I am a lesbian and I live in a very religious area, what should I do ?

Hi Kelsey,

Its not always easy to live with homosexuality and religion at the same time. Particularly when the family and the area is very religious. But about the depression, you maybe should see a doctor and tell him/her about it. Perhaps he could give you tips about how to fight against it. You also can talk about depression, suicidal tendencies and, if you want, sexual orientation with someone you trust like school’s social worker, a professor or a friend.

You are living difficult experiences at the moment and you maybe dont see the end of it. A good tips I can give you is to meet other homosexual and bisexual teens. I know it seems difficult, but maybe there is a discussion group, a drop-in or a gay and lesbian school association near your area for people of your age. Otherwise, you can chat on gay and lesbian internet group or there is maybe a phone line for homosexual youth in your state or country. Meeting people like you can help you stop feeling alone and feeling like you hide yourself. You can also reveal you sexual orientation to close friends, family members or other people you trust. These kind of things can help you out to be more comfortable with your life and yourself. However, you dont have to come out to your parents since you are not ready to do it. It can be very difficult, depending of each family and members.

I hope this message will help you a little bit or give you ideas.

Sabrina, AlterHéros

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