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EPluribusUnum posted this thread...
Apr. 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I go to a rather conservative school. Last year I came out as lesbian, and, while my experiences were nothing like some of the terrible stories I've heard, they were still... well... bumpy.
I'm interesting about hearing what it is like for LGBT kids at other schools, if anyone wants to talk. Also, you can share coming out stories if you want.
My school's not aweful, but there have been some unfortunate moments. I've been whistled at by creeps and recently a girl passed by some good friends of mine (they're a couple) and felt the need to loudly mention how she hates lesbians.
They're bisexual, for the record. And amazing people. That was uncalled for.
So yeah, I'd be interested in hearing about your school enviroments. I'm going to colead a gsa next year, so I'm hoping to make a difference where I live. Of course, I need ideas for that too.

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Dr.Ripley replied...
May 30, 2013 at 3:59 am

I went to a conservative school last year. I didn't come out then and no one really suspected me of being gay because I guess my personality doesn't fall under the stereotype excpet I had a kind of flamboyant friend. He was bullied severely and he's not even gay. He's had trash thrown at him and was harrassed in PE. At first it was hard for him but he learned to just ignore it and he's better now. I've transfered to a news school and it's so much more accepting. We have an Gay/Straight alliance and an Ally week so its pretty good.

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JoPepper replied...
Jun. 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Well I recently discovered I was bi a couple months ago and last month I've started to officially come out to a couple close friends. I had a fun way of coming out but I never really got to act on it since I got grounded and my parents went through my facebook messages with this really good guy friend who I've told I was bi. And my mom confronted me about and I was forced to tell her...though not the way I wanted (I was going to bake a cake). Both my parents told me it's best not to come out, because people are just going to look at me as the "bi girl" and that my mind may change...(not likely) they said something like "what good is coming out of the closet do for you? What's the difference." My answer "I don't have to hide anymore" wasn't a good enough answer I guess...I just can't explain it, when some asks me "Do you like guys?" I hate having to only respond with the half truth "Yes I like guys," while my mind continues while my mouth stops and girls. I hate having to roll my eyes and laugh like it's the most obvious thing in the world. "A half truth is a whole lie..." so my parents are supportive but I don't think they completely understand. I'll tell my mom about this girl who is also my best friend I like. She says she's straight, she doesn't know about my feelings for her, but really I wouldn't risk my best friend's friendship for these feelings. I'll tell my mom and she just gets really silent, and concentrates more ahead on the road, and that's when I realize that I can't ever talk girls to her. But only five people at my school know most of them are somewhere on the rainbow...but they were like "Cool! Awesome! Lets make and burn a closet now" *high five* But I think people at my school are accepting, I don't know because they don't know about me so I haven't experienced any hate. But my friend who's asexual and had a girlfriend in middle school told me of all the hate she's experienced...a girl came up to me and said "You know that girl you always talk with is lesbian right?" The way she said it implied that I should care...I quickly, but very nicely clarifyed things for her...sorry that was long...I'm not sure if that's at all what you even wanted to have posted on your thread...

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TheaterGirlThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jun. 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I am Bi and not super open about it but my girlfriend (lets call her amy) is completley an open lesbian and she has had wel... PROBLEMS in our school

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NickM2.0 replied...
Sept. 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I don't know for the most part, but I have a relatively good friend who's openly gay, and has been since... fifth grade, I think. Two of her old boyfriends are my friends, and they're cool with it. She has a lot of friends, and is actually dating another of my friends, who's bi, and, to my knowledge, realized it in fourth grade. Which is impressive.

Anyway. Both of them are nice, smart, funny people, with good grades and a bunch of friends. I can't speak for the whole school, but I have pretty good relations with a fair amount of people, and they don't seem to care at all. Which is awesome.

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