Adolescence is a weird, tricky time for everyone, but especially for LGBTQA teens. You might feel alienated, or like you need to lie to yourself and others in order to fit in. But just know that you—not you that you show the world, but the YOU that you were born as—is beautiful, unique, and valuable! Here are some inspirational quotes to reassure you of that!
1 Harry Winston
Part of being a minority is being watched, judged, and criticized. It’s just a package deal in our society. So what you ought to do is make the most of an uncomfortable situation. Open the minds of close-minded people, who don’t realize that girls who like girls are just as amazing as anyone else! You aren’t plotting to tear apart the fabric of society; you are just a human being who deserves respect.
2 President Obama
Even the U.S. president, arguably the most powerful man alive, believes in equal treatment of you and other women like you. That’s definitely saying something! While for now, some radicals may still argue that you are a threat to society, we know that society is pretty dysfunctional now anyway. So with change, hope, and leaders who stand for those things, you can rest assured that this troubled time in your life will certainly pass!
3 Ellen Page
One day, love will enter your life. Then, all of the hatred people have thrown at you will fade into background noise as you feel accepted and loved by the one you’ll spend the rest of your life with. Because love isn’t restricted to only straight people. Even if you’re not out of the closet yet, or if you are afraid of what will happen when you come out, you can cling to this hope and dream of a better future.
4 Rita Mae Brown
Weigh the pros and cons of conformity, and then ask yourself what’s worth more? Genuine self-love and self-acceptance, or love from other people that’s based on a lie? Obviously the first one! While it’s definitely difficult to sacrifice other relationships, honestly friendships with people so shallow and close-minded are not worth keeping! You’ll find a much more accepting community when you tell the truth to others and yourself.
5 Chaz Bono
Enter Chaz Bono! As I just said, there is another community awaiting you—a welcoming community of LGBTQA people and allies who will love you regardless of your sexuality. If, when you first come out, you feel hated, judged, and alone, don’t give up on yourself and others. Those feelings will only last as long as you’re in that environment. Once you get out, you’ll find an amazing community where you can take pride in your identity! Most importantly, know that nothing bad can last forever, and there’s a light at the end of every tunnel.
6 Will Smith
People who actually think about what should and shouldn’t be socially accepted generally agree that love isn’t something anyone should hate. Life is rough enough as it is! If you can find someone to help you endure it, you shouldn’t be condemned by others for that.
7 Hillary Clinton
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sees a future for America in which girls who like girls and guys who like guys can grow up without fear of judgement, and can ultimately marry the person of their choosing (which they now can). Why? Because gay people are people. You aren’t an isolated case of genes gone wrong, or anything like that. You aren’t broken, and you didn’t choose to feel this way. Homosexuality exists globally, across race, gender, class, and religion. Anyone who tells you otherwise needs to open their eyes!
What you are going through is definitely a struggle, but just know that you aren’t alone. There is a way out of feeling trapped—being honest and finding solace in the gay community. I hope these quotes helped you feel less abandoned. Do you have any wise words for girls who like girls?