Coming Out to Yourself; Permission to Be

There's always been so much shame surrounding the fact that along with my attraction to men is my attraction to women. Growing up in a deeply religious environment, I learned that being a lesbian, that being gay, (along with any and all variations or offshoots) was completely unnatural, an illness, an abomination against God, a sin.

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What Gets Me Through

In response to reading my story, one woman asked what got me through. She wanted to know what it was that helped me retain a belief in humanity and hope for the future, how I built up resilience and how I cope now with ongoing effects of the abuse. This is to you, friend.