Best Quotes About Lesbian

Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. -Pat Robertson

Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. -Pat Robertson

There is so much work to be done to treat gays and lesbians and gay and lesbian couples with the respect that they're entitled to. They deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits. They deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to adoption and immigration. -John Edwards

Some women can't say the word lesbian… even when their mouth is full of one. -Kate Clinton

Like me, the great majority of Americans wish both to preserve the traditional definition of marriage and to oppose bias and intolerance directed towards gays and lesbians. -Mitt Romney

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist. -Judith Butler

As a standup, I try to change the world. As an entertainer, I try to entertain. And as a lesbian, I try to pick up the prettiest girl in the room. -Lea DeLaria

It's a cosmic joke that I'm a lesbian, because I understand men so well but women are a complete mystery to me. -Lea DeLaria

I would certainly never suggest that any lesbian should be ashamed of her sexual preference. -Evan Hunter

If you had told me 28 years ago that the largest organization in the world touching the lives of gays and lesbians would be a church, I would not have believed you. -Troy Perry

Well, actually, I'm a bisexual lesbian in a man's body… but it's more complicated than that. -Tony Parker

Marriage commissioners who choose not to marry homosexuals are being fired. A Knights of Columbus chapter in British Columbia is in court because it chooses not allow a lesbian group to use its facility for marriage ceremonies. The list goes on. -Stockwell Day

There are enormously gifted Episcopal priests around this church who are gay and lesbian, some of whom are partnered, who would make wonderful bishops and they're going to be nominated and they're going to be elected. -Gene Robinson

I think my election is one of several indications that gay and lesbian folk are being brought more into the center of things. I'd like to think that my election signals my bringing of gay and lesbian folk into the center of the church. -Gene Robinson

Valentino was apparently gay or bisexual. And his two lesbian wives. But without any question, he had sex with men. From choice. So he was one or the other. -Cesar Romero

I never thought to myself, I'm going to grow up and fall in love with a man or I'm going to fall in love with a woman because my mother is a lesbian. -Ally Sheedy

You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people. -Judith Light

To me, celebrity doesn't mean a whole lot unless you're willing to use it. So I wanted to use it in a different way, with my AIDS work, the human rights stuff for the gay and lesbian community and the speaking I do. -Judith Light

I am not, I repeat, NOT a lesbian – even though I'd like to be one when I grow up. -Dawn French

When Bound was released, Boys don't Cry wasn't out yet. Therefore it was very taboo to play a lesbian. I loved the part, because girls never get to play the typical guy parts. -Gina Gershon

I'm happy to say that I'm a lesbian in the world. I know there are people who don't want to be called women comedians, but I think it gives a path to the fact that we live in extremely patriarchal times. -Kate Clinton

Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything, it doesn't have to sell out. Coming out as a lesbian onstage is still a very political act; if it weren't, more women would do it. -Kate Clinton

First, I used some of my own experiences and observations from attending a public high school. Secondly, I joined in some Internet chat rooms for gays and lesbians. -Ellen Muth

There are plenty of lesbians in Hollywood, but they're not out. And that's their choice, but I can't do that, it's too important to me. -Jill Bennett

We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy. -Jill Bennett

After that, I was offered lots of lesbian roles, but I didn't want them because I'd already played the best there was. -Radha Mitchell

Our intention is to really explore this transition and, beyond that, explore the particular things that someone comes up against when they're gay or lesbian. -Laura Innes

I don't want to make it sound like a hotbed of lesbianism but I did have a number of relationships. -Jean O'Leary

I'd rather not be known as the Vice President's lesbian daughter. -Mary Cheney

I hope that I can get people to read it without having to change it. Especially now that the strip has more different kinds of characters. It's really not all lesbians any more. -Alison Bechdel

John Kerry didn't out me, nor did he offend or attack me by calling me a lesbian. I certainly couldn't be offended by the truth. -Mary Cheney

I consider myself a lesbian, but I'm a bisexual lesbian. -Betty Dodson

After Bound, we were offered a lot of lesbian thrillers. -Lilly Wachowski

There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian, and then I think there are a lot of people who are kind of some percentage or some version of that. -Michael Stipe

I was actually a bit disappointed about the amount of sex in the show. I think Backus should get out a bit more, get a relationship, perhaps make her a lesbian. -Lexa Doig

Even if there are a lot women in films, there are few who are lesbians, that people know about. -Catherine Deneuve

I hate the word lesbian; it tells you nothing; its only purpose is to inflame. -Jeanette Winterson

I am a writer who happens to love women. I am not a lesbian who happens to write. -Jeanette Winterson

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness whether or not she ever sleeps with women. -Audre Lorde

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition of the erotic within our lives and, taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic not only in sexual terms. -Audre Lorde

