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How Do I Tell My Parents?

Here is today’s OPP:

I am a 13 year old kid and I am gay. I am in the closet and want to come out. I am the middle child of three with 2 sisters. My older sister says my mom is fine with it but my dad not so much.  How should i come out or should I not?
-  Unsigned

For Slacker, when you are 13-years-old, you are in an identity crisis and being gay, Slacker feels like he’s being crushed under the weight of the world. He is speechless. He doesn’t know how to help ‘Unsigned’ because he grew up in a very Catholic home and can’t even imagine if he was gay, what he would be like coming out to his parents.

Slacker knows if his son Noah approached him about this he would react a lot better than his dad probably would, but he would still wig out. Steve thinks he would handle it poorly because he wouldn’t care either way although he’s not trying to be insensitive. He wouldn’t be upset if his son was gay, but he would feel bad about how other people would judge him.

Do you have any advice for ‘Unsigned?’ How should he tell his parents? Is this the perfect age for him to come out or should he not?

Peace. Love. - Stephanie



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09/24/2012 4:17PM
How Do I Tell My Parents?
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09/24/2012 5:05PM
Difficult solution
Hello, Having heard this young man's predicament, my heart goes out to him. I have both a family member and a very close friend who both struggle with Same Sex Attraction. My family member has chosen to act on his inclinations and his life has taken a massive plunge (alcoholism, HIV positive, poor relationship with family members, etc). However, my friend who has Same Sex Attraction has acted on his inclinations, become extremely unhappy, and chosen to live a chaste life which seeking the support of other men who are trying to overcome these unwanted feelings. In my opinion, this young man should discuss what is going on with his parents. If these feelings are unwanted, there are great options out there to assist him. Regardless, he should realize that emotions at age 13 do not determine one's identity for the rest of his life. Acting on such inclinations now or ever will only cause intense damage to his own dignity and identity. His identity does not lie in his sexual orientation or emotions.
09/24/2012 5:58PM
Only one viable solution
Hello, Having heard this young man's predicament, my heart goes out to him. I have both a family member and a very close friend who both struggle with homosexual attraction. My family member has chosen to act on his inclinations and his life has taken a massive plunge (alcoholism, HIV positive, poor relationship with family members, etc). However, my friend who has a homosexual attraction has acted on his inclinations, become extremely unhappy, and chosen to live a chaste life which seeking the support of other men who are trying to overcome these unwanted feelings. In my opinion, this young man should discuss what is going on with his parents. If these feelings are unwanted, there are great options out there to assist him. Regardless, he should realize that emotions at age 13 do not determine one's identity for the rest of his life. Acting on such inclinations now or ever will only cause intense damage to his own dignity and identity. His identity does not lie in his sexual orientation or emotions.
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