I came across this article yesterday, titled “Six Things Straight People Should Stop Saying About Gay People;” and, while I think the conversation could be more nuanced in particular ways (specifically dealing with the issues transgender folks face every day, and with the particularities that lead one to find fulfillment in a relationship with someone of the same sex), I appreciate that the article was written by a straight, evangelical woman who herself has been transformed by her relationships with people who are not straight.
Many people think they don’t know anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender – this is in large part because it is not always safe for LGBT people to disclose their gender or sexual identity. Regardless of what you may think, I guarantee you that you do know someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Thinking about your words, regardless of whether or not you are in the company of someone you know to be gay, might make it easier for those people you know to trust you. What we say does make a difference. . .