I'm going to be coming out to my family soon on faebook. Just as soon as I can get up the nerve to call my parents and tell them that I want them to call me by my chosen name and use feminine pronouns. I want to talk to my parents first because I know that some of my family are going to call me parents when they find out. Some of my cousins probably know or suspect something. My coming out to my family is less about letting them know what's up with my gender and more about asking them to call me by MY name and use correct pronouns.
It's just hard coming up with the words to ask my parents to call me by a name they didn't give me and to use feminine pronouns. Last time I was around them, it sounded like they were using she and her to refer to me but I wasn't sure and it's been the great untalked about thing for so long that I felt a little afraid to say anything.
Part of thinks they'll be like, "Well of course we'll call you Gilly or Gillian and use she and her. Why wouldn't we? We love you afterall." Part of me is afraid they'll be, "No. We named you and that's your name. And we're not going to indulge you." I know that their true reaction lies some where between these two poles.(most likely closer to the first than the second) But still it's hard to think that I can ask them to do this for me. I'm thinking of writing a letter so I don't have to actually speak to them.
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