Christmas is traditionally a time for families.
Yes, I know there are all the "Christ in Christmas" things, and all the other religious celebrations and petty squabbles over what christmas actually is, but I'm just talking about the overall expectations of the season - about getting together with loved ones and family - about appreciating each other and sharing love.
For many LGBT people this is the worst time of year!
So many have been rejected by their families and friends. Some have been completely ostracized, some are tolerated. Some go to christmas gatherings with dread, knowing they are going to get the looks, the lectures. Others don't even bother and choose to avoid it all, in an effort to preserve some dignity and self worth. And of course, many can't go because they aren't welcome, or have been completely rejected by family.
It is often a tragic time for many people, as their loneliness and rejection becomes glaringly obvious.
Please remember these beautiful hurting people.
Much is done for the homeless and impoverished, the sick and broken. But there are so many LGBT people who silently suffer every christmas.
If you know someone like this, be love to them. Respect and honour them. Show them they are beautiful and worthy of the same love we all are. No matter what you believe, love is the only thing that heals.