Today is National Coming Out Day! You already know this. I considered putting something on Facebook to explicitly verify for my 1,013 friends that I am in fact not heterosexual. But yesterday and today I came across a few articles/blog posts that spoke about how its very OK to not “come out” or not come out in a big “i’m going to announce this to the world!” kind of way. I appreciated those articles for taking the pressure off. I guess there shouldn’t have been any pressure anyway because my closest friends and immediate family members all know that I’m in a relationship with a lady.
I came out to my very Jamaican, very Christian parents about 4 and a half months ago. It went better than I ever expected—I can still claim them as my parents— but dealing with the aftermath hasn’t been near easy. Especially with my mom.
A little over a month ago, I emailed her and my dad pictures of Hannah and me. I wanted them to
see how cute we looked together know what she looked like. They never acknowledged the email ( I expected SOMEthing from my Dad). So, in honor of National Coming Out Day, I decided to ask my mom about the email. I wanted to be bold and brash but I ended up just kind of stuttering the words “So…I sent you an email a while back…did you get it.” She replied, ” The one with the pictures? Yeah, I got it. Now I know what Ms. Anna…Hannah, Hannah looks like.”
And that was it.
She’s still my favorite human.
I got pretty sick earlier this week. The kind of sick where my body wouldn’t let me do anything but lie in bed/ on the couch for nearly 24 hours straight. At the risk of her own health, Han brought me two kinds of soup and a pumpkin muffin, marathon watched The Vampire Diaries with me on Netflix, cuddled me, and gave me several forehead kisses. She is great.
"Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person."
Francis said that someone once asked him if he “approved” of homosexuality.
"I replied with another question," he said. "`Tell me, when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being."”