“Mother,” I slowly repeated in Korean. “I am not a boy. I am a girl. I am transgender.” My face reddened, and tears blurred my vision. I braced myself for her rejection and the end to a relationship that had only begun.
Silence again filled the room. I searched my mother’s eyes for any signs of shock, disgust or sadness. But a serene expression lined her face as she sat with ease on the couch. I started to worry that my words had been lost in translation. Then my mother began to speak.
“Mommy knew,” she said calmly through my friend, who looked just as dumbfounded as I was by her response. “I was waiting for you to tell me.”
“Birth dream,” my mother replied. In Korea some pregnant women still believe that dreams offer a hint about the gender of their unborn child. “I had dreams for each of your siblings, but I had no dream for you. Your gender was always a mystery to me.”
I wanted to reply but didn’t know where to begin. My mother instead continued to speak for both of us. “Hyun-gi,” she said, stroking my head. “You are beautiful and precious. I thought I gave birth to a son, but it is OK. I have a daughter instead.”
Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone)
The life of Leonardo, a blind teenager, completely changes with the arrival of a new student at his school. At the same time, he has to deal with his jealous friend, Giovana, and understand the feelings aroused by new friend Gabriel.
Same-Sex Buddhist Nuptials of the Day: Their union may not be legal, but Yu Ya-ting and Huang Mei-yu on Saturday becameTaiwan’s first lesbian couple to be married in a Buddhist ceremony.
Huang said the couple hoped that a wedding blessed by a Buddhist master would encourage more Taiwanese, 80 percent of whom are Buddhist, to support same-sex marriage.
“I remember when I told my parents that we would get married, their first question was, ‘Is this legal?’” Huang said. “I could only say to them that it would soon, but I didn’t know when would be considered soon. So we hope it will become legal.”
Lesbian Couple Gets Engaged After Afghanistan Homecoming
Breakdown of the engagement from Reddit:
Me: “I’m shaking, and you’re shaking!” Her: “I know!” -couple spins, hugs, kisses…I can literally feel her heartbeat…- Me: “It is so good to see you, to touch you!” Her: “So, I have a question for you..” Me: “Of course babe, wha-…” Her: drops to one knee “Will you marry me?” Me: “YES!”
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