Independent University Newspaper
Copenhagen Business School

Popular searches:

Independent University Newspaper

Copenhagen Business School

All you need is love…and PRIDE!

Illustration: Ida Kerstine Lindbæk Mouridsen

Accept yourself, your sexuality, and your true gender. Keep fighting for your rights and be PROUD. These are statements from people who, during their lives, have paved the way for more gender equality and freedom to express yourself. CBS WIRE has looked through quotes made by these significant figures and has chosen five statements that might inspire you.

News |   11. Aug 2022

Ida Eriksen


The annual Pride Parade in Copenhagen is coming up on Saturday August 20, and for the fifth time, CBS is joining the festivities.

Get into the spirit of Pride by reading five quotes from people who have made a real impact on how we perceive gender, race, and sexuality today.

The stories behind the quotes are from Human Rights Careers and are only edited by CBS WIRE. The quotes are beautifully illustrated by artist Ida Kerstine Lindbæk Mouridsen.

“Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?” – James Arthur Baldwin

A quote from the novel Giovanni’s Room by gay author and activist James Arthur Baldwin (1924– 1987), who questioned our perception of sexuality, race, and class in his many acclaimed novels.

In Giovanni’s Room, Baldwin claims that sex and gender do not matter. All that’s important is whether people love each other. This statement resonated with millions of people struggling to express their love to a person of the same sex.

With this quote, Baldwin assured them that it really does not matter who is the object of your love – only that love is present.

Illustration: Ida Kerstine Lindbæk Mouridsen

“Nature made a mistake, which I have corrected.” – Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen (1926–1989) was an actor and artist and one of the first people to have sex reassignment surgery in the United States.

She was also one of the first to speak openly about the process. She made it clear in her statements that nature had been wrong to put her in a man’s body and that the surgery finally made things right.

This way of thinking helped normalize transgenderism and allowed transgender individuals to accept themselves for who they are.

Illustration: Ida Kerstine Lindbæk Mouridsen

“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (1934–1992) was an American writer and feminist. She described herself with words such as; “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.”

Her anger towards how people of color, women, and members of the LGTBQ community were treated was often expressed in her writing. In the quote above, she calls for others to also show their anger.

Lorde encouraged people to step out into the light and told them that the only true safety lies in making yourself known and demanding the acceptance and respect that you deserve.

Illustration: Ida Kerstine Lindbæk Mouridsen

“If a transvestite doesn’t say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite, then nobody else is going to hop up there and say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite for them.” – Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson (1945–1992) was an American activist and a drag queen. She was one of the first people to fight for the rights and dignity of drag queens.

By being very vocal about the specific struggles faced by those who dress in drag, she encouraged others to keep fighting for rights and respect.

Marsha Johnson also co-founded the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR).

Illustration: Ida Kerstine Lindbæk Mouridsen

“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.” – Jason Collins

Quote by athlete and former NBA basketball player Jason Collins (born 1978). He made history when he publicly identified himself as gay in 2013. After this statement, many athletes came out and declared their long-hidden sexualities.

It became a milestone for more gender equality because, as Collins says: Being open about sexual orientation is an important step towards ending prejudice.

Illustration: Ida Kerstine Lindbæk Mouridsen


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

All you need is love…and PRIDE!by

  • News

    A trip to Italy inspired Francesca and Fannar to open their own pasta boutique

    Thanks to two CBS graduates, Copenhagen now has a pasta boutique where you can buy freshly made pasta. Francesca Tenze and Fannar Hannesson had never thought they would end up running a food business. But, a trip to food-Mecca Bologna inspired them to quit their jobs and start their own company, La Fresca, modelled on the traditional Italian concept.

  • News

    CBS Associate Professor starts YouTube channel on compliance: “We must communicate research differently”

    For Associate Professor Kalle Johannes Rose, his YouTube channel about risk-based compliance serves many purposes. It is both a personal tool to help him structure and explain the material as well as an opportunity to reach out to people working with compliance and for them to ask questions before he finishes a new book. He believes that researchers should think differently about how they communicate their research, and that CBS could do a better job of helping them.

  • News

    Three emails revive old conflict between CBS and course company Aspiri

    Several students have received emails from the course company Aspiri asking for their Canvas password in return for free courses. The CBS legal department warns students against giving away their passwords – it compromises IT security and is illegal.

  • News

    Start-up founded in a CBS entrepreneurial class sells for millions

    What started as a business case in class - AI for solving GDPR issues - has turned into fulltime employment and a multi-million kroner deal for two former CBS students.

  • News

    Mental health issues? Where to get help

    If you have mental health issues or personal problems, CBS can help. If you have a chronic mental health problem, you can receive help through the SPS programme. For personal problems, you can team up with a mentor through the CBS mentor programme or talk to the campus pastor, who is happy to help regardless of religion.

  • Blog

    Winter blues and how I cope

  • News

    New alumni network on cybersecurity gives valuable insights

    A large number of unofficial alumni networks flourish at CBS. A new addition is the cybersecurity network that enables students and alumni to connect and talk about an industry where people otherwise keep their secrets closely guarded. The networks are a useful way for alumni to stay in touch with CBS while giving back as well as being updated on the newest research and post-graduate education.

  • Gif of the week

Follow CBS students studying abroad

CBS WIRE collaborates with

Stay connected