Prepare your hearts to fill with love, inspiration, and most importantly, PRIDE. In celebration of Pride Month, the ABL office has been reflecting on LGBTQ+ icons and quotes that have made a lasting impact on them.
#1) Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera
Marsha P. Johnson (left) and Sylvia Rivera (right) in 1973 New York City. Photo by Netflix from Reuters.
“Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are credited with throwing the first brick at stonewall. I look up to them, and everyone else there that night, the subsequent evenings, and over the course of the past fifty-two years who have shown their pride to a world that made it exceedingly difficult. In this season of Pride, I think it is important to remember that the first Pride was a riot. While the lgbtq+ community has more protections now, those rights were hard fought, and there are still miles to go.”
#2) “I had never realized before how much you can take from someone by not allowing them the words they need to describe themselves.”
Photo of Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows Book Cover from Amazon.
“This quote is from a novel called Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I think the quote holds so much meaning.”
#3) “Continue to love yourself. That’s where your power is right there.” – RuPaul
Photograph by Miles Aldridge for TIME
“I’ve been way into RuPaul since way back when. As someone who has to spend a lot of time at home, I cannot thank Ru enough for creating herself. All the pictures, awareness campaigns, & shows have helped me pass time happily for many years!
Ru’s statements about self-love, confidence, & reinventing oneself have given me a lot to think about too. Here’s one of my favorite Ru quotes: Continue to love yourself. That’s where your power is right there. I probably should get it tattooed on my arm!”
#4) “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
Photo by Jill Greenberg for Variety
“This quote is the embodiment of how we can really live an authentic life. It is a reminder that I have needed at many stages of my life.”
#5) Margaret Cho
Photo by Albert Sanchez from npr.org
“I admire Margaret Cho for her courage to unapologetically show up as herself no matter what. Her willingness to bring vulnerability alongside strength, and commentary alongside humor, creates an incredible impact and gives a voice to many who often feel voiceless.”
Thank you for joining us for our special tribute to Pride Month!
Missed our last ABL Office post? Find out our 6 quotes in honor of Women’s History Month here.