When I came out as a lesbian in high school, my girlfriend and I were bullied. Not just by other kids, although there was that, but by the assistant principle.
In the years since, things have changed so dramatically I couldn't have even conceived of it then. In 2007, that same girlfriend and I had a wedding for our friends and family. In 2013, when civil unions became legal in our home state of Colorado, we got a civil union. After the supreme court decision, we officially got married in Colorado in January of 2015.
So I want to take my chance to speak to 20,000 strangers and say thank you. I don't know you, you don't know me, but the kindness of strangers can make all the difference. If you're an ally, thank you. If you're glbtq thank you. I don't have any great advice, except to remember that the world can look different from the outside, and i know people who helped me likely don't remember the things they did or said. Just thank you.