"Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them."
"There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we’re all supposed to act, dress and speak and they serve no one. Anyone who defies these so-called ‘norms’ becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny and the LGBT community knows this all too well. Yet there is courage all around us. The football hero, Michael Sam; the actress, Laverne Cox; the musicians Tegan and Sara Quinn. The family that supports their daughter or son who has come out. And there is courage in this room. All of you."