Coming out story 1
“You can deny it all you want to, God creates nobody that way, it’s a path you have chosen to choose. (…) Mhm, you go by all the scientific stuff you want to, but I am going by the word of God. (…) Since you have chosen that path, we will not support you any longer. You will need to move out and find wherever you need to live and do what you want to because I will not let people believe that I condone what you believe. (…) Let me TELL YOU SOMETHING YOU LITTLE PEACE OF SHIT!!” *starts hitting her son* “YOU SON OF A BITCH!! YOU DAMN QUEER, YOU FUCKING DICK!! (…) Why the hell have you ratted to everyone on Facebook about me??! TELL ME!! You’re a disgrace… Yeah, you are…”.
Coming out story 2
I was so incredibly nervous. My sister had found some “adult male pictures” on her computer and wanted to talk to me. I remember I was shaking and she just sat on the sofa, with a quirky smile on her face. “Is there something you want to say?”. It felt like someone had punched me in my stomach and a jolt of lightning rushed down my legs. “Me and Stig found some pictures on our computer. Care to explain?”… Eventually, I told her… We had a long talk about being proud of who we are and it all ended with a big hug. Then she told me she loved me.
These two coming-out stories you just read is very different from each other. The first one is about Daniel, a young man who comes out to his highly religious parents, and it ends fairly ugly. You can see the heartbreaking video here. The second one was me, almost 15 years ago. I still remember the feelings I had and how nervous I was. Thankfully, in my case I had a very loving and supporting family. I never faced any problems like Daniel did after coming out. I do remember though that it took me a very long time to build up the courage and confidence to say it to my friends and mother. The fact that I had been bullied for over 6 years at school severely delayed me coming out. After being bullied for so many years, it changes you. I had social anxiety, was scared of being around masculine men, couldn’t speak up for myself, and if I would have been kicked out and disowned like Daniel, who knows where I would have been today…