Just because this is a cause dear to my heart, and I've been remiss not to share these links in the past...
It Gets Better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org
Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
One could argue, especially considering where I live, that I'm lucky to be who I am: white, Christian, straight, and married, living in a home that I own, and essentially being a stay-at-home mom. We are the epitome of the conventional middle-American household. But, that doesn't mean I haven't seen how difficult it is for those men and women who walk a different path. Yes, it does get better...but it could be SO MUCH MORE SO if the people in this country had the courage to stand up for what's right, or at the very least, keep their noses and their legislation out of other people's private business (and bedrooms). Did you know it's legal to marry your own cousin in Wisconsin (provided one of you is sterile - ha!) but illegal to marry someone of the same gender? Could it get any more ridiculous?
A wise woman once told me, "Be who you are, because you're awesome." She probably doesn't remember the exchange, but I do. And, at the time, it made all the difference.
And for her, and for everyone who has ever accepted me for who I am - socially incompetent and often resentful as I am - I promise that I will never remain silent in the presence of any sort of bullying. Whether by fists or by legislation, it's still wrong...and I'll not tolerate it.