10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Parents About Being Gay

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Flickr / Purple Sherbet Photography

1.

I want to be happy, and the only way I can do that is to fully accept who I am.

2.

This isn’t something I just decided; it’s something that’s always been a part of me and has taken me over two decades to accept.

3.

I don’t need you to understand; I need you to accept me for who I am and to support me.

4.

You haven’t done anything wrong. I’m not abnormal; I’m me.

5.

I’m still the Lauren you’ve always known, I’ve just been hiding a part of myself because I didn’t know how to reveal it to you. But now I am.

6.

I hate how you look at me with a sense of pity and disappointment. You shouldn’t pity my choice to accept my true self; you should respect and support it.

7.

Pretending the person I’m seeing doesn’t exist will not make her go away.

8.

I’ll never apologize for who I am. I will not change, even for you. Your acceptance is important but not at the expense of my happiness/sanity.

9.

My sexuality doesn’t define my life, so it certainly won’t define yours.

10.

I’ll be here whenever you want to talk, even if it is awkward and emotional and tense. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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