Yeah, interesting year. I grew up Lutheran and the people from the church I used to go to were like family to me, though I rarely talked due to what everyone thought was me being shy at the time(I now suspect differently).
In early 2013 my family decided to start exploring other options for our “type” of Christianity I guess it would be called, and we ended up going to a Baptist church for about 6 months. I personally loved it there, and for the first time I felt close to God, and I ended up meeting a few people through the church’s youth group, whom are still somewhat my friends(one of them ended up being amazing actually, besides just being one of the few bassists in my area). I also went to my first Christian youth event thing, and for the first time I truly prayed to God, though it was also the start of what is actually the reason I am posting today.
Sadly my parents decided that they did in fact, want to be Catholic, and started going to the local Catholic church early in the morning, then would take me and my brother to the youth group at the Baptist church.
At the youth group, I had my first major experience with the topic of LGBTQIA+, though it was somewhat negative. At the time I didn’t have my own opinion on it, but after the discussion on it that the youth group had, I went home and researched as much as a could, more related to my own feelings though. I still hate what I said during the discussion, since it was a lie.
I think shortly after that discussion, the youth group fell apart, and eventually stopped altogether.
I forgot exactly when, but my parents started their conversion stuff, for becoming Catholic, I tried one private class with the priest, and as much as I wanted to continue them, I couldn’t, it didn’t feel right.
I think the last time I went to any church was on Christmas Eve of 2013.
Mostly forgot what happened between then and now, besides that my older brother revealed that he had actually gotten married around Thanksgiving of 2013, but didn’t tell the family until just a few months ago, and he is now having a baby.
Back to the main reason on why I am posting. I personally do not really consider myself a part of any religion, I just know that there has to be a God. But, I have recently decided that the fact that my parents are Catholic, may hurt what I was planning on telling them before I turn 18 around Christmas.
This past year I have decided, I am in fact, a male-to-female transgender. I have technically known that I hate my birth gender for most of my life, and I now suspect this is the reason I was so shy when I was younger. I didn’t know what it was called until last year, and I wasn’t sure of it until October.
I have been struggling with the right time on when to tell my parents, because I fear their reactions, as well as what will happen if they do support me but the other Catholics in my area consider me an abomination or something. I plan on telling my mom this week, since I feel she will have a better reaction than my dad, and she already seems to suspect that I am gay(I actually consider myself pansexual… sort of… I don’t feel sexually/physically attracted to people, only emotionally).
Anyways, I guess I am asking more for anything I should know about how my parents may react, based on their religious choices? As well as possibly my younger brother and his friends who have already seemed pretty negative toward me growing my hair out and wearing it in a pony tail?