I think being both LGBTQI and a Firefighter has given me a very high degree of empathy towards social issues and the value of life.
And border issues... Well. I am Australian.
We have an Ocean as a natural border and most Australians align themselves as conservative on border issues due to the death rate of illegal immigrants trying to cross an entire ocean in non-sea worthy vessels. (And then having myself being sent to rescue them doesn't help my own views on the matter.)
Centrist is the best place to be I think, I really do try and sit there, but can't on a few key issues due to the impacts it can have on life.
But nice to know that there are other like-minded individuals!
As far as social issues go, I'm mainly a conservative there because I am strongly against abortion. LGBT issues wise, I'd say I'm fairly neutral, I'm ok with LGBT marriage and think that attacks on LGBT people are not ok, but I'm also not fan of how some of the LGBT community here in the US at least want to be able to force conservative churches to allow their weddings there, or force conservative owned cake shops to make their wedding cakes for instance (which was a big supreme court case several years back), when there are plenty of trans friendly businesses and churches they can go to instead. Also not a big fan of allowing trans women to compete against biological women in sports, trans women simply have an easier time packing on muscle which gives them an unfair advantage over biological women in most sports.
Border issues wise, I'm also not a big fan of illegal immigration. It's a pretty big issue here in the US, and I'm definitely in favor of tighter border security on the Mexican border. I feel for the plight of those trying to escape their countries, I would want to get out of a craphole country if I lived in one, but I just can't support illegal immigration, it's not fair to taxpaying citizens and especially not fair to those who immigrate legally. And like you said, it is often dangerous, and they often risk the lives of their children attempting to do it too.
All very valid.
I believe if the Church/Business is happy to make cakes and perform weddings for regular civil marriages and thus not restrict themselves to ONLY religious ceremonies... Then that should extend to LGBTQI marriages. Otherwise they are simply being bigoted by *only* excluding the LGBTQI community and not Civil partnerships or other religions.
If the Church/Business is only going to offer it's services to their respective faith and exclude all other faiths, then sure, that exclusion should extend to LGBTQI people.
Then again, I also believe we should tax the Church and remove religion entirely from the educational system outside of history.
As for trans individuals being in sports, I agree, there are some biological advantages for those individuals.
I think some changes need to be made on that front to be more accommodating to those individuals, obviously they are striving to succeed and follow their passion, so we should enable that rather than simply shut it down.