There are lesbians, God knows… if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties and fifties in New York… who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists. -Audre Lorde

I started going to Madame Louise's, the lesbian club where all the punk bands used to go – the Sex Pistols, the Clash. I remember seeing Billy Idol walk in there; he was gorgeous. -Boy George

Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics. There are social cross-currents. We see failed marriages. But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens. -Earl Blumenauer

Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody. -Billie Jean King

Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out. -Harvey Fierstein

My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights. -Bruce Springsteen

My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian. I had to be with her, and I just figured I'd deal with the other stuff later. -Portia de Rossi

Everyone is their own kind of lesbian. To think there's a certain way to dress or present yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into. -Portia de Rossi

I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying. -Barack Obama

I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what. The rest is public relations. -Jasmine Guy

I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong, and compassionate. -Rita Mae Brown

An agent said he didn't know what to do with me, I wouldn't be able to play any parts but lesbians and aliens. -Allison Janney

Our very strength as lesbians lies in the fact that we are outside of patriarchy; our existence challenges its life. -Charlotte Bunch

There are brilliant out lesbians and gay men and bisexuals and transgendered people and heterosexuals keeping the fire of change alive. Not a day goes by when I don't feel grateful to them for their work. -Jasmine Guy

God did not create gays and lesbians so He could have something to hate! -Troy Perry

I'm not even kind of a lesbian. -Oprah Winfrey

I like pin-up girls. I'm more of a boy than a girl. I'm not a lesbian, though – not before a sambuca anyway. -Amy Winehouse

And we have done more in the two and a half years that I've been in here than the previous 43 Presidents to uphold that principle, whether it's ending 'don't ask, don't tell,' making sure that gay and lesbian partners can visit each other in hospitals, making sure that federal benefits can be provided to same-sex couples. -Barack Obama

I think what you're seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they've got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out. -Barack Obama

Our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. -Zachary Quinto

I think specifically because of the character that I played, people are very connected to her. I used to get letters from young gay and lesbian and trans-gendered kids saying, 'I didn't kill myself because of Buffy'. -Amber Benson

I've been trying to get cast as a lesbian for years. -Gabrielle Union

Oh, there's all these rumors that I'm a lesbian. I have a boyfriend now, Brandon Blackstock; my manager Narvel's son, Reba McEntire's stepson. -Kelly Clarkson

My kind of gay is like the late-breaking-lesbian kind of gay. -Carol Leifer

I always had this idea that, 'Sure, I wished I was a boy and felt more like a boy and all of that.' But I wasn't, so I would deal with it. And I for some reason thought there were other lesbians that felt that way and that was just part of that community. -Chaz Bono

Around 2001, I started analyzing lesbians. I started to realize that even really butch-acting or -dressing women still had a strong female identity that I never had. -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. -Chaz Bono

I don't think it's the responsibility of gays and lesbians to reinvent the family. -Dan Savage

The only way to get gay issues off the front pages of Canadian newspapers is to grant gay and lesbian people our full civil equality and leave it alone. -Dan Savage

Like it or not children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents all over America – as many as 10 million children. And it does nothing to make their lives more stable and secure to attack their families, to attack their parents to prevent us from marrying each other. -Dan Savage

It's about how you exist as a person in the world, and the idea that your work is more important than you as a person is a horrible, horrible message. I always think about a little gay boy in Wisconsin or a little lesbian in Arkansas seeing someone like me, and if I cannot be open in my life, how on earth can they? -Alan Cumming

What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations to hospitals, that allow them to be, to transfer property between partners, to make certain that they're not discriminated on the job. -Barack Obama

All my life, the naysayers have told me that I can't win because I'm a progressive… because I'm a woman… even because I'm a lesbian. -Tammy Baldwin

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

I have a big gay and lesbian following and they've been very loyal and kind to me. -Dolly Parton

I'm a lesbian, an Aquarian, and a vegetarian. -Ellen DeGeneres

I long to play a judge. I long to play a lesbian woman. I long to play a councilman, someone with some chutzpah. -Lupe Ontiveros

I don't think there is any good answer to the question why shouldn't gays and lesbians who want to serve their country be allowed to do it. -John Bolton

I think every time there's a show like 'Modern Family' or 'Will & Grace' that portray gay and lesbian characters and is successful, it just further opens the door. -Steven Levitan

Certainly our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters need to be supported in living out their call to holiness. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

I'd hesitated to have a wedding because my gay and lesbian friends don't have that right. -Kathy Najimy

My problem is that I do not get along with lesbians at all. They don't like me, and I don't like them. -Camille Paglia

It's very hard for a woman in comedy. It's hard for women to be bold and not care what anyone, particularly men, think. Maybe that is why so many women comics are lesbians. -Margaret Cho

Inequality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a debatable issue in either church or state. -John Shelby Spong

