Every individual has to make their own choices and people from religious backgrounds and non-religious backgrounds discriminate against LGBT people all the time. The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is a strong atheist and she has repeatedly stated that she does not support same-sex marriage from a personal and political perspective. She is one example of many!
Also most of the direct discrimination I have encountered has been from non-religious people. Churches aren't anti-gay because they hate gay people and the LGBT community is not anti-religion because they hate God! Both sides are ignorant and IGNORANCE IS THE REAL PROBLEM! Both sides have never had dialogue and learnt from each other. It's always been this mini war about one-side against another in which no-one wins but everyone loses.
My great friend and mentor Anthony Venn-Brown often says "the enemy we fight is not individuals, political parties or denominations - the enemy is ignorance".
Whether you are a straight Christian woman or an gay male atheist, we need to encourage dialogue and build a bridge between the LGBT community and churches. We should not be militant, we should not be bitter! We must simply try to get people to talk...and that is the first step. We need to stand in the gap!
Conferences such as 'A Different Conversation', books such as Andrew Marin's 'Love is An Orientation' and organisations such as freedom 2 b[e], Soulforce and 100 Revs are making a real effort in bridging this gap!
Churches and Religious organisations will never go away and neither will the LGBT community. So we either keep fighting or we start talking peacefully about things and work together to really help people? Think about it? One creates peace, another creates war!