A. For parents, for some of you I can imagine that this can be hard. Especially if you have been taught or believe that “this is wrong”. I recommend one thing, try to remember that this is your child who you love and cherish. Remember they are a person with feelings. Try to remember that the world can be cruel and as a parent, you want to be there for your child through good and tough times. Try to set aside your fears and stay open. Encourage open and safe communication. Remember your child may go through hard times of feeling alienated, and hopefully they see you as someone they can come to and who becomes an advocate for them.
B. For siblings, this is where I give a shout out to Taryn’s siblings. They are the best. Open and loving and never treated her any different in anyway. I hope everyone has the same experience here. I can only say life is too short if you are having an issue with your sister/brother.
C. For Friends, I hope this is a non-starter. I looked up different meanings of “friend” and really liked a couple: “People who are aware of how dumb you are and still manage to be seen in public with you”. “A friend is someone you love and who loves you, someone you respect and who respects you, someone whom you trust and who trusts you”. I believe if someone is a true friend, they will love you unconditionally. Sometimes the path you chose may not be the popular one or the one someone else wants you to choose, but those of your friends that truly love you will love you for just the same. I hope that you as a friend will rise to the occasion of what it means to be a friend.
SHE LOOKED UP DEFINITIONS OF FRIEND. FOR THIS POST. HOW CUTE. IS THAT. IT HURTS. IT BURNS.