DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE come out as bisexual to a few friends but I know my family won’t accept my sexuality.
My aunt said she saw a couple of women kissing in the street recently and said she was “disgusted”.
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All the family said they agreed with her. I quickly left the room but then had a panic attack in my bedroom.
I am a male of 17 and have close friends who accept my sexuality, but I’m scared of the consequences if I come out to my family.
I feel trapped. I love my family and they care for me, but I can’t bear to think what might happen if the truth came out.
DEIDRE SAYS: I understand how much you long for your family to accept your sexuality but you don’t owe it to them to come out to them if you know you will face prejudice.
Find support through Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (fflag.org.uk, 0845 652 0311).
You can download “How Do I Tell My Parents?” from their website.
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