I first did standup at a lesbian bar. I didn't know it was a lesbian bar at the time, but the lesbians loved me. I was huge among the lesbians and am to this day. I'm thrilled with the lesbian support. -Seth Rogen

I did 'Mad Men' and I still have people come up to me like, 'Are you actually a lesbian?' Really? Just because I play one on TV? People will think what they're gonna think. -Zosia Mamet

I don't know why I've always been uncomfortable being too feminine. If a dress has too many flowers on it, if I'm giggling too much, I'm like ugh, put some combat boots on. I love masculine women. I think it's because I'm like a fake lesbian, I don't know. -Moon Bloodgood

If I was courting the Muslim vote, I wouldn't have put establishing the partnership ceremony at the forefront of my first term, would I? I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. -Ken Livingstone

Honestly, I never thought I'd actually be playing a teen lesbian. I didn't think it was going to go this far. But I'm glad that it did, because there have been a lot of fans who have expressed that they've been going through similar situations in their lives. -Naya Rivera

Because I didn't have any queer, lesbian, female role models I hated my own femininity and had to look deep within myself to create an identity that worked for me. Pop culture just doesn't hand us enough variety to choose from. -Beth Ditto

Just like my straight friends, I am repeatedly asked when I plan to have kids, and have been told many times, by various branches of my bloodline, that 'even lesbians can have babies these days.' -Beth Ditto

Fantasy is my favorite genre for reading and writing. We have more options than anyone else, and the best props and special effects. That means if you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you're at it? Go ahead. -Patrick Rothfuss

For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are against terrorists, but they're very brave with the terrorists… If the terrorists ever got a hold of this information, they'd get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad. -Gary Ackerman

It's my belief that, like every other American, gay and lesbian couples should be able to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and protect their families. -Mark Udall

Throughout my years of public service, I've listened to the voices of the gay and lesbian community, whether through whispered confidences or public declarations. I understand what it truly means to say that all people should be treated equally, and I'll always stand up for fair and equal treatment of gay and lesbian Americans. -Mark Udall

There are gays and lesbians in every country, so there should be no discrimination against them just because of their destiny. -Hun Sen

I go all around London advocating lesbian and gay rights. -Ken Livingstone

I was a lesbian for a semester at Wesleyan – it was a graduation requirement. -Ayelet Waldman

I kind of cheer the presence of any gay characters at all – I think the more we can saturate television with any gay character or lesbian character or transgender character, I think that's a really great thing. We're kind of getting past the fact that they're the punchline or that they're the novelty. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Where gays and lesbians are the best organized and most concentrated in numbers are states that President Clinton must carry in order to be reelected in 1996. Among the states are California, New York, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois. -David Mixner

President Clinton not only benefits by gay and lesbian votes, but he benefits by showing the nation that he is a strong leader who implements his beliefs, who stands firm by those who he believes are being treated unfairly, and I think people respect that kind of leadership in the country. -David Mixner

It is my position that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. -Michael Mullen

I've actually performed at Gay Pride in Atlanta three times in my career. I've always had a large gay following, particularly in the lesbian community. I am grateful for that. To me, it means my music transcends categories. It also means that I'm a cute girl singing a rock song in an alto voice! -Jennifer Nettles

The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith. -Ronnie Musgrove

The problem is that television executives have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a black Muslim lesbian. -Jeremy Clarkson

I go back and forth, but I never wanted to be the photographer of the gay and lesbian community. I will wave a rainbow flag proudly, but I am not a singular identity. I think a singular identity isn't very interesting, and I'm a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that. -Catherine Opie

My dad was a very conservative Republican businessman, so obviously I considered it a problem when I realized I was a lesbian. -Catherine Opie

There's a lesbian aesthetic, just as there's gay camp, but I don't know if there's such a thing as 'lesbian art.' -Catherine Opie

Lots of my writing can be accurately called lesbian, but I myself am queer and date people of all genders. -Michelle Tea

Of course it is very limiting to be labeled a lesbian or queer writer. We live in a homophobic culture, and even people who aren't hateful per se assume they won't get anything from a queer book. -Michelle Tea

I've got quite a big gay following. I played a lesbian prostitute in the TV series 'Band Of Gold' but I think my following really grew when I played one in the film 'Imagine Me & You,' with Piper Perabo. -Lena Headey

Coming out as a Barbra Streisand fan was way more embarrassing than coming out as a lesbian. To be an artist of my generation willing to be unhip – artists were supposed to be like cowboys. -Deborah Kass

Growing up in a Jewish matriarchal world inside the patriarchal paradise of Salt Lake City, Utah, gave me increased perspective on gender issues, as it also did my gay brother and my lesbian sister. Our younger sister is the perfect Jewish-American wife and mother, and is fiercely proud of that fact. -Roseanne Barr

