The heartbreaking letter a gay teen left his parents before leaving

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Kent was 19 when he fled his home. All he left his parents was a note explaining why he’s gone: They wouldn’t accept him because he’s gay. He also posted a photo of the letter on Twitter where people reacted with messages of support and sympathy to his situation.

“There hasn’t been a day where I haven’t cried or struggled to find the energy to get out of bed,” he opened. “This doesn’t feel like a home and I don’t think it ever will. You have accused me of being a bad person, of being an embarrassment, and telling me I have a psychological disorder. I don’t think you guys will ever understand what it’s like to hear that from your own parents and how harmful and damaging it is to a child.”

After listing other efforts his parents made to “cure” him of homosexuality, he patiently explained where his parents had gone wrong by not respecting his journey to self-discovery and peace with his sexuality.

“The other day you asked me what parents were for,” he wrote. “Parents are supposed to love and accept their children unconditionally. It took me a lifetime to get to a point where I’m happy and secure with who I am and it breaks my hear that the two people that have supported me my entire life do not accept me when I’m finally happy with who I am. It pains me that you both can’t put aside your personal opinions and views and just love and accept me for who I am.”

He goes on to list statistics about queer teens who attempt suicide, noting that the lack of parental support increases the odds dramatically. “I’m leaving because I refuse to become another statistic,” he says.

He closed by telling his parents not to bother contacting him unless they decided to accept him for who he is. In a later tweet, he revealed that they hadn’t contacted him since he left.

He is currently staying with a friend and wanted to make sure everyone knew he wasn’t looking for attention when he posted his letter.

“I’m not sharing this for pity or for attention but because I know there are people out there just like me who are scared and stuck in abusive homes and I want to be an example that you’re never stuck and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he tweeted after his missive started going viral.

Comments 7

  1. Hopefully he’ll get this job and leave this toxic family behind to find new friends and love, a better life that respects who he is.
    At least his parents gave him good genes, his Twitter avatar should be flagged for indecency! ;)

  2. Beautiful letter — almost “too beautiful/nice” — I would never have been that “nice” to them and would have strongly pointed out their religious stupidity because as any educated person KNOWS, their “religion” is the cause of all of this hatred toward their own son.

    They (as are ALL hatred parents toward even the thought of homosexuality) are even worse than “Abraham” in the bible who “god” said to sacrifice his first-born son just to obey him — they would have gone ahead and stabbed their son, they’re so stupid about “religion.”

  3. Sometimes you just need to ask idiots like these parents:

    Why did/do you have children in the first place? To carry on your family ‘name’ or just have some sacrificial ‘lambs’ for your totally false and fucked up “god/religion”?

  4. Thankfully Kent held out until he was a legal adult. Had he booked while still a young teenager he might be dead by now. Something about this young man tells me he’s going to win this one.

  5. How much longer do we have to wait for prosecutors to take the action behavior like this deserves? Parents like Kent’s should be charged with child abuse. Applicable statutes probably exist. It just needs a prosecutor with the imagination and courage to apply them.

    You go son. Live your life!

    1. “Parents like Kent’s should be charged with child abuse.”

      I completely agree with you. I would go even further: Take what ever offspring are left in the household and remove them from abusive parents like these with immediate emancipation and medically forcing the parents to be UNABLE to have children again.

  6. Get a job, save and hide all money you can, get a place to live, and move out. For those who are under 18, it is not easy to work until 18 to legally leave. That’s why some gays join the military, something not as easy as in the 1960’s. Some plain children, their parents want to get rid of, and, those have a real hard time finding, uh, freedom. Some parents simply hate their children. — How queer children and why queers adults get such a weird from religion and any other sort of social organizing is not a know to this poor brain. That such is so wide spread is a bigger mystery.

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