BBI45, what a fantastic read your story was and I am glad that you felt comfortable and brave to discuss it with your family, it really shouldn’t have to be a big deal in 2020, but unfortunately it is. Whilst there may be some who share comments of hatred we are blessed to live in a society who on the whole are supportive, acceptive and inclusive.
Similarly to something discussed in Phil’s brave interview I feared coming out to my Mum many years ago. I dated both women and men over a few years (non at the same time, obviously) whilst trying come to terms with things in my head. After a short relationship with a man I took up the conversation with my Mum late one evening when I was 22, anticipating the worst I quickly asked for her opinion, her reply was “You need to do what makes you happy, nothing will change between us, you’re my son at the end of the day, and I’m always proud of you”. 12 years on and my Mum has recently passed away but her words of comfort stay with me.
P.S. I should also point out that after coming out to my Mum she shared the news with my Aunties who shared it with the rest of the family, it saved me a job and gave my Mum the chance to chat.