I never really knew what being gay, lesbian, or bisexual, really was until I turned 13. Most of my family were Christians and Baptist and their beliefs were about men and women being together. I didn’t care much about it either, until I was in 7th grade. That’s when I realized I liked someone of the same gender. I ignored the feelings that I had. I thought these feelings that I had were just a normal phase every teenager went through in life. But every time I saw her, I knew my feelings for her were real, and that I was really a bisexual. I was scared to tell my mom, I figured if I told her, she would hate me and stop loving me for who I was. I kept myself in the closet, hiding in shame, lying about how I felt. The year had passed so quickly, and I finally felt confident enough to tell my crush how I felt. I was so embarrassed to tell her, but even though I was confident in telling her I still couldn’t bare myself in telling my mom. But then I became inspired by an LGBT movie called “Love, Simon”. I finally told my mom how I felt. I told her, ”Mom, I’m a bisexual, but I want you to know I’m still me.” She was surprised at first, but I was happy to hear she still loved me for being me. I know that in life there will be times when people won’t accept me or others for being different. But I want everyone to know that we are equal, and most importantly we are here!