coming out

‘It was right after the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. We both rolled over in bed. Me: ‘I’m gay.’ Her: ‘I’m transgender.’ Silence. Now what? I’m married. HAPPILY married!’

“Almost all of Sarah’s ‘stay at home clothes’ were now coming from the women’s department. I thought it was strange. I started to connect a few dots. I spent many nights lying awake wondering, ‘IF this was something… could I stick around? Was I ok with this? Could I still love her?”

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I hopped into his car, not yet understanding what pedophilia was.’: Male sexual abuse survivor finally realizes ‘it wasn’t my fault’ after 32 years

“My mom wasn’t looking. In a moment’s notice, this stranger had given me the attention I’d tried for years to get from my dad. When he removed my pants, he removed my dignity, my identity, my hope to feel whole. For 2 years, he made me believe that I was ‘enjoying it’ because I had physical response to it. I believed him. It took me 13 years to call it what it was: abuse.”

‘Are you gay?’ I got a phone call from my dad one evening. I obviously responded with ‘Yes.’: Woman comes out to family after struggling with her faith

“I knew the consequences of reacting on this feeling. Why would I marry a man – someone I could never love? All of this was so conflicting because I knew what I wanted, and I knew that I loved Madison. I couldn’t just change who I am. Being in a society where people tell you that you can’t be both Christian and homosexual made me truly question these boundaries.”

‘Can I ask you a question?’ She called because her son ‘came out’ to her, and she was unsure how to react.’: Gay woman claims ‘loving your person’ is the best way to respond to loved one ‘coming out of the closet’

“This nameless mother called me at the gay bar I work at for advice on how to respond to her son. ‘I don’t want to say anything that may mess him up.’ It really warmed my heart. I’ll never be able to stress just how lonely being an LGBT American can feel. We live in the closet out of fear of rejection. I told her exactly what any of my friends, or bar patrons, or any LGBT person would say: ‘Tell him he is loved and accepted.’”

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