Gay Pride Week is celebrated June 21-28. As millions of people get ready to march around the country Sunday, why not mark the event with some inspiring quotations? Some of the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sayings are listed below, with a hat tip to Quote Garden and Quotesome.

1. “In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: The ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint or obligation.” -- Simone de Beauvoir

2. “What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love.” -- Jay Z

3. “Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes. The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects. The sooner we learn this concerning sexual behavior the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex.” -- Alfred Kinsey

4. “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” -- Harvey Milk

5. “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, “A Streetcar Named Desire”

6. “Being gay is natural. Hating gay is a lifestyle choice.” -- John Fugelsang

7. “Marriage should be between a spouse and a spouse, not a gender and a gender.” -- Hendrik Hertzberg

8. “Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” -- Jason Collins

9. “Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision, and you have no rights in our lovemaking.” -- Derek Jarman

10. “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” -- U.S. President Barack Obama

11. “The important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself.” -- Gore Vidal

12. “Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?” -- Ernest Gaines

13. “It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It’s like disapproving of rain.” -- Francis Maude

14. “I say that homosexuality is not just a form of sex, it’s a form of love, and it deserves our respect for that reason.” -- Christopher Hitchens

15. “Some women can’t say the word ‘lesbian’ ... even when their mouth is full of one.” -- Kate Clinton

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