I Was Forced to Come Out of the Closet When I Was 16

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

We were kissing on a friend’s bed.

She lifted her head and asked me, “Is it okay if I leave you a hickey?”

I said no because my parents would see it.

We’d been dating for exactly one month, but neither of our parents knew. Our friends knew, and anyone…



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Itxy Lopez

Itxy Lopez


I’m a self-discovery writer: I write as I grow, make mistakes, and learn. It’s a celebration of humanness.