I know I'm quite late on this, but happy Pride Month! I've always been afraid of saying this publicly on one of my posts, but I am apart of the LGBT+ community. I am bisexual, and it's something that has really affected me mentally and I've been having to come to terms with, and it's not easy, as I've grown up in a very homophobic and religious family, and community overall. I've been taught since I first could remember that homosexuality and homosexuals are an abomination and disgusting, and it's something that I can't ever get out of my head, and it's had a toll on me mentally.
We are human just like every heterosexual person in existence, and although we are making progress, there are still so many people who hold negative attitudes to us simply for something we have no control over, and this belief is still very widespread, and this includes the religious people who go, "hate the sin, love the sinner." Hating a part of someone for something that not only does not affect them in the slightest bit nor harm anyone, but also is never something the person chose to feel, is completely irrational and pathetic.
We have Pride Month because there is still widespread bullying of LGBT+ youth (I say this referring to those below the age of 18), there is still LGBT+ youth becoming unloved, being disowned, and even kicked out of their own homes after coming out, people being killed for simply not being straight. These, among with many other reasons, are why LGBT+ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, why LGBT+ youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth. Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.
Things like this is why we have Pride. Not to "shove the gay and trans agenda down our throats," not to throw out our sexuality everywhere we possibly can. Even if LGBT+ were to be given every single same right as heterosexuals today, we still would be undervalued by society, which is why we still fight for equality, especially socially.