Recently, a person took to Reddit to share the painful experiences of growing up in a homophobic household, hiding his true self, and the subsequent fallout when his secret was revealed. Here’s the full story.
His Parents Always Had Homophobic Views
The Original Poster (OP) knew he was gay since he was 11 years old. OP’s father, Adam, and mother, Lily have always had strong anti-homosexual views.
When a gay person appeared on television, they would invariably make crude jokes and say depressing things like, “These people will go to hell.”
He Kept His Identity a Secret
As a result, OP always kept his sexual identity a secret, and they never had any reason to suspect it. In high school, OP had a secret boyfriend, Ben. Occasionally, they would go out together at night.
The Secret Was Revealed
Things took a turn when one day, OP got home to see his father comforting his crying mother. OP’s mom apparently learned about him and Ben via a gossipy neighbor.
His Father Was Furious
His father was angry and said things like, “You’re going to hell,” and “I’d rather have a dead son than a gay son.” OP made every effort to calm them down and speak to them, but he was unable to do so.
It Was Never the Same Again
OP said the mood at home has been tense ever since. They barely spoke to him, and although OP is an atheist, they forced him to visit the church in search of a “cure.”
He Hated His Parents Ever Since
They made OP’s life miserable and forbade him from communicating with Ben. OP experienced panic and anxiety attacks for a long time following that. OP has hated his parents ever since.
He Got Into University
Some years later, OP passed the admission exam, making him the youngest member of his family to enroll in a university.
His Parents Were Happy and Covered His Costs
OP’s parents, especially his father, who was the first member of his family to attend college, were happy for him. His parents covered all of the moving costs and even gave him a pricey laptop as a gift.
He Got a Job and Found a Partner
Shortly after, OP connected with Peter at college. He is a great man who has always encouraged OP to pursue his goals.
He Started to Cut His Toxic Parents Out of His Life
OP also got a job, and since he no longer needed his parents for financial support, he gradually cut off communication with them.
He Ignored Their Calls for Weeks at a Time
His calls and texts with them got shorter, and he even ignored their calls for weeks at a time.
Things Took a Turn
Things turned ugly again when OP revealed his relationship with Peter on social media, and his relatives started calling and messaging him nonstop, which OP always ignored.
His Mother Confronted Him
Then OP’s mother personally came to his place, and they got into a heated argument.
She questioned why OP didn’t talk to her anymore. She wanted to know who was about Peter and told him he was a bad son.
In a rage, OP replied that the only reason OP had stayed in touch was because of the money his parents had provided to cover the living expenses, but now that he had a job, he no longer needed them.
Upon hearing this, his mother went silent and left his place.
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