73 Motivational Pride Month Quotes for Work

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Pride month quotes are sayings that champion equal rights and acceptance for members of the LGBTQ+ community. These statements deal with topics such as love, civil liberties, allyship, and embracing identity. You can use these quotes in social media posts, emails, meetings, and group chats throughout the month of June.

These phrases are a subset of inspirational quotes, and are a way to celebrate pride virtually at work.

This list contains:

  • powerful LGBT quotes
  • love equality quotes
  • pride equality quotes
  • pride month ally quotes
  • be yourself quotes for pride
  • funny pride quotes

Here we go!

Powerful LGBT quotes

  1. “Hope will never be silent.” – Harvey Milk
  2. “We are powerful because we have survived.” – Audre Lorde.
  3. “If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” – Zanele Muholi
  4. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life. Define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein
  5. “I think being gay is a blessing, and it’s something I am thankful for every single day.” –Anderson Cooper
  6. “I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.” – Janet Mock
  7. “Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” – Jason Collins
  8. “Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?” – Ernest J. Gaines
  9. “There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are.” – Tammy Baldwin
  10. “Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I’ve ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn’t even realized I was carrying.” – Sir Ian McKellen
  11. Gays are not interested in making other people gay…But homophobes are interested in making others homophobic.” – Stephen Fry
  12. “Being gay isn’t something you choose, but you do face choices about whether and how to discuss it.” – Pete Buttigieg
  13. “I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly.” – Stan Lee
  14. “The single best thing about coming out of the close is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you’ve just told them.” – Rachel Maddow
  15. “There is nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.” – Chris Colfer
  16. “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre Lorde
  17. “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

Love equality quotes

  1. “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within,” – James Baldwin
  2. “What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” – Tennessee Williams
  3. “Love doesn’t care how much money you have. It doesn’t care who your parents are. It doesn’t care if you’re gay, straight, or transgender.” – Rumer Willis
  4. “Gay, straight, bi, whatever – it doesn’t matter. Love is love.” – Amber Liu
  5. “We are not actually equal – humanity – if we are not allowed to freely love one another.” – Lady Gaga
  6. “Everybody’s journey is individual. You don’t know with whom you’re going to fall in love. … 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.” – James Baldwin
  7. “We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.” – Gore Vidal
  8. “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love. It matters only that you love.” – John Lennon
  9. “Marriage is a language of love, equality, and inclusion.” – Evan Wolfson
  10. “I believe that marriage isn’t between a man and a woman; but between love and love.” – Frank Ocean
  11. “Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.” – Boethieus

Pride equality quotes

  1. “Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” – Barbara Gittings
  2. “Obviously, no LGBT person should be denied the ability to be who they are because their boss disagrees.” – Gloria Steinem
  3. “There is no sexuality that is greater or lesser than another.” – Jasmine Guy
  4. “All human beings deserve equal treatment, no matter their gender identity or sexuality.” – Andreja Pejic
  5. “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” – Barack Obama
  6. “Gay rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton
  7. “You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people.” – Judith Light
  8. “The more I’ve been able to learn about gay rights and equal pay and gender equity and racial inequality, the more that it all intersects. You can’t really pick it apart. It’s all intertwined.” – Megan Rapinoe
  9. “Being gay is a natural normal beautiful variation on being human. Period. End of subject. Therefore, any argument which says differently is an immoral supremacist one. Call it out as such. Be outraged, offended, angry and intolerant of any discussion or any one who describes you as unequal, undeserving or unnatural for being just as you are.” – Larry Kramer

Pride month ally quotes

  1. “You don´t have to be gay to be a supporter – you just have to be a human.” – Daniel Radcliffe
  2. “This is why homophobia is a terrible evil: it disguises itself as concern while it is inherently hate.” – Tyler Oakley
  3. “The beauty of standing up for your rights is others see you standing and stand up as well.” – Cassandra Duffy
  4. “We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.” – Bayard Rustin
  5. “I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an a**hole.” – Morgan Freeman
  6. “We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.” – George Takei
  7. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama
  8. “We don’t want to promote any system that treats the fact that an individual is LGBT as a personality disorder. And anything that perpetuates that perception is harmful – not only to that member of the community but the entire community.” – Kamala Harris
  9. “We must make it clear that a platform of ‘I hate gay men and women’ is not a way to become president of the United States.” – Jimmy Carter
  10. “LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there.” – Ronan Farrow
  11. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” – Orson Welles
  12. “If public figures came out of the closet, then the LGBT kids who saw them on TV would feel safe before they even knew why they felt dangerous. Maybe if enough people came out of the closet, gay kids would never feel dangerous. Maybe we could have a world where we could all just live. We may not all agree, but why can’t we just all live?” – Margaret Cho

Be yourself quotes for pride

  1. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde
  2. “We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s okay.” – Laverne Cox
  3. “To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.” – Bayard Rustin
  4. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” – Brené Brown
  5. “Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.” – Angelina Jolie
  6. “Don’t be afraid. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t ever apologize for your sexuality. Just be you.” – Sonya Deville
  7. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. “To be yourself is truly a revolutionary act, and I think more and more people should try it, because it’s gotten me a pretty cool life.” – Lena Waithe
  9. “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel
  10. “There’s no better time than now to be who you are.” – Boy George
  11. “We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are.” – Sylvia Rivera
  12. “Don’t let anyone define you. You define yourself.” – Billie Jean King
  13. “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” – Allen Ginsberg
  14. “How can people change their minds about us if they don’t know who we are?” – Harvey Milk

Funny pride quotes

  1. “I’m not missing a minute of this. It’s the revolution!” – Sylvia Rivera
  2. “Darling, I want my gay rights now.” – Marsha P. Johnson
  3. “The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody.” – Rita Mae Brown
  4. “Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.” – Dorothy Parker
  5. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston
  6. “I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet.” – Dolly Parton
  7. “We are all doing drag. Every single person on this planet is doing it.” – RuPaul
  8. “Gender is between your ears and not between your legs.” – Chaz Bono
  9. “I am proud that I found the courage to deal the initial blow to the hydra of public contempt.” – Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
  10. “It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have any moral objection to someone else’s sexuality. It’s like telling someone else how to clean their house.” – River Phoenix

Final Thoughts

Sharing powerful quotes from artists, activists, and allies during pride month empowers LGBTQ+ employees to find and use their own voices. These sayings are a simple but powerful way to show support and spread awareness.

For more inclusive phrases, check out our lists of Women’s Day quotes and Black History Month quotes.

FAQ: Pride Month quotes

Here are answers to common questions about Pride quotes.

What are Pride quotes?

Pride quotes are famous phrases that demand equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, and celebrate queerness and identity. These sayings deal with topics like marriage equality, anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia, and the right to self-expression.

What are some good Pride Month quotes for work?

Some good Pride Month quotes for work include:

  • “Hope will never be silent.” – Harvey Milk
  • “Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” – Jason Collins
  • “There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are.” – Tammy Baldwin
  • “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker
  • “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within,” –  James Baldwin
  • “Obviously, no LGBT person should be denied the ability to be who they are because their boss disagrees.” – Gloria Steinem
  • “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” – Barack Obama
  • “Gay rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton

These sayings work well for social media posts and emails, and help to motivate staff.

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