From one of my student’s papers:*
As I went through middle school and high school, I often had suspicions of my peers being homosexual but I always found reasons not to believe it because I thought it was such a horrible thing because of my strong Christian faith and how I was raised within the church and family. …
It was not until a few years ago when I met my sister’s future brother in law that I began to understand that there is nothing different about homosexuals, but that they simply have a different sexual preference than I do… When I first met him I had no idea, nor did I see him any differently. I just simply thought he was a shy, extremely smart kid. He appeared to me to be just a regular straight guy. He is a regular guy, minus the straight part, and I see him as no different than anyone else in the family.
* I will keep the student anonymous to protect privacy.