When faced with a difficult decision, it can be hard to know which path to take. This is especially true for the subject of the Reddit post, who was disowned by her parents at 18 years old when she came out as a lesbian.
*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*
The author starts off by stating that when she came out as a lesbian to her parents at 18, she was kicked out and disowned immediately for being gay. She details the devastating incident:
“My parents gave me five minutes to grab my things before shutting me outside. I remember telling them that there was no way I could live on my own, that I was their kid and they should want to love and support me.”
According to a study by The Williams Institute, an estimated 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ youth in the United States have experienced have been disowned as a result of coming out. Another study found that nearly half of all lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have been rejected by their families due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Despite the initial shock and hurt, the author was able to turn her life around, attending college and meeting her wife during freshman year. Now, with a two-year-old daughter and a house of her own, she faces a decision she never thought she’d have to make:
“I don’t keep in touch with my bio family, so I don’t know how my parents got my contact info but they did. My mom sent me a message detailing the financial issues they were going through. They had to sell the house I grew up in and they moved to some apartments. At the end of the message, my mom asked me if I’d be willing to help them out for a little while by letting them stay with me.”
The author didn’t respond to the message and ignored it entirely, that is until her father then called and asked for assistance, saying:
“He flat out asked if I was seriously not going to provide them with any assistance. [They told me] I should want to support my parents the way they supported me growing up. Maybe if their ‘support’ of me hadn’t ended the moment I told them I was a lesbian, I’d be willing to help them, but unfortunately they made their bed themselves so they can lay in it too.”
Ultimately, this author had to make a difficult choice: whether or not to forgive her parents and help them out.
What do you think?
Is the author justified in refusing to help out her parents who are financially struggling, since they disowned her and kicked her out at 18 for being gay?
Or is the author being a terrible child by refusing to let them move in, since they raised her and everyone makes mistakes?
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