From the perspective of a woman who thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman, it’s hard to argue that her life has been one of hard work and self-sacrifice.
Ms. Jones, a former sales representative who worked as a corporate accountant, says she’s “a pretty happy person” and “a little bit of a tomboy,” though she still struggles with her sexuality.
Ms.-Jones is one of more than a dozen people interviewed by The Wall St. Journal who say they’ve recently come out.
Some of them say they were forced out of their jobs, others say they weren’t able to find a suitable job, and others say their bosses told them they were fired for being gay.
One of them, who prefers not to be identified, has struggled with her gender identity for years, so her story isn’t uncommon.
“I think people are getting used to seeing gay people,” she says.
“But I’m also concerned that the people who are in the closet aren’t being heard.
I’m not going to be the first out of the closet, but I think people should know that they can have that option.”
“I’m just trying to live my life, and I’m a little bit nervous about how my future will unfold.”
For Ms. Moore, the decision to come out was not easy.
She’s a high school sophomore and a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She was a single mom, and the only other child in the family.
She said she wasn’t sure whether she wanted to be a “gay feminist” or a “queer feminist,” but she was always attracted to women and wanted to pursue that, especially as her life revolved around the home.
“At the time, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do,” she recalls.
“Then I read an article on Caitlyn Jenner and realized, ‘This is who I am.
I don’t want to be who I’m hiding behind.'”
“I wasn’t comfortable with myself, I was not comfortable being a lesbian, I didn’t want anyone to know who I was.”
Ms. Tynan says she has never been attracted to people of the same sex, and while she believes the concept of “cisgender” is “disappointing,” she’s been open about her gender expression.
“It’s something that is going to take time for people to really understand,” she tells The Wall ST.
Ms., Tynans mother says she still thinks about what she calls her “biggest regret” of her life: “Being a single mother.
It was hard to be able to stay in the house.
“In high school, I think about all the friends that I never really got to hang out with, the people I never got to call home. “
I think of the way I was raised, the way my friends were raised. “
In high school, I think about all the friends that I never really got to hang out with, the people I never got to call home.
I think of the way I was raised, the way my friends were raised.
I feel that I’ve left that behind and I don-t know if I’m ready to move forward.”
Some people who have come out have not been able to do so for a variety of reasons.
“We are so quick to label someone and dismiss them as a homophobe,” Ms. Robinson says.
But she says she never felt like her coming out would have made her more accepted.
“The one thing that was really difficult for me was that I didn-t have any support from my friends or family,” she adds.
Ms, Robinson says she had to put up with homophobic comments from other people in her school.
“Being gay is not a crime.
It’s just like everybody else is,” she explains.
Ms Jones says she felt isolated as a gay woman who was also a high-achieving athlete.
“There were some people who didn’t like me because I wasn-t really a social misfit.
But it was hard because you can’t just come out, it just doesn’t work.”
“Being closeted and being alone and being scared and being judged and being rejected is so much harder.
It is very hard to come in and prove yourself to them. “
A lot of my friends are gay and they are also really strong women.
If you have the ability, I really believe you should come out.”