The virtue of the civil partnerships scheme lay in the attempt to treat the needs of gay and lesbian couples as what they are, not to bundle them into some other category. -John Sentamu

In country music, there are certain female artists, like Gretchen Wilson, where you're going to find lesbians because they're responding to that more aggressive side. -Melissa Etheridge

Loads of my friends are lesbians, and it really annoys me that gay people aren't allowed to get married in most parts of America. I'd go on a march for gay rights any time. -Pink

You would never argue about a straight girl playing a lesbian. Everybody still watched 'The L Word.' I feel like we have such great role models, like Jane Lynch and Jodie Foster and all these people that you don't even think about. -Kirsten Vangsness

I'm a lesbian. Yup. Hundred percent. Hundred percent. I remember being in college, and I had fallen in love with this woman, and I remember sitting in my dorm room saying out loud to myself, like, 'You have enough problems. You are not gonna let this happen.' You just kinda, like, stuff it away until – well, some people stuff it away forever. -Christine Quinn

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

I think I've played a lesbian about five times. The first one was with Helen Baxendale in a drama called 'The Investigator,' about the conditions lesbians had to live under in the army in Britain, which was based on a true story. -Laura Fraser

People used to feel oddly empowered to tell me all the reasons I couldn't win. Because I was a woman. Because I was a lesbian. Because I was from the West Side of Manhattan. -Christine Quinn

I'm a lesbian. Yup. Hundred percent. Hundred percent. I remember being in college, and I had fallen in love with this woman, and I remember sitting in my dorm room saying out loud to myself, like, 'You have enough problems. You are not gonna let this happen.' -Christine Quinn

I come as one package deal. An Irish lesbian who wakes up every day and goes to work. And I don't spend a lot of time thinking about being 'the first this' or 'the first that' because it would take up space in my brain. -Christine Quinn

The barometer for judging the character of people, in regard human rights, is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, lesbian. The judgment as to whether you can trust the future, the social advancement – depending on people – will be judged on where they come out on that question. -Bayard Rustin

If you believe in equality, if you believe in standing up for the rights of all, especially for people most affected by bigotry and discrimination, then you have no choice but to be present and accounted for when it comes to standing up for gays and lesbians in our society. -Michael Moore

I often tell audiences at the start of my shows that I'm not gay because I've got petitions from lesbian groups saying 'Can you tell people you're heterosexual because you're giving us a bad name.' -Jo Brand

We women continue to swallow this line that it's unladylike or even proof of being a lesbian if you wear flat shoes like Doc Martens. I'm prepared to put up with that accusation, because at least my feet aren't killing me and I don't look like a bandy ostrich. -Jo Brand

I am many things, but one of the things I am is a lesbian. -Clare Balding

When a politician like Marco Rubio is willing to sacrifice his career defining immigration reform legislation solely to insure that gays and lesbians are denied equal protection under the law, we have to admit that we're under attack. This is not pragmatic politics at work. These are the policies of bias, exclusion and unfairness. -Harvey Fierstein

My views on equality are pretty obvious. I mean, I did play a highly complex lesbian techno DJ on TV, but I know it's not always easy to come out and tell the world where you stand. -Sarah Shahi

So many times I've heard people say that the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples won't really change anything other than some legal and financial stuff. It's a dumb argument: those legal and financial effects matter. -Alice Dreger

In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues. Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation's children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda. -Franklin Graham

Until politicos take a true stand in defense of marriage by proposing an anti-adultery amendment to the Constitution, stop demonizing gays and lesbians when the one debasing your marriage is the individual in the mirror. -John Ridley

Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not 'wait' for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned. -John Ridley

I'm tired of being considered a lesbian writer, tired of being a science-fiction writer, tired of being a thriller writer. I'm a writer. Period. Story matters to me. -Nicola Griffith

I'm not lesbian; I'm not bisexual; I'm not straight. I'm just curious. -Alice Walker

I'm not a lesbian. I just think that all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes. -Megan Fox

People expected 'Jennifer's Body' to make so much money. But I was doubtful. The movie is about a man-eating, cannibalistic lesbian cheerleader, and that pretty much eliminates middle America. It's obviously a girl-power movie, but it's also about how scary girls are. Girls can be a nightmare. -Megan Fox

The problem is that television executives have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a either black gay or a lesbian. Chalk and cheese, they reckon, works. -Jeremy Clarkson

I am very proud of the role I played in getting legal equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and in helping get rid of the prejudice by being visible about it, helping to block the conviction of Bill Clinton of impeachment. -Barney Frank

I think, in the future, people are going to look back and say, 'I can't believe that gay and lesbian people had to fight to be able to get married.' -Edy Ganem

Everybody always thinks I'm a lesbian because I'm a very tough broad. I have a lot of lesbian fans. -Constance Zimmer

