Trajen1 saidI have a relatively big group of gay friends/acquaintances, two of us are christian conservatives. Some of the other members in this group legitimately despise us for our believes. They aren't evening willing to have an open discussion on the issue. So my question is: how can some gay people, the ones who preach a message of having the utmost tolerance, be so intolerant to conservatives like myself? Did they miss the part that true tolerance stretches to those who have differing opinions? How are these individuals so bold at not practicing the tolerance they preach?
Depends on why they are so intolerant. Some might have been thrown out of the house and not accepted from their "Christian" conservative family. Others may have been bullied relentlessly in school by so called "Christian" conservatives b/c they were gay. Others might resent the fact that the GOP is most intolerant party of gay people and resent that the people who vote for these people are the ones voting for them to not be able to get married, not be able to adopt or have foster children, or simply every four years makes the gay community feel worse then shit on someones boot. Some conservative "Christians" tell gay people they are damned to an eternity in hell and that we are perverts that are equivalent to child molesters and sheep fuckers.
So many have maybe legitimate intolerance of a party who has been pretty intolerant of us.
I have a few conservative "Christian" family members who before I came out I thought loved me unconditionally and thought highly of me. As soon as I came out it was as if I was equal to a murderer. I was shocked. These are people I took care of when they were sick, loaned money to, went on family vacations with, spent the holidays with, grew up with, kept their secrets for, babysat their kids for, was the first one they would call if they were in trouble and needed my help, etc. Then as soon as I revealed I was gay to now judge and openly hate on me.
I show tolerance now of them and their bigoted ways more then they ever show me and I become more "Christian" then them when I "turn the other cheek" as they call me a pervert and that I am damned to hell if I don't change and repent.
I can understand being Christian and gay (I am. Although I am not "religious". I am spiritual and open to everyones beliefs) but I have a hard time understanding why someone who is gay would vote for anyone in the GOP that works against the gay community and basic cival rights.