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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

¿IS COMING OUT SAFE?






I got this e-mail the other day, but instead of asking the usual sex-


questions the young man wanted advice on coming out. Having experienced a basically normal coming out process, these letters usually feel pretty straightforward to me, but this one was different. It made me wonder...




When it comes to protecting your own well-being, is it sometimes better to stay safely in the closet?




Here’s the e-mail:



I am a closeted homosexual, and I really need help. My parents really don’t like gays or anything associated with LGBT themes. My dad can’t even look at the color pink. They have gone so far as to say they would kill us (their children) if we ended up that way, and I’ve been this way for a long time. My dad really loves me, but in reality he abhors me. My mom is a little more compassionate about this, but still she hates it. I’ve never told anyone [I'm gay], and my issue is really causing me a lot of mental stress. How can I change their minds in order to happily bust down my closet door?

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