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Marsha P. Johnson

17 Quotes from LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

It’s Pride month!

 

Now is the time for freedom, celebration, liberation, and love! The LGBTQ+ community has fought hard (and is still fighting) against societal and systemic oppression every single day (especially the Transgender community; here’s a list of all the lives that have been lost in 2018 alone).

 

This month is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come, to acknowledge the oppressions and inequalities that are still so prevalent, and to keep marching toward and fighting for the revolution we need.

 

It is also a time to recognize and remember the activists who got us here. We wouldn’t have rights, Pride, or any of the freedoms we get to experience day-by-day if it weren’t for their bravery, selflessness, and perseverance. 

 

Here are seventeen quotes from incredible activists who paved the way!

 

Marsha P. Johnson:

Now they got two little nice statues in Chariot Park to remember the gay movement. How many people have died for these two little statues to be put in the park for them to recognize gay people? How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race? I mean how many years does it take people to see that? We’re all in this rat race together!

 

Harvey Milk:

If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.

 

Laverne Cox:

It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.

 

James Baldwin:

Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.

 

Barbara Smith:

Remember, goals are stars to steer by, not sticks with which to beat ourselves.

 

Audre Lorde:

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

 

Bayard Rustin:

When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.

 

Andrea Gibson:

It is untrue that bravery can be measured by a lack of fear. It takes guts to tremble. It takes tremble to love.

 

Barbara Gittings:

As a teenager, I had to struggle alone to learn about myself and what it meant to be gay. Now for [48] years I’ve had the satisfaction of working with other gay people all across the country to get the bigots off our backs, to oil the closet door hinges, to change prejudiced hearts and minds, and to show that gay love is good for us and for the rest of the world too. It’s hard work—but it’s vital, and it’s gratifying, and it’s often fun!

 

Jennicet Gutiérrez:

Immigrant trans women are 12 times more likely to face discrimination because of our gender identity. If we add our immigration status to the equation, the discrimination increases. Transgender immigrants make up one out of every 500 people in detention, but we account for one out of five confirmed sexual abuse cases in ICE custody. The violence my trans sisters face in detention centers is one of torture and abuse. The torture and abuse come from ICE officials and other detainees in these detention centers. I have spoken with my trans immigrant sisters who were recently released from detention centers. With a lot of emotional pain and heavy tears in their eyes, they opened up about the horrendous treatment they all experienced. Often seeking asylum to escape threats of violence because of their gender identity and sexuality, this is how they’re greeted in this country. At times misgendered, exposed to assault, and put in detention centers with men.

 

Frida Kahlo:

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.

 

Sylvia Rivera:

I was a radical, a revolutionist. I am still a revolutionist…I am glad I was in the Stonewall riot. I remember when someone threw a Molotov cocktail, I thought, “My god, the revolution is here. The revolution is finally here!

 

Martina Navratilova:

I never felt I had anything to hide. I never felt being gay was anything to be ashamed of, so I never felt apologetic. I didn’t have issues with it, didn’t grow up with any religion, so I didn’t have any religious, you know, issues to deal with as far as homosexuality is concerned. So, I accepted it very easily. For me, it wasn’t that big a deal.

 

Mabel Hampton:

I, Mabel Hampton, have been a lesbian all my life, for 82 years, and I am proud of myself and my people. I would like all my people to be free in this country and all over the world, my gay people and my black people.

 

Christine Jorgenson:

Everyone is both sexes in varying degrees. I am more of a woman than a man.

 

Brenda Howard:

Bi, Poly, Switch—I’m not greedy, I know what I want.

 

Janet Mock:

Self-definition and self-determination is about the many varied decisions that we make to compose and journey toward ourselves…It’s okay if your personal definition is in a constant state of flux as you navigate the world.

 

 

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Books Not Bullets Sign March for Our Lives

The Best Literary Signs at the March for Our Lives

This weekend, activists took to the streets all over America to call for immediate and effective gun-control legislation, in the wake of the Valentines Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which seventeen students and teachers were killed.

 

Celebrities including Paul McCartney and Patti Smith joined the New York City march, while others such as George Clooney, Jimmy Fallon, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato turned out in for marches nationwide. One of the most exciting elements of mass peaceful protests such as the Women’s March and March for Our Lives is often the brilliant and creative signs carried by marchers. Inspired by Teen Vogue’s article ‘”Harry Potter” Signs Were Everywhere at the March for Our Lives, we’ve put together a list of some of the best literary signs (including several Potter ones, of course) spotted at various Marches for Our Lives this weekend. 

