It will take the longest days and the sleeplessness, and it will take the anger and misunderstanding and the exile and the loneliness. It will take you making it through this.
It’s been a week now since the release of the Statement on God’s Justice. Over 1,000 signatures later, I ask myself what the Statement has meant and what it will mean.
I had worried that as the sole Christian in my family, my coming out to my mother would hurt what Christians call my “witness”: the theology I live to demonstrate to others who God is. How can you be a Christian, she asked me then, if you are gay?
There’s a prevailing Western notion that it’s only by loving yourself that you learn to love others. But self-love – and self-love first and foremost – can seem unattainable for many of us, and especially anyone who struggles with shame.
Last winter, Zora had asked me to write about mental health. I couldn’t finish the post. I was scared and ashamed.
How do you come out to a traditional, conservative East Asian family?
You’re 14. Happy birthday! Listen, quit fiddling around with your sneakers for a second and let me talk. I don’t have much time with which to tell you what the future will look like, so I’ve culled it down to 14 points. That shouldn’t be hard to remember: 14 years, 14 points.