I was a senior in high school. My world was riddled with anxiety. I felt like every1 knew my secret. After months of panic attacks, I realized that the only way to empower myself was to embrace my truth. In order to deafen the whispers I had to say it myself, loud & proud. One night, I had a heated argument with my parents. My father thought he was ending his tirade, “Do you have anything else to say?” To his dismay, I replied “Actually I do…I’M GAY.” He looked at me and said, “Well if that’s your choice….” I interjected quickly, “It isn’t a choice, it just is..” “Does your mother know?” …my adrenaline was pumping. “No, but I’ll tell her now.” “MOMMMMM….” I shouted up the stairs. “What?” a distant voice responded. “I’m GAY!”…. ”Your gay?”. “Im GAY!” ”Ok…so?” she replied nonchalantly. Years of internal anguish ended with an anticlimactic “so?”. The “so” speaks volumes about loving someone unconditionally. Be who you were meant to be! Your relationships will be more fulfilling.
National Coming Out Day 2018