Chalese / United States
“I left my male fiancé of eight years because I fell in love with my best friend. Sadly, I probably would have never left him had he not found out about us.
I was ashamed and buried in self-judgment, afraid of what my friends and family would think. Having been raised in the LDS community, a part of the Mormon religion, I denied my feelings for a woman and considered never coming out. But after two years of being in the closet, and endless arguments with the woman whose companionship I treasured, I decided to choose what made me happiest: love.
I left the church, and remain confident in my decision. I can’t be a part of something that refuses me–something that doesn’t believe in me. I, however, now believe in myself more than ever, and have dropped all judgments of what makes me happy. I’ve never been more content in this life. I choose to follow my heart and live my life exactly how I want to.
Accepting myself as I am has made me the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s been a long road for sure, but I have never been more proud to be me.”