Gay And Proud
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As an openly gay teenager, I have experienced the 'coming out' process, the bullying and ridicule phase, and being a part of a same-sex relationship.
I completely understand that homosexuality is a bit of a taboo subject; you either accept it or oppose it.
However, it is a subject that contains issues that are apparent in many teenagers and young adults lives.
Therefore it is a necessity that there is information out there to help those who need it, and to let them know that they aren't alone.
Me talking about homosexuality as an openly gay guy may make you think that what I am saying is a bit biased. This is not the case. Everyone who identifies themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual or transgender is beautiful in their own way. Sexuality does not have to define who you are.
Coming out to my friends wasn't so hard. They had all kind of guessed. However, my family was a whole different story. So many questions floated around my head. How would my parents react? Would they accept me for who I am? It took me a long time to build up the courage to tell my family, but I did; and I have been 'out' for the past three years. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I could be myself for the first time in my life.
This isn't me trying to tell everyone to come out, shout proud from the rooftops, or paint the town in rainbows. Simply that, the burden that you carry, when the time is right for you to come out, it does get better. There is plenty of support available to you out there. You only get to live your life once, don't spend it living a charade.
Whilst on the topic, unless you've been a complete recluse, you would have noticed on the news about the decisions being made about gay marriage. For one, I am appalled at the amount of attention this story is carrying with it. There is so much opposition towards the proposal, mainly from religious followers. I have nothing against religion, but this is not about gay rights. This is about equal rights...
By G Lake