Results, pt. 2
What was the worst thing that happened when you came out?
- A custody battle for my children.
- Dealing with all the negative BS from the str8 community....even close "friends" and family.
- Getting stares from straight people....
- I got kicked out my house.
- Ignorant people give me shit but they don't phase me. most of 'em are closet cases anyway.
- Lost some family members because of my life style; some still taunt me.
- My mom didnt talk to me for 6 months...she still doesnt talk about my sexuality.
- My parent's do not accept my partner.
- Nothing besides loss of a couple friends but if that drove them away i realize now that they weren't real friends to begin with.. so it helped in the sense that i didnt have to waste energy on them any longer.
- Nothing, actually, sure I've lost some friend, and my mom has problems with it. but I see those things as highlighting those people in my life who were toxic and unhealthy. Cleansing one's self of the unhealthyattachments can be painful.
- People think ur some type of freak.... or very sexual person.
- Uhm, nothing really. But I am always afraid that after I tell someone because they have asked, I will be subjected to some type of homophobic language or attitude. So far, I have been lucky and have not experience any negative comments.
What was the best thing that happened when you came out?
- Allow me to finally be who I am and not be ashamed of it.
- Allowed me to be free. I do not make it a point to announce my sexuality, however, most people never seem to "guess." When they finally ask, I answer honestly about my sexuality and I immediately feel liberated.
- Allowed me to be more genuinely me.
- Coming out helped me to feel alot more comfortable and secure with myself and who I am.
- Gave me a piece of mind.
- Gave me the relief of not having to hide my love for my girl.
- Helped me love me.
- I did not have to pretend any longer. I was who I was.
- I feel much more comfortable and at ease inside.
- I felt like for the first time i could truly be myself. It was very freeing.
- I met more people I can relate to.
- It allowed me to be open to myself, which released a great burden.
- It gained me a lot of respect from my family.
- It help me find love and sex.
- It helped me with my self-esteem, and I find myself not as stressed anymore.
- Kept me alive, I almost died in the closet, I married an abusive man after two months of dating him, because I was attracted to women and had no idea what to do with that information or the feelings i was experiencing....my motto now is, "To thine own self be true."
- Made me be real with myself.
- Made me love myself more than i ever thought i could
- Self -discovery (And I'm definitely happy with what I've found...my true self!)
- Since of relief that i didnt have to hide it anymore.
- I was able to be real with myslf and my family and they still loved me reguardless.
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