Santa Ana, California (1997)
I was lucky enough to have been born to a mother who had the innate ability to tell I was gay when I was very young. To be honest, since I was so focused with my studies all the way to about 11th grade in high school, I hadn't really paid much attention to my sexuality.
I wrote a letter wanting to explain everything, since I knew doing it on the fly would result in just a total breakdown.
However, I forgot to put the letter away after I wrote it - it was 4am when I finished! - and my mom found it that morning.
And I'll never forget what she said to me:
"The only man I was ever angry about being gay was Elton John, because that was when I knew I wouldn't be able to marry him!"
I know I'm lucky to have grown up in such an accepting household. It saddens me that LGBT youth are harassed and bullied, simply for being who they are.
All I can say is, be proud, stay strong, and never forget that it is you who are in control of your life. As hard as the road may seem, it is your own strength and resolve alone that will carry you through your toughest trials in life.
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