Here are the responses I wish I could have given those times someone said something hurtful about me or the LGBTQ+ community
Depression and Anxiety can go for years without being treated because it's easy to confuse the signs with normal emotions or because we attribute the sadness or stress to a certain event and expect the feelings to go away. It's important to recognize both of these so that we can get help as soon as possible.
Coming out to someone is always hard, it's harder when you know they have been taught to disapprove of the LGBTQ+ community. In this letter, I come out to my very conservative, catholic parents. I wrote this as preparation for what I would say in real life, but they never allowed me to get the words out. I chose to share it with you because I know a lot of people struggle with being accepted by their families. I thought this letter could help give you ideas.
I'm here to be happy. I'm here to enjoy life. I pledge to let myself be happy.
How I had to have my ass kicked before I finally won the war.
The thing about depression is that it feels like such a selfish thing to have. You fail to notice anything but the heavy weight on your shoulders. I never noticed my friend was being bullied. It came as a surprising blow when he chose to die. It was all a downward spiral from there: A comfortable relationship, a crush on a girl and the realization that if I wanted to be with her I would have to leave my family.
I struggle a lot with depression and anxiety. Some of that had to do with figuring out my sexuality at some point, but in reality, it goes way farther than that: Growing up in the aftermath of a civil war, as I watched my friends get kidnapped and people disappear.