“Telling my parents I’m gay wasn’t easy. Her only daughter, I knew the expectations of a church wedding and maybe a few grandchildren.

‘But what are you doing, Orla?’ asked my mother, sitting at our kitchen table in North County Dublin, sipping from a teacup. It was a crisp December morning in 1992. By the time I was 21, I had found the courage to write a letter and tell my mother that the people I was hanging out with were gay people. And that I was ‘one of those people too’. I couldn’t bring myself to write the words “I’m gay”. I sat on the beach and wondered if I should go straight into the sea or go home and face the music. “I’m so sorry Mam,” I apologized for being myself. “I can not help it.”

At a time when homosexuality was still illegal in Ireland, the decision to tell my parents was not an easy one. Her only daughter, I knew the high expectations of a church wedding and a couple of grandchildren.

https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/health-features/telling-my-parents-i-was-gay-was-not-easy-their-only-daughter-i-knew-the-expectations-of-a-church-wedding-and-maybe-a-few-grandchildren-42052424.html “Telling my parents I’m gay wasn’t easy. Her only daughter, I knew the expectations of a church wedding and maybe a few grandchildren.

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