Tim Worstall makes an excellent point here:
Don’t ‘celebrate’ gay people, just accept us, says teacher at centre of schools row
Accept is reasonable, but I think tolerate is closer to the correct meaning. To accept Simon Cowell would be asking too much, toleration is about as liberal as I can get.
And yes, Mr. Cowell is a reasonable comparison for sexuality. Other peoples’ tastes are none of my damn business assuming that they’re not being offered directly to me to partake of, subject to the usual consenting adults only caveat.
Quite right. I have no problem with, for example, Homosexual Pride parades; I tolerate them (as long as I don’t have to actually see them or be caught in the middle of one). Do I accept them?
It’s a small but important distinction, and well done Tim for pointing that out. And never mind “accept”; you can forget that “celebration” bullshit, too: that’s never going to happen.