The other day my co-worker Pat and I were talking and she was "at war" with her sister. At first I thought of been something like how my mother would fight with my aunt. It'd often be over something stupid and petty and make them both look dumb. Turns out that her sister doesn't like Pat's son Michael. For what? Well turns out, he likes guys instead of girls. Funny how we discriminate over other people for something as stupid as that. I was a bit relieved Pat was on her son's side as I knew she was far more religious than I ever was at any point in my life, and she seemed to be more on the conservative side of politics even though we never really discussed either. So what outranks deities and politics? Love for your child.
Pat was really upset that everyone treated her son like he didn't exist. This is a major reason why I always was so supportive of LGBT rights, is that many kids are often shunned by their families and they are lucky if their mother and father are accepting. Christians often go on and on about "sin" but there is only a few evils in this world greater than kicking your own child of out of your home and your life. She mentioned that he had tried dating women before but I think that's common for LGBT youth in conservative-ish families. They know option A is almost impossible so they try to see if option B might be tolerable. She also said he moved far away at a time, and even tried to take his own life. He even wanted to be a minister at one point in time, but switched career goals early on for obvious reasons. I had met her sister once briefly but I don't think I'll have much respect for her next time I see her. That's betraying your own family members. We can argue about politics and religion, but you can't change who you are.