Thank You, Rainbow Letters
Dear Julia and Zach,
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to share my gratitude to you both for starting this project. By creating a space for children of LGBTQ to reflect on our experiences and be reminded that we are not alone, you have done us an incredible service. Growing up, I did not know anyone else who had LGBTQ parents. This caused me to feel isolated and fundamentally different than my peers. At times I even doubted the validity of my family altogether. It was difficult for me to be open and honest about my parents, because deep down I felt embarrassed, which in turn made me feel guilty. I tried to hide and avoid discussing my parents' sexualities, because I was terrified that people would make fun of me. As I now transition into adulthood, I recognize that I have come a long way, and that the process of writing reflective letters has been a part of that change. It's amazing to be a part of a project that has the opportunity to stop other people from experiencing the isolation that I felt. I am so grateful for all that you've done, and it is my ardent wish that these letters will benefit many others in the way that they have already benefited me.