Hi! I’m 16 and have been raised in a catholic environment all my life. I’m super social and I genuinely can strike up a conversation with most people!
So I guess this begins with my parents and I (I’m an only child) at dinner last night. They brought up the topic of homosexuality and I’ve never seen them talk about it much before. I said “oh well it doesn’t really matter right? Some people are just gay I guess” and then awkwardly laughed because they were staring at me really intensely. My mom asked me what I meant and I said “you know M? he came to my birthday party. he’s gay and has a boyfriend. L is too! She’s really nice” They’ve known L (I’m covering their names) for a couple years but somehow seemed shocked? My mom just looked kinda upset before my dad got a little angry and said I shouldn’t be friends with either of them. He said I should unfollow M on everything and limit my interactions with him on social media. Then my mom said it might not be a bad idea, and then she said L is no longer allowed to come over or especially sleep over. I’m straight. I haven’t even had my first kiss yet with a boy (I did once but I didn’t want to kiss him so I don’t count it, he kinda forced himself on me). Things got heated and I ended up crying because I love my friends and them being gay won’t change anything for me. My dad said L is going through a bisexual phase and will get over it soon and. I said “maybe, maybe not. I don’t care honestly" then he got angrier and I left the dining table. I didn’t finish my meal and my mom brought it to me.
Idk what to do cuz my family never really talks about homosexuality so I figured they wouldn’t be homophobic or anything. This morning my dad sent me this super long text saying he’s not homophobic but that my friends need saving from God and that He will make sure that karma gets to them if they don’t stop practicing same-sex attraction. I’m just kinda heartbroken and wish I never told them. What do I do to convince them to let me stay friends with M and L? I’m really sad right now this sucks