The way that society has learned to be tolerant of the differences of people is, to me, the best thing about living in modern society. For some people to feel safe enough to express their idiosyncrasies, their alternative lifestyles, or their personal preferences and EXPECT respect for it is an incredible social feat.
I can go back as early as the 1980's and remember feeling shy for not being "a white girl" among the many around me who were. Now, I celebrate my culture, my skin color, my accent, my mannerisms, and the way that I was uniquely brought up because modern thinking has brought with it an overall shattering of the archetypal "poster people".
These days we see a myriad of beautiful , faces, races, dresses. We hear more varied languages, songs, music, accents...and prayers. It is amazing to live in a world where one can be oneself and feel proud of it. I wouldn't change it for the world!