By now I think everyone has heard of the death of the transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. Leelah committed suicide in late 2014. There are a lot of issues surrounding her death, which I will discuss here at some point, but today I wanted to remind everyone about something.
I've written about this a bit but if you are within the LGBTQIA* umbrella, please consider your safety before coming out. If you feel that revealing that part of yourself to your family (or friends) will put you in danger, or that you won't be fully supported due to your parent(s)/guardian(s) beliefs, please do not come out. You may be excited, anxious or any number of things, but if your identity puts you in danger in any way then do not come out. Your identity does matter, but what also matters is your safety.
It may be hard but wait until your have established yourself outside of your family (e.g. you have your own home, job, can support yourself financially etc.) until you come out. Even then, it still may not be best to come out if you feel like your true identify will put you in danger.
If you need to contact someone there are a number of places you can call. You can also call or message (via mobile and online) the Trevor Project who are available 24/7. Also, if you need someone to talk to don't hesitate to message me on any of my social platforms. You will not be bothering me in the slightest. Just know that I may take a little while to get back to you.
Please stay safe and make the best decision in regards to your safety.
*LGBTQIA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual
Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org