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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in URUGUAY...
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(user currently living in URUGUAY) posted for gay readers on 09/01/2010 +20
I couldn't be more afraid than then... I didn't have the slightest idea whether my sexual condition would be accepted in my society, or in my family. That was 5 years ago, when I was 17. Everyone at highschool made fun of those who were different, gays included. Even inside my familiy this kind of attitude seemed to be "normal"... that was what really hurted me: it was like if I was stabbed by my relatives, but they didn't know that it was going on inside my mind.
I had to be honest with them, even if that would hurt them, but I also had to be honest with myself. It was pointless to feel ashamed of something that it's not a crime, that doesn't injure anyone, that does not put anyone's life in jeopardy.
I needed to be honest, not only to them, but also to myself, because it's all about feelings, and the right for me to express them naturally... no one can take that from me.
Like I said, it was 5 years ago, and I don't regret on anything I've ever done so far. I told my family I was gay, and the did not only accepted it, but it also has improved our communication, and the love we had for each other. I also told some of my best friends, and they were not only thankful that I had such a gesture of confidence in them, but also made them realize that prejudices keep people apart of what is the most important thing to know: our feelings and thoughts.
Prejudices don't really define our character or personality; it's just instead a way to avoid knowing that other ways of loving, thinking, and believing are possible, defendable and valuable.
If you need help on making that huge step, remember that you don't have to prove to anyone how real or sane your feelings are. They're yours, and you need to defend them... and sharing them with your loved ones is the best way to do it.

Kisses to everyone, take care, and live proud of yourselves, because you got to know you are beautiful!
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