Dear Abby: Teen Navigates Opposite Currents of Reality, Religion | Chroniclers


dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: I am a 16 year old girl and I am having a little trouble. My family is super Christian. They believe that members of the LGBTQ community are sinners because of who they are. I do not agree.

I have a small group of friends. Two of them struck me as bi and gender-fluid. When my family talks about homosexuals, they say horrible things. I want to tell them that what they say is wrong and that the mean comments they make apply to my friends, but I’m afraid to give them my opinion. I don’t know if I should say anything. Can you help me? – KEEP CALM IN CALIFORNIA

DEAR KEEP CALM: You are free to think like you do and support your friends. However, you do not risk changing the way your parents feel about it. Your friends have come to you, but not to your parents. If you give them to your parents, they may prevent you from seeing these friends. In two years you will be 18, legally an adult, and more capable of expressing your thoughts with less negative ramifications. If I were you, I would wait.

DEAR ABBY: My husband was annoyed and upset by a cricket in the house. He had used bug spray, but he was still chirping, so he asked me to take care of it. I told him I didn’t know how to get rid of a cricket because we didn’t know where it was exactly. He was banging in the laundry room. I called his name and asked him where he sprayed – no answer. I asked again. No answer. I then used his full name, and he got mad that I did! He said it was disrespectful and that I “treated him like a child”.


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