I’m From Westfield, IN.

by timothy shields

I live in a very conservative town, recently turned city. Gays are NOT accepted here; therefore, I keep quiet about my sexual preference. I’ve only told a select few friends who took it quite well. Most importantly, my best friend since first grade had to play twenty questions before I could tell her.

We were sitting out at lunch in the courtyard of the high school when I hid from this guy I liked. She began asking me all these questions as to why I was avoiding him. I was so nervous and shy, but eventually she realized I had a crush on him, then admitted to her that I was gay. Since then she has been one of my best friends and our experience has only strengthened our relationship. I still aspire to tell my parents, but for now, I am content just keeping it in my social circle.


  1. Good luck, Timothy! It sounds like you’ve got at least a network of good friends who support you. Tell your parents when you’re ready, but it’s more important that you keep yourself safe.

  2. Timothy, don’t be in a hurry to tell everyone and remember “not everyone needs to know”.when the time is right to tell your parents, you will know. I wish you all the best life has to offer.

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