[QUOTE=Zerbie]I think you're asking what's on everyone's mind here. While the topic is "sensitive" this is also what the forum is for, right?
I've been wondering the same questions my whole life. I have spent years waiting for someone to tell me an answer and how to go about 'changing things.' For me, it's time to take my own initiative and, whenever relevant to the conversation, dialogue about these issues with others.
Gandhi says it better than anyone. "We must become the change we seek." The answer is clear though sometimes difficult. We must not be afraid to come out to people to let them get to know us as human beings that they care for and respect. If we are unashamed and loving, it will begin to change other people around us. There's a wonderful story about Lewis Smedes a well know bible expert who supposedly used to say that AIDS was God's curse on gays. Then friends of his starting dying of AIDS and he knew they were good loving faithful people. He was forced to change his views and ended up doing a fabulout video for Soulforce. So my answer is, "become the change we seek." Kara