If you are (or could imagine being) gay, what are the trials that go along with coming out?
My brother is gay...and I have many friends who are as well. I know that when my brother came out of the closet, he went through a lot. My family, especially my mom, had a hard time accepting it. But over time, the initial shock wore off. When we were in high school, my brother was known as "the gay kid". I, was known as "the gay kid's sister". Obviously, at that age, kids are harsh. And I can say that although he was constantly made fun of for being who he is, he still kept his head high and didn't let any of it get to him. To this day, he is proud of who he is, and there isn't anything that anyone can say to make him feel differently.
If you are a parent, how would you feel if your son/daughter "came out" to you? It depends on what they are "coming out" as. I have some very controversial beliefs about sexuality that have nothing to do with this topic but it most definitely would affect the conversation I had with my child-- BUT I would always be proud of my child for who they are. Especially because I know from personal experience that coming out to a parent takes a lot of courage.
If you are a child of someone who is gay, how would you feel if they "came out" to you?
If my son came to me and told me he was gay, it wouldn't bother me in the least. You are who you are. I'd love him just the same.
As a friend, how would you feel/respond to your friend "coming out" to you?
As I previously stated, I have many friends who are gay. So again, it wouldn't really bother me. I mean I'd be surprised, but it wouldn't change the fact that the person is my friend.
As a member of society, how does it affect you or make you feel seeing gays out there?
A few years ago, I spent a lot of time hanging out in the gay community with my friends. They're really nice people! And so much fun to be around.