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These are screenshots of a conversation that occurred after I received a message out of the blue from someone I didn’t recognize. He has since been blocked, and I removed his name from the photos so as to protect his privacy. We all have the right to privacy no matter what, but I wanted people to see this.
Homosexuality is a big ticket item nowadays, both socially and politically. It is an equality movement that has already gained amazing ground, but the work here is not done. Hate like this still exists, and it flavors the air of this nation with a putrid stench. While I am tougher than most brick outhouses, I would still love to live in a world where I don’t have to censor my love or look over my shoulder to check for those who wish to tear me down.
I just have one simple request. Please, hug your family and friends tightly tonight, taking extra care to give some love to those in your life who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or what have you. A little hate goes a long way, but a little love goes even farther.
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