By Jennifer Finney Boylan, Oct. 23 2015 (LINK to article)
"All of us — men and women, gay and straight, cis and trans — deserve to be loved."
I'm sure that if we ourselves love, then we will be loved back by at least some of those we love, but not necessarily straight away or even in our own lifetime.
Everyone should be free to be themselves, and it is terrible how even democratic states, until very recently, made it illegal for many people to be themselves in so far as their sexuality was concerned.
The state has always demonised certain aspects of human nature, as a means of socio-political intimidation and control. It used to be "original sin" (disobedience of divine, i.e. priestly/state authority), then human (especially female and gay) sexuality; now it is "racial prejudice", i.e. the natural human inclination - like original sin - to identity with members of one's own tribe, race or ethnic group, which was made responsible for the Holocaust and equated with the evils of Nazi racism.
It is in the very nature of the state to intimidate and control society, in order to achieve its primary purpose of facilitating its SELF-exploitation, to the personal advantage of its ruling elites and favoured (especially wealthy and academic) clients, at the expense of society at large, its well-being and long-term survival. This is why all past civilisations have fallen, as soon will ours, unless we quickly recognise the cause: http://philosopherkin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/civilisation-evolutionary-cul-de-sac.html