For a homosexual person, one of the most important times of their life can be when they come out. Doing it in the right way and doing it at the right time can be a huge decision that makes a big difference in how their future unfolds. One of the worst things possible is if the people you’re telling don’t agree. These Reddit users opened up about how they weren’t accepted and sent through “conversion therapy.”
One of my close friends told his mom he was gay in early high school. She is very very conservative and started having him go to a pray away the gay counselor. He never said anything about it being abusive or obscene, but it made him a homophobe for about three years before he found a boyfriend. The happy ending is that his parents have gotten past it and they are all pretty happy. (Sometimeswelose)
At my mother’s insistence, I went to one “session,” where I met with a “counselor” who spent a good 45 minutes explaining to me that only prayer would save me from the AIDS I had contracted. I was 17 and had never had sex with anyone.
My mom still thinks I have AIDS. She doesn’t answer when I call. (main-sequence-star)
My friend’s parents found out he was gay when he was like 15/16, and he was subjected to a lot of mistreatment. His parents took him to a psychiatrist, where he was given pills and was also told that the gay behavior is a copycat of someone from society, and he just replicated the lifestyle. His parents physically abused him, embarrassed him publicly, they took his cellphone, forbid him of using social media and was not allowed to go out; except school of course. He ended up okay, still gay, and with a boyfriend. [Deleted User]