If you are thinking of speaking in favor of the LGBT community, you must be prepared for the backlash. Civilized individuals who relied on logic and rationale for settling disagreements and disputes will suddenly start quoting scriptures to prove their point. Statistics and facts twisted beyond recognition will be placed in front of you as a proof of your foolishness. If you think this is as bad as it is going to get, then think again.
Refusal to see sense will automatically result in questions on your own sexuality. Those who feel the LGBT community must be reformed presume that anybody speaking in favor must be a homosexual as well.
Any person forced to clarify his or her sexual orientation will admit that it can be very demeaning. What is completely private and intimate is converted into a matter of public discussion and ridicule. If you feel humiliated, just think what the LGBT community must face day in and day out?
How to tackle this? Well, you will have to provide sufficient space for honest disagreement. It is one thing to permit honest disagreement but another thing to allow others to demean you in a negative manner. Do not tolerate phone calls from aggressive organizations to your friends, relatives and even employer advising them to reconsider relations with you.
The important thing is not to get flustered. While such hit and run tactics are commonly used, it is not necessary that they should always work. Make sure you have adequate means to publicize these negative tactics. More often than not, fear of public knowing about such actions is more than enough to bring things under control. Permit honest criticism of your actions but make sure it does not cross the limit