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Gay Movement Quotes


"I'm not focused on the gay and lesbian movement." - Billy Graham

"In less than a century we experienced great movement. The youth movement! The labor movement! The civil rights movement! The peace movement! The solidarity movement! The women's movement! The disability movement! The disarmament movement! The gay rights movement! The environmental movement! Movement! Transformation! Is there any reason to believe we are done?" - Holly Near

"Change means movement. Movement means friction." - Saul Alinsky

"Dance is movement, and movement is life." - Ludmilla Chiriaeff

"Part of me looks at the gay movement now and worries that we're losing our individuality." - Boy George

"One thing the gay rights movement taught the world is the importance of being visible." - Charles M Blow

"Yeah, the gay pride movement is precious and all, but I think it's about time we asked ourselves what gay people really have to offer to society." - Zach Braff

"An awful lot of gay pop stars pretend to be straight. I'm going to start a movement of straight pop stars pretending to be gay." - Robbie Williams

"I've been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I've been controversial." - Jean O'Leary

"The gay movement has realized its agenda, so they've gotta transfer that energy somewhere and transgenders is the next." - Rush Limbaugh

"I've been a very effective leader in the gay rights movement, though at times I've been controversial." - Jean Oleary

"I, personally, am trying to get more and more involved with the gay and lesbian movement, very much so." - A J Mclean

"Never confuse movement with action." - Ernest Hemingway

"We really got a lot of very conservative gay people. You could look at the figures from the last election and realize that a third of the gay movement voted Republican." - Kate Clinton

"Because gay people were so much more visible, violence against gays was more common and reported on. But they were definitely related to each other. In the wake of AIDS, gay people felt like they had to organize, become much more active and visible. AIDS fostered a gay rights movement that made gay people more powerful and more vulnerable at the same time." - Dale Peck

"These awful middle-class queens - which is what the gay movement has become - are so tiresome. It's all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers." - Rupert Everett

"The real danger of the gay movement is its necessary goal of the elimination of this moral system in order to achieve this [sexual freedom]" - Scott Lively

"I knew that I was gay in every bone of my body. So I did the only thing I could do. I started the movement." - Harry Hay

"These awful middle-class queens - which is what the gay movement has become - are so tiresome. It's all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers." - Rupert Everett

"These awful middle-class queens - which is what the gay movement has become - are so tiresome. It's all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers." - Rupert Everett

"Obviously the transgender movement has not progressed in the way that the gay and lesbian movement has. But Im an activist - thats just the kind of person I am." - Chaz Bono

"Obviously the transgender movement has not progressed in the way that the gay and lesbian movement has. But I'm an activist - that's just the kind of person I am." - Chastity Bono

"When it comes to two of the big social earthquakes in the last fifty years - which are the gay movement and the women's movement - I think there is a direct line from Kinsey to those." - Bill Condon

"Obviously the transgender movement has not progressed in the way that the gay and lesbian movement has. But I'm an activist - that's just the kind of person I am." - Chaz Bono

"A body in movement is its philosophy." - Nelly Mazloum

"Sonnet is about movement in a form." - Seamus Heaney

"Movement is meditation. Move to win." - Conor Mcgregor

"The gay rights movement is not a party. It is not a lifestyle. It is not a hair style. It is not a fad or a fringe or a sickness. It is not about sin or salvation. The gay rights movement is an integral part of the American promise of freedom." - Urvashi Vaid

"People from pre-sexual revolution and even from the 60s and the birth of the gay movement still define gay as two men or two women having sex. Our generation defines it from a more emotional standpoint. To be gay means you are drawn to the same sex. But it's a part of who you are, an identity, not an act." - Dustin Lance Black

"Time is not a movement in space. Space is a movement in time." - Frederick Lenz

"In the '70s, the gay movement was really making strides. Huge strides. And then AIDS came along and slapped a judgment on it all and the Right Wing religious movement was like, 'See. This is why, we told you.' And it pushed back the movement 30 years." - Mario Cantone

"Beautiful as sweet! And young as beautiful! and soft as young! And gay as soft! and innocent as gay." - Edward Young

"Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict." - Saul Alinsky

"What does the gay movement mean when it says tolerance?...It means absolutely unconditionally accepting it as perfectly normal, healthy, natural and something that should be integrated into every part of society." - Scott Lively

"I thought that the main problem in the gay community is the lack of funding, I was wrong. The essential quality that this movement needs is courage and an ideal; without an ideal, nothing is possible." - Nikolay Alexeyev

"The gay movement is an evil institution that's goal is to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity in which there's no restrictions on sexual conduct except the principle of mutual choice." - Scott Lively

"I don't understand if the conservative movement says you can't be gay and conservative, and I'm straight, then I don't think I can abide by that form of conservatism." - Andrew Breitbart

"I think worldwide, the movement has been towards accepting and respecting the individuality and the rights of gay people, lesbians and transgender people. Here, however, age-old cultural mindsets - which also comes from Victorian times, affect the thinking of people." - Kabir Bedi

"There was a huge movement that led up to [gay marriage legilization], and I played a small role in the great scheme of things. But it was really a privilege to get to do it." - Donald Verrilli Jr.