 

 

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Okay, so this one’s not technically literary-inspired by Mean Girls was based on a book, so… 

 

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Angie Thomas

‘The Hate U Give’ Author Angie Thomas Unveils New Book Cover!

The author of the groundbreaking novel The Hate U Give has been on quest to open the eyes of those around her. Angie Thomas’ YA novel revolves around a protagonist whose friend was shot dead by police. After the senseless loss, the character in on a never-ending journey of activism. Although, the irony of it all is that activism is exactly what Thomas’ work is doing.

 

Angie Thomas

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This novel has spent 50 weeks on the New York Times’ best-seller list, that’s almost a year! It’s on the shortlist for a National Book Award and it’s getting a film adaptation starring Amandla Sternberg. Think that’s all? Think again. Thomas recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about her next big work, a sort of sequel. On The Come Up is to be published on June 5th and serves as the author’s ode to hip-hop.

 

Angie Thomas

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Bri’s connection to music has always been deep since she’s the daughter of an underground rapper. However, his death comes on the cusp of his big break. Now living with her mother, the bills are mounting, the food is low, and money is scarce. Bri has to make it big for her family, her father, and herself.
 
This is going to be a good one, we know it, but Thomas has been working to forget the expectations and remember her love of music. She’s taking us back to her roots.

 

I call this book my homage to hip-hop. Stylistically, it feels to me a bit grittier. It feels more hip-hop… For me, the heart of the book is about it’s overcoming. These kids come from rough circumstances and situations, but have so much beauty about them

 

We are sure Thomas’ new release is going to break ground and open our hearts. Read Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive interview here and check out the brand new cover for On the Come Up below. 

 

Angie Thomas

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Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan’s Memoir To Expose Cult-like Mentality Ingrained in Hollywood

At the helm of Hollywood’s exposed sexism and abuse, Rose McGowan is revealing her no-holds-barred personal account in her new memoir, Brave.

 

Her appropriately titled memoir confronts the “cult of Hollywood” and its inherently sexist industry. With the recent public revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s systematic sexual abuse, and the confirmed and hypothesized abuse committed by similar figures, the inappropriate and unethical sexual exploitation is at the forefront of public attention.

 

While it’s critical to confront the perpetrator, it’s also necessary to listen to the victim and McGowan’s tale is ready to be heard.

 

Book Cover, 'Brave'

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McGowan’s name has been one of the many connected to the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The actress accused the Hollywood director of raping her in a hotel room in 1997. While McGowan’s accusation isn’t the end of the story for Weinstein, it isn’t the end, or beginning, of her story either. 

 

Brave traces McGowan’s journey from a childhood haunted by the Children of God cult in which her parents were involved, to her escape to California where she eventually  fell into the cult of Hollywood. From one restrictive environment to another, McGowan’s emotional journey towards liberation, recovery, and justice is one hell of a read. The blurb reads:

 

My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. Brave is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.

 

Brave will be published by HarperCollins who describe the book as:

 

A pull-no-punches account of the rise of a star, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE”.

 

Brave will be published on January 30th 2018.

 

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Meera

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Defends More Than Just Starks

Actress Ellie Kendrick may be known as Bran Stark’s heroic protector, Meera Reed, to Game of Thrones fans, but she’s a different sort of hero off-screen.

 

Kendrick is currently ambassador for Creative England’s shortFLIX, which aims to amplify underrepresented voices in the English film industry. Young filmmakers who cannot afford to go to film school and do not have the proper industry contacts often get left behind. Shortflix funds five filmmakers and provides them with invaluable contacts.

 

Ellie Kendrick

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Regarding her experience in the entertainment industry, Kendrick told the BBC:

 

I’ve worked in the film industry on and off for about half my life and I’ve noticed that the worlds that are represented on our screens by no means mirror the worlds that we see around us in our everyday lives. Part of that is because it’s such a difficult industry to break into and often it requires huge financial support from parents or jobs. Or it requires contacts you’ve made in film school – which again costs a lot of money. So it’s a bit of a closed shop.

 

Though Shortflix only started in May, the first five filmmakers have already made their short films. Submissions to Shortflix will open again in autumn.

 

We’re glad some of Meera’s heroism is reflected in Kendrick. Maybe we’ll see more Game of Thrones actors take after their characters. Let’s just hope one of them isn’t Jack Gleeson…
 

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