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How I Surround Myself With People Who Are Accepting of My Sexuality

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Collingswood, NJ

I came out as bisexual when I was just 13-years-old. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by friends who I knew would support me. So, I was immediately out to all of my peers.

I told my mom that I was bisexual in the car one day, and she told me I was “too young to know what I was.” The next time I brought it up to her was five years later after I’d already been in a relationship with a girl for a year.

I told my mom, “Hey mom, I have a girlfriend,” and she was just like “Oh,” and seemed quite shocked. My sexual orientation is unspoken knowledge between my dad and I. We don’t talk about it, but I know he knows about my sexuality.

My older sister and I have had rifts in the past after I came out. For the most part, though, I’ve found myself surrounded by people who are completely accepting of me. I have also found support in the media.

I realized that I wasn’t straight because of strong women in film!

I spent a lot of time in front of the television when I was a kid. Rachael Weisz in “The Mummy” stole my little gay heart. I watched that movie, along with Tomb Raider, dozens of times.

Coming out is a different experience for everyone. Times change and laws change, but people will always be people. Homosexuality will always be something that people have strong opinions about.

What is “enough” LGBTQ+ representation in the media? Well, I would say that there is never enough! Until I see an LGBTQ+ Disney princess, I won’t be satisfied.

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