It’s a show where actors stage situations in public and hidden cameras record the reactions of passersby, such as: what do they do when they see teens spraying grafitti on a car? If the teens are white do they react differently than if the teens are black? What if they see a drunk college student about to get in a car? Do they react differently if that college student is a male or a female?
The one I just watched included actors portraying a “young gay man” coming out to his “dad” in a coffee shop (and later, to his “mom,” all actors). In each instance, the parent rejected the son, sometimes saying very hurtful things.
The sad thing was that you know these conversations happen on a daily basis around the world. The happy part was that every single person who witnessed the parent’s rejection (including a variety of ages, races, and genders) was upset and felt badly about it. Some comforted the “young man” after the incident, others confronted the parent in the situation, etc. You might not receive support from your parents, which of course is very painful. You will find people in your life who accept you and support you and love you for who you are. Definitely.
I think for parents, they have a vision of how their child’s life is going to be, and when it does not turn out according to their vision, it is very upsetting for them. Sometimes they do get over this – most of my gay friends’ parents were accepting, but not all. Some rejected the idea at first, but then came around. Some never came around, but that was the exception rather than the rule. ALL of my friends who are gay were much happier when they decided to be true to themselves and honest about who they were.
I feel sad for what you are going through. I hope you will make a plan for how you can go the places you’d like to go and live the way you’d like to live in happiness.
This article and video might be interesting for you. Some people rejected this pastor for his decision, but the number of people who embraced him was much greater.