I've worked with a lot of gay and lesbian organizations. I sit on the board of the Empire State Pride Agenda. I've also done a lot of work for Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. I think it's important because, when we can be of service to others, it only enhances our lives. I've been helped a lot in my life. -Billy Porter

I know that, as a bisexual, sometimes people who are gay or lesbian look down upon the bisexual community as well and assume that people who are bisexual just don't know what they want or are just playing both sides of the fence, and that's not the case, either. -Crystal Bowersox

I'd say it's even harder to cater to Hispanics than to the lesbian or gay community. We're so culturally separated: Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Venezuelans. We're all so different. -Carlos Ponce

Securing for gays and lesbians the basic right to have their relationships and families recognized as part of a community makes all of our communities stronger. -Paul Singer

Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination, and I want them to know that I'm on their side. -Juan Pablo Galavis

Every time I hear someone making ignorant comments about the supposed 'evils' of homosexuality, I think about the true evil of the high suicide rates among gay and lesbian teens. -Susan Estrich

In 'A Few Best Men,' I play a lesbian character. I played the lesbian sister of the bride who ends up kissing a dude at the end, but she was, like, a full-on lesbian in that. And I beat out famous Australian lesbians for the role. -Rebel Wilson

I remember when I heard 'Jessie's Girl' for the first time, I was like, 'This is so applicable to lesbians!' -Mary Lambert

I feel like I've been observed as an individual more than a gay person, or as a filmmaker with a certain point of view rather than a lesbian filmmaker with a gay point of view. -Lisa Cholodenko

I've tried to be inclusive in my '2B' series. Over the course of three books, I wrote African-American characters, a paraplegic character, gay and lesbian characters, a bisexual, Jewish heroine, a multiracial hero, Korean and Chinese-American characters, and a multiracial supporting character. -Ann Aguirre

Gays and lesbians began to gain civil rights when Americans realized that their brothers, cousins, daughters were gay. -Nicholas Kristof

I don't think of myself as Scottish or lesbian when I sit down and write. I am glad I have broken out of that limited audience. -Val McDermid

Growing up in Fife, you were aware that there were these creatures called lesbians, but it was in the realms of complete freakishness. And I didn't feel like a freak. -Val McDermid

My hope is that we will inspire more lesbians to get politically engaged. For too long, lesbian women have been left out of politics. -Laura Ricketts

I'd grown up with a lot of women. My mother was a famous lesbian in the '20s and '30s, and I grew up with only women, so I was used to getting on with them. -Patrick Macnee

I wanted to represent minorities in the respect of people who had been bullied in school or people who were gay or lesbian or trans or people who aren't blonde haired and blue-eyed. I have short hair, and I am covered in tattoos. I like showing people that it's within their rights to be different. -Ruby Rose

I was influenced by big, strong voices – writers like Elizabeth Bowen, Virginia Woolf, Jane Bowles; gay writers like Ed White, Michael Cunningham, Allen Hollinghurst; and contemporary lesbian writers, like Dorothy Allison. -Stacey D'Erasmo

Any government I lead will continue with the equality of gay and lesbian people. -David Cameron

'Love, Death and the Changing of the Seasons' is a kind of novel in verse about the arc of an urban lesbian love affair – and I suppose there is a certain amount of voyeurism in the consumption of fiction! The 'Sancerre' poems here are more contemplative and about the relationship of the individual to local and wider histories. -Marilyn Hacker

In Indiana, gays and lesbians can be fired from their jobs with impunity, and in Arkansas, it's the same thing. We need those protective laws to truly have an equal society. -George Takei

'Star Trek' fans totally accepted my sexual orientation. There are a great number of LGBT people across 'Star Trek' fandom. The show always appealed to people that were different – the geeks and the nerds, and the people who felt they were not quite a part of society, sometimes because they may have been gay or lesbian. -George Takei

Unlike people of my generation, my children and my grandchildren have grown up living with, knowing, people who were outwardly gay and lesbian. And they have learned that they're just like us… And when you see that they're just like us, the rationale for discrimination melts away. -David Boies

One of the things that the court held in Brown v. Board of Education is that government can't impose a badge of inferiority on some of its citizens. Yet that is exactly what Proposition 8 does with respect to gay and lesbian couples in California. -David Boies

Gays and lesbians are sick people. It's definitely a disease. They haven't invented a cure for it yet, but I hope they will. -Eli Yishai

It's true that 'Lords of the Sith' has a lesbian character. Her orientation is a characteristic in the same way as is her brunette hair. It just fit with my conception of her. -Paul S. Kemp

When I was growing up as a young lesbian in the '50s, I looked in vain for books about my people. I did find some paperbacks with lurid covers in the local bus station, but they ended with the gay character's committing suicide, dying in a car crash, being sent to a mental hospital, or 'turning' heterosexual. -Nancy Garden

