Paji (dear brother), One who respects you for who you are and what you beleive in is the one who can only be close to you. Those who have rejected you for your beard and turban, are simply scared of the unknown. Make the beard known. Look outside these people and you will find people who accept and respect you for who you are. Including girls! Have faith in Guru ji and he will give you faith in yourself. And those friends who tease you only do so because they did not accept who they were, and do not repect you for who you are. There are plenty of girls who prefer a guy with a beard, you just have to have faith.
Rupinder Kaur..(prefer's the beard)