LGBT pride month
Pictured: New York Police Department members kiss in front of Stonewall Inn during the annual Gay Pride Parade in New York.Reuters

The annual LGBT pride month celebrations are going on in different parts of the world. June was selected as the month to celebrate the people of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other gender minorities in commemoration of the Stonewall riots of June 28, 1969.

If you are a member of the LGBT community or an ally, now more than ever is the time to proudly stand up for what you believe in. Wish your fellow humans a happy LGBT pride month by sharing the following messages, wishes and quotes:

Quotes

"A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: 'Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?'" - Pope Francis

"Being gay is natural. Hating gay is a lifestyle choice." - John Fugelsang

"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

"I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're not scared. You're an a------." - Morgan Freeman

"It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain." - Francis Maude

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"I am a strong, black lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better." - Basketball player Brittney Griner

"I've been embraced by a new community. That's what happens when youre finally honest about who you are; you find others like you." - Chaz Bono

"I think being gay is a blessing, and it's something I am thankful for every single day." - Anderson Cooper

"At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black." - George Clooney

"There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant." - Paul Newman

"The pressures on gay teens can be overwhelming--to keep secrets, tell lies, deny who you are, and try to be who you're not. Remember: you are special and worth being cared about, loved, and accepted just as you are. Never, ever let anyone convince you otherwise." - Alex Sanchez

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