As we say farewell to the, at times, tumultuous 2016, and ring in what is certain to be a shaky new year, let us all resolve to STAND UP to bullying, hate, and discrimination of all people! Gay, straight, lesbian, bi, trans, cis, boy, girl, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, black, white, hispanic, asian, tall, short, disabled, able-bodied, old, young, skinny, fat, etc etc etc. ALL PEOPLE deserve equal treatment, ALL PEOPLE want love.
No one is truly "normal," so remember as you celebrate your own quirks and uniqueness, that you should also celebrate the uniqueness of others... When in doubt, err on the side of LOVE, COMPASSION, and UNDERSTANDING. Be willing to see other viewpoints, be able to hear other ideas. Stand up against hate, calling it out wherever you see it, defending EVERYONE against bigotry, no matter if it's based on gender, orientation, identification, race, age, ability, religion, weight... Don't let anyone be told they are less-than. You are their DEFENDER; never let hate triumph.