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Catie

Catie, Age 20, Stony Point, N.Y.

Catie

Of the four kids in my family, I've always been the good one. All my other siblings are loud and friendly, and I'm kind of passive, and have kept to myself. I was kind of the dorky, outcast kid who read all the time, so I didn't exactly have time for sleeping around or getting coked up at parties.

I didn't have my first kiss until I went to college. I've never actually had a long-term relationship. There was this boy I really liked. I never dated him. I may as well have. We were hanging out every single day, holding hands, being cutesy-whootsy. But then I told him how I felt and he gave me this ridiculous, ambiguous answer. It just got uglier and uglier, and snowballed into a big ball of suck.

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With that and this whole internal turmoil of not wanting to be a nursing major, there was so much drama going on. Things just got really bad. Honestly, the whole bisexual thing wasn't on my mind. I had bigger problems.

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Comment by: Rhia (Oklahoma City, OK) Sat., Jun. 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm EDT
Right on, Catie... I grew up in a similar situation. Catholic family smack dab in the middle of the bible belt. Only thing was that my mother wasn't exactly as understanding of my sister (who is gay) as your mom was of your brother... so I never came out to her. Now I'm considering dating this lovely young girl and because of how distant my mom and I are (we rarely talk or see each other) I don't know if I'll tell her or not. Maybe if gay marriage becomes legal and I decide to marry a woman.. but until then I'm still keeping it secret.
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