March 2000

Hi, my name is Audra. This is my first article. The others who have written to this Web site inspired me to write this. It may not be as good, but it's the best I can do for right now.

I'm 14 years old and I'm an 8th grader at a middle school in Tennessee. I am bisexual, if want a label. If not, I'm just like every other teenager on this planet. I like sports, music, hanging with my friends, going to parties, meeting new people, etc. I'm only different because I like guys and girls both.

I like to think I'm pretty honest about it, but really the only time I'm honest about it is on the net. It's the only place I can really be me sometimes. I sometimes feel alone and left in the dark, because no one I know really understands what it's like. They don't know what it's like to not be able to flirt with the person you like openly because you're afraid of the criticism, the violence, and bad mouthing you get from peers if you're even the slightest bit different. To most, sexual prefrences is the biggest difference. To me it's not a factor in friendship.

A little background on me. . . . . I just recently was able to be honest with myself that I was bi. I mean before I would walk around saying "If I ever tell my dad that I'm bi. . . " then I'd stop and think a minute. I couldn't decide if I really meant it or I was just looking for a reason to get back at my dad. Now I know I meant it. I told my mom and dad when they put me in the hospital for depression that I was bi. My dad took it ok, and my mom took it great. I was happy to have her support. I just wish my dad were that understanding.

To all of you people out there who are questioning or know and have come out as being gay, lesbian, or bisexual, don't let it stop you from having fun, doing the things you want, but most of all don't let it stop you from being YOU!!

See ya on the flip side,



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