"I hope that one day all young gay people can fall in love and still dream of a future" ~Former PM of Iceland, Johanna Siguroardottir
"When I came out I knew I was going to have bullies, and I knew people were not going to be OK with it. But I never expected it to be from the people who were supposed to protect you from the bullies." ~ Austin Wallis, 17 year old on being told by his school principal to stop being gay or leave the school
"The veil of social morality cannot be used to violate fundamental rights of even a single individual."
~ India's Supreme Court Justices striking down Section 377 of the Penal Code that criminalized being gay.
“It is my freedom, my self-expression. If I don’t fight for that, then why am I living here?”
~ Sasha, Lebanese fashion model and transgender activist
"You don’t have to approve of their lifestyle. There is no compulsion for this, but you cannot deny the fact that they are humans entitled to the same dignity stipulated in every religion, Islam included. They are human beings."
~ Malaysian AIDS and human rights activist, Marina Mahathir
"We are all different, but we share the same human spirit."
~ World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking
“Ke nako ya gore re amogele gore re na le batho ba mohuta oo mo Botswana. Go thola re ganetsa selo se re se itseng kgotsana re se bone ga gona go re thusa ka sepe.
It is time we accept that we have these people in our lives. To continuously deny these facts would not help us in any way." ~ City councillor Sesupo Jacobs from Bostwana as the Gaborone City Council urged the national government to decriminalise same-sex sexual relationships
"As variation in sexual identities and orientations has always been part of a normal society, there can be no justification for attempts to ‘eliminate’ LGBTI from society.
The Academy of Science South Africa report "Diversity in Human Sexuality: Implications for Policy in Africa"
"We need open mindedness about sexuality, about sex and about sexual health. Only then we can empower young people and give them confidence." ~ Reina Buijs of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking on sex rights and education at #AIDS2018.
"I've become disillusioned and even passive since the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling on Section 377. I'm just tired of speaking up. People don't realise how the law fuels social prejudice."
~ Onir, Indian filmmaker as the Supreme Court reconsiders Section 377 of the penal code that criminalizes homosexuality.
From age 12 to 16, I shamed myself for having different feelings from my heterosexual classmates. I didn’t treat myself as I should have. I didn’t say, It’s OK to be different. There weren’t any people in my South African community who validated my feelings. There weren’t any mentors who could help me figure out how to be in the world as a queer female. ~ Lareto Mokube, South African poet and artist, currently seeking asylum in the US