I remember when the Episcopal Church FIRST began talking about ordaining openly gay people to the priesthood, there were many voices of concern from the Episcopal Church in Africa.
Christians, specifically Episcopalians living in third world countries with a Muslim majority were fearing for their lives. These African EC Bishops pleaded with the US church not to move forward with this. Of course the rest is history. I never saw any stories about them after that.
To be Christian, to stand up for your beliefs, even silently in the catacombs is to inherit the Kingdom of God, but it can also be dangerous or at least unpleasant for Christ’s followers. Most of us face it to various degrees.
Keep your eye on the ball, as they say in sports. We are here on earth for just a moment. I have to keep telling myself that. Time moves slowly when you are young, believe me it is true, the older you get the faster it goes. A few years from now, you will have forgotten about these people. Your relationship with God will still be there. Focus on that, especially when things outside get stormy.