Ok between social networks, fox news, and just living in the state I live in, this is what I have learned, felt, and seen. I am fortunate to not be hated to my face. Hate being a strong but powerful word. To despise the essence of who someone is does not count as just an opinion. I frequently hear people say, and this normally coming out of my mothers mouth..."Well I have my views and you have your's" ...true but my "views" are not telling people that they need to live and certain way, that they need to closet a part of who they are. By no means is being gay NOT a part of who you are as many would argue that it is a choice you have made. First who on earth would CHOOSE a life where they will be HATED by some and have nothing but uphill battles to face. No one in there right mind would CHOOSE that. You are born the way you are born and discover different things about yourself along the way. Who you love is not who you choose to love. There are many straight people who WANT to choose not to fall in love with someone but cannot help but do so. Whether that is the bad boy with no job, or the girl next door with too much baggage, or just someone who may not check off every box on our checklist. Straight people do this everyday and say things like, "I know he's not right for me but I cant help but be in love with him"....You cant help it because you do not have a choice. SO how does that make gay people any different? I do not see how, and I have a hard time understanding people who think that they can see a difference that does not exist. Sure you can deny yourself, and probably live to regret it but you can do so. That my friends is a CHOICE. However, you cannot control your heart and it will probably hurt. I mean this is what the Catholic Church teaches us to do. They teach that it is not a sin to be gay, for they know that you can not control that, but it is a sin to act on it. So once again we have a CHOICE: either live a sinful God forsaken life where your mortal sin corrupts every ounce of your life and somehow those lives around you, OR live a pure life of self denial by that I mean never to experience the love you can only achieve with a partner in life, at its core a lonely life of pretending to be someone you are not. Even better you could do what many of the Christian faiths teach and try to pray your gay away, in which good luck. You can pray to be taller and you can pray to be wiser or you can pray not to be gay. But why would God change what he has made, you are who are for a reason right? At least that is what keeps many of us going. The idea that we have purpose. I am sorry for going on a bit of a rant but I am sick and tired of people who think they can put others on a shelf and not have to deal with anything. Hiding behind the facade that their opinion is nothing more than an opinion. This next part is not trying to attack anyone in particular, but you ALL should do a double take and see if you opinion is actually bigotry masquerading as an opinion. Because no matter how much we all love a grandmother, her having an issue with your boyfriend not because of his personality but because he is black is RACISM no matter how pretty we try to reason it away. And no matter what your dad saying that it was better when women staid at home raising the kids and cooking dinner is SEXIST no matter how opinionated it may seem. And your mother saying she does not want you hanging around your cousin because of all the gay people that are there and she does not want you in that kind of "environment" is, no matter how much you love your mother, her being a BIGOT. I love you all and I say this with all my heart, you all need to take a big bite out of reality and realize that this is not a fair fight, and to quit playing with people's lives like they are fucking pieces on a chessboard.