My name is Cassandra and the girl I’m kissing is my amazing girlfriend Gabby. We met my freshman-her sophomore year in softball. Instantly we became very close friends and fell for one another, but never said anything.
I always knew I was interested in girls but it wasn’t until I met her that I finally accepted myself. After two years, during a movie night she told me to prove to her that I loved her more-without thinking twice I leaned in and we kissed. Two months after that, we were a couple.
My older sister slowly caught on and one evening threw Gabby out of my house. A few days after that I told my other older sister- she didn’t say anything except that it was wrong. A month later my mom invited my girlfriend to join us for a baseball game. One of my sisters couldn’t take it anymore and threw me under the bus- I was forced to tell my parents. Arguing and threats against my girlfriend and myself followed. They took my phone away to keep me from talking to her, and even went as far as telling Gabby’s dad to keep her away from me.
According to them she “made me this way” and wasn’t a good influence. That summer was nothing but arguments in my house. I isolated myself from everything- which only put me in a depressed mood all the time. On my 17th birthday, 5 months after coming out, I got into another regular argument with my mom and I snapped. I walked out of my house after she left the room and didn’t return until the next day. That ended with my mom taking my house key away, and telling me that I will never be accepted.
I continued to keep my distance from my family. They tried to act like nothing was happening, hoping it would just go away, but it hasn’t. My girlfriend and I have been together for 11 months. Of that time 8 months have been a non-stop battle with my family. Aside from my immediate family, the rest of my family accepts my choices and support me. My entire school has been there through all my downs. I know my situation isn’t great now but coming out has been the best decision I have made. I’ve accepted who I am and I love the life I’ve chosen to live. #closetsareforclothes