Do you ever hear gossip about someone identifying as heterosexual? Probably not. We’ve spent most of our lives watching TV and movies where the people falling in love were of the opposite sex, and hence we see a man and a woman holding hands without batting an eye.
The act of “coming out of the closet” is difficult for many people because they are first ashamed of who they are, and are afraid that they potentially may experience harsh judgments from the people around them, especially from their family. From personal experience, coming out to my friends was the hardest thing I had ever done. Although I had known them for many years, there is always that one small worry. Will they still like me? Will they think I'm weird? Luckily, when I decided to take this step my friends responded well. However, thousands of people who aren't received well end up taking their life because they don't get the support they need to move on and to accept who they are.
Society makes it seem like being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning is a horrible thing. In reality, it's not. That's just the way you're born and you can't change that no matter how hard you try. Although there are have been efforts throughout history to allow people to feel comfortable if they identify in one of the LGBTQ groups, it is not enough because people are still shamed about their identity everyday. Everyone needs to make the effort to accept or at least try to understand that someone who is part of the LGBTQ community is the same as any other person.
Let's start by being open minded about the people we have prejudice towards. Let's lend a hand. Let's give support. Let's end discrimination because any type of love is love.