"What do you wish people had for the members of the LGBT community - A heart that truly cares or a mind that truly understands?"
This was the final question in a recently concluded pageant. While many people would argue about the power of love and that love conquers all, I personally think that it's not the lack of love that is that problem but rather the lack of understanding.
In fact, the people whom we are afraid will hurt us are often the ones closest to us - friends and family. These people love us. Ironically they hurt us out of love - because they think they're doing what is best for us. We are often also afraid to tell them the truth because we don't know if they will understand.
Real acceptance will only come with real undestanding. And acceptance in this case doesn't always require the presence of love.