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Ashley


Okay so when I was 17 years old I met my best friend in our speech class in high school. I was a senior and she was a junior. We eventually became really really close and super fast. We both used to go on drives in the evening and sometimes she would hold my hand and I remember liking it way more than I should have. One night she was over at my house and we kissed, just a little peck on the lips, but then started kissing even more after that. This went on for weeks and for the longest time I was so confused and had no idea what was going on. So one day I finally asked her what we were and at first she denied being gay, but eventually she realized that we both wanted each other. We ended up dating for over a year and even tho things ended, we are still very close best friends. It's been over 7 years since that happened but if it wasn't for her, I would have never known true happiness or that I was into girls. Coming out to my parents or family was something I dreaded. I grew up in a religious background and being gay is something I knew would not be accepted I was actually terrified. It wasn't until the end of my freshman year of college that I decided to tell one of my family members. I have a twin sister and her and I have always been close and told each other literally everything. I thought she would be someone I could go to about my feelings and being gay, but I was wrong. I told her first and she literally freaked out and outed me to my parents without me even knowing. Before I knew it my mom was calling me telling me I needed to come home from college because I'm surrounded by that "lifestyle" down there at school because all my friends were gay. It was actually heartbreaking to know that my own family wouldn't be accepting of me. We never really talked about it after that but I had 3 other real relationships with girls after my best friend and I broke up. My parents always knew I was dating girls, but we just never talked about it. My parents are much more accepting of it, but my mom to this day still thinks it's just a "phase" and it's been 6 years since I came out. I know they love me and support me but I just hope that one day they will fully understand and accept me for the way I am. Once I realized I was gay, my entire life really made sense. I've learned to not be afraid of who I am and that you will always have someone who is judging you or doesn't accept you the way you are whether you are gay, straight, bi or anything else in this world. Just own it and be proud to be who you are because it's true when they say that no one can make you happy but yourself. I hope my story helps other LGBT fellow people out there and remember that it's okay to be who you are and you have so many other people out there who support you. Keep it real everyone and thanks again for hearing me and my story out πŸ€™πŸΌπŸŒˆ


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