Some Thoughts on Fandom, Privacy, Money, and Other Stuff - Mo's Journal — LiveJournal
Some Thoughts on Fandom, Privacy, Money, and Other Stuff|
I came out at age 14 in the middle of a screaming match with my mother who wanted to know where I'd been all afternoon... In retrospect it probably would have been more sensible to just come out and not turn everything into some massive stressy fight. Naturally, despite what dumb 14 year-old me thought, my mother was a lot more interested in where I hadn't been (doing drugs) than in where I had (a queer youth group meeting).
And, yes, a lot of people's families don't handle it nearly as well, and you hear some absolute horror stories sometimes, but I agree that a lot of people are overestimating the trauma of coming out. If you're as loud and indiscreet as I am, being in the closet is just about the most emotionally stressful thing you could possibly do to yourself.