At some point in our lives we have felt awkward in a social setting. It's going to happen and for some it truly effects them in way we commonly don't understand. This is especially true in the LGBT community. If you have spent any time in the community you understand the pressures placed on you, for some the pressure is intense and caused some to withdraw completely.
An article published by Help Guide titled "Dealing with Loneliness & Shyness: Making Friends if you Feel Shy or Socially Awkward". The article provides information and tips to help overcome social shyness; how to deal with setbacks & rejection, overcoming your biggest fears, tackling social insecurity & fear.
The attitude of some in the LGBT community is that there must be something wrong with a person who is shy or socially awkward. Most are ridiculed, look down upon, made fun of, or ostracized from the community. This leads in my opinion of feeling worthless. How many times have you been at a bar, seen someone and made a comment because that person is quite and sits alone? We tend to reject anyone that doesn't fit into our preconceived idea of what is "normal" (whatever that's suppose to mean).
Shyness is invariably a suppression of something. It's almost a fear of what you're capable of. Rhys Ifans
Being shy shouldn't be a barrier to being who you want to be. There should be an understanding that we grow up in different environments and cultures. Some even suggest that social media has caused an entire generation to lose the ability to engage in social situations.
Maybe we should examine our own behavior towards others, instead of excluding other's simply because they tend to stay to themselves. Make an attempt to understand and engage.