In 2018 when I first came out to myself as being bisexual it was scary. I was in shock when I realized it. All the what if questions spiraled in my head.
My anxiety was all over the place. What would people think when I told them? What if people don’t like me? And what if my parents don’t accept me?
I held the secret for a year. Until I told a group of women during a Zoom call. We were in a class all about speaking our own truth and overcoming fear. It was there where I grew my courage muscle and told my parents. I was frozen in fear though. I had proof from my growing up years. My anxiety was spiking when I wrote them. I remember writing as I was crying through the snot and tears I hit send on my email.
Just last year when I told my parents I had a girlfriend for the first time I was again so nervous. Luckily back in 2019 when I came out to them I was loved and accepted by my parents.
My girlfriend and I proposed to each other on June 4, 2022 in Canmore, Alberta. I am so happy.
Do I still have anxiety spikes? Yes. There is fear at times to hold my fiancé’s hand here in Calgary. And I have experienced hate speech 2 blocks from my condo.
I choose to keep going and be proud to be a part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. I am an advocate for this community too.
If my story is your story I see you. I am you. If you are still in the closet and in fear I see you too. I will sit with you and hold space.
Always remember, be brave. Be bold. Be yourself!
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