The truth is that, for most of us who aren't gay, this isn't something we have to deal with on a daily basis. However, I think we all have a stake in this, no matter whether we're gay or straight. And, I think it's important that we keep engaging in this discussion, but that we do so with a sense of humility, vulnerability and compassion for ourselves and each other. This is a touchy and complex subject on many levels. It feels scary for me to write this article and put myself out there like this. But, at the same time, I think it's an important conversation, and I want to engage in it as authentically as I can.

The controversy gives us an opportunity to take a deeper look at how we think, feel and relate to homosexuality. And, if we're willing to go deep and get real about it, on both and personal and cultural level, I think we can have a major shift. My hope is that this shift involves more than gay actors simply getting opportunities to play great straight roles in movies, TV shows and theater productions without being judged, but also that, as a culture and a world, we're able to create a discussion that will help eliminate a great deal of the pain and suffering that has existed for gay people for far too long.

Mike Robbins is a best-selling author, sought-after motivational keynote speaker and personal growth expert who works with people and groups of all kinds. Robbins is the author of the best-selling books Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Already Taken. He and his work have been featured on ABC News and in Forbes, Ladies Home Journal, Self and many other publications.

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