When I came out to my mother (after moving out) I told her that one of the reasons that I hadn’t told her earlier was because I didn’t want her to feel like she had to choose between her religion and her daughter. She said, “Why would I choose anything over my child? Thank you for finally feeling that you could be honest with me.”

February 8th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, I was in the back of the car with my parents driving because I didn’t want to see the looks on their faces out of fear. It was an unjustified fear.

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my mom, she said she’d had a feeling since I was four years old. I told her she might have clued me in at some point. We laughed, cried, hugged, and were okay. A few years later, after I’d divorced my wife and had been in a relationship with my (now) husband, she said, “I like him so much better than your ex-wife.” Her last words, on her deathbed, were to him and me: “You guys are a godsend.”

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my family, over the phone, my dad said he still loved me. My brother said, “Good, more p**sy for me!”

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my dad he told me he was sad, because “lesbians are alcoholics more often.” I found this ironic coming from an alcoholic from a family of alcoholics. He’s become supportive since then, and I’ve added my own Gay Family to my biological one, for times when I want to be with (not-alcoholic) people who accept and understand.

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, my mom was confused because she thought I’d already done so, in a hypothetical conversation TWO YEARS EARLIER when a classmate had come out and been rejected by his parents. Now she is helping me and my partner pick out our wedding dresses.

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my mom it was only because I’d just been released from the hospital and I was high on painkillers. She held my hand as she drove me home.

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out, my ex-wife couldn’t stop laughing.

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out to my parents at 17, my mother said, “Oh, we’ve always known that.”

February 7th, 2012  
 
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When I came out at the age of 36, I would regularly catch myself giggling at how silly it had been that I hadn’t done it sooner.

February 7th, 2012  
 
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