Hey, Andy. Welcome and bright blessings! To be your age again, knowing what I know now... I'm a 30-year-old gay guy, and have come a long ways in accepting myself because of the support of friends and family. Good luck in college. Do you have a major picked out? You'll work your hiny off, but you'll learn a lot--college is a great experience.
As far as the loving God part, I'm working on that. I can't and won't sugarcoat the fact that I despise the more shallow-minded segments of Christianity. Yet, I've been attending an Episcopal church for a month now, we'll see where that goes. I also consider myself Pagan. My spirituality is complex to say the least.
"And though I may not know the answers, I can finally say I am free. And if the questions led me here, then I am who I was born to be." --Susan Boyle
"If all fools could fly, the sun would be eclipsed forever." --Dutch proverb