For a while now I have been reading a manga, from Hachimitsu Scans, Fukakai na Boku no Subete O.
Hachimitsu frequently deals with some thought provoking stuff and especially with gender and sexuality issues, this story is especially big on those.
For now, take a look at those 2 pages from the most recent chapter:
This is very close to how I felt when I first realized I was attracted to people of the same gender... It's scary, you get afraid of what other people will think of you when you tell them about it, over what kind of reaction they'll have or what they'll say... If your relationship will be the same... If your friends will suddenly distance themselves from you because of some weird misconception that just because I like girls, I'll be interested in all girls in the world... All sorts of things like that ended up crossing my mind, I feel like these panels reflected those feelings well.
But... Sometimes we need to realize, that friends care for us, not for our sexuality, for our gender or for how we dress... They care for us, the person. Even if they have some troubling and kinda held back view, they'll generally accept you as who you are... Their reaction might be along those lines:
Of course the reaction is a bit exaggerated, nobody will say "I can Feel the Friendship", but... That's about how it goes. It's a "Thank you for telling me" or "I'm glad you can trust me with this", or just... "Oh... Okay I guess" at worst.
Or well, that's how it is supposed to go, and certainly how it went for me... I'm sure some people have stories of friends ostracizing them for their own sexuality or gender issues, but... I guess that just shows that friend wasn't really a friend worth keeping in the end, just make sure to choose people you trust to tell about yourself I guess~
I got really happy while reading this chapter... It was so simple, something that felt impossible to deal with for Mogumo, a burden that they could share with no one and constantly had a really hard time handling... Suddenly lifted of their shoulders just like that, accepted and could now be talked to normally.
Friends accept us for who they are if they care for us... Actually, it's a lot easier for friends to accept us than family actually, family keeps thinking about "what they did wrong", or if this isn't "just a phase" or afraid of us "going the wrong path"... Friends are simpler, they care for us, they wish us the best, and they accept our weird parts as they are~
It's good to have friends for sure~