In march of 2013 I began dating a girl. This was my first time dating a girl and I was scared/unsure of how people would react. Especially my parents. We kept it from friends for a while until they caught on. Eventually most of our mutual friends knew and were very supportive. However, when I came out to my parents on thanksgiving of that year, they were very hateful and forced me out of the house within two days. They cut me off of all financial support. They cut off my car insurance, phone bill, health insurance, food, school, and took away the car they had given me while I was living there. Luckily, I had a family take me in and let me rent a room in their house. Yet, I had to compromise in other areas of my life in order to recover those things I was cut off from, with my own money. I picked up extra shifts as a lifeguard at Pierce College/Private parties, taught private lessons, and began coaching at Viewpoint School in Calabasas. Financial aid has helped me get through community college and the money I have made has gone toward the rest of my financial obligations as an independent student. A few months after I was kicked out, I attempted to regain contact and a relationship with my with my parents, multiple times. However, these attempts were unsuccessful. More recently, my parents have begun the divorce process and my dad was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. Through these events, I have salvaged a relationship with my father in order to help him but it has only created more divide from my mother and less support for me overall. To this day, they have yet to support me on any level and have not apologized for their words and actions toward me. Furthermore, my two older brothers have not helped at all and my younger brother who is 15 (11 years old at the time) has had no means to help me, due to his age. This experience has changed me for the better. I have learned an enormous amount about the struggles in the LGBT community and what it takes to live as an independent student/person from the age of 18. Three and a half years later, I feel very confident in myself and extremely willing to help people in this wonderful community.
BriggitteLGBT Stories May 20, 2017 at 1:04 am10 188