Right now, being bisexual, lesbian, or gay is a 'controversial issue' -- and while it isn't a good thing for it to STAY that way, I think it can be a good thing that it is that way. It's a catalyst for change. As a person discovers that they have feelings for the same sex, they realize that the way they have always thought may not be the best way to think. And this thought-shift also happens in their family and friends as they come out to them. Some people are going to be close-minded and resist the change, but for others, this radical shift in thinking not only gives them a whole new point of view, it teaches them how to create MORE thought-shifts. (it would be better, of course, if our parents/society taught us from the very beginning to embrace shifts in thinking, but...)
When you believe something as an integral part of your reality and then that changes, any change after that is easier, because you've been there. This part of your perceived reality changed and you survived it -- hopefully thrived though it! -- so you don't see reality as rigid and unchangeable. You see that you don't know everything; even that what which you are certain is true now, you may disbelieve tomorrow. I think this is really important for understanding one another. I can consider other people's truths to be as real as mine because I know that I might believe the way they do in the future, or I may have believed that way in the past.
And thanks to good_news_net, I learned that it was "this day in 1955, [when] seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus to a white man and was arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws." Thank you Rosa for confronting discrimination and becoming a catalyst for change ♥