Put Back in the Closet

Put Back in the Closet

I came out when I was in a same-sex relationship, making the distinction that we were “special friends”, not as platonic as we might seem. My father agreed that I was happy and on cloud 9, happy for me to be happy.  I had been nervous, coming from a somewhat conservative family, and this was a relief. However I realized that coming out was not such a simple process as I found that they seemed to think my interest in the same sex stopped along with the relationship ending.  My family put me back in the closet, my sexuality forgotten and homosexuality again openly looked down upon in the household.  I continue negotiating with my family, where on one side I know my family will act in support of me, and on the flip-side there is a preference for me to act and behave “straight”.

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