Caught by David Heulfryn

This is my last vignette to date. I suppose I have stopped writing them because they have tended to be very serious and delve into my emotions and fears.

This vignette feeds into my fears of coming out. In this case the young man was caught kissing his boyfriend and so was outed to his parents by the school. Coupled with a violent and homophobic father, this young man sees no other option than to run away from home.

My biggest fear of coming out was being rejected by my family and being kicked out of the house, that is partly why I didn’t come out until I was financially independant and living on my own.

I needn’t have worried, but I know a lot of young men are worried, and rightly so. I never had an abusive father but some people do.

I wish this scenario was total fiction, although it did come from my imagination, I’m sure some young men experience something similar when coming out, or being outed.

I wish scenes like this weren’t being regularly being played out across the world.

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