“I go to a very small high school, one that is actually pretty accepting of different orientations. Before though, i went to a catholic middle school where i was surrounded by many unAccepting people; some of them were even close friends. One of my closet friends At the time Basically told me that she hated gay people. In religion class, i was taught that LGBT people Had an unchangeable ‘condition’. As a 13 year old who had just started to become self-accepting, being told something like that severely set back me coming to terms with being gay. I’m still not out to almost all of my former classmates. I am incredibly thankful to be out of that environment and in a more inclusive and accepting one now.”

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