"Every year, prejudice and injustice destroy lives
and hurt the future of our nation. Now is the time
to create a better tomorrow. Now is the time
for change."

 

LGBT QUOTES

Powerful, inspirational, and known for digging deep beneath the surface, Dr. DaShanne Stokes has been quoted around the world in books, newspapers, religious sermons, and beyond. Collected here are some of his most memorable LGBT quotes.


 

 

 

 

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"You're not under attack when others gain rights and privileges you've always had."
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"What does love mean if we would deny it to others?"
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"Love should never mean having to live in fear."
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"Never be content to sit back and watch as others' rights are trampled upon. Your rights could be next."
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"Privilege doesn't just insulate people from the consequences of their prejudice, it cuts them off from their humanity."
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"Privilege is not knowing that you're hurting others and not listening when they tell you."
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"If you love your country, you must be willing to defend it from fraud, bigotry, and recklessness--even from a president."
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"Prejudice is learned. What will you teach others through your actions and words?"
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"When we hide discrimination under the guise of 'religious freedom,' we make a mockery of human rights."
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"What matters most is not 'what' you are, but 'who' you are."
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"If you think your religion requires discrimination, you're probably misreading your faith."
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"Fear is the intended result of codifying homophobia into law."
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"Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out."
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"It's terrifying to think you could become the next statistic."
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"The world could use more love. Why deny it to others?"
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"Amazing how eye and skin color come in many shades yet many think sexuality is just gay or straight."
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"People think that LGBTs adopting children will hurt them, but it's not being in loving homes that hurts children most."
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"Hate speech has no place in a multicultural society. We need to bring it to an end. Right here. Right now."
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"Privilege is when you contribute to the oppression of others and then claim that you are the one being discriminated against."
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"Reducing a group to a slur or stereotype reduces us all."
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"People often call fighting discrimination being "PC" because they don't want their own unearned privileges challenged."
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"The power of love is that it sees all people."
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"There is nothing 'honorable' or 'reasonable' in giving a pass to those who want to discriminate."
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"What does religious freedom mean if we would use it as a cover for hate and privilege?"
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"Urging an organization to be inclusive is not an attack. It's progress."
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"One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it's an act of revolution."

 

 

"Same-sex marriage has not created problems for religious institutions; religious institutions have created problems for same-sex marriage."

 

 

"I've fought for religious freedom and I can tell you that anti-gay 'religious freedom' bills aren't it."
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"Terror doesn't change people from gay to straight. It just hurts innocent people."
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"Calling for an end to hate shouldn't be treated as a punishable offense."
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"Today's 'religious freedom' policies should not be seen as a problem limited to LGBT people but as a co-optation of religion that affects us all."

 

 

"It's not conversion 'therapy;' it's conversion brainwashing."
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"If you'd combat bigotry, use honest language and call things out for what they really are."
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"Prejudice plunges you into a world of fear and hate. That's no way to live."
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"Building bridges takes us further than building walls."
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"We must speak truth to power and confront ignorance with facts."
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"Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression."
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"Bigotry lives not just in our words, but in our actions, thoughts, and institutions."
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"When you've grown up mis-educated, surrounded by fear and hate, unaware of your privilege, lies can sound like the truth."
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"Privilege is when you can afford to sit back and watch as others' rights are trampled upon."
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"The minute we look away, the minute we stop fighting back, that's the minute bigotry wins."
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"Bigotry is based on deception, of oneself and of others."
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