I am female. I was born that way. I have had those feelings… those longings… all my life. It is not unnatural. I am not sick because I feel this way. I do not need to be helped, and I do not need to be cured. What I do need — what all of those like me need — is your understanding and your compassion. We do not injure you in any way. And yet we are scorned, and attacked. And all because we are different. What we do is no different from what you do. We talk and laugh… we complain about work and we wonder about growing old… we talk about our families, and we worry about the future…We cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All the loving things that you do with each other… that’s what we do. And for that, we are called misfits, and deviants… and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?
[Soren, a member of a genderless species, defends her sexual orientation]
(Star trek: TNG)
Moments like this, messages like this one, are probably at the top of my list of reasons I’m proud to be part of Star Trek.
… You know, and Asian people and all kind of folks you know, there was no problem with Russians you know, it’s very important that the future be hopeful and that’s what this is.”
Whoopi Goldberg on Star Trek The Original Series and on why she asked to be in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
“‘Just shy.’ Sounds like nothing serious, doesn’t it?” - Reginald Barclay
You know, making little boys reasonable only gives them pimples.
— Lwaxana Troi
“Have you ever fought an idea, Picard? It has no weapon to destroy, no body to kill!” - Gowron
“Most intelligent life-forms find involuntary confinement offensive and inequitable.” - Data
“Perhaps the words are more important than the man.” - Gowron
“Questions are the beginnings of wisdom - the mark of a true warrior.” - Worf
“What we do today may profoundly affect the future.” - Jean-Luc Picard
“Your past does not excuse unethical or immoral behavior.” - Data
“Most lifeforms act out of an instinct for survival, not out of malice.” - William Riker