“I’ve been attracted to men since I was about 12 years old, but coming out wasn’t very easy.  Growing up in a very strict and religious family, I didn’t dare share my true feelings about my sexuality.  I suppressed my thoughts and desires and even dated some girls for a short period of time.  However, 2 years ago, I made the decision to have the conversation with my family.  I think it took me over an hour to get the words out to my father, mother and little sister.  Their responses were unbelievable.  Embracing me and telling me how much they loved me was not the reaction I was expecting.  I feel so fortunate that I have a family that understands and appreciates the fact that there are differences amongst us but we can still get along and love one another.”