely believe what’s being presented before the current norm is something that the community already has. I believe it’s fair – it’s fair – to recognize this right for the minorities. And I believe it would be a terrible distortion of democracy if the majorities – the actions of those majorities – denied rights to those minorities.”—Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, 13 July 2010, Re: Pending same-sex marriage bill

“Violence towards women isn’t cultural; it’s criminal.”—Hillary Clinton

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.”
—Prayer of St. Francis

“I know you cannot live on hope alone, but without hope, life is not worth living.”—Harvey Milk

“Do not try to hard to make your legal system jump; be content with it only taking steps.  But do keep the system walking.”—Kees Waaldijk

“…you can do something. You can, even for one person… Don’t turn away; help. Because those who suffer, often suffer not because of the person or the group that inflicts the suffering; they seem to suffer because nobody cares.”—Elie Wiesel

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”—Elie Wiesel

“Activism can soften steel, but the problem is, activism can get too radical and just piss ’em off.”—Dr. Temple Grandin

“[The issue] doesn’t go away because you type something (…); it goes away because you show up in person.”—David Abbott

“Human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights.”—Secretary Hillary Clinton

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”—Martin Luther King

“Inclusiveness is achieved by denying that exclusion is inevitable, that difference is established through exclusion, and that the fundamental differences that accompany inequalities of power and position cannot be overcome by persuasion.”—Joan W. Scott

“Oh if a man tried
To take his time on Earth
And prove before he died
What one man’s life could be worth
I wonder what would happen
To this world…”
—Harry Chapin, I Wonder What Would Happen to This World

“Violence is bankrupt.”—Dr. Bernard LaFayette

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