Chelsea is a lesbian teen from rural Texas who wrote in to share her coming out story. Things were pretty bad for Chelsea for a while. Neither of her parents accepted her being a lesbian and took away her privileges and her computer. Kids at school made fun of her and she had thoughts of ending it all. Kids from school stole her journal and read all of her private thoughts.
The bullying she endured is hard to think about.
Eventually, I started thinking, what is wrong with me? Why am I so different from all the other girls? Why do I dress like this? Always afraid of what my family and friends would think, I could never talk to anyone about it. Eventually my secret caught up with me. In junior high I was called a lesbo, queer, dyke, or my favorite, C.W.D, also known as"chick with a dick". I didn't know what to do and I wanted people to think I was just like all the other girls my age. Every once in a while I would catch my self dressing "girlie", but it just wasn't me. I thought maybe it would help if I just shrugged it off, but honestly deep down inside, I really did care.
But then hope came from the most unexpected place. Her family moved to Alabama and although she did still get taunts and harassed, she found a few friends that made all the difference. For Chelsea, it did get better.
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