Five years ago, during the holidays, I was visiting my family in Puerto Rico right after coming out. I had to catch an early flight back home after my coming out went Extremely Sideways.

Today, I fly back to my island for the first time in 5 years.

Not every coming out goes smoothly, and not every coming out that goes sideways stays that way forever. I'm scared and I'm not really sure what speaking with my parents again is going to be like after no contact for so long.

But I love the life I live now.

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My parents haven't seen me since I transitioned. I live a life now where I kinda take for granted that everyone sees and treats me as a woman/nb. Going back to a world where that's not what people expect of me is very very strange.

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