"And then one day, who knows why, I got tired of making myself suffer. I knew in my heart that my self-loathing was misguided--that what I ought to hate wasn't myself but the forces in the world that make me hate myself; the people who were so unimaginative that they couldn't see me for the sweetheart that I was. And I knew, too, that being true to myself, loving myself, would be one of the strongest political statements I could ever make."
(From Terry Galloway, "To Me: With Love and Squalor," It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, Dan Savage and Terry Miller, eds., p. 269.)