For many older Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, a lifetime of discrimination has undermined their right to a retirement with dignity. -Ted Deutch

When I was younger, it was like, 'Yay, lesbians love me!' I didn't know there was a responsibility that came with it. -Katee Sackhoff

I've been strongly opposed to racial discrimination and anything like that my whole life. Maybe it's thanks to my parents and where I grew up and that sort of thing, but particularly with gay and lesbian citizens, I've seen that people can be cruel, and it's very distressing. -Ted Olson

The more gays and lesbians come out – the more people realize that they have a friend who's gay, which they may not have known before, and they realize this person has the same aspirations and desires and need to be committed and to be part of a community – then they become more accepting. -Ted Olson

The strong bond of sisterhood was a famous trait in classical art and literature about Amazons. But it was modern people who interpreted that as a sexual preference for women. That started in the 20th century. The Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva declared that Amazons were symbolic of lesbianism in antiquity. -Adrienne Mayor

As a woman, as a Jew, as a lesbian, as a labor leader in a time of great anti-union animus, I know that other people project their biases on me. But it is nothing like the experience of our African-American brothers and sisters, especially black and brown men and boys. -Randi Weingarten

I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore, hugging on red carpets, and say, 'See?' Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same gender that we immediately label it as sexual? But I've never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There's nothing offensive about it, so there's no reason to be offended. -Kerry Washington

Coming out was crucial to changing attitudes about gays and lesbians: will people feel differently about abortion if they know their mother, their aunt, or their friend had one? -Katha Pollitt

I think we will have full marriage rights in Colorado. But in 1992, there was a very hateful Amendment 2 that basically made it legal for any institution to deny gays and lesbians access, whether it's hospitals or restaurants or employment. Anybody could fire you or not let you in a restaurant because you were gay. -Martina Navratilova

My mother died of a stroke in 1974, and for a long time, I blamed myself. She was utterly devastated when I told her I was a lesbian not long before. -Miriam Margolyes

We absolutely have to support our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. We just must. It's not fair that they don't get to live an authentic life. -Nia Vardalos

Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. -Coretta Scott King

The people that are serving you gas, the people that are in your restaurants serving you, the firefighters, and police officers are members of the gay and lesbian community. They're members of our broader community. -Gavin Newsom

After I transitioned, a lot of people said, 'I like you so much more now,' because before, I was unhappy. Making that change was a big part of becoming me. Whoever you are, as a gay man or a lesbian or a trans woman, embrace it. Turn it into an asset. -Vivienne Ming

People still ask my husband and me which of us is the mom – which, as one lesbian friend pointed out to me, is like asking which chopstick is the fork. This pressure on us to embody normative traditions can be paralysing. -Andrew Solomon

When I made 'Monster,' I didn't think about it being about a woman. I didn't think about that she was a lesbian. I was telling a story about a specific person who was tragic and looking for love in the world, and the more I could make her you, the more of a victory. -Patty Jenkins

We have a lot of great lesbian role models in tennis. I mean, Martina Navratilova in her heyday was probably the greatest female athlete on the planet. Martina just kept breaking every rule. That's a great role model. -David Furnish

I was raised by a lesbian feminist who told me that shaving my legs was giving into the patriarchy. So, I consider myself to be a bona fide feminist. -Marti Noxon

The Trevor Project provides crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens and young adults. It's truly a lifeline to so many young people who just need someone to listen to them. -Eric McCormack

I wouldn't like to see a female Bond, because we wouldn't want to lose the Bond girls. But we could have a lesbian Bond – why not? -Diana Rigg

Thankfully, I already have a mogul I can pattern myself after: Oprah. We're a lot alike. I'm black, I love to relate things people talk about to myself, and people think my best friend and I are lesbians! My strength is that I'm more relatable. -Jessica Williams

I keep getting asked out by really young, good looking boys and really ugly lesbians. So, even if I wanted to jump onto the tuna boat, I wouldn't because I'm not getting high-class babes that I should get at this level of my career. And I always know the ugly ones are serious and that the good-looking ones are goofing on me. -Lisa Lampanelli

People identify with other people for different reasons, and I personally am really comfortable around lesbians because, in some ways, we view women the same way. -Jack Antonoff

Making a movie about the love between two women was really a tribute to the lesbian people in my life, my dear friends who are seminal in my life. -Todd Haynes

If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn't those be attainable by gays and lesbians? -Bill Nelson

Harvey Milk gave hope to generations of gay and lesbian Americans by encouraging them to live their lives openly and to speak out against the discrimination and prejudice they faced. -Bonnie Hammer

I'd go to lesbian parties. I felt like I wasn't hard enough to be butch, but I wasn't wearing heels and a skirt – I wasn't femme – so I felt like I was sort of invisible. -Dee Rees

