To all of my friends and family: I’M GAY! and at the age of 17 and being a senior in high school, I am *finally* okay with this, after struggling with it for the past 6 years. I wish I could tell you this because it’s horrible lying all the time to everyone around me, but I’m too worried that you’ll reject me, as stupid as that is. I can’t risk losing all the people that are important to me, and I think that after essentially lying to you for years, you all won’t exactly take kindly to this. Even though you think otherwise, the main reason I can’t wait to graduate high school is so that I can live my life openly. In college, I won’t have to worry about someone telling my twin brother that I’m a lesbian and that in turn getting back to my parents. Even though I live in a very liberal place, I’m still hiding in fear within my own small community. I want you to know and think of me for who I am as a *person*, not for my sexuality.