i feel very lucky to have to deal with very little prejudice. but, there are 2 stories that i have to share and get off my back. i've been out as being gay at my school since the end of last year, which was a time that was very scary for me. i had no idea what to expect. and i'm happy to be able to tell you that for the past 7 months i've been happier than ever. But, a few days ago (nat'l coming out day) i was sitting behind the booth that gave out pride/gay support stickers and i experienced my first act of prejudice. i gave a sticker to someone i considered to be a friend of mine. he, and another mutual friend took the sticker, crumpled it up, threw it on the floor, and spit on it. they walked away hysterically laughing. i sucked it up, showing no emotion, but i can tell you that that was one of the worst experiences of my life. i had never been as depressed as when i went home that day. The second problem im experiencing is that, since outing myself, i'm finding that who ever i become close friends with, they always get shit for being my friend. people call them gay because they're friends with me. its not that i have ever really cared what other people thought of me, but i am a very loyal person who is thankful for true friendship (probably because before i came out, i was always very reserved and never had many friends because i was afraid they would find out about the true me). now that i've developed several very close friendships (mostly with straight guys), some of them are getting made fun of for being friends with a gay person. it is annoying the hell out of me because he doesnt deserve this. i just had to get all this off my back. i really dont want to lose a friend because of other people being assholes, but at the same time it isnt fair of me to allow my friend to get harassed and have me not do anything about it.