- when did you know you had to rise up and fight back? - it wasn't just me who heard the call. it was all of us.
the arc of history is long, but bends towards justice.
the fact that somebody's homosexual, a true, obligatory homosexual, automatically rules out the possibility that he will remain happy for long. the stresses and strains, the psychic apparatus subjected to over the years... will cause him, in time, to have increasing difficulties. the whole idea of saying "the happy homosexual" is to create a mythology about the nature of homosexuality.
♪ I'd Love to Change the World
Roma: so are you with the workers or the peace movement or what? Cleve: it's all the same to me - same struggle, same fight... feminism states that our destiny's not determined by our gender, right? now, for you, that means one thing. for me, that means that i can love who i love.
it was just kids... kids who just wanted to dance and didn't want to take the cops' harassment anymore. they learned to mess with the cops cause they'd been to peace-movement marches like you. didn't even know gays had never fought back, so they did what was in their bones. those kids gave enough hope that now we're telling our own stories about stonewall cause stonewall made us feel like we deserved one... finally. and that's bigger than the truth.
you are in here hiding from the cops not because you don't have it in you, but because this fight's still about ideas for you. good ideas, but ideas aren't enough to lead with. and the one thing that can make this truly personal for you, the one thing that can meke you strong, you are burying it. you love women, roma. and if you owned that, you wouldn't be in here shaking like a leaf because some cop launched tear gas at you. you'd be hotter than hell, ready to fight for your life.
"us vs them" is an illusion. all of you combined, locked arm in arm, are stronger than you know. you could lift us all up. we - us - we are everywhere...
we must build a real liberation movement. but first we need a place of our own, one block, one block to fight them off from. and this is the place, and now is the time. it's time for us to fight back.