"Just by being out you're doing your part. It's like recycling. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out." - Martina Navratilova

"I think, with the gay liberation movement has had need for heroes and heroines, and it would be rather nice to have Abraham Lincoln as your poster boy, wouldn't it?" - David Herbert Donald

"There's no question that the gay movement would not be as far along as it is without AIDS. But how can there be any other issue in the face of death, possible extinction?" - Larry Kramer

"The successes of the LGBT civil rights movement and the more prominent role openly gay people are playing in the public eye has actually turned up the temperature in middle schools and high schools for queer kids." - Dan Savage

"My dearest friend in the movement is Jack Nichols. If there were no such thing as gay or straight, we would still talk and share experiences till the end of time." - George Weinberg

"People are so intimidated by the gay movement that nobody will say why...they won't say why they don't want gay marriage...they don't dare to say because homosexuality is wrong, it's harmful for society, it's abnormal, it's unnatural, the people who are doing it can overcome it and should overcome it" - Scott Lively

"The women's movement. . . has proved women's own worst enemy." - Susan Faludi

"'Powell movement.' What do you think 'PM' stands for?" - Jon Stewart

"I believe that women will lead the democracy movement." - George W Bush

"Opposition is different from terrorism. Opposition is a political movement." - Bashar al-Assad

"There is movement and movement. There are movements of small tension and movements of great tension and there is also a movement which our eyes cannot catch although it can be felt. In art this state is called dynamic movement." - Kazimir Malevich

"Innovation, born from true creativity, depends on movement." - Georges St-Pierre

"I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic." - Alice Paul

"I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy. The civil rights movement thrives on unity and inclusion, not division and exclusion. My husband's struggle parallels that of the gay rights movement." - Coretta Scott King

"I go wading into the fire fit, but the conservative movement - jeez. Look at Milo [Yiannopoulos]. He's in his twenties. He's flamboyantly gay. We're nowhere near the conservative movement here. Ideologically he's pure. Ideologically he's brave, he's right down the line." - Rush Limbaugh

"The gay rights movement of recent years has been an inspiring victory for humanity and it is in the tradition of the civil rights movement when I was a young boy in the South, the women's suffrage movement when my mother was a young woman in Tennessee, the abolition movement much farther back, and the anti-apartheid movement when I was in the House of Representatives. All of these movements have one thing in common: the opposition to progress was rooted in an outdated understanding of morality." - Al Gore

"I was influenced by the hippie movement in San Francisco and by the feminist movement, which had arrived in Paris." - Sonia Rykiel

"Herman Cain is probably well-liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican Party, conservative movement and tea party movement. People like Karl Rove like to keep the racism very covert and so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity so he can say, 'Look: This is not a racist anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look: We have a black man.' And look he's polling well and he won a straw poll." - Janeane Garofalo

"Any of us who work on the task of solving the climate crisis have at times an internal struggle between hope and despair. But that's one of the things that connects this climate movement to the previous great moral revolutions, like the civil rights movement and more recently the gay rights movement. So those who feel despair should be of good cheer, as the Bible says. Have faith, have hope. We are going to win this." - Al Gore

"Man, if you're gay we can be friends. If you're straight, we can be friends. I'm not gay, I don't plan on being gay, I don't condone it and I'm not sayin' I'm against it." - Asap Rocky

"Gay marriage, I am so against it because if all my gay friends get married, it will cost me a fortune in gifts." - Joan Rivers

"Feeling so gay, feeling so gay." - David Bowie

"Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions." - Mike Huckabee

"I grew up in the 1970s and I am a product of women's liberation. My generation is really the first one to fully benefit from the movement. It's the same for homosexuals. We are the first generation to really accept that someone is gay. I work with people who are gay and of course I don't think about it. I don't care if someone lives with a man. Twenty years ago it was an issue. Now it's not." - Pernille Fischer Christensen

"Rumors went round that I might be gay. In some ways, I was happy w/ this. Larry Rivers proved to me that a gay man could be wild, attractive, and courageous; in any case one's sexuality was becoming less of an issue every day. One of the great things about the British Mod movement was that being macho was no longer the only measure of manhood." - Pete Townshend

