What was your parents reaction to coming out?

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Answered by: Jolene, An Expert in the Coming Out as Gay Category
I came out years ago, and it was one of the scariest things I've ever done. However I decided to refuse to hide who I am. Even now I live with my beautiful fiance. There is one question though i get asked a lot.

What was your parents reaction to you coming out? Well, here I will tell you how it all started. When I was in 8th grade, I dated this female, and well... people aren't so open about that sort of thing. So my cousin came up to me one day and asked if I was really dating this girl. I saw no point to lie about who I was so I told her the truth. By the end of the day my entire school knew I liked girls. That's when I became open about who I was. So, I decided my parents needed to know I am a lesbian. I told my dad first; he had just came out as bisexual a few years before so I wanted to tell him first. I was joking around and my dad called me gay. I said you're right, that was all I had to say. My dad just screamed "I KNEW IT!"

So, coming out to my dad was the easiest thing. My mother on the other hand was not. I told her I was a lesbian and she seemed to take it so well, but i found out she had another opinion. My mom wanted me to be with a man. I couldn't do it that was just not me. I had to explain to her multiple times that i was attracted to females. i was not sexually or intellectually attracted to any man. It took her a very long time to get used to the idea of having a daughter in-law. Now she is my best supporter. I am now engaged to a beautiful woman. My mom couldn't be more proud to claim her as her daughter. I know some parents aren't so open about sexual orientation and it can be hard. However, that is something you should never hide.

So, that was my parents' reaction to coming out — nothing spectacular, but tough enough to do. Do not hide who you are. Be true to yourself. No matter the struggle, do what you need to do. If you have a problem coming out, talk to a friend, have them with you if you're afraid of your parents' reaction to coming out. You have plenty of supporters — people who will keep you up on your two feet. You need to be positive and be confident.

Why be something you are not? Why hide yourself in a facade? Do not let anyone bring you down. You got this, and we got you. Put your chin up high and puff out your chest and embrace the world as you. Not a person everyone else has created. Good luck, ladies and gents, you got all this under control. I believe in you!

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