I'm not as angry anymore. I'm not as depressed. I don't feel so alone because the woman who brought me into this world, despite a disgusting protest from my biological, knows that I'm gay and loves me no matter what. And this is what I try to tell those who are struggling with coming out to their loved ones. If your friends or family tell you that they love you no matter what, and this is before you can ever fix your lips to tell them your truth, they'll continue to love you no matter what after you come out. Love is strong, and you know when the love is real.
I honestly don't know where I'd be right now if I hadn't come out to my mom that late April night those years ago. It was a month before my graduation, and with all I had been through, I wanted to walk across that stage knowing that I was a freer man. I regret nothing, and I know I'm better for it. And I know that many are not fortunate, but just know that there is always someone in your corner rooting for you.
I know I am.