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    Most pedophiles are straight not gay.
    — Steven Petrow
    tags: gay 
     
    Rely on facts, figures, principles of equality and fairness.
    — Steven Petrow
    tags: equality  facts 
     
    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
    tags: mind 
     
    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
    tags: justice  people  equality  value  war 
     
    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
    tags: suicide  problem  facts  gay  teen  school  parent  kids 
     
    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
    Putting our heads in the sand is not a wise strategy.
    — Steven Petrow
    tags: strategy  wise 
     
    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
    tags: equality  right  marriage  wife 
     
    You do not need to be female to be offended.
    — Steven Petrow
    I think identity issues have their place in the workplace, less so personal behaviors.
    — Steven Petrow
    tags: personal  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
    tags: action  identity  gender  gay 
     
    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
    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
    tags: world  hell  gone  kids 
     
    Acceptance comes through understanding.
    — Steven Petrow
    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
    tags: time  true  reading 
     
    A quick comeback is usually meant as license to be mean.
    — Steven Petrow
    There's nothing you can say that won't make you seem ungrateful or rude.
    — Steven Petrow
    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
    tags: people 
     
    When someone transitions you should refer to them by their new name both in the present and with references back in time.
    — Steven Petrow
    tags: time  present 
     
    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
    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
    tags: comfort  questions 
     
    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
    tags: equality 
     
    I know many of my female friends do not like being referred to as "ladies."
    — Steven Petrow
    tags: friends 
     
    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
    tags: death  suicide  year 
     
    More people use guns to kill themselves than to kill others.
    — Steven Petrow
    tags: people 
     
    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
    tags: people  respect  key  true 
     
    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
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