Our society has made significant improvements in its tolerance and acceptance of the LGBT community more than ever within recent years and President Obama’s public support of gay marriage and legislative initiatives have certainly taken our advancement to new heights.

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We still, however, have quite a ways to go as more gay school-aged children attempt suicide due to bullying and adults are still discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. While anti-discrimination legislation is necessary in our efforts to become a more just country, there must also be changes on a micro-level within our individual homes.

As adults, many of our ideologies–which have led to our rigid and prejudice behaviors–are a result of how our parents raised us. Because home is the primary learning setting for children, and the children will evolve into leaders of our future, one of the greatest contributions we can make to society is engaging in dialogue with our kids about equality between straight people, gay people and every other sexual orientation.

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