I live in China, which means a lot of weird occurrences happen as part of daily life because of the cultural differences. Yesterday, I was hanging out with my friends (who happen to be mostly gay), and we saw a group of "christians" standing in the park and aggressively singing and interrupting people. While I have nothing against true christians, something bothered me about the experience. Anyway, one of my gay friends said, "Hey, look at their signs and shirts? It looks super gay." I looked and noticed what he meant...the shirts were white with shiny, gold paint ink, and the signs they were holding had hands flared out and said "SHINE" in big letters. It did objectively look pretty gay. At this point, I got an idea. I went up to the group and in Chinese said: "I think it's really great what you guys are doing here. I'm so proud of you. Gay people have had their rights trampled on for way too long, and it takes a group to stand up to that. I agree with your posters that gay people should be able to SHINE (I did a hand motion with outstretched hands), and be able to be who they really are without fear of society. After all, love is love, no matter who it's with. In fact, can I have a hug?" I hugged the main ring-leader and shook everyone else's hand. For a while, I stood with the group and shouted pro-gay messages along with their shouting. Finally, one member of the group had the courage to embarrassedly tell me that the group was Christian and not actually gay, at which point I pretended to be very surprised. "But...your t-shirts...and the signs...how can you not...Oh wow, I'm sorry, you just all look...okay." Afterwards the group had a small group meeting and stumbled off with dejected looks. I can only imagine the ensuing conversation. Not sure whether I should give myself a pat on the back or feel like an asshole. You decide.