All the world's great civil rights movements have sought to harmlessly break some cultural bully standard. And all the outlaws who survived those civil rights movements have learned an important lesson. We understand that we can be outsiders and be miserable about it, or we can be outsiders and enjoy the fuck out of ourselves until we're old and weird and happy just being our geeky, freaky, outlaw selves. Understanding that is how we stay alive in a world that doesn't like who or what we are, what we look like, who we love, or how we act.
-- Kate Bornstein, Hello, Cruel World, p. 45