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National Coming Out Day, October 11

Two seniors in high school, both very smart, both active in school activities, both headed to college, both come out.   One family is accepting.  One family put their child’s belonging on the porch and has not had contact with their child for years.

National Coming Out Day is full of excitement for many because they want to live their lives openly.  Coming out is your story and you get to decide when to share it and who to share it with.

It is important that you have support so that you can come out safely.  It is especially important to our youth.  Youth must make sure that they have a trusted adult available to help if a change in living arrangements is necessary.  Find your support!

Lisa W.

PFLAG Kansas City Chapter President

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Life, Gender, and the Pursuit of Happiness

This is the coming out story of our very own Kansas City chapter Vice President!

(Content warning: this post contains talk of deep depression and talk of self harm.)

Picking up a few paragraphs in…

I was always pretty smart. I did well in my classes. As in the ones I enjoyed, Bs in the ones not as much. I graduated from high school in the top 8% of my class of 340 people. I spent practically all of the free time my parents would allow writing programs and learning more about computers. I felt as if I was capable of doing anything I put my mind to.

I started at a community college my first year after high school, and after that moved to a school that was in state but far away. I needed to move away from home for a while. I was majoring in computer science (the obvious choice) and was doing very well. For a while anyway.

There was a problem. For as long as I could remember, this problem plagued my mind in some fashion or another. Depression. This feeling of life being awful. The feeling that I was awful. I hated it. The more time went on though, the more the depression soaked into my life. It stems back as far as I can remember — all the way back to kindergarten. I had many times in high school where I hated my life and really couldn’t stand it. It got worse in college. By the fifth semester, depression was so bad that I didn’t have the energy to go to class, and learning was impossible. My brain had basically shut off by that point. I couldn’t think straight. I was chronically unmotivated to do anything, often including eating. Those computer projects I loved hadn’t been touched in years. My passions were gone, and basically any form of existence I had known was gone too. I really wanted to die. I finally dropped out of college to try to save my falling 1.9 GPA before it got worse.

Read the rest of Sarah’s beautiful and inspirational story here.

 

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