SKEP: I’ll second your “fuck them”
Yup, that’s the important bit, Skep. Never fear anyone. Whether you are gay or straight, stand up to intimidation, look ‘em in the eye, stare ‘em down. Let ‘em throw the first punch. What the assholes don’t know is that you are ready for it, that you’ll block it and smack them down where they stand, physically or intellectually. Never be afraid. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
And on the flip side, don’t be intimidated by those you admire either. I’ve never learned more than when I have engaged with the smartest people I know.