We all know the acronym. "LGBTQ". Even on our side of the house, it's sometimes all too easy to disassociate the person from the acronym. If I have my labels right, as a cisgender heterosexual male, it would be all to easy for me to dismiss those different from me. But I choose not to. You're probably aware that one of my oldest friends is gay; he stood for me as my best man 25 summers ago with hardly an eyebrow raised.
Another longtime friend recently came out as transgender: Once Chuck, he is now Cheryl, and has actually walked away from much of a former life, although still retaining a new presence on facebook. There was little backlash there as well - despite his former existence serving as a nationally-prominent leader in a well-known youth group.