The thing about individuality is that you do not have to care. At all. If you want to be whoever you think you are, thats OK. But that's not gonna stop assholes, who think they have a higher right to make fun of your choices, your stories, your fate; that's not gonna change anything. Pull your chin up, and don't be afraid. Fasten your seatbelt, 'cause you are in a hell of a ride.
P.S: At least, you are being happy whilst they are being miserable.
And that, my friends, is the biggest win.