"Even there, [Barack] Obama's generals, his Pentagon, they're telling him what to do. And the force for gay rights is inevitable. And you can say Obama will help us, and maybe he will, but only if we have something on the ground that will make him help us. Frankly, the gay movement on the ground has been one of the great propulsive things that has made politicians do what they do." - Bill Ayers

"I'm happy to say I haven't received that much negative feedback. I'm always thrilled when I get feedback from young people, particularly from The New Normal, young gay people - when they say they want that when they grow up, that means a lot to me. As a kid growing up, I didn't really have a lot of gay role models on television, so it's nice to be part of a movement that gives some more of those." - Andrew Rannells

"We're the end of the baby boomers, and we participated in many social changes. Who would of thought, for example, when the AIDS epidemic came along that so many would die, because it was gay people dying. And what emerged was a grassroots movement that developed, and succeeded in getting things done. The pinpointing of that movement evolved into the changes that we have today." - Todd Haynes

"Homophobia is gay." - Frank Iero

"Oh, leave the gay and festive scenes, The halls of dazzling light." - Henry Jackson Van Dyke

"Happy the poet who with ease can steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe." - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

"Form'd by thy converse, happily steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe." - Alexander Pope

"And the Baron's retainers were blithe and gay, And keeping their Christmas holiday." - Thomas Haynes Bayly

"All that in this world is great or gay, Doth, as a vapor, vanish and decay." - Edmund Spenser

"All will be gay when noontide wakes anew The buttercups, the little children's dower." - Robert Browning

"Nature strips her garment gay, And wears the vesture of decay." - John Logan

"Excuse me: I am homeless. I am gay. I have AIDS. I'm new in town." - John Mulaney

"Gay as a daffodil." - Freddie Mercury

"A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company." - William Wordsworth

"Their eyes mid many wrinkles, their eyes, Their ancient, glittering eyes, are gay." - William Butler Yeats

"Most priests are gay." - Madonna Ciccone

"Being gay is immutable." - Andrew Solomon

"I'm Israeli and gay." - Gideon Raff

"I am not gay." - Roberto Cavalli

"I'm not gay." - Matthew Morrison

"No, I'm not gay." - Eric Stonestreet

"When movement becomes ecstatic, then this is dance. When the movement is so total there is no ego, then it is dance." - Rajneesh

"A large movement covers a small movement" - Dai Vernon

"Think of the circular path of each movement, in Tai Chi every movement is in curve or circle that has no ending or beginning." - Paul Lam

"The technique of a mass movement aims to infect people with a malady and then offer the movement as a cure." - Eric Hoffer

"Oh I do want that thing, that oneness of movement that will catch the thing up into one movement and sing - harmony of life." - Emily Carr

"Change happens through movement and movement heals." - Joseph Pilates

"It is because of me - I definitely think [my show] has helped the movement. Before it came out, everyone was still a little apprehensive about [same sex relationships]. Then they realized, 'Wow, everyone is really into this stuff, and it is fine.' The next thing you know, [gay marriage] is legal." - Tila Tequila

"The gay movement doesn't care about what you think...they're focused on the young ones because if you can put the ideas into their minds it's just a matter of time before you die off and they take your place and their value system will then allow all the rules to be changed." - Scott Lively

"A writer will write with or without a movement; but at the same time, for Chicano, lesbian, gay and feminist writers-anybody writing against the grain of Anglo misogynist culture-political movements are what have allowed our writing to surface from the secret places in our notebooks into the public sphere." - Cherrie Moraga

"We've seen the transformation of America, when at the pinnacle of its Christianity was probably in the 1950s. Ever since then it has been declining, why? Because of the sexual revolution. Where did the sexual revolution come from? The sexual revolution came from the activists of the American gay movement." - Scott Lively

"You talk about the Pro-Life movement being one of the great shames of our nation. I think, if you want number two, I think - I think it's that. I think it's absolute - it's a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights." - Jon Stewart

"I am old school, I joined the gay liberation movement in 1972. If you had told me in 1972 that in the year 2009 I would be campaigning for the right to join the army or get married I think I would have started dating women at that time." - Cleve Jones

"People that are much younger in areas that are much more, kind of, disenfranchised, I guess, as far as the gay movement goes, they still have a language that they've discovered around things. And they have a vocabulary to use, and they have a way to express themselves even when they're not accepted." - Amy Ray

"You talk about the Pro-Life movement being one of the great shames of our nation. I think, if you want number two, I think-I think it's that. I think it's absolute-it's a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights." - Jon Stewart

"Most pastors railing against gay marriage have never cried out on racism, any type of injustice or police brutality. They've never once made a statement about health care. Many of them are silent on community issues. They are very silent, but they have become the leaders of this particular movement." - Otis Moss III

