Fitting in. It’s what most teenagers aspire to do. Sure, there are outliers who do things like dye their hair bright colors and pierce multiple body parts to draw attention to themselves. But very few teens want to be too different. And being on the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning) spectrum definitely qualifies as different. Most recent statistics estimate that just 3.5 percent of adults identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual; 0.3 percent identify as transgender. As for the under-18 population, statistics on sexual orientation are hard to find. That comes as no surprise, given that many teenagers on the LGBTQ spectrum have yet to come out to themselves, let alone anyone else. But that’s changing.
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Baltimore writer Danielle Ariano tells a complex story of coming out to her family…but sometimes shrinking back in.
“You can’t tell your grandfather,” my mother said to me on one of my visits home.
We were sitting in the den watching TV. In recent months I’d started to consider the possibility of coming out to my extended family. I looked at her.