...There are laws in many states that make being gay a crime. Yes, these laws still exist, and they can be used against public employees without any difficulty.
After the conversation with the counselor, I thought, “Wait, did I know? How could I not know?”
Utah's first openly transgender teacher, partner tell story of love, transition
It was time for school pictures so my parents took us to get our hair cut. I asked them if I could get a "boy" haircut. I wanted my hair short like a boy. My dad explained to me that there was no such thing as a boy haircut.
High school can be an awful time, and it IS something. And it doesn't just get better - it gets SO much better.
"...People see what [conversion therapy] looks like and how it operates and they are appalled."
Did someone own the rights to truth? Did anyone else get to define who I was? Or was it found within me? I had to be me... I had to be free.
More than six million people have come out on Facebook. If you are unsure of how you can come out, there are resources, including a useful article at WikiHow, or just search “coming out” and there are many choices. Find what feels safe for you.