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    This is my coming out story. Feel free to share any questions/comments. Thanks for listening!
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    Hi, my name is Sarah, I’m currently a freshman at Michigan State University, and t

    Sarah's Coming Out Story

    This is my coming out story. Feel free to share any questions/comments. Thanks for listening! Here's a transcript of the audio: Hi, my name is Sarah, I’m currently a freshman at Michigan State University, and this is my coming out story....

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    • I can’t even express how much I relate to the fact that you felt more comfortable turning your coming out into a joke. It tends to be the main way I cope with just about everything, and it makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one. Similarly, I also tried to squeeze my sexuality into casual conversation when I came out to my mom. It went something like, “Yeah, the sleepover went well. We watched a movie. And I think I’m into girls now. But ice cream is cool.”

    • First off, thank you for sharing your story. It is always such an amazing thing to be able to relate to individuals in this kind of way. Second, I am glad you got the courage up to tell your friend(s) and also your parents. I personally do not think anyone should have to suffer with staying in the closet. My girlfriend is currently in the closet with some people and I feel so bad because she is hiding such a big part of herself. Although when I came out I wasn’t nervous, I still can’t imagine what it was like for individuals such as yourself to have to force it to come out like that. I think you are so brave and thank you for sharing your story with me.

    • ­Dear Sarah,

      I am impressed with your coming out story,” Sarah’s Coming Out Story,” because, firstly, it takes so much courage to put your deepest self out there for others to see. In a way it’s easier to keep hiding it, at least you know that no one is judging you and your life is predictable. Secondly I appreciate your use of metaphor to help describe your feelings. “It sort of felt like suffocating,” is an excellent way to help your reader understand where you were at that point. My third point is that it’s well written and compassionate, I really felt myself in the moments that you shared. Thank you for that.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “It’s awful to come out and meet rejection. It makes coming out to other people that much harder.” I think this is compassionate and kind, sharing your own experience in part to help other people that need to come out along their journeys.

      Another sentence that I loved was “One coming out doesn’t define you, and as much as it may sting, you don’t need anyone else’s approval or validation.” This stood out for me because it’s so important to let other people know that they can and should be happy with who they are. There will always be people who understand and appreciate you for being you, even if sometimes it’s hard to find them.

      This is the part of the formulaic response where I’m supposed to tell you that your post reminds me of something that happened to me. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never experienced nor had to something like this. To say that I have and then try to figure something out, I think, would cheapen your experience and those of all of the folks that have been in your shoes. I’m straight, I’ve never had to break any sort of new to my family that might be devastating to them. I applaud the courage that it took you to finally be yourself, and that of everyone who comes out and lives on honest life. More power to you!

      Thanks for your sharing your story! You have so much to offer the world being exactly who you are! Keep being amazing!

  • I agree that Trump is awful about doing anything at all for fear of losing the support of his base. It is truly disappointing that rather than trying to deal with the issues of racism in America, Trump continues only to act in selfish and egocentric ways. I love the ending of your essay–winning the presidency is only the beginning.


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