I Don’t Want To Be The Girl Who Ruined Her Parents’ Lives: Deborah
HA note: The author’s name has been changed to ensure anonymity. “Deborah” is a pseudonym.
I am really sad tonight.
I feel like I can’t stay in the closet anymore, but coming out is going to be so freaking painful. It already hurts so much, but at the same time, I can’t live this way forever. I love my life and I love women and I want the world to know that.
My heart breaks because I feel that my parents and their friends will never know that. They will never get it or understand. There have been so many people who weren’t even gay who my family judged very harshly simply for living the life they dreamed instead of the one their parents (or sometimes mine) had chosen for them. Even when they made something of their lives and enjoyed what they had made, we still judged them. If anything went wrong, it had to be a “consequence” of their “poor” choices.
I feel that I will be viewed the same way they were. I can pretty much count on it. By coming out, these people who I want so desperately to understand how incredibly happy I am with who I am and my life, will only despise me and think my life is crappy even more than they already do.
How can I even deal with the pain of my parents’ broken hearts and possible loss of their only source of income and their dreams for the future? They minister to a group that is mostly very, very conservative Christian homeschoolers. They lead the charge in the whole geographical area against gay rights and for America to “once again become a Christian nation and follow God’s laws”. (Which, for those of you who don’t know, includes literally taking people like me and stoning us to death.) It isn’t a joke, and they don’t take it figuratively or think that this changed at all when Jesus died. While I know my parents would not physically harm me, I know they still believe this way. They have always said that if one of their children didn’t follow “God’s desires” for said child’s life that they would leave the ministry.
It is just so, so much pain and anguish. I don’t want to be “the girl who ruined her parents’ lives just so she could ruin her own” to the whole home-school community in the area. I wish I could make them see the truth of how much my life sucks less since I am honest with others and myself about who I love.
On the other hand, even if coming out goes as badly as it possibly can, there will be at least one child from a family who hears about me and – maybe not right away, but someday – will take heart that there is a way out. They will know that living their dreams, being who they are, and loving passionately is possible and the way to go. I’m sure of it. When I find out that I helped them, this pain I feel right now will have done some good. I know it will all be worth it.
But dammit, right now it hurts like hell!