My best friend and I often embrace each other. Sometimes we will even put our arms around each other and just stay that way. Such was the case this past weekend when a group of people passed by and made the most insulting remarks. How do people behave like that? What do others do in that situation?"
I believe it is the times we are living in. Sad that our society has taken steps backward, but we can see where that stem sprouts. Extremists of the right wing have been given permission from the hate speech and bigotry coming from some who are considered leaders in our country. They're spoiling for the fight- they savor negative reaction.
Those of us who prefer to believe that we are all human and desire empathy, comfort, and love must continue to live as if we are on the right side of history. So, hug, embrace, hold hands, kiss, or otherwise show your caring and compassion to everyone and anyone with whom you connect. It's human, it's normal.
Be the person you are and don't let others bully you, or otherwise make you feel inferior for they way you engage your friends.
The more the rest of us continue to express our care, the less effect the others will have on us and on our society at large.