40 Inclusivity Quotes for the LGBTQ Community

Inclusivity quotes can raise awareness and show support. We’ve got some wise words from history’s greatest minds.
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October 27, 2023
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Throughout history, LGBTQ people have stood as a beacon of understanding and acceptance. The journey toward a more inclusive society is filled with challenges, but it's a path worth walking. For us, inclusivity isn't just a buzzword; it's a lifeline to acceptance, understanding, and equality.

Inclusion in the queer community goes beyond mere acceptance. It's about recognizing the unique perspectives and experiences that individuals bring to the table. That’s what distinguishes diversity versus inclusion.

In that vein, we’ve gathered some powerful quotes about inclusion that inspire us to be better and diversity quotes to remind us of our shared humanity. Not only are they great for inspiring your queer comrades, but they may also serve to inspire the allies in your life. These insights are not just for the LGBTQ community; they should resonate with anyone who believes in a fair and just society.

Inclusivity in the workplace

Personal freedom should be a given, but professional settings often fall short. Here are some equality quotes that advocate for inclusivity in the workplace, ensuring we can flourish without fear of discrimination.

  • “Diversity isn't just sound social policy. Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world.”  — Justin Trudeau
  • "Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth." — Jesse Jackson
  • "A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone." — Sundar Pichai
  • "[Inclusion] means that when everyone comes to work, they’re valued for who they are, they can be their true self, and they can feel valued for the contribution they make." — Mary Barra

Strength and resilience

The LGBTQ community is no stranger to the virtues of strength and resilience. These quotes about being strong serve as powerful affirmations of the courage, determination, and indomitable spirit we exhibit when confronting challenges. Whether it’s a historical text, a fictional character, or a catchy Pride song, there are plenty of places to find words of strength.

  • "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." — Alan Watts
  • "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." — Christopher Robin
  • "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." — Ernest Hemingway
  • "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." — Mahatma Gandhi

Love and compassion

Love is universal, transcending all barriers and prejudices. These quotes celebrate the beauty of love and compassion, emphasizing the importance of embracing all forms of love.

  • “Love is the way. Love is the only absolute. More and more, I see this. I've seen too much hate to want to hate myself; hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." — eden ahbez
  • "Where there is love, there is life." — Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside." — Lin-Manuel Miranda

Celebrating diversity

Our differences make us stronger. Here are quotes that celebrate diversity across society and within the queer community, specifically. They remind us that our individuality should not divide us but rather be a cause for camaraderie. This vibrant tapestry of voices could inspire pride in anyone.

  • "Diversity: the art of thinking independently together." — Malcolm Forbes
  • "We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity." — Max De Pree
  • “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” — Jacqueline Woodson
  • "Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization." — Mahatma Gandhi
  • "Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another's uniqueness." — Ola Joseph

Equality and human rights

Equality is not a privilege; it's a right. These quotes focus on the ongoing fight for equal rights and recognition, particularly for LGBTQ+ people who continue to strive for justice and fairness in all aspects of life.

  • “Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”  — Hillary Clinton
  • "Equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for. It's a necessity." — Joss Whedon
  • "I speak not for myself but for those without a voice... those who have fought for their rights... their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated." — Malala Yousafzai
  • "To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity." — Nelson Mandela
  • "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "The beauty of standing up for your rights is others will see you standing and stand up as well." — Cassandra Duffy


Acceptance and understanding

Accepting and understanding oneself is the first step toward a fulfilling life. These quotes resonate with the journey LGBTQ people take to self-acceptance and broader acceptance within society.

  • "Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it." — Michael J. Fox
  • “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” — Aristotle
  • "The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance." — Brian Tracy
  • "Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons." — Jessica Lange

Unity and solidarity

In the face of discrimination and inequality, unity and solidarity are our greatest strengths. These sayings emphasize the power of standing together as a community, supporting one another, and amplifying the voices of oppressed people everywhere.

  • "Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." — Mattie Stepanek
  • "In union there is strength." — Aesop
  • "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” — Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Empowerment and advocacy

Empowering oneself and others is a vital part of advocacy. These quotes inspire action and change, encouraging us to take control of our lives and fight for what we believe in.

  • "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
  • "I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that's ever happened to me has taught me compassion." — Ellen DeGeneres
  • “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Freedom and authenticity

Living authentically is a freedom everyone deserves. These quotes explore the importance of being true to oneself, embracing one's identity, and living without fear or restraint.

  • "Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it's a good place to start." — Jason Collins
  • "The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself." — Gore Vidal
  • "Freedom lies in being bold." — Robert Frost
  • "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Growth and transformation

Growth often comes from the most challenging experiences. These quotes reflect the transformative journey many queer people undergo, evolving through struggles and triumphs to become their best selves.

  • "Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." — James Cash Penney
  • "The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change." — C. JoyBell C.
  • "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." — John F. Kennedy

Strength, diversity, and self-love: A communal call to action

In the quest for a more inclusive and diverse world, quotes serve as powerful mantras for the LGBTQ community, emphasizing strength, resilience, and advocacy. They remind us that our differences enrich us, not divide us.

Whether they address the need for equality or embrace personal growth, these quotes are more than just wise words — they're a call to action. So, let's celebrate our unique tapestry and work towards a world where everyone's potential is recognized and valued.

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