Cameron: I came out on the first day of high school. I actually had a girlfriend at the time but… fourth period hit and I saw the most beautiful guy I’d ever seen in my life. Instantly I knew.
BW: Who did you come out to?
Cameron: My mom.
BW: What did she say?
Cameron: She started crying. My family’s Mormon so I had to go to Mormon church counseling. Friends and everything were good. It was home that was not good. I was told not to tell my grandparents or other family members. We just don’t talk about it. The whole, “it’s just a phase” thing.
So, ever since that first day of high school the conflict got bigger and bigger and bigger until I was seventeen, I ended up getting emancipated.
The hardest part for me was them not accepting me for who I am. I feel like the whole reason they weren’t accepting is because they were so scared of what everyone else would think. When I actually told family, they either had known for years or it just really didn’t matter to them. It was no big deal.
My mom and I hadn’t talked for a while after I got emancipated. She called me one day and asked me how I was doing. Then she asked me how my boyfriend was doing… That was a big step. After that we both started trying.
Now I have the best relationship I could ever ask for with my mother and my dad and the rest of my family. I don’t have to hide who I am to any of them.
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