Going into a room and saying, 'I'm a black lesbian' – it's a strike against you. -Dee Rees

When I first started going out to lesbian clubs, I felt a very binary recreation of hetero culture. There are butches and femmes, and I felt like I was neither of those things. I'm in a turtleneck and jeans and just learning to be comfortable in that space. I realized I don't have to be a certain way. -Dee Rees

I love that we've chipped away at the celluloid closet and have wonderful programs that feature gay and lesbian characters in really rich, fully developed ways. -Busy Philipps

I am proud that London is a city where, the vast majority of the time, Jewish people, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, those who are not members of an organized faith, black, white, rich, young, gay, lesbian – don't simply tolerate each other but respect, embrace, and celebrate each other. -Sadiq Khan

I just think gay men are looked at much less favorably than gay women. If you look at the overall stereotype, lesbians are sexy, and gay men are disgusting. Girl and girl is fine, and guy and guy seems to just be something completely different. -Megan Rapinoe

Our country's history is a generation-spanning journey to effectuate the notion that 'all men are created equal' for the members of our ever-expanding national family: women, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, gays and lesbians, the disabled, immigrants, and refugees. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

In 2011, when the General Assembly passed the law allowing civil unions, Illinois took an important step forward to recognize that gay and lesbian couples have the right to build lives together and create strong, loving families. -Lisa Madigan

There was a point in the latter 1990s at which, suddenly, every sitcom and drama in sight had to have a gay or lesbian character or couple. That was good news as a voucher of the success of the gay rights movement, but it still grew a bit tiresome: 'Look at us! Our show is so hip, one of the characters is homosexual!' -Lionel Shriver

I have the advantage of many perspectives as someone who has lived in different kinds of communities: as a woman, as someone who previously identified as a lesbian, as someone who is a person of color. I've had a lot of life, so that informs what I do. -Chirlane McCray

I don't think sometimes people in positions of leadership in the church really engage gay and lesbian people and talk to them and get to know about their lives. -Blase J. Cupich

I'm a lesbian. That's how I identify myself, but I think there's a massive spectrum for everyone. -Shura

When gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals come out, their friends and families, for the most part, understand what it feels like to love and to lust. Cisgender people have more of a challenge when it comes to transgender identities. I discovered that analogy of homesickness in conversations with my parents, in trying to bridge that empathy divide. -Sarah McBride

I've never been a person that has had fear of, like, 'Oh, I don't want to be the poster child for all black lesbian women.' I don't know. I want to be someone in the public eye that they can be proud of. -Lena Waithe

Being a black lesbian myself, I roll my eyes a little bit when I see black lesbian characters on shows where it's purely there for decoration. You can just hear it in the writers room… 'What if we make her a lesbian?' -Lena Waithe

Somebody could look at me and go, 'She's dressed black,' or 'She's behaving in the stereotypical way of a black lesbian.' But this is how I feel most comfortable. This is my authentic self. I want the freedom to be that regardless of how someone interprets it. -Lena Waithe

Greg Rucka always writes lovely, believable female characters in books like 'Whiteout,' 'Queen and Country,' and 'Lazarus.' I am a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick, who does a wonderful female lead in 'Captain Marvel.' And DC's 'Batwoman' is currently the only book at the Big Two with a lesbian solo lead character, and it's always outstanding. -Gail Simone

American Presbyterians, as a whole, have already lost a large percentage of their population since 2008, in part because of the creation of the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO) – which formed in 2012 as a response to the ordination of out gay men and lesbians within the PCUSA. -Anthea Butler

'Blue is the Warmest Colour' – I'm not a lesbian, I'm not French, I'm not a woman, but I saw so much of myself in those women and in those characters. I saw different parts of myself than I ever would've seen if I hadn't seen that film. -Justin Simien

These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay, or transgender – this organization really is saving lives. -Bea Arthur

Committed and loving gay and lesbian couples deserve to have their love, their relationships, and their families recognized like everyone else. -Kevin McHale

I feel like it's extremely rare to find a female who's bisexual and not either lesbian or straight on television shows. -Madelaine Petsch

People have labeled me homophobic. If I was homophobic, I wouldn't have friends who are gay and lesbian, so that can't be true. -Bernice King

Gays and lesbians gained rights in this country though activism and organizing, creating political space and demanding change so that lawmakers and justices could do what they knew was right. That organizing allowed Americans to get to know gays and lesbians as our daughters and sons, our neighbors, and our friends. -Pramila Jayapal

My favorite lesbian romance of all time is the 1999 movie 'But I'm a Cheerleader,' starring Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall. RuPaul is also in it; so is the brilliant Melanie Lynskey. -Camille Perri

There are gay and lesbian people in all walks of life, in all different types of professions. I just happen to be a gay man who sings in a heavy metal band. -Rob Halford

