20 Quotes From LGBTQIA+ Writers For You to Love and Live By

One of the greatest perks about reading is that often times you find that other people have shared the same or similar feelings; thoughts, dreams, and experiences as yourself. Coming across certain quotes relating to something you value (such as love, gender, sexuality, or your identity) can help you feel less alone in the world, by showing you that others perceive these values like you do. On the other hand, reading allows you see the world from other people’s perspectives, and can not only educate you on people/experiences that differ from your own, but also allow you to develop empathy for others.

In continuing Bookstr’s celebration of Pride Month and promoting LGBTQIA+ Voices year round, here are twenty beautiful quotes from LGBTQIA+ writers to inspire and resonate with you.

 

 

1. “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” -Oscar Wilde

2. “Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it. We’re all people. We’re all equal.” – Connor Franta

3. “Love is a strange thing that could fall apart no matter how badly you wanted it, a choice you make anyway.” – Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue

4. “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within,” James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

5. “The idea of not being alone — of having someone who sees me, the same way I see the things that no one else can see, makes me feel like I’m real. Like I deserve to exist on this planet alongside everyone else. That I get to be here because there’s someone else who wants me here too.”- Kacen Callender, Hurricane Child

6. “The more I wonder, the more I love.” – Alice Walker, The Color Purple

7. “What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.” -Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

8. “The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”- Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

9. “I kiss her with everything I have. Like I’ll never kiss her again. Because this is real, we finally made it to this place, and it’s better than any fairy tale. Because I’m done letting people stop me. Because here, always, we deserve this good thing.” – Leah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown

10. “Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.” – E.M. Forster, A Room With a View

 

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11. “Remember, you have the right to be proud; remember, you have the right to be you.” – Dean Atta, The Black Flamingo

12. “Not everyone is equipped for activism in the traditional sense—marching, writing letters to officials—but dedicating your life to understanding yourself can be its own form of protest, especially when the world tells you that you don’t exist.”- Samra Habib, We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

13. “Love who you want to love, and do it unapologetically, including that face you see every day in the mirror.”- George M. Johnson, All Boys Aren’t Blue

14. “When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.”- Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist: Essays

15. “No one goes on, but what we leave behind keeps us alive for someone else.” – Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End

16. “I implore you to be more open minded, hermano. If we close ourselves off to the possibilities that lie outside of what tradition has dictated, we are destined for extinction.”- Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys

17. “Loving’s pretty easy. It’s letting someone love you that’s hard.”- Rita Mae Brown, Riding Shotgun

18. “Many people live and die without ever confronting themselves in the darkness.”- Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties

19. “You will meet people who’ll change the course of your life forever. Learn when to hold onto yourself and when to fly directly into the storm.”- Gabby Rivera, America Vol. 2: Fast and Fuertona

20. “Fresh starts were good; that separateness was where you could feel yourself, where you could learn who you were apart from everyone else.”- Akwaeke Emezi, The Death of Vivek Oji 

 

 

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