Hi there Maiken:
Never, never, never, NEVER feel insecure, embarrassed, or ashamed about these things. All the raised eyebrows in the world are worth nothing to the wisdom you'll gain by opening your eyes to the truths about our existence.
This goes for the family as well. Fortunately, my own is supportive, if not actively pursuing the same as myself, but even if they weren't, in my eyes, they'd just have to deal with it. If they didn't like it, of course I'd be sensitive to that, but still...tough sh*t is what I say.
As an adult, I've not really run into any problems with people that I couldn't handle. I get the looks, and the snickers, and occasional comments but on the whole, life is good, and no one I am in regular contact with shows me any disrespect.
When I was a kid it was a bit different, but I came to terms with that through understanding the way society thinks, and learning that people are taught to dislike what we don't understand.
To combat that ignorance, I will FREELY discuss my lifestyle, and I *do get very positive responces. Most people want to know more. :rose:
O, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The Reaper came that day;
'Twas an Angel visited the green earth,
And took the flowers away.
-- H.W. Longfellow