Looking for some inspiring pride month quotes to get you in the mood for the upcoming celebrations and marches? In this guide, I list 75 of my all-time favourite quotes for pride month to remind us that love is love.
There is more to Pride than rainbows, wild parties and fabulous pride outfits. Pride Month is a time to honour and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, our history, and our ongoing fight for equality.
It is a time to uplift voices, spread love, and stand in solidarity with individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Pride helps remind us of how far we’ve come as a community, but it also serves as a token of how much work is left to do.
To commemorate this special occasion and prepare for pride events across the UK and beyond, we have compiled a collection of 75 inspiring LGBTQ quotes. So let’s get to it.
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75 Inspiring Pride Month Quotes
These quotes for Pride serve as a reminder of the resilience, strength, and beauty of the LGBTQ+ community. They inspire us to challenge societal norms, stand up for what is right, and create a world where everyone can love and be loved without fear or discrimination.
1. “It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” — Harvey Milk
2. “When you are willing to make sacrifices for a great cause, you will never be alone” — Coretta Scott King
3. “You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights.” — Marsha P. Johnson
4. “I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” — Ellen DeGeneres
5. “What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” — Tennessee Williams
6. “Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” — Barbara Gittings
7. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” — Harvey Fierstein
8. “All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more—and no less—heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying, as civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to ‘fix what ain’t right’ in our society.” — Sen. Tammy Baldwin
9. “Love is never wrong.” — Melissa Etheridge
10. “There are worse things in life than kissing boys.” — Benjamin Alire Sáenz
11. “We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.” — Bayard Rustin
12. “Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizen of this country.” — Zachary Quinto
13. “I’m living by example by continuing on with my career and having a full, rich life, and I am incidentally gay.” — Portia de Rossi
14. “Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough to survive the turmoil of growing up is a survivor. Survivors always have an obligation to those who will face the same challenges.” — Bob Paris
15. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde
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16. “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
17. “The Lord is my Shepherd, and He knows I’m gay.” — Troy Perry
18. “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” — Audre Lorde
19. “I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an a**hole.” — Morgan Freeman
20. “It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected all over the world.”— Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
21. “Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?” — James Baldwin
22. “Gender and sexuality are so fluid. It’s OK to change your mind a million times and figure out what works for you. It’s OK to take your time.” — Amandla Stenberg
23. “But I’m not a saint yet. I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius. Of course, I could be all four of these dubious things and still be a saint.” — Truman Capote
24. “I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”” — Jason Collins
25. “We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.” — Elliot Page
26. “I think being gay is a blessing, and it’s something I am thankful for every single day.” — Anderson Cooper
27. “I am a strong, Black, lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better.”— Brittney Griner
28. “This community has fought and continues to fight a war of acceptance, a war of tolerance and the most relentless bravery. You are the definition of courage, do you know that?” — Lady Gaga
29. “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” — Barack Obama
30. “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
31. “Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” — Jason Collins
32. “What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level.” — Miley Cyrus
33. “The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you’ve just told them.” — Rachel Maddow
34. “Stonewall represented, absolutely, the first time that the LGBT community successfully fought back and forged an organized movement and community.” — Mark Segal
35. “Being born gay, Black and female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay, Black female is.” — Lena Waithe
36. “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
37. “The richness, beauty and depths of love can only be fully experienced in a climate of complete openness, honesty and vulnerability.” — Anthony Venn Brown
38. “We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.” — George Takei
39. “You don’t have to be gay to be a supporter—you just have to be a human.” — Daniel Radcliffe
40. “Your judgments about another person say more about your own character than the character of the person you’re pointing a finger at.” — Alaric Hutchinson
41. “I believe that no one should ever have to choose between a career we love and living our lives with authenticity and integrity.” — Selisse Berry
42. “Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I’ve ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn’t even realized I was carrying.” — Sir Ian McKellen
43. “There will always be enemies. Time to stop being your own.” — Larry Kramer
44. “There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.” — Chris Colfer
45.” From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people.” — Howard Dean
46. “We have to do it because we can no longer stay invisible. We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are.” — Sylvia Rivera
47. “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
48. “I’m a young, bisexual woman, and I’ve spent a large part of my life trying to validate myself—to my friends, to my family, to myself—trying to prove that who I love and how I feel is not a phase.” — Halsey
49. “You look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous if you don’t dance. So you might as well dance.” — Gertrude Stein
50. “The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.” — Gore Vidal
51. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” — Tim Cook
52. “This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.” – Elliot Page
53. “I’ll be the first one to step on any organization, any politician’s toes if I have to, to get the rights for my community.” – Sylvia Rivera
54. “I was not ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful.” – Michael Cunningham
55. “No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker
56. “We are powerful because we have survived.”– Audre Lorde
57. “If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” – Zanele Muholi
58. “Gay rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton
59. “The more I’ve been able to learn about gay rights and equal pay and gender equity and racial inequality, the more that it all intersects. You can’t really pick it apart. It’s all intertwined.” – Megan Rapinoe
60. “We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s okay.” – Laverne Cox
61. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama
62. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” – Brené Brown
63. “To be yourself is truly a revolutionary act, and I think more and more people should try it, because it’s gotten me a pretty cool life.” – Lena Waithe
64. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston
65. “I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet.” – Dolly Parton
66. “It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have any moral objection to someone else’s sexuality. It’s like telling someone else how to clean their house.” – River Phoenix
67. “Baby, I was born this way.” – Lady Gaga
68. “After a while, you learn to ignore the names people call you and just trust who you are.” – Shrek
69. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
70. “Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” – What a Girl Wants
71. “I realize that just living my truth of what I am, there’s one less person to fight me in my own head.” – Raven-Symoné
72. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not” – Andre Gide
73. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings
74. “Being gay is like being left-handed. Some people are, most people aren’t and nobody really knows why. It’s not right or wrong, it’s just the way things are!” – Unknown.
75. “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am inside and out.” – Sam Smith.
Celebrate Pride with these Pride Month Quotes
Pride Month serves as a reminder to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, to honour our struggles and triumphs, and to continue the fight for a world that embraces diversity and inclusivity.
These pride month quotes remind us that love knows no boundaries, limitations, or restrictions. Which one was your favourite?
During Pride Month and beyond, let us uplift LGBTQ+ voices, amplify their stories, and work together to create a more inclusive and equitable society.