Hi my name is Sonia. I’m 16 and you won’t believe what happened when I came out as gay to my family. I’ll tell you the whole
story but let’s start at the beginning. I first realized I was attracted to girls
the summer before I started high school. When all the other girls were giggling
over the boys at the pool I kept thinking about this girl Maddie on the
swim team. I thought about her all the time and I’d get fuzzy in my stomach
when I talked to her. I told my best friend Amanda how I was feeling and she
started teasing me that I had a crush on Maddie. I was so embarrassed!
How did she figure it out? But she stopped teasing me. In fact, she told me I
should ask her out which of course was terrifying. I mean
what if Maddie laughed at me or said no or told everyone I’d asked her out? Oh my
God…Amanda just shook her head and said It’d be the same as if a boy turned me
down. And she was right. So we spent the rest of the night planning how I was
going to ask Maddie out. My mother must have heard some of it because the next
day she told me I could wear some of her perfume. Ha! Anyway, after swim team I
put on some of that perfume and walked right on up to Maddie…and couldn’t say
anything! I mean nothing. Not even “Hi” I just stood there frozen my hands feeling
all sweaty. Maddie looked up at me and gave a little laugh. “Hi” she said and
raised her e yebrows “You want something?” I mumbled something silly but finally I
asked her if she wanted to go to the mall that weekend. And she said yes!
Turns out she’d been wanting to ask me out too. We really hit it off and we’ve
been together for over a year now. She always said she thinks it was cute that I wore perfume just for her. My mom always said it was her perfume that
helped me get a boyfriend. Um yeah…My family don’t know that my
boyfriend was my girlfriend…I hadn’t come out and told them that I was
lesbian. Maddie would come over for dinner all the time. And when she’d leave my
parents would always comment about how close we were. That drove me crazy!
Maddie had already told her family why couldn’t I tell mine? So one night Maddie
was over for a sleepover. We were all at the table eating pizza when I just
blurted it out. No “we need to talk” or “I’ve got something to tell you”, just
“Maddie’s my girlfriend”. My parents kind of smiled and looked at each other a
little confused. “Of course she is, honey.” “No, Maddie is like my boyfriend but my
girlfriend.” My little brother laughed out loud: “Freaking called it” he shouted.
I looked to Maddie for help. She just nodded and took hold of my hand. Dad started to say he understood and was happy for us but mom cut him off. She had this blank look and just stopped eating.
Then she told us Maddie couldn’t spend the night. She’d sent some pizza home
with her but Maddie had to leave. It was crazy. My mom changed right in front of my eyes she was always so funny and loving but
now she was just like a robot.. She wouldn’t even look at Maddie or me.
I wanted to argue but Maddie just said “thank you” and that her mother needed her home early tomorrow anyway. My mother didn’t talk to me for the rest of that
night and all the next day. She was raised in a very religious family and
her religion’s views on homosexuality were not very accepting. She started
praying all the time and I honestly started to hard to think she might throw me out of
the house. It broke my heart! I called Maddie crying on the phone and
said I wish I’d ever told my mom. But Maddie convinced me I did the right thing. And anyway, my father would never let that happen. I had to get out of the house. So Sunday we went to the pool to relax. When I came home my mother was
sitting there in the living room with a priest. They both smiled at me when I came and my mom introduced me to Father Browning who, get this, specialized in exorcisms! My mother days after I came out to her as gay had called an exorcist to perform an exorcism on me.
How could she? She had this weird concerned but hopeful look in her eyes
gripping her rosary and Bible. I started to cry. Is this what she thought about me?
I was furious! I sprinted out of the house. The priest and my mom tried to
follow me but I had already hopped in the car and tore out of the driveway. I
drove around and around and eventually ended up at Maddie’s. I tried to dry my
eyes before she opened the door. She hatched me as soon as she saw me and I
started crying all over again. Eventually I calmed down enough to tell her what
had happened and she burst out laughing. After a minute, I did too. I mean how
crazy was it that my mother thought the reason I was gay was that I was
possessed. Then Maddie got an idea… What if I actually went through with the
exorcism? I was a little confused but then she laid out the plan and it was
awesome. I live in an old house it has a dumbwaiter that goes from upstairs to
downstairs. Our walls are pretty thin so if you get in and move around you can
make the walls shake. My mother’s always told us to be careful not knock the
pictures off the walls. Maddie’s plan was to get inside and make
it seem like a real demon was in the house. We laughed so hard! I couldn’t wait.
So we drove back to my house and I dropped her off around the block so she
could sneak through the back door. When I pulled into the driveway the exorcist
looked like he was getting ready to leave. But my mom saw me and she dragged
us both back inside. I got a text from Maddie: she was in position.
The exorcist was explaining what we were going to do. My heart was racing. I laid
down on the sofa and closed my eyes. He had his hand on my head and began
reciting his exorcism script and then the pictures on the wall started to
shake. Soon the house echoed with the banging coming from inside the walls!
My mother was clutching me and the priest just continued totally unfazed.
Maddie pounded louder until the picture started falling off the walls. I thought
my mother was going to faint! Finally, the exorcist was finished. Maddie stopped.
Mission accomplished! She slipped out the back and texted me to
meet up later to check out the video she took. That was gonna be fun. But the best part? When the exorcist was leaving. He told my mother that it was the house
that was possessed not me and that everything would be all right now.
My mother was confused and I had a smile and then she turned to me with a look in
her eyes I will never forget: “Why did I think I needed to fix you?” Then she just
went to the kitchen and started to make dinner. And finally looked over at me and
asked “Want to help me?” I realized I was crying. I just nodded and hugged her.
Things are better these days. My mom is working to understand. She asks questions now and then and tells me to keep inviting Maddie over. Slowly but surely we’re
smoothing things out. I know my mother loves me. Nothing can change that.
And I love her too. And nothing can change that either. So that’s my story of
coming out. Pretty strange, right? Do you have any crazy stories about your
parents taking things little too far? Leave them in the comments! Also don’t
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