LGBT History Month
Celebrate LGBT History with the DNL! LGBT History Month takes place in October, and commemorates LGBT history and the fight for LGBT rights. One major landmark in LGBT history is the Stonewall Riots that took place in Manhattan in June 1969. When police raided a gay bar, Stonewall Inn, the LGBT community resisted arrests, and held protests for four nights.These riots marked the start of the LGBT rights movement, which has continued to fight for equal rights even today. In honor of this month, here are some quotes from famous LGBT authors.
“When we define ourselves, when I define myself, the place in which I am like you and the place in which I am not like you, I'm not excluding you from the joining - I'm broadening the joining.”
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, 1984
"Full citizenship was, and to a large degree still is, predicated on keeping 'unacceptable' behavior private. This complicated relationship between the public and private is at the heart of LGBT history and life today."
- Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States, 2011
"Two women in love confirms for me that there is a love that can push you beyond what everyone else says is possible.”
- Daisy Hernandez, A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir, 2014
"Lay your sleeping head, my love,
Human on my faithless arm;
Time and fevers burn away
Individual beauty from
Thoughtful children, and the grave
Proves the child ephemeral:
But in my arms till break of day
Let the living creature lie,
Mortal, guilty, but to me
The entirely beautiful."
- W. H. Auden, “Lullaby”, 1940
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