When I was a child, my mom taught me the basics. We were not a very religious family, but I did go to Awana and Sunday School a few times. Around the same time, my grandmother had foolishly given thousands and thousands of dollars to Heritage USA (Jim Bakker's PTL group). We found out that the preacher she loved so dearly was a liar.
When I heard of this as a child, I wondered, who can I really trust here on this earth? We never went to church again. But my mother hung on to her Bible.
I started to accept the fact that I was gay when I was in early adolescence. It took me almost 10 years to finally come out of the closet. But, I can assure you, I have internalized EVERY horrific thing that Christians have said about gay people. And since I am gay, I know that what I have been told is nothing more than a lie.
For me, being gay was a blessing. It has given me great insight on human behavior. Because I am gay, my sexual proclivities are not hindered by a gender gap. As a result, I am more in touch with my own sexuality than most heterosexual people could even come close to achieving. I can understand women because I have accepted the feminine side of my soul. I am able to bust down the barriers that would otherwise prevent me from showing the real me, the human me. I am able to understand homophobia and hateful people because I once internalized all that was said about me. So essentially, God made me gay so I can be empathic. He did this because when you have empathy, you can see God in everyone, just like Jesus did. It has truly made me a better person. I escaped a racist upbringing and embraced the world. The only real angst I have is for those who try to hurt me.
But what is even bigger than me is my community. I look all around me and I see God working in many ways - ways which are often times foreign to the heterosexual community. We may not have that strong central family unit, but we have each other. Friendship is essential to all gay people. We come together and dance and interact with people, and not just until we are thirty years old either. We are forced into a subculture comprised of people of all walks of life (Jewish, Black, White, Deaf, Poor, Rich, Muslim, Chinese, Educated, and fill in the blank here). Because of this, many (if not most) of us are forced to relinquish our own prejudices as well - so that we too can survive. Essentially, we are the subculture that links all walks of life.