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My name is Zach and I’m from Peckville, Pennsylvania.
The day I came out to my parents ended in kind of a funny way. My mom wasn’t taken by surprise. She’d been asking me if I was gay for a couple of years, and I kept avoiding the subject but she trapped me. And I came out to her and there were tears and she was upset and sort of mourning what she thought my future was going to be and automatically assumed the worst that I was unemployable and diseased already and she didn’t really know how to handle it, so I let her have some time by herself and my parents are divorced so I drove to my dad’s house–I figured it’d be fair to go tell him as well and he thought it was probably just a phase and I shouldn’t tell anyone else, and you know, some normal parental reactions.
So once I left my dad’s house, I didn’t really have anywhere to go, so I thought I’d go visit one of my friends, just make an impromptu stop at her house. She saw that I was visibly upset because I had been driving around crying for a while and she was like, “What’s wrong with you?” And instead of just telling her the truth, I knew that she was a Registered Nurse and I just made up a story about how I had just run somebody over and I had put the body in the trunk of my car and I didn’t know where else to go besides the house of a medical professional and I wanted her to help me revive the body. And that she and I would have to make a pact that we’d never tell anybody that I’d murdered someone and that she was going to have to help me get rid of the body. I was freaking out and basically transferring all my emotions from having such a rotten day into this stupid acting performance. And once she was visibly upset as well, and crying and coming up with ways to help me, I was like, “Um, I’m just kidding. I’m just gay.” And she didn’t think it was that funny at first but now we look back on it and laugh all the time at it, I don’t know, it just felt good to inject some sort of sense of humor and lightness into what was a pretty horrible day.