I grew up in a time when being gay was even more of a challenge than it is today. As a white, male of English/German descent who was raised Christian, I have come to see my sexual identity as a gift. I believe much the insight and empathy I enjoy is a direct result of being a minority. I don’t think you have to be a minority to be empathetic or compassionate , but it sure made it easy for me! Sometimes I wonder what kind of person I would have become were I not gay.