I urge you all to read this beautiful essay from a man who was rejected by an old friend because he supports marriage equality and took part in a same-sex wedding for his younger brother. But rather than feeling sorry for himself over it, he realized how much worse it must be for those who are rejected by loved ones because of their sexual orientation.
The situation got me thinking: What if this hadn’t been about my brother’s wedding, but about MY wedding? What if it hadn’t been from a distant friend, but from a beloved family member?
How many millions of gay kids (and adults) have had that exact thing happen to them? How many millions more will in the future?…
If you’re gay, I think that’s wonderful, and I’m truly happy for you. I wish you all the love and joy in the world.
If you’re straight, I think that’s wonderful, and I’m truly happy for you. I wish you all the love and joy in the world. And I charge you, I charge you to imagine the above scenario played out with YOU as the target of rejection. Imagine the people closest to you telling you, essentially, “You are fundamentally flawed and I want nothing to do with you.” Our LGBTQ brothers and sisters face this everyday. Please don’t forget that.
This is exactly how I came to be an ally to the LGBT community, by seeing what so many of my friends have gone through, that terrible pain of being rejected over something so trivial and irrelevant to who they truly are. The idea that my family could or would disown me for such a thing is simply unimaginable to me, but it happens every day to others.