How ‘Happiest Season’ Prepared Me For Christmas With My Girlfriend’s Conservative Parents

can’t wait to spend the holidays with you,” I said as I looked into my girlfriend’s caramel brown eyes.  

Her hands started to get all warm and clammy and she quickly lost her grip. With her eyes jolting back and forth, I knew something was wrong. 

“Listen, the truth is that my parents aren’t necessarily supportive of our relationship. As far as they know, we’re just friends.” 

This was not the holiday present I was expecting from my girlfriend of two months. She lied to me. I wasn’t mad that she didn’t come out, but I was angry that she lied to me about something this big. Not only did this take me by surprise, but I came to the unfortunate realization that holidays for members of the LGBTQ+ community aren’t always jolly and full of cheer, but full of stress and anxiety.

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