Photo:  Ashley Burns

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This image is a reality that reflects decades of activists fighting for our rights and the opportunity for us to love. This use to be just an idea, a dream to most. We are so grateful to the people who have come before us to make this a reality. This is what love looks like. In celebration of June as #Pride month, I'm honoring LGBTQ-rights activists who have made an impact in my life, find their most moving quotes below. #loveislove #pride



American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California

“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” 

“I know you can't live on hope alone; but without hope, life is not worth living. So you, and you and you: you got to give them hope; you got to give them hope” 



Writer, feminist, womanist, essayist, and civil rights activist.

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences"

“When we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak”



Playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist.

"Not enough of us are proud of being gay. Not enough of us identify first and foremost as gay. It's got to be the most important thing in our lives, and it isn't for most of us”

“The definition of gay should not be just sexual"



 Gay liberation, transgender activist and trailblazer and self-identified drag queen.

"Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned"

“We have to do it because we can no longer stay invisible. We should not be ashamed of who we are. We have to show the world that we are numerous.

There are many of us out there.”



 Leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.

"If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end" 



 Gay liberation activist and self-identified drag queen.

"I may be crazy, but that don't make me wrong."

"No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us"