Or do they feel they have to hide part of who they are, for fear of being laughed at, rejected, or otherwise mistreated?
If the cross around my neck is there because I have chosen to follow Jesus, will I follow Him in treating other people the same way he did?
On a related note, a pastor in Washington State has decided to reclaim the word gay -- to take it away from those who use it in ways related to sexual orientation and use it for the original meaning of happy and joyful.
He says he is "on a mission to take back words, phrases and symbols he believes groups, such as homosexual activists and other liberal organizations, have "hijacked" from the American lexicon." (source: christian post).
While he's at it, maybe he could "take back" some of the love and acceptance that these groups have hijacked from the church, 'cuz it sure seems that they have far more of it than some churches.