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Ana

Ana, Age 18, Blauvelt, N.Y.

Ana

In a way, I was pissed off to even have to come out. I think it's stupid. Heterosexual people don't have to come out as straight.

And after I told my family I was gay in eighth grade, my dad didn't talk to me for two or three years. He picked me up at school and we didn't talk. I'd wake up and say good morning, then once in a while he'd say good morning back. But usually nothing.

I was born in Mexico, and we came here when I was 7. My family's very Catholic, but they work with a lot of gay families, so I always thought they'd be fine with it. I was wrong, clearly.

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