Family Ties Essay

809 words - 4 pages

When I was twelve I had just started seventh grade in my small town middle school up in Oregon, let's just say it was an eventful year for me. I had always known that I was different than most of the other boys, they were always talking about girls while I was always staring off at my male classmates. I knew that I liked boys but I never had a term for what it was until a few days later. There was a dance coming up and me being ignorant at the time asked one of my friends to go with me, as dates. It didn't go so well. He as well as a few of my other "friends" came up to me later that day, cornered me a began to shove me as they said vulgar obscenities: "faggot", "cocksucker", "queer", "gay", as well as many other things their seventh grade minds could think of. I went home that day crying and wanting my Mom. Upon returning home I told her everything! Did I get the reaction I wanted, my Mom loving me, telling me everything will be alright? No. Instead I got her calling me more vulgar things: "ball licker", "cum eater", "gay" and my favorite "penis breath". Not only did I receive ridicule and shame at school but at home too, but at least I now knew the term for me, gay.

Later on as she realized that it wasn't "just a phase" she went into the religious frenzy to try and cure "the gay away" in me. She sent me to a camp specifically meant for "people like me" the summer after I turned thirteen. That didn't work, so she began a new lecture everyday about how homosexuality was wrong and sinful using both scripture and church. Again it didn't work, but this time was it, I was done. I stopped trying to keep a relationship between us, it was at this time I stopped putting emotion and love into the tittle I had used so often, "Mom". She was no mother to me any more.

During my junior year of high school I moved to Apache Junction, one of the best things my "Mother" could have done for me. She thought that by moving into Arizona she would have more people against me than there were already. Boy was...

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