"The trouble is, SMers are allowing themselves to be defined by what they are not. We think, "Oh, so many people believe that we're all murderers and rapists, and we have to explain that we're not!" Uh so, a slogan for the gay civil rights movement should be "Normal, Non-threatening and Not After Your Children"?" - Laura Antoniou

"There is a fantasy as old as the modern gay rights movement that if all our skins turned lavender overnight, the majority, confounded by our numbers and our diversity, and recognising a few of our faces, would at once let go of prejudice forevermore." - Ian Mckellen

"My truth is I am gay and out, and if I can't do that in my music, then I don't need it. Fortunately, I do feel like there is a movement against homophobia, and I hope to be part of that." - Billy Porter

"The liberal feminist movement never imagined that women would take seriously the encouragement to become our own heroes and claim life for ourselves, on our terms, no matter who we are. Pro-choice and pro-life, Christian and not, poor and rich, black, white, gay and straight. It is a dream we all hold dear, and it's called the Tea Party." - Tammy Bruce

"The women's movement and gay and lesbian movements always come together, and our adversaries are always the same because the male supremacist, patriarchal, ultra-right-wing, religious fundamentalists, whatever you want to call it is devoted to saying that sex is only moral and okay when it is directed towards having children and occurs in patriarchal marriage, so the children are owned." - Gloria Steinem

"I think fundamentally, the real power behind the anti-choice movement in regard to abortion and the opposition to the rights of LGBT Americans is fundamentally religious. I know that there are people who are secularists who have problems with the rights of gay people and problems with reproductive choice, but frankly those people are few in number." - Barry W. Lynn

"We need a new political movement of women and men toward a new society." - Betty Friedan

"A liberation movement that is nonviolent sets the oppressor free as well as the oppressed." - Barbara Deming

"If the dance is right, there shouldn't be a single superfluous movement." - Fred Astaire

"Importunate praying is the earnest inward movement of the heart toward God." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"The scaffold has never yet and never will destroy an idea or a movement." - Joseph James Ettor

"Change is REFINEMENT. Change is GROWTH. Change is MOVEMENT. Change is OPPORTUNITY." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"Movement overcomes cold." - Laozi

". . . behind each breakaway movement is a breakaway demagogue who will set up his breakaway demagogue government." - Frank Zappa

"The feminist movement has far more anger for men than it has love for women." - Dennis Prager

"The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action." - D H Lawrence

"Every movement reveals us." - Michel De Montaigne

"Focus on quality and ease of movement, not on the age a milestone is accomplished." - Magda Gerber

"In an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still." - Pico Iyer

"Thought can never capture the movement of life, it is much too slow." - U.G. Krishnamurti

"Movement eases turmoil." - Tim Sandlin

"A movement that seeks to advance only its own members is going to accomplish little" - Cleve Jones

"The freedom movement is built around the principle of democracy and universality of freedom." - George W Bush

"The labor movement can be rebuilt, as has happened before after sharp declines." - Noam Chomsky

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." - Carol Welch

"If movement was a language, skipping would be the natural word for bliss." - Theresa Heartdancer Carey

"The government must always be a step ahead of the popular movement." - Count Boitzenburg

"I'm interested in the movement of the eyes across the painting." - Guido Molinari

"Ballet costumes are easier that opera because they are designed for movement." - Azzedine Alaia

"I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement." - Dorothy Allison

"In Iran the whole reform and democracy movement has been based on the emerging free press." - Christiane Amanpour

"Movement isn't progress." - Thomas Leonard

"My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one." - Kathryn Bigelow

"During the 60's, I was, in fact, very concerned about the civil rights movement." - Joe Biden

"Learning is not the accumulation of knowledge. Learning is movement from moment to moment." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"They's making it worse, the labor movement got the mafia curse." - Frank Zappa

"Movement is tranquility." - Stirling Moss

"I was making a lot of independent movies before the independent movement." - Jason Patric

"I am not gay. I never have been gay." - Larry Craig

"The sorrowful dislike the gay, and the gay the sorrowful." - Horace

"She wasn't only gay, she was a gay elf." - Maureen Johnson

"Being gay is natural. Hating gay is a lifestyle choice." - John Fugelsang

"I'm for gay marriage, because I'm for gay divorce." - Melissa Etheridge

"What is life, when wanting love? Night without a morning; Love's the cloudless summer sun, Nature gay adorning." - Robert Burns

"I'm gay. I know things." - P C Cast

"Autumn Into earth's lap does throw Brown apples gay in a game of play, As the equinoctials blow." - Dinah Craik

"The Gay Science, section 108" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Believe me, Being gay is not a choice. Noone would choose to make life harder than it has to be." - Jodi Picoult

"Everybody in Berlin is gay!" - Tracey Ullman

"Gay rights are human rights." - Hillary Clinton



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