We received an email from a student that said they would be rejected by their best friend if they came out as gay. They said they have known they are gay since elementary school, but the culture they come from is not supportive. It sounds from their message like this student feels really alone, but we know that unfortunatley there are still a lot of people afraid their family or friends might reject them or who come form backgrounds where people are not supportive. Sometimes it helps to know you are not alone.
We are really glad this student wrote to us and we really hope they stay in touch. We hope any others of you who might be facing similar struggles will reach out to us as well. If you are facing these struggles you need and deserve support. We want every student to know that even if it doesn’t feel safe to come to Allen House to talk to someone, you can always be in touch here.
We will be inviting one of our campus partners at the Counseling Center to contribute a message about all of this really soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please reach out here or to any of the other resources like the Trevor Project or PFLAG (listed on the right of the blog screen). Take care of yourself. We care about you.