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.
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.