I think that the fact of the matter is that metal isn't really part of the big picture of the gay, lesbian, transgender music scene. But it's certainly there. There's gay metalheads all over the world. -Rob Halford

All our friends – so many friends are gay or lesbian and transgender. We're just in that world. We all went through the devastating time of the AIDS crisis, and I think that galvanized us to be more activists – AIDS activists. -Kate Pierson

Since I was a young girl in the punk scene, almost all of my friends have been gay or lesbian, so for me, it's an obvious answer when it comes to whether or not gay people should be recognized as equal. -Belinda Carlisle

I hate the word 'lesbian.' -Syd

I'm not ashamed in the least bit of being gay or being a lesbian. I just prefer to call myself gay for some reason. -Syd

When my plans to become a world-famous rockstar didn't pan out, I decided to try being a lesbian instead, didn't pull that off either, and wrote my second book, the national bestseller, 'The Straight Girl's Guide To Sleeping With Chicks.' -Jen Sincero

It is very, very important that people understand that you can tell different kinds of stories, and they do, related to gay and lesbian issues – especially when you know the people behind them. -Craig Zadan

I think it can be difficult for young lesbian or young gay, bisexual, transgender to come out and be open with who they are because there's such a huge stigma attached to that preference of their sexuality. -Nafessa Williams

I believe that young lesbian women need to see themselves on TV. They need to see the representation, especially young black lesbians. -Nafessa Williams

I want lesbians to be inspired and to feel comfortable with who they are and walk boldly in that. -Nafessa Williams

Who would've thought that this little girl in the ghetto in Philly would be playing the first black lesbian superhero on network TV? -Nafessa Williams

There are a lot of coming out videos of people who are gay or lesbian, and they're so confident. But it made me cry because I'm not that. I don't know who I am 100 percent. -Shane Dawson

Every single lesbian and transgender woman is a woman. -Patricia Arquette

I think it's important to show in the 21st century that if you're gay, lesbian, trans, whatever, that you should feel just as welcome to be a wrestling fan as anyone else. You're welcome in the space. -Kenny Omega

Since 1993, I have had the rich satisfaction of knowing and working with many openly gay and lesbian Americans, and I have come to realize that 'gay' is an artificial category when it comes to measuring a man or woman's on-the-job performance or commitment to shared goals. It says little about the person. -Alan K. Simpson

Me, I'm a lesbian: I find women fascinating. -James May

There was a really long period of time when, if the newspapers ever referred to me, even if I was talking about, I don't know, cake making, they would put 'lesbian Sandi Toksvig.' -Sandi Toksvig

You want a kitchen put in, I'm your girl. I'm very handy, and I love a practical challenge. I fit all the stereotypes of the lesbian with power tools. -Sandi Toksvig

When I came out in September 1994, I was, as far as I know, the only out lesbian in British public life. -Sandi Toksvig

Women who have been with man after man after man after man choose to become a lesbian later in life. Gay men, it doesn't work so much that way. -Frankie Grande

Being a lesbian is only about the 47th most interesting thing about me. -Sue Perkins

I hear from all different people, not just people like me, or lesbians. It be straight people, it be grown men, it be grown women, people that have been sick or depressed that say, 'Oh, you made me want to go do what I want to do for myself and chase my dreams.' That's my purpose. -Young M.A

Until the mid-seventies, the traditional or classic lesbian was always a spinster and often a tweedy intellectual, with a stark glamour that titillated men and women alike. This is the woman that feminists destroyed when they pressured the media for 'positive images' of lesbians. -Florence King

Gays and lesbians should have the same rights as anybody else, and when they're in Jamaica, they do have the same rights. -Shaggy

My high school in South Bend had nearly a thousand students. Statistically, that means that several dozen were gay or lesbian. Yet, when I graduated in 2000, I had yet to encounter a single openly LGBT student there. -Pete Buttigieg

Has there ever been a crisper expression of the consequences of 'intersectionality' than a ban on Jewish lesbians from a Dyke March? -Bari Weiss

I look like what we have taught society a lesbian looks like. I just do. I have the short hair. I got the muscles. -Rain Dove

Television has played an important role in normalizing the experiences of gay men and lesbians in America. -Zoey Tur

I believe marriage equality is a simple change that sends a powerful message. It is a chance for us to say, as a nation, to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex Australians: your love is equal under the law. -Bill Shorten

I feel, in the sense that if you're heterosexual, if you're bisexual, if you're gay, if you're a lesbian, if you're transgender, whatever the vibe is, that's what you represent. I've always found it quite strange that we always like to try and define people and say this is how it is, and this is how it should be. -Craig David

Gay men don't have much in common with lesbians. -Douglas Murray

If I waited to write only for a Persian lesbian, I'd still be waiting. But I can write for straight white men because those are the jobs. -Nahnatchka Khan

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