Steven Petrow quotes

  • Rely on facts, figures, principles of equality and fairness.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Principles #Facts #Fairness

  • The murkiness of Donald Trump's position is really what distinguishes him from other Republican nominees and contenders who have been steadfast in their opposition to LGBTQ equality.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Republican #Trump #Steadfast

  • A big question that we have is that we do not understand why the comfort of the few should override the comfort of the many.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Comfort

  • From my vantage point, when I'm criticized in a way that I can hear what's being said - i.e., the issues - I'm more likely to listen and respond. A lot of the personal email I receive consists of name calling; I'll write back and say: Talk to me like I'm a person and you're a person and tell me where you disagree with me. I can't tell you how that turns people upside down. More often than not they write back with an apology and a reasoned argument.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Writing #Apology #People

  • Okay, so here's my question: When did civility become incompatible with protest? Why do some people consider civility an antonym - anathema, even - to political action and dissent? Because, and I'm raising my voice, it's not. Have we forgotten how Mahatma Gandhi used nonviolent civil disobedience to free India from British rule and inspire civil rights movements worldwide?
    -- Steven Petrow

    #People #Political #Inspire

  • When someone transitions you should refer to them by their new name both in the present and with references back in time.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Names #Transition #Should

  • Calling a trans person by their former name is referred to as "deadnaming" and is considered highly offensive to most trans people I know.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Names #People #Calling

  • There's nothing you can say that won't make you seem ungrateful or rude.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Ungrateful #Rude #Seems

  • A quick comeback is usually meant as license to be mean.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Mean #Comeback #License

  • I keep reading that Donald Trump is the most pro-LGBT GOP presidential nominee of all time - and I actually think that's true.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Reading #Thinking #Presidential

  • Acceptance comes through understanding.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Acceptance #Understanding

  • I know many of my female friends do not like being referred to as "ladies."
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Female #Knows #Female Friends

  • Every generation seems to have its members who think the world has gone to hell and a hand basket and that they need to explain a challenging world to their kids.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Kids #Thinking #Hands

  • Most pedophiles are straight not gay.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Gay

  • Too many people think that "good manners" are about subjugating yourself to others. Not true. Respect, and just as important, self-respect are two key elements in this equation.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Thinking #Keys #Self

  • More people use guns to kill themselves than to kill others.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Gun #People #Use

  • What really surprised me was that more than half of all deaths by gunshot are suicides, more than 20,000 a year, about 58 a day.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Suicide #Years #Half

  • To parents who find a child's disclosure about sexual or gender identity challenging, I always urge what I'd call "moderated" honesty. If you can't say "I love you," then say something like, "I'm going to need some time to digest this news." Buy time this way. And then think.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Children #Honesty #Love You

  • I really don't understand how parents can talk about gay couples' PDA as a problem or a transgender teen's suicide and not the fact that too many of our kids are being murdered in the schools and on the streets.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Suicide #Couple #School

  • Being LGBT is not a choice. It's not about "a sexual proclivity." It's not a "lifestyle," as you put it. It's about our identity. Pride is a time when we come together to celebrate our community and when others do, too. Just as we do for other racial, ethnic, and religious groups that are part of the "tossed salad" nature of our society.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Religious #Pride #Choices

  • Putting our heads in the sand is not a wise strategy.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Wise #Sand #Strategy

  • The right to be married was hard earned by the marriage equality movement and one of its "perks" is the right to use the terms commonly associated with marriage; husband and wife are the two most common.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Husband #Two #Wife

  • You do not need to be female to be offended.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Female #Needs #Offended

  • I think identity issues have their place in the workplace, less so personal behaviors.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Thinking #Issues #Identity

  • Cross-dressing is more of a set of actions or behaviors and not synonymous with gender identity (straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, among others).
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Gay #Bisexual #Identity

  • Please Mr. Trump: Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Mean #Trump #Please

  • We need to regain the art of civil discourse and more practically, I don't think you change anyone's mind by calling them names.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Art #Thinking #Names

  • You know, my goal is not to convince you that I'm right or that you're wrong. About homophobia. Gun violence. Racism. Whatever the issue. I'm really trying hard with you - and others - to have a respectful discussion, debate about these issues.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Gun #Issues #Racism

  • I'll tell you what gives me hope. After the struggle for marriage equality, the LGBTQ community has built some very powerful organizations; in particular, I'm thinking of HRC (the Human Rights Campaign), GLAAD... but there are many, many others, too. Along with those organizations come some savvy and tested leaders who have come to understand not only how to change hearts and minds but also legislators and judges votes.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #Powerful #Struggle #Heart

  • As for LGBTQ people supporting Donald Trump (or other Republicans), I do understand that some of them value his stances on immigration, climate change (I should say "the war on coal"), and the economy over those of equality, fairness, and justice.
    -- Steven Petrow

    #War #Justice #People

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