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I’m terrified of my family’s reaction when they find out that I’m a lesbian!

Question : I’m 19 and a lesbian. I’ve known since I was 11 that I like girls and I’ve even had a girlfriend. Nobody in my life knows about me being gay - I have shared it with many online communities who have really helped me. For years I’ve pretended to be into guys, but now that I’ve accepted this about myself, I have decided to speak to my friends and family about it. I am terrified of their reactions.I'm worried that my parents might disown me because in my family we never discuss LGBTQ people or issues and my father has even said that “they are abnormal”. And yet I think it is the right thing to do. I need help with figuring out how to tell the Teentalker , 19-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

I understand having that talk and coming out to family and friends can be a dreaded time. If you are feeling uncomfortable or are anxious, wait it out! A decision needn’t be made in a rush. I admire your courage as it takes a lot to stand up in spite the fears. A few factors for you to consider:

  • Emotional readiness and strength is essential whether in acceptance or in rejection. Weigh and anticipate yet prepare yourself.
  • Take pride in your honesty as it is applaud-worthy as I understand how much it requires to gather all that c.....

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