“I’m not really sure where to start my story. I guess we can skip when I was in grade school because that all sucked. When I went to college 5 years ago I found some pretty amazing friends who I grew very comfortable with so I finally had the courage to tell my two closest girl friends that I liked girls. They couldn’t have made me feel more accepted and normal, which gave me the courage to talk to my mom, and then my dad. It was easy to bring it up to my mom, and she said she figured I was gay seeing as how I was such a tomboy my whole life, but as long as I’m happy, she’s happy.
Trying to say it to my dad was harder though. I was scared he would think differently of me. I was always a daddy’s girl, whether I was out doing yard work, helping him with mechanical work, or bowling with him. When the words finally came out to him, so did the tears, and he immediately bear hugged me and asked what I was crying for.
My entire life I’ve been hiding, not able to be myself, and for what? Everybody I care about is supportive of how I live my life regardless of my choices because they’re just glad I’m happy. I know I am fortunate, and I’m thankful everyday for being surrounded by such unconditional love."